Great news – Swallow passed her BSS boat safety exam today!
The examiner had visited previously and presented me with a to-do list of amendments to make to ensure Swallow was gas safe and not likely to blow up any neighbours/cats/locks/sections of the canal.
Luckily these were fairly simple tasks and there were no major surprises. A sturdy chain to restrain the propane bottles in the gas locker, the cleaning of the diesel vent, and the biggest job – restraining the batteries so they couldn’t move in any direction…including up and down.
It’s safe to say these batteries are going approximately nowhere.
The purpose of all this restraining is to ensure that, should your boat tip onto its side (for example in a lock), there is no danger of a gas leak or batteries moving. Also as Graham helpfully adds in the comments below, if batteries move too much they can become disconnected, leading to an electrical fire.
My gas works were also tested to ensure they were safe and tight:
So Swallow now has a BSS Certificate…which means I can insure her and renew her licence when this one runs out.
Another load off my mind!