Many of us are dusting off our pride and joy for the sailing season. It’s a good time to check out the safety equipment on board. While racing boats complete a safety checklist each year, safety checks should be carried out by all boats, even if you’re a casual cruiser or day sailor.
If you’re thinking of entering some of our trophy races or planning an occasional Wednesday twilight race, you will need to complete a Category 6 safety form.
For Etchells, there is a modified Category 7 form on this web page.
Minimum Safety Requirements for all vessels
The table below details the minimum safety requirements (for most RSAYS vessels) operating in Gulf waters. Semi-protected Waters are defined as being within 2 nmi of the coast (including the Port River) while Unprotected Waters extend beyond the 2 nmi limit within the Gulf.
Your fire extinguisher must comply with Australian Standard AS 1841 and be maintained in accordance with AS 1851. This requires your fire extinguisher to be checked every 6 months.
If you are replacing your EPIB, consider buying a unit with a built in GPS receiver. The GPS system can locate a distress beacon to within a radius of about 120 m compared with 5 km for an EPIRB without GPS.
If you are operating a vessel in unprotected waters, you require a two-way marine radio. The person operating the marine radio must hold a Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency.
In Gulf waters, you will need to carry a PFD Type 1 for each person on board. If you are racing in a Category 3 event (such as the Adelaide to Port Lincoln race), the PFDs must also have a buoyancy rating of 150N.