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Further to my plans to return to the UK from NZ and live on the Cut.
The question is - if one buys a "Sailaway" - is it possible to get a licence and long term mooring from BW whilst doing a self fitout actually on the water or does one have to do sufficient work towards a BSC on the bank first?.
For someone that would be returning to the UK with no existing accommodation it would be helpful if you could literally order a hull and return straight to pick it up and literally "sailaway" .

Asked by: PAUL BROWNETT  | 6.28pm, Monday 19 July

WW says:

The short answer to your question is 'yes'. Many people, including myself, cruise the shell and engine package back to their home mooring and complete the fit-out there. The builder should provide you with an RCD certificate which covers the boat up to the stage it was when you took possession. You can then complete the work under the RCD or, provided you keep the boat for five years, under the BSS. The ins and outs of this are described in greater detail in the Inland Boatowner's Book Edition 4 which is due to be published in August.

Graham Booth  | 11.53AM, Tuesday 20 July

The "annex III" declaration supplied by the boat builder will cover you for the first year of your project. This will be accepted by BW for licensing purposes, after this period you will have to get the boat examined by a BSS examiner such as myself. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the BSS requirements or employ the examiner to give advice and help during the fit out. This will hopefully advoid any pitfalls and alterations later on during the examination. If the fitout is not finished after the year, a Certificate can be issued on the state of the boat at that time, BUT any additions afterwards MUST meet the BSS requirements (a BW license requirement). Good Luck.

Rupert Smedley  | 3.09PM, Wednesday 11 August

Readers say:

Wow, There is intelligent life on earth after all. I was quite expecting a "No" answer Graham. I am a Carpenter / Joiner with C&G Quals and Shofitting time. Even so I will wait for your book to delve further into the mysteries of fitting out. Many thanks for the prompt reply.

PAUL BROWNETT  | 8.50PM, Tuesday 20 July

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