Guidance

SOLAS regulations for pleasure boat users

Leaflet explaining how Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter V regulations apply to small privately owned pleasure craft.

Documents

SOLAS V - For pleasure craft Version 1

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This leaflet describes how the 2002 regulations affect owners and users of small pleasure boats. It covers the following requirements:

  • voyage planning
  • radar reflectors
  • life saving signals
  • assistance to other craft
  • misuse of distress signals

You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in a boating accident and you haven’t applied the basic principles outlined in this leaflet.

Published 1 May 2014
Last updated 23 June 2015 + show all updates
  1. Update SOLAS V - For pleasure craft version 1
  2. First published.