Sailing and Motorboating

Always wear an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid and make sure you have a means of calling and signalling for help within reach.

Sailing or motorboating is great fun to enjoy with friends and family, but things can go wrong. Engines can fail, the weather can turn suddenly and accidents can happen. It’s important that you’re prepared, just in case. 

In 2016, RNLI lifeboats were called out 1,592 times to sail pleasure boats and 1,246 times to powered boats in trouble in British and Irish waters. The largest single cause of callouts was machinery failure.

If you find yourself in trouble you need to be able to call for help and to be able to stay afloat. Never leave without your buoyancy aid or your means for calling for help.  

See more top tips on how to enjoy sailing or motor boating safely, including information on lifejackets, calling for help and other services that the RNLI provides.

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