Every Had A flat Battery? Everybody has!
And it’s always on the nicest day after some bad seas and you’re left behind!
Battery problems can be avoided
You should check the clamps and connections to the battery are secure and free from corrosion, but there are a few simple tips you can follow to reduce the chance of your battery letting you down in the depths of winter;
If your battery is more than five years old and there’s any sign of it struggling to start the engine, get it replaced. Some will struggle on for a bit longer but many won’t. It’s much better done at your convenience than as an emergency.
If you mostly do short journeys or leave the boat standing for days at a time, invest in a modern battery conditioner/intelligent charger. These can be left connected to the battery indefinitely via shore power and can prolong its life without overcharging it.
Check that everything electrical is turned off when you’re finished – even a navigation light or radio left on overnight can kill a battery when it’s cold.
Give the battery a chance
Switch off everything electrical when starting and wait for the engine to pick up before switching on heavy draw components such as heaters on a cold morning as your engine is like a stiff old man on a morning like this wanting any excuse not to get up! .
Need a new battery?
If you think or would like your battery checked then contact us today and we will arrange to come out and inspect your battery.
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The best piece of safety kit you have is you. Keep a clear head so you can react to any situation.
Look after you
Keeping warm and dry is important. Once you start to get cold your ability to think and function properly will deteriorate.
Wear clothes made from man-made fabrics rather than cotton which soaks up body moisture and makes you cold. Always take spare clothing with you so you can add layers if necessary as well as a waterproof jacket and trousers, and a hat.
Conversely in hot weather remember your sun cream and hat and keep yourself hydrated.
Alcohol and boating don’t mix
Alcohol will impair your coordination and your ability to think clearly, particularly in an emergency situation. It influences your behaviour and affects your judgement.
The RYA does not condone the drinking of alcohol whilst in charge of a vessel and encourages all boaters to act responsibly in this regard.
Care should also be taken when at anchor, transferring to and from a tender or when walking to and from a boat along a pontoon.
Life jacket or buoyancy aid
Make sure you and your crew have the right personal safety equipment, that they are well maintained and fitted correctly. More information on life jackets and buoyancy aids.
Wear your kill cord
If you are on an open powerboat or RIB make sure you wear the kill cord. If your boat is not fitted with one then get one fitted. The kill cord should be attached around your leg. Always check your kill cord works before you go out on the water. Watch how to attach a kill cord correctly and read more about kill cords and power boating safety.
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