Sailboat safety involves a wide range of activities, such as paying attention to the weather, following basic principles for your crew and the use of important safety equipment and equipment. Sailing has some inherent dangers, but you can help minimize any hazards by following a few simple rules and guidelines with a touch of plain old common sense. In this guide, we will look at some of the steps that we recommend you consider when setting sail to help keep you and your crew and passengers safe on the water at all times.
- Life Jackets/Lifebelts
It may sound obvious, but in essential sailing safety life jackets and life belts are the very first line. Before you set sail, ensure that every person aboard knows how to fit their vest and that they fit correctly. A simple way to tell if a life jacket is properly fitted is to remove the jacket and raise it from the shoulders. The jacket should not be able to be moved. Try a smaller model or better match if it slips back. Please refer to use to the manufacturer’s instructions. A well-equipped jacket should keep your mouth and nose as high as possible above the surface.
- Plan ahead of time
Please thoroughly prepare ahead of time, no matter what level of sailing experience you have. Get local maps of the region before you head out to sail and plan and design your route. Check the weather and conditions to help you judge the best time to sail and use them to help guide your choice of clothing and equipment. Wear shoes with non-slip soles, particularly while docking. Stay familiar with any relevant sailing rules and regulations. It is a good idea to draw up a plan consisting of names and contact information for all on deck, descriptions of the port, signaling devices (including ERIRBs, radios, boat phones, etc.) and the trip itinerary.
- Proper Sail Practice and Line Handling
One of the most important aspects of sailing is the harmony between man and the elements. There are, indeed, other risks with this. It is important to respect both the power of your boat and the elements, and not to become blasé at any point. Always be aware of all the moving parts of your boat, including spars and booms, as well as anything that isn’t tied down. Remember that the vessel is always moving, so everything on deck can shift to a certain degree. Keep your mind on you and be always vigilant. Hold your deck clean and keep your sails quickly and safely. Luffing sails will have an effect on your navigation, so make sure that you are qualified at least for sea-stowing once they have been doused.
Make sure the lines are coiled and hanging properly to prevent snags, twists and chains, as well as dangers. Wear a safety harness to notify anyone on deck when you’re going upstairs.
Also, never forget to:
- Stay off the water during storms or periods of high winds.
- Carry a flashlight in case you remain on the water after dark. Shine the light on a sail to warn approaching vessels of your presence if you have no navigation lights or if another vessel does not see your navigation lights.
- Remember that the mast can be a conductor for lightning. Be aware of masthead clearance when passing under power lines and bridges.
- Remember that sailboats with an engine must have the red, green, and white navigation light.
Always practice and uphold safety at all times when embarking on any sailing endeavor, and always stay mindful and alert- keep an eye out for anything that could possibly go wrong and never assume safety- the world is never safe, and it is up to us to overcome and survive it.