Originally Posted by lightning
I believe there's a course at Menai in Anglesey which I'm guessing would be "offshore" but mainly I just need some idea of the correct procedures.
How to pass other boats for instance (on the right I believe) but if it's a sailing boat aren't you supposed to pass in it's wake or something? and how to deal with engine failure away from shore (we do have oars on the SIB though)
How to deal with tides. I have no idea about this....
VHF radio, sounds like a good idea. I would not go far from shore though. And I will get some flares which sounds like a good thing.
Well your correct about passing another small power'd vessel, You should pass port to port when heading toward each other making clear your intentions by steering to starboard in advance, Power driven vessels should give way to sailing vessels, and any other vessel with restricted maneuverability including vessels engaged with fishing towing etc. powered vessels should also keep to starboard when proceeding along narrow channels, These examples are just a few rules of the road, get a copy of the,( International regulations for preventing collisions at sea ) for full info,
As for engine failure, always make sure it's well maintained, and stay close to shore until warmed up proper, maybe carry a spare spark plug in a small emergency kit. Flares, VHF with licence all worth it and not to hard,
If your gonna do a job you just as well do it right
Your always best getting local advice with tides, plus learn how to read tidal diamonds on charts, Your probably best starting in a little bay somewhere, where there's others around, so you can learn from them aswell,
Go for it, Do the learning and you'll have hours of fun, Then you'll want a bigger boat.
[QUOTE=Polwart;446267]In Wales? By who? Are people's freedoms to navigate UK waters different in Wales?
Not at all, and i'm sure if they stayed within good shore range they would'nt be bothered, However we have a few thousand ton tankers travelling only a few hundred yards of the shores round here, And the tugs can't stop them in a hurry, theres been many a misshap where jo blogs decided to anchor in the shiping lane, then discovers his engine will not start, or his anchores caught all with a 200,000 ton tanker bearing down at 10kn plus,