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The club flag, hoisting flag, boat pennant / bull rope pennant is the business card of your club and every yacht club, sailing or water sports club has their own club burgee. In the naval and shipping industry flags have various functions: labelling functions, command posts, locations, for transmitting signals or just as a symbol of the club membership. SVB's online shop carries a large selection of German motorboat or sailing club flags. Your flag is not included? We are happy to produce your motive as well. Almost everything is possible, please contact us or send your individual request directly to - we are happy to assist!
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SECUMAR – Innovation, spanning over 4 generations. For over 50 years, the family business of Bernhardt Appartebau GmbH port & Co. has been developing and producing certified rescue products under the brand name SECUMAR.
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PLASTIMO - Happy boating to you! In 1963 PLASTIMO started in Lorient on the French Atlantic coast with a range of 80 water sports products. Founder of the family business was Antoine Zuliani. Toward the end of the seventies, the figures revealed a lot more: PLASTIMO now sold 2,500 products, had 400 employees and founded its first subsidiary in the UK. Research and development focused on safety and compasses. In 1992 the PLASTIMO Offshore Compass received the French Industrial Design Award. In the mid-nineties PLASTIMO strengthened its reputation as a specialist in safety and pioneered the production of automatic lifejackets.
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In order to prevent or reduce the risk of accidents at sea, fully functioning on-board safety equipment and competent handling of it are indispensable. Learn more about Safety...


- Making sure you arrive safely at the next harbour -

The first step to being safe on the water is to ask yourself what you know yourself about safety. This includes familiarising yourself with your own boat before setting off and making sure it is seaworthy. To avoid risks, always check the forecast and pay attention to any changes and developments in the weather. We also recommend the following minimum safety equipment for boats:


Personal safety equipment & man overboard

Every boat should carry a sufficient number of life jackets for every person on board. In order to comply with the current safety regulations in Europe, life jackets must carry a CE mark. You can read more about the guidelines for life jackets in our Life Jacket Guide. At sea, personal safety equipment should include one safety harness per person to hook into. Furthermore, no boat should be without a life belt with a floatable rescue line & light. Before starting your trip, you should carefully consider what measures to take in case of an MOB emergency and check the rescue options.


Fighting fire

Every boat should be equipped with suitable fire fighting equipment. Depending on the size of your boat, we recommend at least two portable class ABC fire extinguishers. Even a simple fire blanket in the galley can prevent serious accidents.


Distress signalling equipment

In the event of a maritime emergency, you must be able to communicate your presence effectively. You should therefore always carry a signalling device together with matches or a lighter. No matter where you are sailing, we recommend the following signalling equipment:

# 2 orange smoke flares with a smoke duration of 1 minute or 2 orange, floating smoke signals with a smoke duration of 4 minutes
# 2 red hand-held flares with a burn time of 60 seconds
8 red parachute rockets with a rise height of 300 m and burn time of 30 seconds. Sports boats close to the coast can also use a flare with red light stars and a rise height of at least 80 m instead.

Distress beacons should be stored on board in a suitable container which complies with the legal requirements for weapons. Make sure that you are familiar with the correct use of the device so that you can react quickly in case of an emergency and use the signalling equipment safely. Please note that in order to purchase many distress beacons, a certificate of competence in accordance with the provisions of weapons law or a certificate of expertise in accordance with explosives law is required. For some sailing areas, important flags & other signalling items, e.g. to indicate manoeuvrability, should also be carried.

Water leaks

You should also be prepared should water leak into your boat. The minimum requirement for each boat is an appropriate bailing device. For larger boats a bilge pump is recommended, for smaller boats a bucket and/or bailer should also be carried on board. We further recommend that you have a stock of emergency plugs in various sizes as well as sealants on board.

First aid equipment

A first aid kit should be carried on board for minor & serious injuries. Different types of equipment are available to purchase, depending on the sailing area and how long you are away from the coast in case of an emergency.


Life raft

You may want to have a life raft on board, depending on the area you are sailing in. In Germany it is recommended to carry a life raft in the open sea. A life raft not only protects from drowning but also against hypothermia. It should therefore be part of the safety equipment of every boat, especially in the North and Baltic Sea. In some countries it is also compulsory to carry life rafts, depending on the sailing area. In Germany it is obligatory to carry a life raft on charter yachts at sea and in some sailing regattas. More detailed information about life rafts can be found in our guide.


Maintenance of life jackets and life rafts

Check your safety equipment regularly and be sure to keep your rescue material up to date to ensure that it will work in an emergency. The prescribed maintenance intervals for life jackets and life rafts can be found on the attached maintenance sticker or on the manufacturer's website. Remember to inform all crew members and guests about safety equipment on board and how it works.

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