These tips could save your life.
Unstable vessels are a leading cause of death in commercial fishermen. Between 2010 and 2013, capsize, leaking or swamping accounted for 59% of commercial fishing fatalities.*
Leaks, overloading and the free surface effect of a loose catch or poorly stowed kit can all make a vessel unstable.
By keeping your vessel’s stability in mind throughout a trip, you can significantly reduce the risks.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out the tipping point of your boat – follow these simple steps to being safer at sea.
Modifications to your boat, such as installing new equipment or changing internal layout, can affect its stability at sea. Find out what effects these changes can have – and how to counteract them.
If you’re planning to make changes to your boat:
Loose kit, fish and excess water on or below deck can all shift and raise your boat’s centre of gravity. If left unchecked, the effect of their movement can capsize your boat within minutes. Find out how to avoid the problem before it develops.
Next time you’re on your boat make sure you:
Hauling in your catch can change your boat’s centre of gravity and have a serious impact on its stability. This film helps you understand how to avoid some of these impacts.
Make sure you:
Overloading your vessel reduces its freeboard and creates a lack of reserve buoyancy. We show why it’s never worth pushing your luck – and look at the pros and cons of using a Wolfson mark for stability.
Flood water, combined with its free surface, can rapidly affect your boat’s stability. Get the facts to help keep your vessel watertight.
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* RNLI-commissioned causal analysis of 44 fatalities between 2010 and 2013. Of these fatalities, 15 were caused by vessel capsize and 11 were due to leaking, swamping or sinking. All data based on RNLI return of service data 2009-2013.
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