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The MCA CG66 boat registration scheme has being replaced by a new more comprehensive scheme in conjunction with the RYA. Registration is still free.
See .CG66 Change details
Unfortunately there is no plan to transfer data from the CG66 data base into the new scheme & the CG66 data will cease to be used sometime around 2020.
It is highly recommended that all skippers register their boats with the new scheme even if currently included in the coastguard CG66 scheme. See
An essential aid to safety is a fully functioning VHF radio transciever. Skippers should be fully familiar with its operation & the legal requirements for using it.
A personal lifetime operators licence is required & needs a training session to gain. Details of local training courses can be found on line using a search such as "VHF radio training courses Isle of Wight."
BAC has chosen Channel 6 as its normal working channel.
Lifejackets save lives
If you are going afloat for pleasure, working around water or fishing, wear your lifejacket or buoyancy aid. It’s useless unless worn.
Accidents can happen at any time in any weather. Good training and common sense help but several people’s lives could be saved every year if those involved wore a correctly-fitted, well-maintained lifejacket or buoyancy aid.
The water around the UK is cold all year round. It’s surprisingly difficult to get back on board your boat once you’re in the water and the cold water will affect how your body works. Wearing a lifejacket with crotch straps and sprayhood could double your chances of survival and increase your likelihood of being found.
When you fall into cold water, your blood pressure increases and you begin gasping for air. If you’re not wearing a lifejacket that lifts your airways out of the water, you can breathe in enough water to drown. If you do fall in, don’t attempt to swim unless you’re really close to your boat. Relax as much as you can and find something to hold onto if you can, while your body adapts and you regain control of your breathing. After this, you should be able to call for help or get back onboard as soon quickly. Your rescuers should find this easier if you are wearing a lifejacket.
Statistics tell us that commercial fishing, angling and sailing are the activities where most lives might be saved by buoyancy-wear.
A local company based in Cowes, called SeaSafe, manufacture a range of clothing with built in lifejackets.They have provided prizes for our open competitions in the past and will give a discount to members. See their website here seasafe