« Reply #1 on: Jun 17, 2010, 3:51 pm »

  • Plan your cruise: Make sure you are aware of your craft (and your own!) limitations and plan accordingly – carefully check weather forecasts and be aware of pull-out  locations and sheltered spots.  Make sure someone knows where you are going.
  • Fuel: Pay close attention to fuel  management and re-fuel in a safe way and in a safe place.  Make sure you carry enough fuel for your journey (always include a 30% minimum reserve)
  • Know your craft and your limits: Plan your route according to both.  Don't overload your craft! An overloaded craft will be operating near or at its limit – any minor weather change could push it over that limit!
  • Keep within the law: Before operating ensure that your intended route will not infringe local byelaws, navigation restrictions or wildlife sanctuaries.

  • Be Prepared: Full safety equipment must to be carried and checked - carry out a craft preflight check every time you stop!  Make sure you have suitable clothing for all forecast conditions (getting wet can be extremely dangerous – always carry spare clothing!).  Carry a basic first-aid kit, clean water and an emergency repair kit with you at all times.
  • Comms: Make sure you have some way to summon help in an emergency (e.g. marine VHF radio – check reception, mobile phone – check it works where you are going, flares, etc).
  • Don’t drink and drive: You know it makes sense.  Alcohol badly affects your responses and judgement
  • Operate with consideration: Operate with due consideration for others at all times – watch your fan/prop blast and make sure bystanders are kept well clear when manoeuvring on land.
  • Noise: Use minimum speed and throttle when close to populated areas, people or wildlife.
  • Avoid beach buzzing: Try not to go past the same area more than once an hour.  Stay away from populated beaches, shorelines or public areas unless no other route is  available.
  • Watch your speed: Adjust  your speed to suit the conditions or waterway regulations and take extra care when close to other water users.
  • Take care of the Environment: Don't damage plants, vegetation or disturb wildlife.  Stay at least 100 metres away from feeding birds on water or mudflats and keep a safe distance from seals and cetaceans (dolphin, porpoise, etc.)
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