Östersjöseglingars policy about sailboats

Mostly translated
Security equipment
(and a comment about securityenhancing measures)

Total security is affected by all cooperating subsystems on the boiat and how those systems are handled
It should also be mentioned that all boat can't be equipped with all securrity enhancing subsystems because of cost limits.

This shouldn't be too worrying and the sailings should be palnned according to wheather forecasts and suitable sailing routes.
Inshore sailings is less demanding from a security perspective and need less equipment in relation to offshore sailings.

Below is a list of suitable equipment

Common equipment
- life raft
- Security harness and lifting arangements
- Distress gun
- Flares
- Dan bouy
-Fire extinguisher
- Survival suite
- 1:st aid
- Boat-hook
- Reliable engine!
Navigational aid
 Some popeople may find this aid less useful but not knowing where you are may cause accidents.
Any GPS in marine use may have a MOB -button or MOB-function if anybody fall off the ship. Some GPSes you may need to push a button twice to put the machine in MOB-mode. Prepare for this early on the trip and train the MOB-manouvre by "rescuing" a fender.!
- Compass and Charts are mandatory like navigatinal skills.
- Swedish maritime mandatory rules about RADAR: Use it !
Readyness against water leakage
- Working drainage pumps
- Suitable drainagae of cockpit
- Expanding plug against water intrusion
Hull mounted valves with double tube fittings-
Deck vents closed when sailing
- Hullmounted valves closed when sailing except Cockpit drain installations.
( Don't forget to keep motor cool water inlet open if any is mounted!)

 Kommunication equipment
- VHF. licensed transceivers but can always be used in emergencies. Handhelds may have limited range, expect just a few Nm
Installed VHFs with fairy high mounted antennas, 15-30 Nm(?)
- Mobile, just remember it's limited range outside the archipelago. Closer to the shore, local island topography may cause trouble. Generally solved by short displacements Bic rocks between you and the closest mobile node is generally a bad idea.
- Licensefree UHF-transceievers (PMR446) is usually handy on medium islands, may be avialble at some boats.
Rudder control, steering wheel
- Emergency rudder control gear
- Radar reflector
- Working lanterns and spare bulbs

At rig failure
- Heavy duty wire cutter
Electric system
- Reliable connections
- Ackumulators in good condition
- Power reserve monitiors
- Reliable charging facilities
Exit paths
- No deck mounted dinghy blocking the skylight/hatch during open sea passages!
- Stove correctly installed and handled.
- Stove fuels safely stored
Boats Safety certificate
This will help!
Open sea/ocean
- Gale jib
- Dragging anchor, (parachute type)
- Emerency transmitter EPIRB
- Life raft
- AIS receiver
- Wireless personal "still aboard" monitors

Another importat aspect of safety is the educational part
Let the entire crew make themselves familiar with the
existing safety equipment before leaving your harbour!

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