Category "A" Ocean


1 Lifesaving and personal safety equipment  
1.1 A suitable PFD/Lifejacket for each person on board, of at least 150 Newtons (CE EN 396) (see appendix 5). X
1.2 Crew safety harness/lifelines for all crew that may have to work on deck at any time. X
1.3 Appropriate clothing. X
1.4 An immersion suit per crewmember if operating in northern latitudes. X
1.5 Jack Lines capable of being rigged port & starboard and extending from the aft of the cockpit to the foredeck for use with crew lifelines. X
1.6 Life raft of sufficient capacity to cater for all crew carried. (Category Craft ''Inshore'' engaged on overnight coastal passages) X
1.7 Emergency Liferaft Grab Bag for abandoning ship. X
1.8 A buoyant heaving line/throw bag. X
1.9 Horseshoe type lifebelt with light. Danbuoy with flag fitted to one lifebelt. X
1.10 Buoyancy sling with floating line - can be fitted in lieu of one horseshoe lifebelt. X
1.11 Boarding Ladder X


2 Flares (all to be within expiry date)  
2.1 Hand held distress flares. 6
2.2 Hand held white flares. 4
2.3 Parachute rocket red flares. 12
2.4 Orange smoke signal canisters. 2


3 Radios and Communications
3.1 A suitable fixed Marine Band VHF radio transmitter, with DSC facility (Operators licence required from MRAU). X
3.2 Marine Band MF/HF/SSB and/or global satellite communication system. X
3.3 EPIRB - type 406 - registered in the name of the vessel. X
3.4 Radio Transponder unit - SART. X
3.5 Waterproof hand held radio. X
3.6 A radio receiver AM/FM, capable of receiving shipping forecasts, and national/local weather forecasts. X


4 Fire Fighting
4.1 Fire blanket - CE marked. X
4.2 Fire extinguishers in addition to a suitable extinguisher to fight oil fires in engine spaces or fire bucket. (Do not deploy the bucket overboard while the boat is moving) 3
4.3 All cooker/heaters using Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) should be installed as outlined in Marine Notice No. 1 of 2000. X


5 Navigation Equipment
5.1 Echo Sounder. X
5.2 Steering Compass. X
5.3 Hand Bearing Compass. X
5.4 Speed Log X
5.5 GPS. X
5.6 Radar Reflector. X
5.7 Foghorn, powered or aerosol type. X
5.8 Barometer. X
5.9 Clock. X
5.10 Binoculars. X
5.11 Sextant and tables. X
5.12 Navigation drawing instruments, parallel ruler, dividers or plotting instrument. X
5.13 Full set of fixed navigation lights including anchor lights. X
5.14 Suitable up to date charts, nautical publications and tide tables for areas of cruising. X


6 Bilge Pumping  
6.1 Manual bilge pump capable of pumping from any hull watertight compartment and with all hatches closed. 2
6.2 At least one complete repair kit including spares should be carried. X
6.3 An electric or engine driven pump can be substituted for a manual model. X
6.4 A bucket of capacity 8-12 litres, siutably fitted with a rope lanyard. (Do not deploy the bucket overboard while the boat is moving) X
6.5 Softwood tapered plugs, located adjacent to all, through hull underwater fittings. X
6.6 All through hull fittings to be fitted with isolation valves. X


7 Anchors and Warps  
7.1 Anchor with chain/warp, as appropriate for a vessels size, and operating area ground holding conditions. 2
7.2 Boats should have a suitably reinforced deck cleat/Samson post on the foredeck, and means of closing over the bow roller or fairlead used when anchoring. X
7.3 An adequate supply of warps and fenders, these should include siutable warps to allow the craft be towed if necessary. X


8 General Equipment
8.1 Emergency steering means, i.e. tiller for vessels fitted with wheel steering as their primary means of steering. X
8.2 Waterproof torch, capable of also being used for signalling. X
8.3 An appropriate tool kit and spare parts for the type of craft being used. X
8.4 Suitable secondary means of engine starting including battery or hand start. X
8.5 Suitable First Aid Kit including a First Aid manual. X
8.6 Storm sails which can be quickly rigged, or the facility to deep reef sails on yachts X
8.7 Emergency repair kit including sail repair kit, spare wash boards and window blanks. X
8.8 Emergency water supply. X
8.9 Bosun's Chair. X
8.10 Instruction manuals for vessels essential equipment. X
8.11 Rigid or inflatable tender. X
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