Safety

What are some safety tips for boats?

There is always some risk involved when you are sailing on any kind of ship. The risk of accident may be caused by tasks related to the ship, the cargo, maintenance services , the management of interior spaces inside the ship, occasional and accidental work due to breakdowns and damage to the ship, transportation of dangerous goods, risks derived from fishing, such as those derived from access to the ship, ambulation and stay on board, fishing, manipulation of captured fish, etc. However, there are a few things that you can remember if you want to try and reduce those risks. These are some essential rules for how to be safe on boats of any kind.

Have a vessel inspected

All ships are inspected annually by the state under whose flag they sail, and quarterly, as a general rule, by the Coast Guard of the state where passengers are embarked; they are also inspected by other maritime organizations, both local and international, for the safety of the shipping company, whether these inspections are mandatory or voluntary.
All inspections check airtight doors, fire equipment, smoke and fire detection systems, chimney screens, communication systems, alarm systems, boats, rafts and life jackets, buoys, signaling relief and all the navigation equipment. These inspections are accompanied by numerous instructions for lifeboats, damage control, and fire extinguishing. These inspections ensure that a boat is sea-worthy and safe to sail.

Remember to be wear lifejackets

Do not wear lifejackets if there is no risk of immediate sinking. Passengers who wear life jackets are at risk of injuring themselves or others as they may trip on the straps or on the stairs. Crew members will demonstrate the correct method for putting on life jackets at the brief safety briefing. Small life vests and placement instructions for children should also be purchased if there are any young passengers on the ship.

Have all of the necessary safety equipment

You must have security equipment at your disposal and you must use them. These include high visibility reflective clothing, life vests and/or “dry suits”, gloves, etc. You should consult a manual or a list of instructions which will detail the essential things that your boat needs to carry to ensure the safety of any of its passengers.

Safety tips for thunderstorms out on the sea

Lightning strikes in pleasure craft and ships on the high seas, on inland waters or in harbors are relatively rare. This may be the reason why the lightning protection on board – so the safe deduction of the lightning current into the water – is not always given the necessary attention. In the process, lightning and land damage can cause considerable personal injury and property damage.
However, in most cases, these risks can be significantly reduced with simple measures. or sailboats, the lightning will almost always hit the mast and use the shrouds or stage as a discharge path. These steel tension and holding wires are suitable as arresters but only if they have a diameter of at least six millimeters and are electrically connected to the breakpoints on deck and with the metal keel or sword. If a mast made of aluminum is available, a conductive connection between mast base and metal keel or metal sword is sufficient.