Cute comment, I got a chuckle out of it!
ABYC police are watching you
Seriously though, Tunasdream should be commended for asking for advice before embarking on a complex and perhaps costly endeavor.
All marine surveyors must inspect to the current standards, including, but not limited to:
1. A recognized (SAMS, NAMS) Code of Ethics and Rules of Practice
2. American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Standards and Recommendations
3. Title 46 United States Code (USC) Title 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
4. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards and Recommendations
For the most part, the Standards & Recommendations were born from the consequences and results of events and/or accidents caused by un-wise & perhaps dangerous practices. Kinda like not listening to your mother's warning not to touch the hot stove, but you do it anyway, and once you've been bunt, you get the picture. You will never attempt that again.
Although I found your comment humorous, Safety at Sea is not a laughing matter. Over the past twenty-some-odd-years, I've inspected (surveyed) many vessels which have undergone myriads of DIY refits & projects. Many of those refits rival work done by professionals, however some have not.
I'm not the ABYC "Police"
, nor are any of my peers. We must, however report what we find. Should an observation be out of compliance, we are bound to report the finding(s) to the best of our ability. That being the case, anyone attempting to start a major project, like that of Tunasdream, are very wise to seek out competent advise before attempting the changes to the vessel's systems.
Again, I commend Tunasdream for asking the proper questions before getting ars-deep in the refit.
Captain Jay Michaud, SAMS, AMS
25 Ocean Avenue
Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945