During a routine inspection on Wednesday 26th April, a significant number of boats were found to be poorly secured, or had other safety issues.
Boats without spring lines for both fore and aft directions
Bottle fenders not low enough, causing them to be squeezed out and subsequently providing no protection
No IP66 (locking, weatherproof) shore power plug
Mainsail bags not zipped/tied, causing mainsail to partially unfurl
Furling headsails unfurling due to furling line not securely locked (DO NOT rely solely on a clutch lock)
Two power leads were found to be plugged in and turned on at the pedestal, with the lead just coiled up next to the pedestal (not even on the boat). This is EXTREMELY dangerous, and in future any such occurrences will result in the power lead being removed from the marina.
We strongly recommend all owners to inspect their vessel in a period of high winds to understand how it lays, and whether changes, or more lines are required.
The photo is of the boat “I Can” in A Row as one example of how to tie up your vessel. Every boat is different, but some points to note include:
- Bow into prevailing winds
- Fore and Aft spring lines
- Well spaced fenders
- Mainsail Bag closed, and bound
- Furling headsail furling line secured, and an extra turn or two to secure the clew, and sheets also secured
- IP66 shore power plug, and the lead taken on shortest distance to vessel, not submerged
Any questions, please see Damien.
Mobile: 0412 137 183
Phone No: 9534 0227
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org