TENDERS SAFETY TIPs
Using Your Tender Safely
- Make sure when you are pumping up your tender that you have the right amount of air in it before using it.
- Please have the name clearly displayed on your tender.
- Be careful when launching the tender from your boat – make sure that the area is clear of people, boats, and wash.
- If you are using an outboard engine make sure you take some oars with you in case of engine failure.
- Check that you have enough fuel to get you where you are going and back again.
- ALWAYS make sure that everyone in the tender is wearing a lifejacket.
- ALWAYS take a V.H.F. radio and/or a mobile phone with you at all times.
- Put a torch, or some form of lighting, in the tender with you in case it gets dark to allow other harbour users to see you.
- Get in your tender sensibly, DO NOT jump in.
- BEWARE of other people’s wash when entering your tender.
- DO NOT overload your tender with people or belongings (it is always better to make two trips and be safe).
- Make yourself and others aware of the wind and tide conditions.
- IF CHILDREN ARE ALONE make sure that they are also aware of the weather and tide conditions.
- OTHER HARBOUR USERS TO BE AWARE OF: Harbour taxis (especially at night); berthing masters; other yachts and motor boats manoeuvring; sailing dinghies entering and leaving the harbour, and other tenders which may not have a torch to make themselves seen in the dark.
- When tying up please use a LONG painter; remember it isn’t only you using that area to tie your tender up.
- ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO BE SAFE OR IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS YARMOUTH HARBOUR RUN A WATER TAXI SERVICE (YOU MAY CALL THE TAXI ON V.H.F. Ch. 15).