Ropes

Keep ropes coiled - Always keep ropes coiled for use - do not allow them to lie in a heap on deck.

Throwing rope - Practise throwing a rope so you can do it when the need arises.

Trapping fingers/hands - Avoid trapping fingers in ropes or between ropes and bollards. Don’t let the rope wind around the hands or feet whilst manoeuvring the boat.

Watch out for ropes trailing in the water - they could get wrapped round the propeller. If you do get a rope or anything else round the propeller, ensure the engine is stopped and switched off before lifting the weed hatch cover. Do not restart until the cover is back in place. People have lost fingers, hands and feet ignoring this rule. Remember to check the hatch is secure and ensure there is no leakage. A leak could flood and sink the boat.

See also:

Buying a Boat
Hiring a Boat
Living Afloat

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