Follow these 5 simple rules and you will immediately reduce the risk to both you and your fellow boater.


PUBLISHED 18/12/2010

BY admin

IN Tips & Advice

In the world of boating there is something for everyone, whether you prefer a slow jaunt along the canal, an afternoons fishing, the challenge of yachting or the exhilaration of speeding along in a rib or speedboat, it is important to be safe to make sure what should be an enjoyable activity does not end in a tragedy.

As a responsible boat insurance company and in the interests of keeping it ‘super-simple’, we would like to offer to you 5 key ‘golden rules’ that are absolutely fundamental to ensure your safety and enjoyment:

  1. Leave a message: Tell someone exactly where you’re headed before you travel
  2. Life jackets: Take the correct sized life jacket for each person on board.
  3. Keep in contact: Always carry not only one but two (for backup!) forms of communication device.
  4. Review the forecast: review the latest marine weather forecast prior to going out (even on inland waterways as rain deluges or hard frosts create their own hazards). Then when aboard keep a regular check for any changes.
  5. Take responsibility! The captain (usually the owner in private boat insurance terms!) is ultimately the one who will be held legally responsible for the safety of those on the vessel. He/she must pro-actively prepare for any eventuality

Clearly there a lot more precautions that can and therefore should be taken by boater depending on your vessel type but by ensuring you follow these 5 simple rules, you will immediately reduce the risk to both you and your fellow boaters.

This information is provided to you with best of intentions only, please use it as you see fit and also consult other sources of information and advice for more thorough help and support. Equally review some of these articles;