Safety at sea – Before going to sea

Club Nautic l'Escala-Trobada de Velers
Club Nautic l'Escala-Trobada de Velers
  • 1/May/2020
  • Category: Environment

Prevention is fundamental to avoid dangerous situations at sea. As well as ensuring that the boat is in good condition and checking your sailing equipment regularly, a series of considerations should be taken into account before going to sea, in order to enjoy the sailing experience in the safest conditions. For those beginning their holiday… Have you got everything ready to sail? Here is some advice to take into account before sailing.

  • Firstly, it is vital to plan your trip:
  • Be aware of the capacity of the petrol tank and average consumption per hour of sailing. It is prudent to take at least one third more petrol
  • Consult the weather forecast and ensure it is favourable to your plans
  • Be aware of the characteristics and dangers of the water in which you will be sailing, the places where you can anchor, shelters en route and ports for mooring
  • Take sufficient crew to operate the boat without mishap or overexertion
  • Ensure you have located the necessary safety material, and that it is marked and stowed in an accessible place
  • Take tide charts, detailed maps and the Sailing Directions booklets with you
  • Ensure the radio works correctly
  • Do not allow more crew members or guests than the maximum stated by the boat manufacturer
  • Do not overload the boat, and distribute roles so that they do not affect the stability or heeling of the boat
  • Inform your family, friends, staff at the Sailing Club or staff at moorings of your intentions and sailing plan. Let them know if you change your plans unexpectedly to prevent unnecessary worry.
  • Before going to sea, the following should be checked.
  • Check all necessary documentation is on board
  • Ensure necessary petrol and water levels for sailing
  • Check the condition and levels of batteries
  • Tune VHF Channel 16 and keep it on while sailing
  • Remove and stow fenders to keep them safe
  • Before starting the motor, open the lid of the chamber to release any possible concentration of flammable gases
  • With an outboard motor, ensure you start in neutral and that the entire crew is seated and secured.

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