The safety of the vessel, crew and passengers is at all times the responsibility of the skipper.

Anyone putting to sea (and especially in the Bristol Channel) should only do so in a well found boat (preferably inspected by the RNLI under their SeaCheck scheme) with at least two practical and efficient means of propulsion. They should be in possession of current charts of adequate scale for the areas in which not only they expect to pass but any other areas to which they may be required to go due to inclenment weather or any incident which may occur. They should have adequate navigation and safety equipment. The skipper needs to be suitably familiar with the Collision Regulations, seamanship and navigation. He/she should have obtained the appropriate RYA qualifications (both shorebased and practical. SeeRYA Website), and also have good local knowledge of the area through which the vessel will pass.


The accuracy of the information contained herein cannot be guaranteed. It is posted for interest and not deemed reliable for navigational purposes. Portishead Cruising Club does not accept any responsibility for the safety of any vessel or its occupants whose course or actions are in any way determined by anyone acting on information contained herein. These pilotage notes are not comprehensive, nor are the list of hazards they contain.