Safety Equipment Checklist for Boats
Liferaft line attached
The liferaft will not work unless the trigger line is attached to a strong point so check this out.
Lifejackets in good condition and stowed
Lifejackets are often stowed in a locker and neglected – check them out and routinely check the weight of the gas bottle if they have air inflation.
Portable VHF available and charged
The portable VHF is a vital piece of safety equipment both in case the electrics fail and to take with you if you have to abandon ship. It is not much use unless it is charged up.
Flares in date and available
Flares should be checked out annually for expiry dates and condition.
Bilge pumps working
The only real test is to put some water in the bilge and pump it out. Check the suction side to ensure that it is not blocked.
Fire extinguishers checked and serviced
Fire extinguishers will have the date of the last service on them so check when the next one is due. Also check for corrosion as some extinguishers are not designed for the marine environment.
Lifebuoy/MOB in stowage and ready for use
Simple to check but because it is stowed in an exposed position check the condition of ropes and attachments as well.
Check that these are in sound condition and also check out the attachment wires that they clip on to.
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About the author:
Dag Pike began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger on the record-breaking fastest Atlantic crossing by powerboat.