English Ports

About Safety on board a Charter Boat

Heed the safety briefing you are given when embarking.
Please read the relevant safety notices when you get on-board.
Please take care when moving around the boat at all times.
Take care to hold on to minimise the risk of falling over and be careful where you tread - the nature of fishing boats can mean obstacles are often in your way.
Pay particular attention when entering and leaving the cabin. Be especially careful when it is rough or when there is wash from another vessel. If you need to move about under these conditions please let the skipper know otherwise please remain seated.
Whist the skipper and crew have a duty of care towards you, please take special care and be responsible for your own safety.
Please be very careful when you get on and off the boat. You are not allowed to board or alight without permission of the skipper who will make sure the boat is safely moored up.
Don't board or alight with both hands full of gear as you will have no hands free to hold on.
Take special care on steps which may be slippery or on the dock area where there can be trip hazards.
Please be very careful when using knives to cut bait and fish and return them to their storage when you have finished with them.
Be especially careful when moving around under rough conditions with a knife in your hands.
Only use scissors to cut line. Take care with sharp hooks especially in combination with heavy leads.
Please handle the fish carefully. Some fish like bass, bream, rays and gurnards have sharp spines. Others like dogfish and tope have rough skin which can cause abrasions. Congers, Ling, Ray and Tope amongst others have the ability to injure by biting. Your skipper will be pleased to help you handle your catch safely.

Finally, enjoy your trip and please treat all fish with respect.