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Fire Merchant Shipping Regulations require vessels over 13.7m. to carry specific fire fighting equipment, as below. http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/pleasure_craft_information_packdec07-2.pdf Fire fighting appliances required on craft over 13.7m and under 24m The Boat Safety Scheme also contains sensible advice.
The Financial Ombudsman website http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/publications/technical_notes/marine-insurance.html#seaworthy
The following is taken from the Boat Safety Scheme (http://www.boatsafetyscheme.com/). Spare petrol containers must be stored in the open where any leaked petrol would flow overboard unimpeded, or in a suitable locker. Any locker used to store spare petrol must be: · drained to the outside from the bottom; and,
Fittings used are often made from forged brass. Whilst these valves are in common use, ordinary brass such as this is subject to de-zincification in sea water. The ISO standard relating to metallic valves and skin fittings below the waterline, ISO 9093-1, only requires the valves and associated fittings to have a service life of 5 years in terms of corrosion resistance.
The Merchant Shipping Regulations apply to all vessels under the UK flag and vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports. These include COLREGS, MARPOL. Further information can be found at the following link: http://www.rya.org.uk/infoadvice/regssafety/pleasurecraftregs/Pages/PleasureCraftRegulations.aspx
GRP Repairs - Some Helpful Tips Firstly confirm the extent of the damage, it may be necessary to remove deck hardwear to gain full access. Ensure correct personal protective equipment is worn when carrying out repairs. Surface (Gelcoat) Damage only
First of all, what is osmosis? All laminates in a marine environment, including epoxy, will allow water molecules to pass through them. During manufacture small voids are often created between the gelcoat and first ply of laminate, where the water will condense out and then start to break down (hydrolyse) components in the laminate.