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    Default Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    I keep my boat in Port Solent. It has a 20- year-old cooker gas installation; a surveyor recently recommended an armoured hose connecting copper tube to cooker. I'd like some sensible professional advice and realistically priced work to ensure that it is at a safe standard. The market appears to be dominated by Apollo Gas; are they good and is there anyone better?

    Thanks for experiences and advice.

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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    Quote Originally Posted by dulcibella View Post
    I keep my boat in Port Solent. It has a 20- year-old cooker gas installation; a surveyor recently recommended an armoured hose connecting copper tube to cooker. I'd like some sensible professional advice and realistically priced work to ensure that it is at a safe standard. The market appears to be dominated by Apollo Gas; are they good and is there anyone better?

    Thanks for experiences and advice.
    There is no requirement for armoured, you cant see whats going on inside the covering, mine is orange high pressure, self installed & checked by my marina neighbour a Gas Safe LPG fitter
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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    +1 ordinary orange gas hose is better, someone on here was posting they had a leak from armoured hose, as the metal was ok but the internal rubber had perished. Just check the date.
    I've just spent £200 in So Cal, the Calor place in Southampton, on a proper marine regulator, bubble tester etc but mine has to pass a BSS type check for the insurers. They are very helpful with free advice if that's any help..

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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    Quote Originally Posted by dulcibella View Post
    I keep my boat in Port Solent. It has a 20- year-old cooker gas installation; a surveyor recently recommended an armoured hose connecting copper tube to cooker. I'd like some sensible professional advice and realistically priced work to ensure that it is at a safe standard. The market appears to be dominated by Apollo Gas; are they good and is there anyone better?

    Thanks for experiences and advice.
    Our (admittedly limited) experience of Apollo Gas has been positive - turn up when promised, polite and knowledgeable, do the job (provided they can get the spare parts). The work they have done for us has been warranty jobs, so we have not seen any bills - can't comment on their prices.

    Socal were friendly and helpful, but ultimately sold me the wrong parts.

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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    I’d not recommend Apollo. Had a poor experience with them last year, suggesting doing work “due to regulations” but then unable to back up with the mysterious regulations.

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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    I have a short length of Orange Gas pipe from my regulator to the gas bottle in the gas locker and a longer armoured hose inboard from my fixed gas line to the gimballed cooker in the saloon. Hoses are changed (by me) every five years as a matter of routine. When I installed the system (to the then current regulations, a copy of which I have kept) it was something mandated for safety reasons. Despite passing though a plywood partition, the armoured hose has never looked frayed (although one was rather rusty when changed) and the orange hose always looks as good as new but I still change them on a time cycle. I've never had a gas leak on board but, you never know.......
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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    get a armoured hose marine type and you are in compliant with gas safe reg`s and bss reg`s people will say say bss is for inland waterway`s but its what everyone refer`s to for reg`s including any problem`s

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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    Quote Originally Posted by thegasmannick View Post
    get a armoured hose marine type and you are in compliant with gas safe reg`s and bss reg`s people will say say bss is for inland waterway`s but its what everyone refer`s to for reg`s including any problem`s
    Do inland (bss ) have gimbaled cookers
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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    Quote Originally Posted by maby View Post
    Our (admittedly limited) experience of Apollo Gas has been positive - turn up when promised, polite and knowledgeable, do the job (provided they can get the spare parts). The work they have done for us has been warranty jobs, so we have not seen any bills - can't comment on their prices.

    Socal were friendly and helpful, but ultimately sold me the wrong parts.
    I used Apollo to do a gas check on my boat (surveyor recommended it and insurer want to know that all the surveyor’s recommendations had been adopted). It was booked on he basis that the check would cost £85 (probably excluding VAT). Between booking and the check I bought and installed a new cooker. Apollo replaced the regulator and flexible hose at the bottle and the armoured hose to the cooker (1997 vintage) and checked the very simple system. Total bill for less than an hour’s work and parts £3 shy of £300, so I’d say that there weren’t cheap. The longevity of the gas in the bottle and the silence of the alarms told me that the system wasn’t leaking but at least I’m compliant with the insurer’s requirement.

    I’d get a firm quote for the work next time, replace bits myself and have a gas check periodically for insurance purposes (not annually as Apollo suggests).

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    Default Re: Marine gas engineers in Solent area

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Another Solent gas question, this one from a beginner with gas.. I have cooked on paraffin for half a century but the boat has got a nearly new, GN Espace G1005, so I will be converted at last. There is a proper gas locker but...

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    The gas certificate has expired.

    The bulkhead fitting in the locker looks knackered to me. I’m sure it needs replacing

    Should I replace the copper tube? It passes through a watertight compartment en route to the cooker. I’m terrified of a gas build up there. There is a detector head there as there is in the galley bilge but better safe..

    And of course the flexible bit that goes to the cooker..

    Very much hoping for a recommendation of someone in the Lymington area...
    Contact micheal_w he is Gas Safe Ipswich, he will give you all you need to know
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