covid 19 advice for boaters

covid 19 advice for boaters

before putting to sea after such a long period of inactivity we recommend that boat owners should:

1. Take extra care to access their craft safely and in accordance with government guidance on travel and social distancing

2. Carry out a check to ensure that their craft has remained seaworthy and mechanically sound. In particular check for fuel contamination resulting from condensation in the tank(s) blocked filters and fuel lines etc

3. Check that emergency equipment such as Lifejackets, flares, VHF radio, PLBs etc are still in working order and remain in date

4. Give due regard to the prevailing and forecast weather conditions

5. Pay due consideration to the risk that their activities may result in their having to depend on emergency services particularly at a time when social distancing is impacting on lifeboat crews, Coast Rescue Teams etc

6. Bear in mind that some marine leisure facilities in the area may still be closed and therefore unavailable

7. Make sure you always have a means of calling for help (such as a VHF radio or mobile phone in a waterproof pouch) and keep it within reach.

Clive Edwards, RNLI Water Safety Officer Weymouth Lifeboat Area

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About Clive Edwards

Clive was a Coastguard Rescue Officer for 23 years before being appointed Station Manager of the NCI Lyme Bay Coastwatch Station in Dorset. He left the NCI in 2016 and is now RNLI Water Safety Officer at the Weymouth Lifeboat Station. Clive is Commodore of the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club and is a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and of the Hardy Owners Club.