Hire Boat Requirements (2024)

This page is only relevant for examiners who have undertaken the introductory or re-authorisation training course for the Hire Boat Requirements (originally introduced in 2017) and have passed the post-learning assessment.

Which Examination checking procedures?

The first question to ask your customer - which Certification i.e. which set of BSS Requirements is the navigation authority asking for your boat to comply with; Private Boat, Hire Boat Requirements (2017) or Non-Private Boat Requirements (2002)?

Neither Examiners nor the BSS Office can stipulate which boat has what Examination, only the navigation authority can state what set of requirement it wish to support that boats registration/licence/mooring permission application.


The downloadable documents are as follows:

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HBR2017 Pt10 ECPs Checks (training/Interim) Jan23

document or 90x90 HBR2017 Part 10 Appendices (Training/Interim) Jan23
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HBR2017 Examination Record Form Pt 2-10 inc. Appliances, Vents & PFE

BSS Examination Hire Boat Record Form. Please note, since printing to pads, the check question at X10.7.3 to be satisfied regarding downflooding has been shortened to:

Are all through-hull openings above the normal laden waterline either watertight, or is the risk of water flooding into the interior of the vessel at the associated downflooding point minimised?” This does not make any difference to the check criteria, the checking action or the applicabilities. Undertake the check as trained.

As already demonstrated, the ECPs and Appendices are subject to minor changes over the next three months and this is the reason why we are distributing plain paper interim versions. We anticipate that examiners will suggest some minor improvements once the documentation is tested in the field. Improvement suggestions can be put to the BSS committees for review and ratification before the final documents are printed, laminated  and distributed.

When recording a ‘No’ result examination report on a hire boat, all the core checks keep their original reference name e.g. 2.1.1R or 7.12.2R. However all the checks that would otherwise be advice checks; all the transitioned checks from 2002 Part 10 and all the completely new Hire Boat Checks in the 2017 Part 10 now start with an X and all end in R (no advice status on hire boat checks). So think X = eXtra or the Roman numeral for 10 if it helps jog your memory.

That means the 6.3.1A hire boat equivalent is X6.3.1R; ventilation faults are recorded at X8.9.1R, ‘means of reversing’ is X10.3.1R and the smoke alarm condition check is X10.8.2R