3. Members have direct access to the technical department of the British Marine Federation for any technical queries they may have. This is important as regulations are constantly evolving and new products are coming to the market.
Recently, new rules were introduced regarding the safe fitting of solid fuel stoves. Our members, with their extensive practical knowledge, were able to contribute positively to getting those rules right.
The Industry standard code of practice for the construction of inland waterways hulls and superstructures was written some years ago by the then CBA chairman and a senior surveyor specialising in steel construction. That simple code of practice is still standard in the industry today.
4. Buyers can take advantage of using the British Marine Federation Construction Agreement. This is only strictly legal when the builder is a BMF member, as Inland Boatbuilding members are of course.
5. Although not a common occurrence, sometimes problems can arise between customers and our members.
In this case, BMF has a simple no nonsense arbitration service to sort out any difficulties with the builder or the repair.
First call is with the Inland Boatbuilding Chairman who will contact the trade member involved, investigate and try to offer a solution. If required then the BMF itself can get involved to find an equitable solution. This , at least in the early stages, at no cost to the customer.
6. Inland Boatbuilding vets all new members and does its best, with in current legal guidelines, to prevent rogue traders joining us.