Spring Checklist: Get your boat safe for Summer
Spring has officially sprung, which means it’s well and truly time to get your boat ready to launch. Making sure your safety equipment is in good working order should be your first priority. We’ve blogged four essential items to check, including changes to marine safety regulations in Australia.
Here’s what you need to know.
- Life jackets
You’ll need one life jacket per person onboard, and each jacket should match the individual’s size and body weight. Life jackets need to be in good condition and comply with Australian Standards 4758 and ISO 12402. These new standards include a new rating system, which was introduced 1 January 2021. The biggest change to the standards relates to increased buoyancy.
- Fire safety
If your boat has an inboard engine, or carries heating or cooling systems that rely on flames, you’ll need to have a fire extinguisher onboard. (Personal watercrafts not included.) The fire extinguisher needs to meet Australian Standards and should be inspected every six months. Regulations only require one fire extinguisher per vessel, however it is recommended that larger vessels carry more than one in high risk areas.
- Carbon monoxide detectors
Any area of your boat that is enclosed or partly enclosed needs to have a working carbon monoxide detector. Between 2011 and 2016, an estimated 16 people lost their lives after using gas appliances in confined areas without ventilation. Boats are especially high risk, which is why spending around $50 on a carbon monoxide alarm is an important safety measure.
- New EPIRB regulations
An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is an essential safety device. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) introduced new EPIRB regulations as of 1 January 2021. Now, certain vessels are required to carry a float-free EPIRB, and all EPIRBS need to be registered with AMSA. This YouTube video published by the Australian Government offers a good overview of new EPIRB regulations.
Have you checked your cover?
Checking your marine cover regularly can help make sure you’re getting the right level of cover for your boat, at the right price. If you’d like us to review your existing cover, we can provide you with detailed information on how we take care of your vessel, if something unforeseen were to occur.
Get in touch for an obligation free quote, and stay safe out there.