we bought our cat two years ago from Sunsail in the Whitsundays. At the time the boat was required to be sold with a current
gas compliance certificate. It was explained to me that any boat for sale
in Queensland "must" be sold with a current
gas compliant gas certificate. We were present with the plumber/gas fitter was doing the compliance check and observed him bring the boat to standard including replacing the old gas stove.
It may be the case that at the time that the boat was sold to you it was compliant and the rules have changed since then and any work done is required to be bought up to the present standard.
The other side of the coin is that the gas fitter doing the certification
got it wrong and now you have to get it up to standard. If rules and regulations
have not changed then I would suggest you have a case against the person certifying the boat. I would not be pointing the bone at the broker at this point in time as he may not know any more than you in regard to the certificate. I would have thought that the onus would have been on the previus owner to arrange the inspection
. The broker can only go on what is in front of them and if they have a certificate of complinace then I do not see a lot more in their responsibitly. I suggest its the same as them sighting the registration papers.
If your compliance person indicates that the same rules for gas have been in for a number of years then I would be first contacting the person on the certificate for comment and then going to the appropriate authority who over see the compliance of these things. I would suggest they would be very interested in your story. I would also suggest that if the certicate was found to be fraudulent you will not be the only person who has been caught out.
I am aware that a lot of the Leopards that came into Australia
for the Sunsail Fleet did not meet the gas standard and had to be modfiied when they arrived in Australia
. Part of the issue was that the gas line was not copper (and sheathed) but a type of rubber which is not accepted in Australia.