Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Be boat safe on the water this Christmas

by The Honourable Steven Dickson on 21 Dec 2012
Be boat safe on the water this summer. .. ©
Acting Community Safety Minister Steve Dickson is urging all boaties to take extra care when hitting the water this festive season.

Mr Dickson said Christmas was the perfect time to spend time on the water with friends and family but the increased boating traffic often meant a rise in the number of incidents.

'There are more than 200,000 registered boat owners in Queensland and there’s a good chance many of them will take to the State’s waterways over the Christmas period,' Mr Dickson said.

'With more boats on the water we are asking people to be alert and prepared so they don’t need the services of the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) or Coast Guard.

'Last year alone the VMR and Coast Guard responded to nearly 10,000 calls for assistance in Queensland.

'However, by taking a few precautions all boaties can ensure that they don’t add to the statistic.'

These include:

· Have the right safety equipment including enough lifejackets for everyone on board

· Ensure the boat and motor are in safe and good working order

· Have enough fuel for the trip plus a little extra to allow for unexpected high winds and strong tides

· Tell someone or the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) or Coast Guard where you are leaving from, your destination and what time you’re expected back

· Take your mobile phone and ensure it is charged

· Check the weather before you leave and continue to monitor it for sudden storms or wind changes

· Allow for more boating traffic on the water and follow the rules of the waterways

· Have an Emergency Position Indicating Response Beacon (EPIRB) if operating more than two nautical miles from land in open waters

More information about the latest boating safety requirements and safety tips can be found at www.msq.qld.gov.au
PredictWind.com 2014Protector - 660 x 82Barz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

New Xperformance - Optimising the cruiser/racer range from X-Yachts
X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many Intl titles Since the company was founded back in 1979, X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many famous International titles, and of course One Design Class yachts such as X-79 and X-99
Posted on 14 Feb
World Sailing unites Kiteboarding governing bodies
World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the IKA and the GKA to unite the kiteboarding community World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) to unite the kiteboarding community and provide clarity of kiteboarding's governance structure.
Posted on 13 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
Zhik becomes Official Clothing Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik. As it enters the 2017 season, the Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik.
Posted on 2 Feb
World Sailing headquarters to relocate to London
World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016.
Posted on 1 Feb
Henri Lloyd join forces with FAST40+ Class
Henri Lloyd is delighted to announce their three year partnership with the FAST40+ Class. Premium British marine and lifestyle clothing brand, Henri Lloyd is delighted to announce their three year partnership with the FAST40+ Class.
Posted on 1 Feb
Tawera takes the NZ Millennium Cup 2017
The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing, taking line honours for a third consecutive day, bringing home the NZ Millennium Cup 2017. Coming into the final day of racing, Pacific Division competitors, Antaeus and Steinlager 2, were tied on points. Rumours of an extensive tactical defence strategy to retain the Pacific
Posted on 1 Feb
Rolex China Sea Race launches new official website
RHKYC today unveiled its new official website and logo for its flagship event, the biennial Rolex China Sea Race Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today unveiled its new official website and logo for its flagship event, the biennial Rolex China Sea Race - Asia’s principal blue-water classic.
Posted on 28 Jan
Bavaria C57 - Something big has arrived
At the boot 2017 in Düsseldorf, Bavaria Yachts presented the new flagship of their sailing yachts' fleet. At the boot 2017 in Düsseldorf, Bavaria Yachts presented the new flagship of their sailing yachts' fleet. The Bavaria C57 does not only convince with a new modern design but also with many new innovative details.
Posted on 24 Jan