Pas­sage plan­ning Lyt­tel­ton to Marl­bor­ough Sounds

Prior prepa­ra­tion pre­vents poor per­for­mance... Viki Moore pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to pas­sage plan­ning be­fore her an­nual coastal voy­age.

Boating NZ - - Industry Insight - Words and photos by Viki Moore

For the last cou­ple of years my part­ner An­drew Her­riott and I have sailed Wild­wood, my Young 88, from Lyt­tel­ton to the Marl­bor­ough Sounds for the sum­mer hol­i­days. An es­sen­tial part of our coastal voy­age prepa­ra­tion in­volves com­plet­ing a thor­ough pas­sage plan for the jour­ney, from our home berth, right through un­til we are safely tied up at the des­ti­na­tion. Lyt­tel­ton to Waikawa Ma­rina is ap­prox­i­mately 182 nau­ti­cal miles up the east coast of the South Is­land and it has taken us from 29 to 36 hours. There are few places to stop along the way if any­thing goes wrong, so here are all the con­sid­er­a­tions we make as part of our pas­sage plan.

PRE­PAR­ING THE BOAT

A month or two be­fore de­par­ture, we check that the boat will be ready for the voy­age, in­clud­ing the rig, VHF ra­dio and bilge pumps. We ser­vice the

Viki Moore work­ing on her pas­sage plan, be­low left, at the nav sta­tion.

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