Safety

Greetings THYC members, as we all know we are reminded our vessels should be equipped with safety equipment and we should have a check list to ensure compliance and safety for our passengers , below I have listed key requirements , all of us should review this list and ensure our vessels are eI have stated in previous correspondence to members, iare not comfortable taking your boat down the river and intoLake Ontario I will gladly escort you with my boat, just let me know and we can make the arrangements. Also do not forget to approach our Fleet Captain regarding participating with us on getaway perhaps overnight ocruise to local clubs or beaches, Adam will have the details. Lastly a speciathanks to all members and visitors who helped out with the cleanup this month, our club is back on the map again.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

By law, pleasure craft must have enough Canadian-approved flotation devices of the appropriate size for everyone on board. You can choose between lifejackets and PFDs. Remember, lifesaving cushions are not approved as personal flotation equipment on any vessel. Look for a lifejacket or PFD with a label that states it has been approved by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries & Oceans Canada or any combination thereof.

Sound Producing Devices

Pleasure craft less than 12 meters in length need a sound-signaling device if they are not fitted with a sound-signaling appliance. The sound-signaling device can be a pear less whistle, compressed gas horn or an electric horn. Pleasure craft 12 meters or greater in length must have a fitted whistle.

Lights and Shapes

Have all navigation lights as required for your boat. Make sure all instrument lights are working. Have aboard a flashlight and spare batteries.

Distress Signals

Make flares accessible and ensure they are stored in a cool, dry location such as a watertight container. Carry signals at all times even if not required by Transport Canada. Inform the crew and passengers of their location and safety rules for proper usage.

Tools and Spares

Carry a basic toolbox with tools appropriate for your boat. Carry a box of spares including fuel filter, light bulbs, head parts, through-hull plugs, etc.

Fuel and Oil

Top off your fuel tanks. If you can't, have enough fuel to provide a reasonable margin of safety for your return. Check the engine oil and coolant levels.

Fire Extinguishers

Carry at least one fire extinguisher and make sure it is accessible. Check to be sure mounts are secure and functional before departure. Take the time to point out locations to passengers and crew.

Ventilation

On any powered vessel or auxiliary powered sailboat, or vessels using LPG for cooking or heat, check that all interior spaces are well ventilated before departure. If fuel smells are detected before ventilating, check after running the blowers for several minutes before starting. If odor persists, shut down the engine and look for the source of the leak.

Bilges

Check to be sure bilges are reasonably dry and that pumps are not running excessively. Clean up any spilled oil or waste in bilges to prevent overboard discharge.

Weather Forecast

Always check the weather forecast before boating. Have a radio on board to receive weather updates.

Battery Care

If you have a dual charging system, make sure the selector switch in the proper position and batteries are secure to the vessel. Make sure the power is on to the entire vessel. Have aboard spare batteries for accessories such as your handheld radio, flashlight, portable navigational aid, etc. If the batteries are rechargeable, make sure they're charged.

Docking and Anchoring Tips

Have at least one anchor set up and bent-on to your anchor line. Carry two or three extra dock lines in case you encounter unusual conditions dockside. Visually inspect the lines you use for chafe or wear. Carry at least two fenders on-board for docking or towing if required.

Rules & Documentation

Have the proof of ownership, your Pleasure Craft Operators Card, fishing permit, etc. on board. Have the charts for the area you intend to cruise in, regardless of your level of local knowledge.

Regards………
Harry

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