A bailer or a bilge pump is required
Depending on the size of the vessel, at least one solidly constructed metal or plastic bucket with two metres of rope attached must be carried on any vessel or alternatively a bilge pump may be carried. Don’t use a cut in half milk container or similar.
Also, ensure you test your electric bilge pump on a regular basis and keep your bilge clean – they can easily become clogged with debris floating in the bilge.
- As a safety item it is useful for both bailing water out and fighting fires
- In an emergency the bucket can be used as a sea anchor
Don’t rely on the bucket with the fish in it!