20 May ⚓️ Yacht Safety ⚓️
Whether out for a day or a week, its important that the guests know what to do if there is an emergency onboard.
✔️Lifejackets- Make sure everyone aboard knows where the lifejackets are stowed and how to put them on. .
✔️Fire Extinguishers- Locate and discuss the correct use of fire extinguishers. .
✔️Flares- Important to know the location, use and precautions.
✔️VHF Radio- Everyone, including kids, should know how to use the VHF to call for help if necessary. They should understand the hailing and distress channel, how to change channels, and how to transmit and receive. .
✔️Medical Kit- Locate the medical kit and inspect its contents. .
✔️Galley Stove- Walk through the proper procedure for using the stove/oven. Locate the solenoid (if there is one), demonstrate how to light the stove/oven, and discuss how to manage a fire (ex. don’t throw water on a grease fire).
✔️Emergency Procedures- You can’t prepare for everything but a group discussion of what to do in case of a particular emergency could mean the difference between a small problem and a catastrophe.
⭐️Man Overboard-> Discuss the value of keeping calm and designating a watch person who never takes their eyes of the MOB. .
⭐️Engine Issues-> Review the importance of keeping away from hot engine and propeller(s) when swimming.
⭐️Collision-> Whether the boat hits a dock, a rock or another vessel, a quick discussion of what to do and not do will help lessen panic.
These conversations are critical to keeping the crew, you, your family, and guests safe.
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