Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Boating safety strategies for winter

by Ken McManus ESM on 8 Jun 2011
.
Marine Rescue NSW provides some tips on boating safety for winter and the coming long weekend.

'Every year the June long weekend is a great start to winter boating,' said Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW. 'Even with colder weather, the NSW coast can be a magical place for a day out or a longer cruise. But winter brings the need for skippers to take even greater care to avoid risks. Here are five easy strategies for safe winter boating.'

Wear the right clothing for cold weather
The current cold snap means warmer clothing is needed and it’s smart to take a change of clothes in case what you’re wearing gets wet.

Cold water can be a killer – be prepared for it
Sea temperatures are down to 20° and below. Immersion in water this cold is dangerous. Hypothermia is caused when the body’s core temperature drops. Marine Rescue volunteers have had to help in a number of capsizes in recent weeks. A sudden, unexpected wave can turn a day trip into a deadly tragedy so wear warm clothes and make sure all aboard wear a lifejacket. They’ll help you stay afloat in an emergency and provide added insulation.

Clear toxic exhaust fumes with good ventilation
Ensure good ventilation while motors are running. Carbon Monoxide is the killer in exhaust fumes. You can’t smell it, you can’t see it and you can’t taste it. But if you can smell the exhaust there’s a real risk you’re also being affected by Carbon Monoxide.

Check your marine radio before you go out
Call your local Marine Rescue base and ask for a radio check before you leave. When you know your marine radio is working you know you can call for help fast in an emergency.

Log On with your local Marine Rescue unit
When Marine Rescue knows you’re out there and when you’re due back, trained Marine Rescue volunteers will take action to find you if an emergency stops you from Logging Off when you return. Please remember to Log Off so we know you’re safe.

'NSW is Australia’s great boating state,' said Commissioner Finniss. 'Most boating risks are avoidable and good boating practice will keep you prepared for the unexpected. Marine Rescue NSW is here to keep you safe on the Marine Rescue NSW website
PredictWind.comAncasta Ker 33 660x82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46
The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th.
Posted on 13 Feb
Unique Transatlantic Sailing Event - Building friendship across oceans
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, international friendship and understanding is at the core of this once in a lifetime adventure - The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Posted on 10 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 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
Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
“The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.
Posted on 27 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan
Potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict, according to a new study. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) — the same deep-water ocean current featured in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” — could occur quite abruptly, in geologic terms, the study says.
Posted on 6 Jan