All posts by Darryl Smith

Anchoring on Sand

A lot of anchoring in bays, estuaries and rivers is on sandy or muddy bottoms. This video from the Brownies Coastwatch Vault has some good tips from Dave Oelrichs from Maritime Safety Qld on the right way to do it using a Danforth Anchor. Another safety tip from Boat and Jetski Licence Noosa Sunshine Coast, … Continue reading Anchoring on Sand

Anchoring on Reef

A lot of anchoring is done on reef and a different anchor to what you use in estuaries and rivers with sandy or muddy bottoms is required. This video has info from Dave Oelrichs from Maritime Safety Qld on using a reef anchor on shallow inshore reefs. Also worth looking at in the Boating Vault … Continue reading Anchoring on Reef

Safe Bar Crossings

One of the most dangerous aspects of boating is crossing coastal bars. If you are just starting out, this video from the Brownies Coastwatch Vault shows you some of the basics of bar crossing, but the best advice is to seek tuition, either from a friend with years of bar crossing experience, or a qualified … Continue reading Safe Bar Crossings

Fire Protection in Boats

There’s nothing more terrifying than an explosion and fire on a boat. Thankfully, they don’t happen every day, but do occur often enough to make it worth your while to be aware of how easy boat fires can start, the most common causes, and things you can do the minimise the risk. This video has … Continue reading Fire Protection in Boats

Beware of Pressure Waves when Crossing Bars

Crossing coastal bars always requires caution, but accidents often happen on days you think are safe, when the swell is small and the bar looks really easy to cross. One of the reasons for this is the tide factor. On big ebbing tides, the extra volume of water running out through narrow bar openings creates … Continue reading Beware of Pressure Waves when Crossing Bars

Boat Flares

Flares There are three types of flare carried on board boats. Red hand held, orange smoke and parachute. These are designed for day or night use and are used to attract attention of other boat or passing aircraft. Flares must be regularly inspected. Their expiry date is three years from manufacture, which is marked on them and they … Continue reading Boat Flares

Boat Safety – V Sheet and Mirror

Two very important pieces of safety equipment are a V Sheet and a mirror. Since this video was shot, carrying the mirror is no longer compulsory, but is recommended. When you see how visible the V Sheet and the light reflected by a mirror are to the crew of a helicopter, compulsory or not, you’ll … Continue reading Boat Safety – V Sheet and Mirror

Safe Boating – Minimise Wash

Every year there are more boats on our waterways and it’s important that skippers of bigger boats realise that travelling too fast and creating a big wash when passing smaller, anchored, or moored boats is potentially dangerous. Hot food could get knocked off a stove, or people could fall over, or in the water. Apart … Continue reading Safe Boating – Minimise Wash