The Club has 2 identical Fox 440 power boats fitted with electric start, power tilt. The boats new in 2013 are stable, comfortable and easy to handle and represent a significant investment.

The boats are designated as ‘Safety and Training’ boats

  1. Safety – for assisting and supporting the safe conduct of waterborne activities.
  2. Training – for the development of members skills in boat handling, pilotage, navigation, safety procedures.

Use of Boats

The SGBA powerboats are available to all SGBA members aged 18 or over to book online and use for their personal training and skill development subject to the following conditions.

All applicants, including those with PB2, must successfully complete the Induction course. You can book the Induction course, or an SGBA PB2 course which includes it, through the Powerboat QM.

Summary of the Induction Course

On successful completion, your name will go on the Register of Safety Boat Helms. Once on the Register, in order to be able to book a safety boat for personal use, you must volunteer for two duties at club events before you will be issued with the necessary password.

To do that:

  1. Go to the SGBA website, select Summer Programme and click Sailing and Events Support Site. Find days with empty slots for OOD, crew, or safety helm; provided you hold a PB2 certificate you are able to helm the safety boat at club events. Email details of your preferred two duties to the Sailing Secretary. Guidance notes explaining these duties are also on the Summer Programme page.

  2. The Sailing Secretary will enter your name on the duty list and instruct admin to issue a password and key safe code allowing you to book boats. This may take a few days.

Please note:

  1. To remain on the Register, you must hold PB2 or one of the SGBA Accepted Qualifications or achieve one of them before the end of your second season on the Register.
    SGBA Accepted qualifications

  2. Volunteering for duties is an annual requirement in order to retain your password.

  3. Digital copies of any relevant certificate must be emailed to the Sailing Secretary and the RYA Principal (see website - Contacts).

  4. Operate Safety boats in compliance with the ‘Conditions of use’. See opposite.

Conditions of use of the SGBA Power boats

  1. SGBA events will have priority when booking boat.
  2. Minimum age for booking and driving is 18.
  3. The Registered helm making the booking is responsible for the boat, the safety and conduct of crew (Max 5 inc helm), wearing buoyancy aids and compliance with maritime regulations.
  4. Boats must not enter, leave or be operated in Stoke Creek if the tide is less than 2.5m (approximately 3hrs either side of HW).
  5. Boats must always follow the deep channel when entering and leaving the Stoke creek.
  6. Boats must not be beached or enter water less than 1.5m deep.
  7. Landing is permitted only on Quays, wharfs and moorings subject to min depth 1.5m.
  8. Breakdown – the helm is responsible for recovery of craft to SG pontoon berth and notification to QM within 3 hours of incident if the boat is immobilised.
  9. Boat must be returned for overnight mooring on its SG pontoon berth except with prior authorisation by an SGBA officer.
  10. Speed limit 6 Knots.
  11. Boats may not be used for hire or reward or taken beyond Totnes Town Pier or Dartmouth Castle.
  12. After using a boat, the helm must complete the on-line usage report.

Safety Boat Fog Horns

There has been some confusion about how these work.

This picture should help.

The Safety Boat booking site is closed for the winter. However, Committee members wishing to book a boat for 2018 events can contact the webmaster who will make the booking for them.