Keeping safe on the water
Summer is now in full swing and so too is the boating season.
Hundreds of Aucklanders are taking the opportunity to get out on the harbour and Auckland Harbourmaster Andrew Hayton is encouraging boaties to remember the essentials.
‘‘Aucklanders love nothing more than a day out on the water,’’ Mr Hayton says.
‘‘We want to make sure that they stay safe while out and about enjoying our magnificent harbours.’’
Mr Hayton says there are a number of steps boaties can take to help ensure their trip is safe and successful:
Make sure that your vessel is capable of completing the intended trip
Ensure everyone has a correctly fitted lifejacket
Check the marine weather forecast before and during your trip
Don’t overload your vessel
Carry at least two means of communicating distress with you
Tell a responsible person ashore where you are going, how many people you have on board, your boat details and when you expect to return
Avoid alcohol or limit your intake – it impairs your judgment and ability to survive in an emergency
Don’t exceed 5 knots within 200m of the shore or within 50m of another vessel or person in the water.
Auckland’s waterways are a feature of the region and this summer play host to a number of events able to be enjoyed either from on the water or onshore.