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Retail Prices 2022

 BSS Examinations (within 25 miles of Alcester)  

 Boat Safety Examination, to include
  • full BSS examination for private leisure or live aboard (no bubble tester is required)
  • full gas tightness test by gas safe registered engineer, including gas leak detection and trouble shooting - note most examiners can not offer this 
  • free but fully-insured technical advice, including best and most economical repair methods - note most examiners are not able or insured to offer this 
  • free help with on the spot simple repairs 
  • travel costs 
  • retest visit if required
  • certificate charges levied by CRT (£51.40 per certificate issued)
  • VAT @ 20%
  • No interpretation of the rules, just even-handed application delivered plainly and consistently. 
 (within 25 miles of Alcester)   £220 inc. VAT

Above price is for a typical fully fitted narrowboat with fixed engine, permanent fuel system, electrical systems, LPG systems and range of appliances. The less you have the less you pay:

If I issued the most recent BSS certificate on the boat, the fee is reduced to £210 inc. VAT
If you have a bubble tester, the fee is reduced to £210 inc. VAT
If you have an outboard engine, and no other fixed engine, the fee is reduced to £190 inc. VAT 
If you have multiples of the above, the fee is reduced to £180 inc. VAT

If you have a simple day style boat, with outboard and electrics only, and no LPG, the fee is £150 inc. VAT

 Surveys (within 40 miles of Alcester - limited locations only)


Narrowboat Hull Survey    £450 inc. VAT 
Widebeam Narrowboat Hull Survey £495 inc. VAT
In-water Survey £550 inc. VAT
Narrowboat Full Survey  £695 inc. VAT (BSS Certificate issue available for cost of cert at £55, free retest locally)
Widebeam Narrowboat Full Survey  £750 inc. VAT (BSS Certificate issue available for cost of cert at £65, free retest locally)


Narrowboat Insurance Hull Survey    £450 inc. VAT (valuation for insurance possible and usually free) 

Narrowboat Full Out-of-Water Insurance Survey  £595 inc. VAT

Widebeam Narrowboat Hull Survey £495 inc. VAT 

 Hull Survey, riveted historic narrowboat   £495 inc. VAT  (includes an additional engineer to which costs at least double the extra charge)

Hull Survey, riveted historic barge, by special agreement only (extra labour required as above)     £705 inc. VAT

Valuation (stand-alone, not being carried out alongside the above)    £245 inc. VAT

LPG Work     

Unfortunately Tom is not currently offering LPG work to new enquirers. Existing customers please message me with your requirements  

LPG Landlords Certificate - £108 plus VAT plus travel depending on distance - call for info

Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses 

In the past Tom has worked with Bob Strachan of Tiilerfolk School of Boating, based in Worcester and established as a RYA training school in 1996. Bob is now enjoying a well-earned retirement and is unfortunately no longer working as an instructor. 

Tom can recommend Andrew Phasey who can be contacted here

Due to unprecedented survey demand Tom is not currently working as an instructor. 

Small Craft Services Ltd is VAT registered No. 367 6449 52 

Payment is due on production of invoice, and can be made by cheque or bank transfer.