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BERMUDA WATER SAFETY
COUNCIL
P.O. Box HM 180,
Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda
Tel: (441) 295-6575
Fax:(441) 295-5523
Email: info@wsc.bm


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Summary of the Principal Provisions of the Marine Board (Safety)
Regulations 1993

Safety Regulations & Vessel Definitions

Motor Boat: Every craft plying the waters of Bermuda propelled by internal combustion engine or electric motor

Sail Boat: A sail boat is any boat using sails as its primary method of propulsion

Personal Water Craft: Small, agile boats powered by inboard water jet pump mechanisms.

Summary of the Principal Provisions of the Marine Board (Safety)
Regulations 1993

The regulations specify the minimum safety equipment that must be carried on any boat except:

a) when at its normal mooring with no persons onboard

b) which is solely propelled by oars or paddles while in inshore waters and does not exceed 10 feet.

Definition of Inshore Waters

All enclosed waters south of a line between Commissioner's Point and Cobbler's Cut (Spanish Point), Mangrove Bay, Ely's Harbour & the Scaur, Harrington Sound, Flatt's Inlet, Castle Harbour, Ferry Reach, St. George's Harbour, Coot Pond, Burchall's Cove, Devonshire Bay, Hungry Bay

required safety equipment:

Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski):

INSHORE
 

OFFSHORE
 

1 life jacket for each person

30 foot line/tow rope

1 Fire Extinguisher

1 approved combined daylight smoke/night flare

1 sound producing device

1 flash light

Boats 20 feet or less:

INSHORE
 

OFFSHORE
 

1 life jacket for each person

3 red flares

2 oars/paddles

3 red rockets

1 bailer/manual bilge pump

3 orange smokes

1 anchor, 3 feet chain, 100 feet rope

1 dye marker

1 horn

1 mirror

1 flash light

1 fire extinguisher

Boats 20 feet to 40 feet:

INSHORE
 

OFFSHORE
 

1 life jacket for each person

3 red flares

2 oars/paddles

3 red rockets

1 bailer/manual bilge pump

3 orange smokes

1 anchor, 3 feet chain, 200 feet rope

1 dye marker

1 horn

1 mirror

1 flash light

1 fire extinguisher

1 life buoy + 50 feet rope

Equipment required aboard boats over 40 feet - must fit required equipment in the above table plus the following:

1 additional bailer (2 total)
1 manual bilge pump
1 additional life buoy and line (2 total)
1 additional fire extinguisher (2 total)


VHF Radio Equipment is required by all vessels proceeding to seaward of:

Narrows Channel
South Channel
Western (Hogfish) Small Boat Channel
The Outer Reef between Pompano Beacon and Spit Buoy

 

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