WHAT ARE YOUR ESSENTIAL BOATING EQUIPMENT

Navigation Aids

In all apart from the smallest of boats you will need a chart. If you go more than a mile or two from shore you will require a compass, a GPS and a depth sounder are worth considering. Exactly what you carry will depend on the size and type of boat and how far from land you go. Speak to Coastguard or the Maritime Safety Authority for advice.

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Communication Devices

These well include VHF radio, flares, emergency locator beacon or a cellphone. On any trip you have to carry at least two means of communication. If you are going more than two miles from shore you have to carry three means of communication. Every year many people drown after a boating mishap because they were not able to tell anyone of their challenge. Be sure that you have at least one means of communication that will be available and work after submersion in case of capsize or swamping.

Bailing System

Even when you carry an electric bilge pump, always carry a bucket or bailer. It can be used to put out fires and has many other uses.

Anchor

To know the right size for your boat, the anchor should weigh not less than 1.5 kg per metre of boat length, with chain at least equal to the length of the boat and a non-floating rope well secured to the boat.

First Aid Kit

Should have enough supplies to cover minor accidents or injury. Remember to carry a remedy for sea sickness as well as sun block.

Fire Extinguishers

If you have an engine or cooker on board always carry at least one which fire extinguisher that is good for your type of boating. Know how to use it and ensure it is serviced regularly.

Life Jackets and Buoyancy Aids

You should always carry one of the correct size for each person on board. Wearing it is required at all times of increased risk.

Boat Hook

As well as being used to pick up lines, buoys and objects in the water, your boat hook can be required for checking the depth of water, pushing off or help in recovering a person overboard.

Rope

Always go with an extra length (or two) of rope, you never know when you might need to use it.

Throwing Line

A floating line at least 12 metres in length with a floating weight at one end.

Torch

Always carry a torch with spare batteries and bulb.

Protective Clothing

Carry adequate warm, protective clothing.

Throwing Line

A floating line at least 12 metres in length with a floating weight at one end.

Torch

Always carry a torch with spare batteries and bulb.

Protective Clothing

Carry adequate warm, protective clothing.