Shipshape for the season
Prep your boat, check your gear and know the rules.
These three messages are the theme of this year’s Safer Boating Week, running until October 21. Auckland’s deputy harbourmaster Christiaan Moss says that as we get closer to summer it’s essential that boaties make sure they have the tools and the skills to stay safe on the water.
Moss says drowning is consistently one of the main causes of unintentional death in New Zealand and Kiwis need to respect the water. ‘‘If you have a lifejacket, wear it. And if you’re going out on the water make sure you tell someone and check in with them regularly,’’ Moss says.
‘‘Another really important thing is to keep your cellphone fully charged in a waterproof container.
‘‘Remember if there’s an emergency to call 111 or broadcast a message on VHF channel 16.’’.
Owner-operator of Penny Whiting Sailing School, Penny Whiting endorses the safe boating statement to prep your boat, check your gear and know the rules. ‘‘However I would like to remind boaters that the Auckland weather and tides also have a huge influence on your boating plans.
‘‘Summer is our windy time and boating is a real pleasure over the summer months, if you plan correctly,’’ Whiting says.
Go to maritimenz.govt.org for more information.
Deputy harbourmaster Christiaan Moss wants boaties to get prepared for summer.