Maritime NZ issues boat check warning

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Boaties are being urged to check their vessels and equipment before hitting the water this winter.

“Undertaking these simple checks will help protect you, your passengers and other water users,” says Maritime New Zealand senior adviser recreational boating and common compliance Matt Wood.

The first step is to check lifejackets, ensure there is no damage and they are still fit-for-purpose.

It is also vital to check the expiry dates on emergency beacons and fire extinguishers.

Maritime NZ also recommends boaties undertake a full clean, flush out of engines and stress test of other safety equipment on-board.

“Checking batteries for torches, radios, ropes and flares will ensure you can hit the water with peace of mind next time you head out,” says Matt.

Maritime NZ also advises boaties make sure they have the necessary resources on their vessels, including (among other things): a boat hook and throwing line, warm clothing, first aid kit, navigation equipment, bailing system, rope, waterproof torch, alternative power.

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Posted on 28-06-2022 08:42 | By Yadick

Our work uses a company called Irfa Incident Response First Aid??? They’re great to deal with and I personally bought a first aid kit and fire extinguisher for our boat from them. He made it SO easy. We feel a lot safer knowing we have these onboard and realistically I should have bought them the same time as the boat but just never got around to it. Google them - you WILL be happy with the kit and service.

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