Boat Safety
Safety at sea should always be the most important thing on any boat anglers mind before going to sea and also while on the water. Catching that fish of a lifetime is always the dream of all sea anglers but it is never worth you life or that of your crews. remember, if in doubt, DON'T! On this page hopefully you will find some tips that will make your time afloat safer and more productive.
The Beaufort Scale
Force 1 Light airs  1-3 knots
Sail- drifting conditions
Power- fast planing conditions

Force 2 Light breeze 4-6 knots
Small wavelets
Sail- Full mainsail and large genoa
Power- fast planing conditions

Force 3 Gentle breeze 7-10 knots
ocasional crests
Sail- Full sail
Power- Fast planing conditions

Force 4 Moderate 11-16 knots
frequent white horses
Sail- reduce headsail size
Power-may have to slow down if wind against tide

Force 5 Fresh breeze 17-21 knots
Moderate waves. Many white crests
Sail- reef mainsail.
Power- reduce power to prevent slamming when going upwind

Force 6 Strong breeze 22-27 knots
Large waves. White foam crests
Sail-Reef mainsail and reduce headsail
Power- displacement speed

Force 7 Near Gale 28-33 knots
Sea heaps up, Spray, breaking waves, foam blows in streaks,
Sail-deep reefed main, small jib.
Power-displacement speed.

Force 8 Gale 34-40 knots
Moderately high waves, breaking crests.
Sail- deep reefed main, storm jib
Power- displacement speed, stem waves

Force 9 Severe gale 41-47 knots
High waves, Spray affects visibility.
Sail- trysail and storm jib
Power- stem waves displacement speed.

Force 10 Storm 48-55 knots
very high waves, long breaking crests. Survival conditions
Things to take special note of:
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Esential Equipment
Moored Boats
Boat Improvement
Boat Security
Check Points
All fishing trips should be planned. Never go to sea in a small craft without first checking through your list of check points. Things like the weather and tides are an absoloute must. You can use this check list below as the basis for your own and add to it how you please. Forward planning only takes a few moments thought and can make all the difference between being safe and well prepared and being DEAD! Be smart. Be alive!
These are an absoloute must have. You must have the right number aboard for all your crew and you must make sure that they are suitable to the size of the wearer. A small life jacket with suitable bouyency for a child is not suitable for an adult. Life jackets with the traditional collar are best if more awkward. these protect the wearer from drowning and swallowing water while unconcious. Another alternative is the floatation suit providing all the bouyency of a life jacket combined with the insulation of a wet suit! You can be dead in the water from hypothermia within an hour and so although expensive these suits are worth it.
2)Weather Forecast
You should NEVER leave for sea without taking the weather forecast with you. This can easily be found right here on this site or from Teletext page 162 on your TV. You should also keep an eye on the daily forecasts on RTE as these will give you an insight into what weather changes might be coming along in the near future. The VHF radio should also be monitored for its hourly updates on the situation and time should be taken to listen in and take note of what is being said.
Special note should be taken of the tide situation at certain marks. A spring tide will mean that as well as the water height being higher the currents will also be stronger. This combined with winds in the opposite direction can result in choppy seas.
The Compass is an essential piece of equipment on any boat. Ideally there is a whole host of other instruments you really should invest in as you will see in the Essential boat equipment section, but this is the basic navigation equipment that you must both posses and also know how to use. Any skipper who does not have one on his boat does not deserve to be one and should not own a boat!
4) Compass
Never leave for a trip withou having told someone reliable where exactly you are going and when you expect to be back. This person should be phoned and told iyou returned safely or if any change to this plan is made. This person should be given instructions to ring the coastgaurd should the worst occour. Make sure the have the phone number to ring...
5) Float Plan
Seems obvious but stupid incidents occour every year and waste the coastgaurds time when they could be saving someones life! Always make sure you have enough fuel on board. The most common mistake is to judge where you are going by how much fuel it normally takes. Outboard engines will use far less fuel on a calm sea when compared with a rough one! Another common mistake is to have plenty of petrol and run out of lubricant oil which will destroy your engine should you run it without it! The best solution is to bring two identical tanks and when one runs out you should have exactly the same amount of fuel to get back...sounds simple but you would be surprised.
6)Fuel and Oil
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