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Be prepared; think ‘what if?’ and don’t ruin a good day out on the water with insufficient planning.

Before setting sail on a passage which will involve sailing in the dark, thought should be given to how the dark will make the trip different to a voyage completed in daylight only.

Notices to Mariners are issued from a number of different sources, such as the UK Hydrographic Office, Trinity House or Local Harbour Authorities.

There have been a number of incidents where people have been killed or injured when their boat's mast came into contact with overhead power lines.

Counterfeit products pose a danger to the safety of vessels and crews.

You, your boat and your crew need to be properly equipped for a safe and an enjoyable time on the water.

Keep a friend or relative ashore appraised of your plans and any changes and have suitable means of communication on board for routine messaging and emergency situations.

Consider carefully the type of rope used for specific tasks.


Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is frequently used as fuel for stoves on board boats. LPG is however potentially hazardous if the gas is not stored suitably or if the cooker and/or pipe work are badly maintained or damaged.