An­chor­ing safety for boat­ies

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - COAST WATCH JOHN GASPAROTTO

COAST Guard Caloun­dra has is­sued a safety alert to skip­pers to have ap­pro­pri­ate an­chors on­board and be ready to cor­rectly de­ploy them in an emer­gency.

Com­man­der Joe Allen said if your ves­sel be­comes dis­abled, an­chor­ing cor­rectly will keep it safely aligned with the bow head on to the pre­vail­ing wind and waves. It will also al­low you to main­tain your po­si­tion and pre­vent your ves­sel be­ing blown away while you await as­sis­tance.

“The an­chor, chain and line must be of suf­fi­cient strength and dura­bil­ity to se­cure the ves­sel and must be ap­pro­pri­ate for that pur­pose in the area of op­er­a­tion of the ves­sel,” he said.

Boat­ies are re­minded that it is il­le­gal and dan­ger­ous to an­chor in ship­ping chan­nels, and to tie up ves­sels to nav­i­ga­tional aids. When an­chor­ing at night or in time of re­duced vis­i­bil­ity cor­rect an­chor lights must be switched on.

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