Safety Equipment

The safety equipment required varies according to the length of the vessel and the operational area.

Safety Equipment Brochure

Operational areas map

The table sets out the minimum requirements for owners and operators of motor-propelled recretional vessels

 

Safety Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

The following table sets out the minimum requirements for owners and operators of a motor-propelled recreational vessel.

Safety Equipment

 

**Note: Flares are Recommended in Smooth Waters but not compulsory

  • All vessels operating at night require navigational lights and torch
  • It is recommended that vessels less than 6 metres should not proceed beyond sheltered waters
  • Sheltered waters are all waters not exceeding 2 nautical miles to seaward of land on the North and East coasts unless specified in the MAST “Limits of Operational Areas”
  • All Other Waters are those beyond Sheltered Waters as well as waters on the South and West Coasts between South East Cape and Cape Grim.

 

Sheltered waters are all waters not exceeding 2 nautical miles to seaward of land on the North and East coasts unless specified in the MAST “Limits of Operational Areas”

All Other Waters are those beyond Sheltered Waters as well as waters on the South and West Coasts between South East Cape and Cape Grim.

 

Safety equipment in unregistered boats

Unregistered motor boats are all motorised vessels of less than 4 hp.

These vessels are required to carry the minimum required safety equipment as per the Marine and Safety (Motor Boats and Licences) By-Laws 2013, which includes a fire extinguisher, bailer or bilge pump, flares, an anchor with the correct length of chain and rope and oars or paddles. It is also compulsory to wear a life jacket at all times when under power.
(Flares are not required in smooth waters)

Safety equipment in tenders

Compulsory safety equipment for a motor-propelled tender:

  • the requirement to wear a life jacket when under power.
  • Bailer or bilge pump is to be carried

A motor propelled tender is defined as any vessel not exceeding 4.5 metres in length that is operated within 0.5 nautical miles of a parent vessel used primarily for embarking and disembarking crew and passengers.

Once a motor-propelled tender operates beyond 0.5 miles from its parent vessel, it is required to carry the minimum safety equipment listed above and if more than 4 hp is also required to be registered.