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Safety equipment checklist

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The skipper is responsible the safety of all people on board. Planning and preparation is important to enjoying a great day out on the water.

Ensure your vessel has the following items, just in case things don’t go according to plan:

  • Correctly fitting lifejackets for all people on board
  • At least two reliable forms of communication (one waterproof) – EPIRB, PLB, VHF radio, flares, or cell phone in a waterproof bag)
  • Oars or paddles (or other form of alternate power)
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Anchors and chains
  • Navigation lights
  • Bailer/bucket 
  • Compass and chart
  • Fresh fuel (take enough to allow a third for the trip out, a third for the trip back, and third just in case)
  • Drinking water
  • Robust knife
  • Torch
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit