Below are links to information that could make your sailing experience even safer.

RNLI – Advice Onboard


Advice Onboard is a free service offered by the RNLI to owners of boats under 13.7 metres. It is described as a free health check of your boat’s safety equipment and is carried out by trained volunteers.

For more information phone the RNLI on 0800 3280600 or visit the RNLI Respect the Water website.

RYA Safetrx

The RYA Safetrx app has now replaced the Coastguard Form 66 (CG66). The RYA SafeTrx app monitors your boat journeys and alerts emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time.

RYA SafeTrx app is an app for both Android and Apple iOS smartphones that allows you to track your journey (in UK territorial waters) on your phone.

RYA SafeTrx app provides all recreational boat users, particularly dinghy cruisers, PWC users, RIB users, canoers, kayakers, wind and kite surfers and smaller boat users with an easily accessible and simple to use means that can inform HM Coastguard of their voyage plans and dynamic location in the event of distress.

This app is freely available to anyone who wants to be safer afloat. It is free to download and there is no charge to use it.

See the RYA Safetrx website for more details.

Free chart updates


Keep your charts up-to-date by visiting the UK Hydrographic Office website and simply entering your chart’s reference number.


Also for updates of Imray charts visit the Imray website. Search for your chart. A link to the chart’s corrections is at the top of the individual chart’s page.