Sailboat Must-Haves for SafetySailboat Must-Haves for Safety

There is no cap you can put on safety when it comes to anything. When choosing sailing accessories, it is difficult to know the exact safety equipment that you need to have on board to make your trip both safe and fun. Most sailboats are usually stuffed with so much material if the owner is not sure what the real necessity for them are. They go by what the sales clerk at a store says and make their purchase. While many things are used regularly, some things are better off the boat. Making the choice of which to keep and which to chuck overboard, can be a task by itself. The standard safety equipment is robust to ignore as well. However, there are newer models of the standard safety equipment that is available in the market these days. This equipment will be perfect for an upgrade instead of buying additional hardware.

Here are top items that you should have on your sailboat safety-wise:

  1. Inflatable Boats

These are gold when it comes to security. While many people directly invest in safety vests having one of these for sailing days can provide handy for several reasons. The very look and feel of these inflatable boats are great. Apart from the obvious safety reasons, these boats can provide hours of fun in the water when you are docked in the ocean or to drift. Ensure that you have a rope on your boat so you can easily tether the inflatable safety boat to the main vessel at all times if you are drifting.

  • VHF Equipment
VHF communications control panel

Every boat must have VHF equipment for times when there is a distress call that you need to make. While most of the manuals of the VHF come with the emergency frequency guides to get help when you are stuck, it would help for you to take a few lasses in safety and VHF use. There is also simple VHF equipment that has smart controls these days. This VHF equipment is easy to use too.

  • Lifebuoys

An inflatable boat is a great safety addition to your vessel. However, no matter how simple it is to use an inflatable, always have lifebuoys on board as well. There should be enough of lifebuoys on board to the number of people on the vessel. If all fails, the lifebuoys are the best and failproof way to make sure you can get to shore if there is any problem.

  • Flares
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 13, 2003)–Coast Guard members from Small Boat Station Los Angeles practiced emergency signaling and survival techniques. USCG photo by PA3 Louis Hebert.

Flares are a must. Most times, it is even required by law that you have flares on board. When it comes to choosing flares, choose the ones that are the latest. Some flares have a blinking feature. A flare that blinks draws more attention than just a standard bright flash. Some flares have LED lights and lasers. However, you must check with the laws of the country you are sailing in if they are approved or no. Aerial flares last for more than 30 seconds and land slowly with a parachute. These are great and one of the best you can choose.