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Powerboat Safety Equipment

powerboat equipment:


Below is a list of equipment you may wish to consider carrying onboard your Powerboat.. rather repeating information that has already been written by the experts in their fields we have included relevant links so you can find out further information. 

General Powerboat Equipment:

Kill cord + spare
Kill cord + spare

If you were to move away from the helm or fall it will detach stopping the engine in the process. More info at: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/safe-boating/look-after-yourself/Pages/kill-cord.aspx

VHF Marine Radio
VHF Marine Radio

Communication is key to safety at sea. Even if all is well and you don't need to transmit a distress call, a VHF radio can help you communicate with other craft round you.

Mobile Phone w/waterproof case
Mobile Phone w/waterproof case

A mobile phone can be used to raise help close to shore.

Mooring Lines
Mooring Lines

Ready for going into a marina or even towing.

Fenders
Fenders

Protect your boat..


Anchor
Anchor

To keep your boat in the same spot after launching and before recovery, when you want to take a break, have lunch or in an emergency. 

Fog Horn
Fog Horn

Sounded at regular intervals in times of limited visibility like fog

Fuel
Fuel

Ensure you have enough fuel for your intended journey + some in reserve just in case.. 

Bailer +/or bilge pump
Bailer +/or bilge pump

You'll be surprised how useful a bailer is..

Compass
Compass

In order to follow bearings & to aid you in knowing which way to pass buoyage & hazards. 


GPS / Chart Plotter + Depth Sounder
GPS / Chart Plotter + Depth Sounder

GPS (Global Positioning System). Not only allows you to pre-plan your route but also shows you the way back!

Chart
Chart

Info about your area & to locate yourself if you got lost..

Tidal Information
Tidal Information

To ensure you know how much water there is at any given time ready for launching, recovery, anchoring etc etc

Almanac
Almanac

Contains tons of useful information about the area


Radar Reflector
Radar Reflector
Tube / Hull repair kit
Tube / Hull repair kit

A quick fix whilst afloat to ensure you can get back home safely.

Tool Kit
Tool Kit

Nothing worse than a loose connection or similar stopping your day...


Powerboat Safety & Emergency Kit:

Flares
Flares

If you are in grave and imminent danger do not hesitate to use flares to get help - delay could be fatal in deteriorating weather conditions, when night is falling or after an injury.

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher
Fire Extinguisher
Knife
Knife

To cut away weed, rope, fishing line etc from your propeller in the event of a prop wrap.

Rescue Throw Line
Rescue Throw Line

It is far easier & sometimes safer to throw a line to a man overboard & pull them back towards the boat.


Additional Kit Considerations:

Hand bearing Compass
Hand bearing Compass

Take a bearing or a 3 point fix on your position. 

EPIRB
EPIRB

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency.

More info at: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/safe-boating/look-after-yourself/equipment-for-uk-pleasure-vessels/Pages/406-mhz-epirb-and-plb.aspx

Liferaft
Liferaft

Personal safety kit:

PLB
PLB

If you intend to travel further afield this can be a very useful extra bit of safety kit as it can be used in areas where there is no mobile phone signal available. Once activated transmits for 24 hours +. More info at: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/safe-boating/look-after-yourself/equipment-for-uk-pleasure-vessels/Pages/406-mhz-epirb-and-plb.aspx

AIS MOB Device
AIS MOB Device

An AIS Man Overboard (MOB) device is designed to be carried by individual crewmembers and used in the event of a Man Overboard situation or other personal emergency.



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