Once you get your boat the very first thing you want to do is to make sure she’s safe. Learn how to do a boat safety audit so that if disaster strikes you’re prepared! How To Do A Boat Safety Audit Why Do You Want A Safe Boat? There are two reasons to check your
Below you will find the elements that make up the ultimate boat safety blueprint. The blueprint includes following the law and determining a system to know what safety equipment you have, where it’s located, and when it needs to be next serviced. Furthermore, it covers user instructions, policies and procedures, and of course a range
Boat safety mistakes – There is a huge amount to learn when becoming a new sailing cruiser. One area that needs specific attention, sooner rather than later, is avoiding boat safety mistakes. Below I’ve listed seven mistakes. How many did you know about? 7 Boat Safety Mistakes and How to Correct Them 1. Wearing rings
In this Long Sailing Passage Preparation Checklist, you’ll find action items for safety and medical, communications, passage plans, provisioning, crew briefing/watch schedules/duties, and last-minute preparations. What is a long sailing passage? If you’re going in the open ocean and won’t be close to land I consider that a long passage even if it’s a few
One of the scarier things about navigating by sailboat is dealing with cargo ships and cruise liners. As you’ll see in our avoiding ship collisions video we offer a situation where things didn’t go to plan. If you have an AIS system on your plotter navigating is easier because you know the CPA, or Closest
Watch this video to see our top 10 boat life tips that will help to make your surroundings cleaner, life aboard the boat safer, and a few things that we do to simply make cruising life more enjoyable and easier. 10 Top Boat Life Tips Video Top 10 Boat Life Tips List – First 5
When it comes to boat safety it’s quite a broad category. You might immediately think that it’s just life jackets, a GPS positioning device, and Man Overboard equipment but that’s only a very small tip of the iceberg. As with most things boating-related, safety is yet another huge category to get your head around. Allow me
When it comes to sailing and sailboats there are several different ways to do a variety of tasks. Some captains and sailing schools preach one method and others preach another. Your best bet is to understand the options and then choose the system, or way, that works best for you. How will you know what
I’m ashamed to admit it but until recently, I wasn’t 100% sure about how to deploy our life raft. If you’re not familiar with what a life raft is, it’s a backup floatation device that can be used for survival if the boat sinks. It blows up to look like a neon orange floating tent and is packed with water, flares, and a range of other life-saving items. Before I get ahead of myself, this article is about three things that all liveaboards must know…And I mean MUST KNOW. Read more here…
Members only! As mentioned in my article, Three Things That All Liveaboards Must Know, I offer a free copy of the Britican Boat Safety Manual for members to use. This 15-page document will provide a template for your own boat safety manual. You’ll have to chop and change according to your own boat but the bulk of the information is standard.
The document covers a basic boat operating manual in addition to procedures for Man Over Board, fire, steering malfunctions, engine failure, collision, taking on water, the location of all thru-hull fittings, how to deploy the life raft, medical emergencies, grounding, and other procedures and boat rules. This manual can be used if you’re getting your boat coded for chartering purposes or to simply have in your navigation desk as a reference for the crew, guests, and passengers.