When the weather is fine many people enjoy spending time on our beautiful rivers, lakes or on the coast. However if you own a vessel, have you taken measures to secure it when it’s not in use?
Here are a few ways in which you can make your boat and equipment more secure and safe:
- To help stamp out boat crime Suffolk and Norfolk Police have also joined forces with local boatyards, chandlers, clubs and groups and launched BoatShield. If you are a boat owner, look out for BoatShield information point within boatyards, chandlers, as well as at boating clubs and groups across the Waveney Area.
- If you are unlucky enough to have a boat or equipment stolen, you can register the theft with StolenBoats.org.uk. Contact your local Police or Insurers and ask that they add the item on your behalf. StolenBoats is an online database, all the information is provided by the marine Insurance industry and the Police and is cross-checked with the Police National Computer.
Every year during Boat Fire Safety Week (May/June), safety on boats and fire safety in particular, is highlighted all week. Whilst a fire is unlikely on a boat that is well maintained, boaters can be caught unawares or put in a difficult situation, if a fire does occur.
Download this leaflet for tips and advice on how to protect your boat and crew from fire, and what to do should a fire break out.
- Suffolk Fire and Rescue also has lots of fire prevention
information including advice about fire on boats
- Each year boaters die or are made seriously ill from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – Boats are built to keep water out, but this also makes them good containers for gases and fumes. Here is some advice on how to protect everyone on your boat against this ‘silent killer’.
- Breathing in a space filled with toxic fumes and smoke is like drowning out of the water. Two breaths and you could be unconscious. Fit smoke alarms if you stay aboard your boat.
Below are more tips to help keep you, your boat and your property safe:
- Wearing life jackets, the RYA has recommendations.
- Respect the water, is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, helps you avoid them and gives advice to keep you and those around you safe
- RLSS has advice on what to do if you spot someone in trouble in the water
- Keep your boat keys separate from your engine keys
- Don’t leave your keys in the ignition – always take them with you
- Always keep your boat locked when no-one is on board
- Never leave anything valuable on display
- Don’t leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck
- Use strong padlocks or rim locks on all your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers
- Keep a list of all the serial numbers on valuables and property mark them with your home postcode and register them on Immobilise.
- Register all electrical appliances and regularly check with Suffolk Trading Standards for all product recalls. A recent boat fire shows what can happen if you don’t know that a product you have on board has been recalled.
- Remember to review and improve the security on your boat regularly. Locks will need replacing as well as property marking your valuables
- Remove outboards during winter months
And remember, always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid at all times
whilst on the boat or near the water’s edge