Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Boat check can save lives

Two-hour pre-season boat check can save lives on the water

Thursday 14 October 2004

A two-hour boat overhaul on land can save lives on the water this season, warns Environment Bay of Plenty.

Hundreds of boaties will be heading for the region’s harbours, lakes and coast over Labour Weekend, the traditional start of the boating season. For many, it will be their first time on the water for months, says regional harbourmaster Jon Moore.

“Unfortunately, some people haul their vessels out of storage, rush them into the water – and then find out, too late, that things are not right,” It may be a fuel problem, cracked fibreglass, or deteriorated life jackets. “It can get serious very quickly out there,” Mr Moore says. “It doesn’t pay to be careless when it comes to looking after your boat.”

He urges all boaties to have their engines serviced by a competent mechanic, and to carry out their own full pre-season check “All it takes is a couple of hours on the front lawn. You just have to get the gear out, check it over, clean it, and repair it if necessary - it’s very simple but it can safe your life, and the lives of your family and friends.”

The regime should include checking the hull, safety gear, machinery, cooling systems, petrol engines, electrical systems, cooking and heating, spare gear and tools. Mr Moore recommends brushing up on navigation and safety bylaws and maritime rules. Coastguard also runs a series of small boat safety courses that are very helpful, he adds.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022


At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...
More>>



 
 

Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>


Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>

ALSO:

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:



National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels