Safe at sea

Every boat no matter how big or small, must have a skipper. The skipper is legally responsible for the safety of the boat and the people on board. The skipper is also responsible for complying with relevant rules and regulations.


Before you commence any boating activity we recommend you undertake a boating education course, such as Coastguard’s ‘Day Skipper’ or ‘Boatmaster’ courses, so you understand the ‘rules of the road’ on the water and have an appreciation of boat safety and best practice. 

Boat purchase advice

This page gives you tips on how to look for indications a boat might be stolen. This includes looking at the boat, trailer, motor and seller. Don't buy a stolen boat. … More

Boat safety

Get advice on boat safety and learn about marine search and rescue. If you are buying a boat, find out how you might recognise a stolen boat. … More