SAILORS are being urged to ensure their boats are fully maintained and seaworthy before they launch them for the summer season.
With the lighter evenings and better weather on its way, many boaters are thinking about getting back out on the water again and Solent Coastguard is reminding the to stay safe.
Garry Hall, of Solent Coastguard, said: ‘Many of the water-based incidents that we deal with at this time of year involve engine breakdown as a result of lack of maintenance.
‘People report running out of fuel, sometimes because fuel indicators are broken or because fuel can’t get through pipes and the engine is starved.
‘Electrical issues are also a frequent problem. Often oxidation happens if engines are laid open to the elements and it affects the wiring.
‘Engines are susceptible to frost so following our cold winter they will certainly need a good service.’
Sailors are being reminded to check they have enough working lifejackets, that boats are fitted with all the right communications systems and the coastguard has the right emergency contact details and correct information for themselves and their vessel.
Further advice on boat maintenance and safety can be found at seavisionuk.org or rnli.org.uk/seasafety.