Safety Boat Equipment List

Every boat whether used for safety or instruction should be equipped as follows;

  • Outboard permanently secured to transom, or if removable bolted on with a bolt where a bolt hole is provided and if not secured with a safety line.
  • Kill cord

N.B. After an outboard has been started and before the boat is moved the kill cord should be pulled so that it detaches to check that it stops the engine. i.e. that it is functioning correctly.

  • Fuel line
  • Full tank of fuel, or part tank with a full tank in reserve.
  • Boat anchor.
  • Paddles
  • Towing warps (at least 2)
  • Heaving line
  • Bailer
  • Dry bag or fish box containing
    • Survival bag
    • Gloves ( for handling jellyfish contaminated warps )
    • First aid box (containing bandage to staunch bleeding and resuscitation mask.)
    • Hooter
    • Spare kill cord
    • Tool Kit (Honda supplied and multitool.)
  • Knife; this may be in a fish box or taped to the seat bracket (RIBs) It will float but is normally attached by a long line to allow use without loss if dropped.
  • Inflation pump. (RIBs only)
  • Fenders (tin boats)
  • Flare pack (Searider & VSR RIBs; Doreen, Doris & Daphne and Committee Boat) N.B. Small tin boats (14ft) and the small white Highfield beach launched RIB are only to be used in company with at least one Searider RIB.
  • Fire extinguisher (Searider & VSR RIBs and Committee Boat)
  • VHF handheld radio
  • Radio Emergency Card, Training Area Charts, (Encapsulated and kept in holder on the port side of the steering pedestal.)

N.B. Only Searider or VSR RIBs are to be used as safety boats for RYA courses. A tin boat may only be used for an RYA course when a RIB is unserviceable and on the express instruction of the Training Principal. In this case the flare pack and fire extinguisher must be transferred from the RIB to the tin boat.