Safety briefing

Have you prepared a pre-trip safety briefing which you can go through with new crew or use to periodically run through with regular crew ?

Below are some suggestions for your checklist.

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Gas safety - turning off supply when cooker not in use. If cooker not fitted with flame failure device mention need to watch flame does not blow out (can be prevented by putting wash boards in place if cooker situated near hatch)

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Cooking safety (waterproofs when cooking in rough weather or when boiling water)

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Location of fire extinguishers

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Location of fire blanket
 

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Dan & lifebuoys (location and use of)

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Engine controls / stop lever

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MOB (Man overboard) procedure / drill
 

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Use of safety harnesses (check fit of harness on each crew member)

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Use of jackstays and strong points for clipping on

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Harness policy

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Check fitment of life jacket

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Check lifejacket cylinders
 

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Location of first aid kits

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Bilge pumps

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Location of torches

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Location of grab bags

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Location of life raft and deployment procedure

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Location of EPIRB

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Abandonment procedure & basic survival reminders

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SOLAS signals
 

Courtesy Briefing

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Turn mobiles off when other people are off watch

Post Trip

One the boat has returned to its berth (normal place of rest in it's home port), it is customary for all onboard to share the post trip chores with the aim of leaving the boat ready for its next trip, which includes:
 
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Flush heads (before entering port)

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Washing up dishes, wiping work surfaces, taking rubbish ashore, topping up the fuel and water tanks, putting the sail cover on (a protective cover which prevents it being damaged by the UV in sunlight)

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Storing all loose deck gear below in

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Settling trip expenses