Boat owners urged to check vessels are in full working order

If you’re planning to take your boat out, it’s worth spending some time now to save losing your day out later. Make sure you’ve carried out the checks so that your boat is in full working order before taking to the water.

If you get into trouble at sea, HM Coastguard will respond to your call. But do you want your day out spoiled because you didn’t carry out maintenance before putting out to sea?

Watch Pip Hare's top tips on how to prepare your boat for safe sailing by the RNLI 

in partnership with the RYA and Irish Sailing.

Here's a few practical safety tips for owners of yachts and motor boats who are thinking about getting out on the water now that Spring is here.

  • Make sure boats are properly maintained – Equipment and machinery should be regularly serviced
  • Carry the correct safety equipment for everybody on board
  • Have a means of calling for help and ensure everyone on board knows how to use it
  • Plan your trip carefully – know the tide times and know your own limits
  • Download the free RYA SafeTrx app to plan and track your journey and allow your emergency contacts to view your location

Assistant Director of HM Coastguard Julie-Anne Wood said: 

We want boat owners to enjoy our beautiful coast. The best way to do that safely is to take some time before you set out to ensure you are fully prepared and that your boat is in good working order.

“Remember if you do get into trouble at sea or at the coast HM Coastguard is there to help but it is vital that all those on board your boat know how to call for assistance.” 

HM Coastguard is on call 24 hours a day, all year round. In an emergency or if you see anyone in difficulties around the coast, please contact us using VHF channel 16 or dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Credit: Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat assisting a motorboat with engine difficulties on Easter Sunday

Credit: RYA
Credit: RYA

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