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Old 11 July 2012, 04:53   #1
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What the "cheapest" way to stay safe at sea?

What the cheapest way to stay safe at sea? I did not say cheap , I said cheapest. I would like to know what very basic sea safety requirements are for going out off Hastings. I know you can have a chart plotter and all the technology but I wont be getting that this year. I'm thinking about the most paramount safety measures that dont cost loads , basically the ones that dont use electicity really I supose. Thanks.

I'm going inshore lure fishing for bass, not miles out. Unless the wind blows me right ?
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Old 11 July 2012, 05:12   #2
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If you don't know that then I doubt you will be safe. You need to find a local forum member or someone else to help teach you basic stuff, any old fool can get a boat and head out to sea, but when the turn around or look back could lose sense of direction, you then just need some fog or bad weather or run out of fuel then you are in trouble, so do that FIRST.

For safety you need to ensure that the vessel is seaworthy as is the engine, if it is electric start have a good battery and a plan if the battery fails.

Have a second means of propulsion 1e.g. wing engine, oars

You will need lifejackets FOR ALL

Check the pressure of the tubes before you go out

Get a radio (if you have passed the course to use it and be licensed) or at very least a mobile phone in a 'waterproof cover' with the phone number of the coastguard logged in.

Tell a friend when you are going out, where you are going a a time you will be back, they they don't hear from you they will know something could be wrong.

Ensure that you have enough fuel and perhaps a little spare in another container, it is amazing how quickly it can run out and surprise you.

There are charts called 'tough books' I think, they are smaller sections of the coast in a waterproof format, but if you can blag a plotter even black and white all the better, but make sure you can understand it, same with the charts.

Have an anchor with a minimum of 2mtrs of chain for your size of boat and enough line for the areas you are visiting.

Take some basic tools and a torch

Take a spare line that can be used for towing or as a throw line.

Some smart phones have the capability for downloading charts, these are useful in an emergency as they will give you an idea of where you are dependent on the hardware you are using e.g. does it have built in GPS? otherwise it is done by signal triangulation not so accurate but not bad.

Make sure you have a KILL CORD, this will stop the engine if you depart from the RIB, if you don't the RIB could just circle around you and cut you up into pieces GET ONE!

Take some fresh water to drink and perhaps some carbohydrates in the event you need food for any reason.

Ensure you have the correct clothing for the weather, remember it can change quickly.

Flares if possible AND KNOW HOW TO USE THEM

That is a start, I am sure others will chip in, good luck and BE SAFE
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thank you sr4, basically allways prepair for the worst. I have an android phone but didnt want to rely on it, how the reception for internet out a sea? If the android can be relied on it can take out some heavy expense.
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Its really the things like "rope" that I may stupidly overlook. Not rope but you know what I mean. Should I take the boat out on the river first or a sheltered water first. My sister has had rib training and is going to pass some knowledge on in the form of a little training session.
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Call the RNLI or look on thier website and ask for the details of thier 'seacheck' service. Its 100% free and will get someone with experiance and knowledge will come to you and talk you through your boat and your experiance, where you will boat and make suggestions about what you should have / get etc .

I cant stress enough its not a pass fail thing or a ticket to go out or not, but is a proper educational and helpfull discussion which you hopefully learn from.
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What the cheapest way to stay safe at sea? I did not say cheap , I said cheapest. I would like to know what very basic sea safety requirements are for going out off Hastings. I know you can have a chart plotter and all the technology but I wont be getting that this year. I'm thinking about the most paramount safety measures that dont cost loads , basically the ones that dont use electicity really I supose. Thanks.

I'm going inshore lure fishing for bass, not miles out. Unless the wind blows me right ?
use the ferrys
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When I started long distance cat sailing the minimum requirements were....

Buoyancy Aid
Flares
Mobile in waterproof case and/or VHF
Paddle
Drinking water

Basic navigation skills and a compass - Know Where You Are!! it's amazing how many people I take out who argue we're going the wrong way because they're disorientated, a GPS with you launch site programmed in would also be a good idea but batteries can go flat so don't rely 100% on it.
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I would add "the guts not to launch but to turn round and go home if the conditions (forecast or actual) exceed your experience / confidence".

When I first got my boat my father suggested I "take a grown-up with me" for the first few trips (I was 42 and it was my third boat).
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i got myself an etrex 10 gps for geocaching.... it has a marine funtion that allows you to plot the course you have taken ,man overboard funtion and speed .and it didn`t break the bank at 85
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Call the RNLI or look on thier website and ask for the details of thier 'seacheck' service. Its 100% free and will get someone with experiance and knowledge will come to you and talk you through your boat and your experiance, where you will boat and make suggestions about what you should have / get etc .

I cant stress enough its not a pass fail thing or a ticket to go out or not, but is a proper educational and helpfull discussion which you hopefully learn from.
i`m hoping that mans you at christchurch
i think the biggy for me is try to buddy up with a ribnet member who`s done it before
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