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See the Essential Yachting + Power Boat Safety Briefing

See the Essential Yachting + Power Boat Safety Briefing

Yachting Safety Briefing

 

Down below

Lifejackets and harnesses – fitting, when to wear, clipping on

Gas – risks, precautions, gas bottles and taps

Fire prevention – extinguishers, fire blanket, where and how to use

Moving around – companionway, handholds, galley safety

Heads – how to use

Seacocks – location of

Hatches – opening and closing, risks

VHF – how to use

Engine – basic operation

Batteries – location

 

On deck

Hazards – boom, tripping, slipping, hatches

Clipping on – jackstays

Heaving line

Engine controls

Instruments

Lockers – contents

Winches and clutches – safe operation

Anchor – safe operation

 

Emergency at sea

First aid – kit location

MOB – equipment – throwing line, horseshoe buoy, Dan buoy

Flares – where, when and how to use

VHF – emergency procedure

EPIRB – how to activate

Liferaft – where, when and how to launch

Grab bag – where, contents

Steering failure – emergency tiller, where and how

Flooding – seacock failure, plugs. Bilge pumps. Bailing.

 

Crew welfare

Seasickness – what to do, how to avoid

Food and drink – use of galley

Kit – stowage

 

“One hand for you – the other for the boat!”

 This post is an extract from the Safe Skipper App for iPhone & Android.

Marine engine electrical system

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Dag Pike’s Boat Survey

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Sailboat rig checks – Part 1

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Liferafts

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Essential Knots: Reef knot

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Passage Planning Advice & Safety for skippers

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First Aid Afloat – fish spine injury

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Common medical emergencies at sea

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Capsize – understanding the risks

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Light characteristics – how do navigators identify lights at night?

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First Aid Afloat – jellyfish stings

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Boat Handling – anchoring

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Repairing chips and dings in gelcoat

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Points of Sailing

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Sterndrive maintenance

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How to predict wind direction and strength by reading a weather chart

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Distress flares – which flare, how & when to use?

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Hourly Checks when sailing or motoring

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Pleasure craft safety equipment recommendations

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Hull inspection – the annual checks

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How to Avoid Collisions At Sea With The ColRegs

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Boating emergency – how to broadcast a MAYDAY emergency call

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Cleaning & polishing gelcoat topsides

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Essential Knots: Figure of eight

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Learn ColRegs: Traffic Separation Schemes

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