With new rules and regulations within the insurance sector, surveys are a must to qualify for cover. Originally this applied to older craft pre 1980’s, but eventually will cover all vessels.
Pacific Rim Marine Surveys Ltd, undertakes many insurance surveys every year. One of the most common faults is the gas installation. Some gas fitting are very “back yard” and require immediate remedy! A classic example we came across was a boat owner who sat on his gas bottle while cooking. The gas line was an old, perished garden hose!
Usually however, this is the exception, as most installations are often correct. But most gas fit outs do not have gas compliance certification from registered gas fitters. Our advice is to contact a local gas fitter to undertake this task. If required, we can suggest gas fitters involved within the marine sector.
Insurance companies will not insure a vessel if a gas compliance certificate and coded number, are not presented.