Boating is fun for everyone, but it’s even more fun when it’s safe. Whether it’s someone who is at the helm for the first time, or the most experienced boater, everyone should always make sure that they have the correct equipment on the boat...
Australia (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
Revolution Marine Finance reminds boaters to be aware of boating safety rules as the peak boating season approaches. They feel that a review of some basic safety rules is appropriate for all boaters. They are a boat finance firm located in Western Australia, and they would like to remind WA boaters of the WA boating safety requirements.
In some protected waters, or those not subject to waves, currents, or other dangerous environmental features, which include lakes, rivers, boat harbours, and estuaries, boats 7 meters and over are required to have with them a bilge pump, while smaller boats can have a bailer or a bilge pump. Automatic or electric pumps are required to have an indicator which shows when the pumps are operating properly. The only exceptions are boats that contain sealed, full length, and self draining decks.
Any boat with an inboard motor or any appliance that has gas or liquid fuel must carry a fire extinguisher. Any approved fire extinguisher will do, except the type that is water filled. Unprotected waters that are within 2 nautical miles of shore are required to add the following equipment: lifejackets, an anchor and line, and flares. The lifejacket, or Personal Floatation Device (PFD), must be an approved category 1 lifejacket. They must be in good condition and easily accessible.
The anchor and line must be approved. The anchor has to work and tested properly in sandy seabed. Also, there must be enough line to match the water depth you plan to navigate.
Two red hand held flares or two parachute distress rockets are required. Also, two orange smoke hand held flares or a smoke canister must be kept aboard. All flares should be stored in a watertight container.
Between two and five nautical miles from shore, an EPIRB, or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is required. If you go beyond five nautical miles, you must also add two parachute-type distress flares and a two way marine band radio.
Other recommended safety gears and equipments: a spare battery, spare fuel, first aid kit, a knife, extra rope, fresh water, alternative power such as paddles or oars, a torch, a mirror for signalling, a navigation chart and compass, a depth sounder, a fire blanket, a life raft, a life buoy, and a tool kit.
The tool kit should have a spanner set to suit your motor, spare spark plugs and plug spanner, spare prop and shear pins, a spare fuel filter, adjustable spanner, screwdriver set, hammer, pliers, and electrical tape.
Ben Crombie, co-owner of Revolution Marine Finance, is a stickler for safety: “I know that nobody goes for a boat ride intending to run into problems, but even the most experienced boaters aren’t immune to them. I think the safety rules are adequate, but I would take one of the rules a step further: I would make sure to always have a life jacket handy.”
Crombie continued, “Boating is fun for everyone, but it’s even more fun when it’s safe. Whether it’s someone who is at the helm for the first time, or the most experienced boater, everyone should always make sure that they have the correct equipment on the boat, and they should make sure they know how to use it.”
Crombie concluded, “We love our customers, and we want to see them make it back alive every time they go out on a boat. Following safety rules ensures that will happen.”
Revolution Marine Finance specialises in boat loans Australia wide. Their services include commercial boat finance, yacht finance, and jet ski finance.
For more information, you may visit their website at: http://www.revolutionmarinefinance.com.au/ or you may also give them a call at 1300 882 851 for a phone consultation.