The latest of a series of skiff capsizes happened recently at Burghead. This may bring the number of reported skiff capsizes up to six. Some of these have been classified as "shore landing incidents" but I think that a review of skiff safety may be useful to prevent a more serious incident. An initial difficulty is that the SCRA describes the St Ayles Skiff as a "seaworthy boat". This phrase has also been adopted by several Clubs and may instill a false sense of security. As the skiff is a replica of a traditional boat, its form and construction has bypassed all the usual checks and balances that would apply to a production boat to ensure that is was safe and fit for purpose. A more appropriate description masy be: The skiff is a small rowing boat which is suited for use in sheltered coastal waters. Some clubs have improved the safety of the skiff by installing bilge pumps and sea anchors but a fundamental problem is that, unlike all modern sailing dinghies, the prospect of self-rescue after a capsize is precisely nil. Your views on this vital subject would be very interesting.