Yachting Monthly - - TECHNICAL -

(Reg­u­la­tion V/34) Prior to set­ting off you should have made a passage plan, in­clud­ing fore­casts, tides, lim­i­ta­tions of ves­sel and crew, nav­i­ga­tional dan­gers on route, con­tin­gency plan. This can be as sim­ple or as com­plex as you want it to be, but some ev­i­dence of for­ward plan­ning is never a bad thing.

(Reg­u­la­tion V/19) Im­por­tant for be­ing picked up by ships’ radar when cross­ing ship­ping lanes or at times of re­stricted vis­i­bil­ity. Fit the largest Radar Cross Sec­tion that is prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble or con­sider an ac­tive Radar Tar­get En­hancer. (Reg­u­la­tion V/29) You should carry an il­lus­trated ta­ble of how to at­tract at­ten­tion and/ or com­mu­ni­cate with res­cue ser­vices. This can usu­ally be found in a nau­ti­cal almanac, or can be down­loaded from af­ter search­ing for ‘life sav­ing sig­nals’.

(Reg­u­la­tion V/31, V/32 V/33) You should re­spond to any dis­tress sig­nal that you see or hear and of­fer as­sis­tance to any body/boat in dis­tress the best way you can. Also, as skip­per you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­vey any dan­gers to nav­i­ga­tion to the Coast­guard.

(Reg­u­la­tion V/35) You must not mis­use any dis­tress sig­nals, by do­ing so you may be put­ting some­one else’s life at risk.

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