MSA Handy tips
- Slow down. Slower speeds allow better reaction time.
- If you have trim tabs – use the trim tabs carefully. Too much down tab can force the bow into oncoming waves, while no tabs allow the hull to plane as designed.
- Keep an eye on the radar or satellite weather. It’s always easier to go around a storm than through one. Check out the BOM http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/ website or another that you’re comfortable with.
- Tell your designated person where you are going
- Alter your course to take advantage of more favourable sea conditions.
- Carry plenty of fuel.
- Wear a life jacket.
- Complete a passage plan.
Survey record book
Ensure that your administration is on order and all the following is on board the vessel if applicable:
- Certificate of Survey and Certificate of Operation is displayed
- Safety Management System
- Stability Book
- Copies of Life Raft Certificates
- Copies of last Electrical insulation test and compliance report
- Garbage Management plan
- Nautical publications
- Corrected charts
Archive old Certificates and documents from the vessel. (Make sure you keep them in a safe place)
If you have not received your MSA Survey Record Book contact your MSA surveyor or firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Radio Operators Handbook
Do you have one on board? This is a commercial vessel requirement (NSCV C7B) for vessels operating with VHF Radio. Ensure you have one on board. Contact email@example.com for your free PDF version.