New boat boosts Maketu¯ Coast­guard

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By JULIE CROSS Maketu¯ Coast­guard

Maketu¯ Coast­guard is go­ing from strength to strength and the launch of a new ves­sel, Ko­hinui Res­cue, will be the pin­na­cle of a great year for the ser­vice.

Fif­teen years ago, fol­low­ing the loss of sev­eral lives at sea, the com­mu­nity of Maketu¯ re­alised they needed a lo­cal wa­ter res­cue ser­vice.

This was the begin­ning of Maketu¯ Sea Res­cue, which later be­came Maketu¯ Coast­guard in 2007.

The first ves­sel built for the new res­cue unit was Gibby Res­cue, a 7m jet boat, which has served its mem­bers and com­mu­nity well for the last 15 years. Gibby Res­cue has un­der­taken many res­cues, both in­shore and off­shore, sav­ing hun­dreds of lives.

The crew of Maketu¯ Coast­guard have a soft spot for this boat, as it was the found­ing ves­sel.

Lit­tle did they re­alise that 15 years af­ter the for­ma­tion of Maketu¯ Coast­guard, they would be fundrais­ing again for a new, im­proved and big­ger jet boat.

The new boat takes on all the learn­ing from Gibby Res­cue and has been de­signed by Tim Bar­nett of Bar­nett Off­shore De­sign.

It is an­other first for Coast­guard NZ, with spe­cialised fend­ers, and a high-pow­ered jet engine which can take the craft up to 35 knots.

It will be a great sis­ter boat to the Maketu¯ unit’s larger boat, East­pack Res­cue, and will be ideal for use in es­tu­ar­ies, bars and in­shore.

The Maketu¯ unit chose to sup­port lo­cal in­dus­try and kept the boat build lo­cal.

The boat fab­ri­ca­tion and build was un­der­taken by Teia Dun­ster of Dun­ster Fabri­ca­tions Pa¯pa¯moa, and the jet units were man­u­fac­tured by Hamil­tonJet.

The engine from Ma­rine Diesel in Tau­ranga and the high spec elec­tron­ics and night nav­i­ga­tion aids were made by Bay Ma­rine in Tau­ranga.

Shane Beech, Pres­i­dent of Maketu¯ Coast­guard says it has been a long process, tak­ing just un­der 12 months to com­plete but the work­man­ship is out­stand­ing and the fi­nal boat is spec­tac­u­lar.

It was made pos­si­ble thanks to the gen­eros­ity of TECT, Lion Foun­da­tion, One Foun­da­tion, In­fin­ity, WBOP, AMI and the “awe­some lo­cal and wider boat­ing com­mu­nity,” Mr Beech said.

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Mem­bers of the Maketu¯ Coast­guard show­case their new uni­forms.

The new ves­sel Ko­hinui Res­cue when it was un­der con­struc­tion.

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