Boat Safety Checklist

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Personal flotation devices, or PFD’s, are one of the most vital pieces of equipment. 80% of drowning victims in boating accidents were not wearing one. ‘Life jackets’ as they are commonly known are only acceptable if they are approved type and inflatables are no substitute. Boating etiquette is common sense and a respect for both the people around you and the environment is expected at all times. Children are particularly vulnerable aboard boats and just because they are wearing a life jackets does not mean that they are 100% safe. As such particular vigilance is required. Children must wear a PFD at all times, no excuses.

The following is a checklist for some of the safety equipment that you should have onboard.

    • Steering compass
    • Pyrotechnics (Inshore /offshore)
    • Mooring lines
    • Life jackets or buoyancy aids
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Sharp knife (preferably serrated)
    • Kill cord x2 if fitted
    • Fire extinguisher
    • VHF, fixed or handheld
    • Anchor & cable (can also be used as towline)
    • Horn (can be manual)
    • Bilge pump
    • Nav lights
    • Basic tool kit
    • Depth sounder
    • GPS or chart plotter
    • Charts of Local Area
    • Life raft



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