Emergencies

VHF DSC radio – how best to communicate at sea

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There are many ways to communicate with others at sea. What makes the VHF DSC radio the best form of short range communication and why is it recommended?   The controls of a basic VHF DSC radio There are many ways to communicate with others at sea, ranging from signal flags to satellite phones. While it is not a legal requirement in most countries, leisure vessels...

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Fire prevention on boats

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  Fire prevention on boats – common causes of fire: • Smoking below decks • Galley cookers • Build-up of butane or propane gas in the bilges • Faulty wiring • Petrol/gasoline vapour in engine bay • Flammable paints and solvents Fire onboard a boat – fire prevention tips: • No Smoking below decks • Butane and propane gases are heavier than air and leaks...

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Capsize – understanding the risks

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A skipper should know how their boat will cope with rough seas. By working within known limits and understanding the risks, then the chances of a capsize occurring are much reduced. Safety is all about improving the odds. When considering the odds of a boat capsizing, knowing the limitations of its design and stability are critical. In order to do this, it helps to...

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Getting a tow for your sail or power boat at sea or on inland waterways

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FREE tips from the Safe Skipper App for iPhone/iPad/Android: Getting a tow for your sail or power boat Plan how to secure a tow rope to your boat. The tow rope must be attached to strong deck fittings As a rescue boat approaches, warn them of any debris or loose lines in the water If you are being rescued by a lifeboat, follow their instructions – they are...

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Always have an emergency grab bag to hand when at sea…

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  Grab bag: In the event of having to abandon ship, it is recommended to have a designated waterproof bag to carry essential emergency items.  These might include items already in use on the boat, as well as some already stored in the bag. Emergency at sea – bag contents: • Handheld GPS  • Handheld VHF  • PLB/EPIRB  • Flares  • Sea sickness pills  • Torch and...

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