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Advantages of fitting an LPG "Bubble Tester"

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Sat Jun 2, 2018 at 12:00pm

LPG Bubble Tester.

Gas can be the most dangerous substance likely to be on a boat, you'd may be shocked how far down the list most people place the safety of their gas system.

Many vessels have dangerously old and outdated instillation, but it is clear most owners do not wish to replace them. the priority seems to be given to other maintenance jobs such as blacking the hull or polishing the outside of the boat. Many insurers require at least a Gas Certificate, however CRT require an in date BSS Certificate when licensing your vessel.

The gas check is the basis for the standard which is adhered to and governed by the 'Boat Safety Scheme', which is designed for vessel on the inland waterways. In a marina, you may cause considerable damage with a gas explosion. So, to make it easier to detect gas leaks fit a bubble tester. 

The Bubble tester is a GAS leak detector and is intended for in-line installation, and should be connected into the gas system close to the outlet side of the regulator.

It provides an instant visible check on gas soundness from the outlet side to each installed appliance, a leaking system being positively indicated by bubbles appearing in the glass-sighting chamber. The Boat Safety Scheme and the new British Standard both recommend that one be fitted in an installation.

This Gas leak detector is a very simple but highly effective unit, It is designed to be connected into the gas pipe supply after the gas bottle regulator in the gas locker.

Once plumbed in, all the gas appliances are turned off and the gas turned on, you then simpley push and hold  the red knob down for about 10 seconds and check the glass sight glass for bubbles. If you get any bubbles after about 2 seconds you have a leak and should turn the gas off. No bubbles mean no leaks and it is safe to use the gas.

Please remember gas should be treated with respect! if you are not sure turn it off at the bottle and vent the boat DO NOT turn on lights or anything electrical, start the engine or have a naked flame or cigarette. Gas should be checked and fitted by a Corgi Gas Safe fitter.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina.

 

 

 

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