During the high seasons, the Croatian Ministry of Sea reminds all yachtsmen, as well as sailors, divers and surfers of vigilant and responsible behavior. Despite the fact that the number of accidents and deaths at sea has significantly decreased since 2006, extra caution is always necessary.
Inexperience is the main cause of accidents. Most of the disasters during yachting are due to faults in equipment and the irresponsible behavior of its crew and passengers. Strict observance of maritime rules and regulations is of paramount importance for maintaining a safe sailing.
To avoid an accident, you need to know the limitations of a yacht, such as:
- Tank capacity (fuel, fresh water, black water);
- Fuel consumption;
- Lenght of an anchor chain;
- Length of mooring lines.
For personal safety, everyone who stepped on board, has to know the basics of behavior on a boat. This applies not only to the mandatory wearing of a waistcoat or the use of a rescue ring, in case of emergency. It must be remembered that most lethal situations occur due to personal guilt. Ignorance of the rules does not absolve from responsibility.
To avoid troubles when sailing, it is important to know the compatibility of a yacht with the specified requirements. That is, what the yacht can, depending on its size and the number of passengers, in a designated navigation area. Before sailing, you need to make sure that the yacht has a fire extinguisher, navigation lights, distress signals, a gas leak detector, etc.
Many owners neglect the control inspections of their yacht, and this is in vain. Such inspections significantly reduce the risk of breakages in the open sea. Timely inspection increases safety.
Before going to sea, it is worth to recheck the weather forecast. In the open sea, the weather can change mood dramatically. The consequences can be catastrophic.
During the whole cruise it is recommended to inform the coast guard about your position. In contrary cases, a rescue team is sent to a yacht that has not been contacted for a long time.
From the US Coast Guard statistics it is known that most of the negative accidents happen due to the inattention of the captain of the yacht. First of all, you need to watch your boat on the water.
The skipper must know and follow the navigation rules for yachts. Knowledge of elementary rules can prevent the crossing of directions with another vessel.
Many yachtsmen find themselves outside their yacht or are seriously injured by their own fault. An inexperienced performance of a boat maneuvering can cost not only your personal life, but also the lives of people around you.
Engaged in active sports on a yacht, you must first evaluate the risk. After all, in cases of injury, rescuers may not be able to help you.