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Some editorial clarifications have been introduced; 7.7.3 Hose Use On The High-Pressure Side Of LPG Systems - Editorial changes to make clearer that on the high-pressure part of the gas installation, hoses should be pre-made hose assemblies of proprietary manufacture. Any signs or evidence of DIY manufacture will not pass. The impact is that the change allows BSS Examiners to focus on signs of DIY manufacture in determining compliance, or not. 8.9.1 Ventilation - Editorial changes to the ventilation check introduced the terms ‘total effective area’ (the ventilation provision as measured on the boat) and ‘calculated fixed ventilation’ (the ventilation requirement as determined by the number and nature of appliances) and the ventilation formula is amended to take account of solid fuel stoves. 8.9.2 Ventilation -Editorial changes have been made to clarify that 8.9.1 and 8.9.2 are sequential checks.

There are 63 further minor changes to the 2005 checks that reduce or slightly change the technical impact; full details and the rationale can be read on .

Slippery Stagings

Hopefully, by the time this edition is published, we will have seen the last of the serious flood levels for this winter. However, we need to remember that the murky flood waters have risen above our stagings twice, leaving a silt deposit which can be very slippery when wet. Routine maintenance and replacement of the treads is the responsibility of the members moored either side of the staging so please take some time to make sure yours is cleaned and safe. Although the water is turned off, use a bucket with a mix of river water and a proprietary bio- degradable deck cleaner applied with a stiff brush or broom. Replacements for split or damaged slats can be found in the fenced off area to the left of the HQ building together with a supply of galvanised nails. Remember, this might be a messy chore but it’s not life threatening ….. falling in from a slippery staging certainly is.


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