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  1. Small point but one of the issues we face is a perception that we ARE a government entity - especially in certain sectors of the community. This can lead to a reluctance to engage for fear of consequences etc and it could explain why some are surprised that there is a cost for non-urgent, non member assistance.
  2. I'd have to see the context of that - as a volunteer I'm not aware of a current and significant drive to add vessels of that size into the fleet. We do have 2 x 15m "Heavies" based in Auckland. Are they useful? Extremely - greater operational capacity - overnight duties, deployment to other areas to provide cover due to operational issues when required, extreme weather, patient facilities, long heavy tows, mothership capability (toilets & galley etc) for longer duration incidents just to name a few. I can still smell the toast wafting downwind towards during a paused search which paged us out of bed at 0400ish! We do have a number of 7m ish vessels and they are very capable and relatively easily trailered. Where this isn't a factor the 9.5s seem more popular - just that little bit more room for crew numbers, (always good to have trainees on board for their development) more room for a stretcher patient if need be and greater towing and barging capacity. Do we work with Westpac and Eagle? - yes quite regularly. Our training includes CIMS (Coordinated Incident Management) so we are well equipped to work with and do our best to train with other agencies (Fire, Police Ambos, Surf) etc as well as NZDF when the opportunities are available. We do have 2 fixed wing search aircraft (Cessnas) in the region and they bring a very useful capability at reasonable cost to the organisation. Not 100% certain but I believe Auckland Air Patrol (Ardmore) is one of the first assets tasked for overdue bar watches on the west coast for example. You can imagine how quickly and thoroughly they would cover the Manukau Bar on an average day compared to a vessel only search. I often hear stories from the old days about cowboys and egos etc and cringe. I'd like to think we've well and truly moved on from that. As a volunteer skipper the responsibility is a heavy one. We know we're high profile and there are even higher expectations at times. We do our best to set an example around professionalism and seamanship in the way we conduct ourselves. As an example we have a permanent VRM set at 200m - it's a very useful tool to help ensure 100% we are operating within the bylaws. When we come across someone flouting the rules, we may offer some education in a polite and courteous manner but if that isn't welcome, our job is done and we will back out of it gracefully and leave it to the authorities. The only other point is funding is a challenge - costs are only increasing and pressure is going on volunteer time. The viability of using volunteer time to sell sausages and raffle tickets outside Mitre 10 is possibly limited and who knows what the current environment is going to do to some of our traditional funding sources - sponsorship and gaming trusts etc. The Government's announcement is very welcome news and well timed but I very much doubt if we're going to see CG ordering a fleet of BMW's for staff or volunteers anytime soon.
  3. Sorry if I singled you out - perhaps it was my interpretation that sparked a reaction so all good. I don't want to get drawn into the politics and the he said and she saids but as a volunteer, bursting my family's bubble to help a kid who somehow finds themselves drifting off a beach on an inflatable unicorn is one thing. Having to do that to go and jump start Bill and Ben 'cause they wanted to catch a feed - that's something else.
  4. Gee, apparently I've been wasting my time as a Coastguard volunteer all these years. Funny though, most of the people we've helped home (typically 6500 - 7000 PA nationally and "helping" ranging from a jump start to finding and retrieving someone from the the water) seem pretty happy we were there - at least on the occasions I've attended anyway. Agreed quite a few were boaties who seriously under estimated what they didn't know and some who took questionable short cuts but there have been plenty who were extremely experienced with a very well maintained vessel. Guess there could have been a member of the public prepared to give them a hand but then there's also the thought of someone with the best of intentions hooking up say a 10 tonne boat with questionable gear, deck fittings not designed for it and no towing training or experience? What could go wrong... Also the volume - would members of the public and the police be able to assist close to 50 incidents ranging from jump starts to capsizes in the Northern Region alone within a 24 hour period? We've attended quite a few injuries on yachts too, fingers in winches, kneecaps dislocated after falling against stays, dislocated shoulders after falling down a companion way, heads being used to slow booms down, burns in the galley, the list goes on when I think about it but they all seemed fairly pleased to see the rescue vessel rock up. Yes the organisation has evolved. Hardly surprising when expectations and compliance requirements have changed dramatically over the time frame referred to. Want to use a private vessel and be reimbursed for costs so it's sustainable? Cool but make sure it's in MOSS and the Master is trained and qualified to MNZ's satisfaction. Correcting / confirming just a few of the incorrect facts above (I haven't the time to address them all) - for the majority of NZ the charge out rate for non member, non-urgent assistance is $280 p hr of boat time inc GST. Yes technically no limits to the number of assists but the "frequent flyer" club is minuscule and can be easily managed when required. As for volunteer training being less than that of a Waiheke ferry crew member - surely at best this is comparing apples and pears. I'm not familiar enough with it to compare their training in detail but know who I'd rather have calling the courses and timings to execute a sector search if they were on a rescue vessel looking for a member of my family.. To close I normally ignore the slagging from highly experienced sailors here who I agree are perhaps entitled to hold a sense of being highly self sufficient. But the inference that 2000 volunteers in NZ are wasting their time and "don't need to exist" seems a bit ignorant and disrespectful of what this group of people put in and achieve for their communities. You would be very welcome to bring your experience and knowledge and join us but I suspect it's easier and much more fun to sit back and poke the borax...
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    Maritime NZ

    Same, strikes me the first person to have to deal with the issue of something being deficient is me. Why wait / risk it for 6 months? Some of the vehicles on the road are going to be a worry. I've always thought that if a dude (or dudess) can look at my car or trailer for 10 mins and find a fault I didn't know about - I should pass my man card in. No sexist connotations intended...
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    Old life raft

    Sea scouts are another group that enjoy them too...
  7. Message sent...
  8. Yeap, been a few years now but I was involved in the distribution of these films. I'm assuming you're looking at lettering cut from coloured vinyl as opposed to something being printed on white or clear vinyl. High performance films were made from cast vinyl as opposed to calendered vinyl. Quite a different manufacturing technique and gave a film that was thinner, more flexible and more resistant to shrinkage. It's true that the life expectancy ratings are based on a vertical surface but even so you should be fine with a good quality high performance cast vinyl. Over 90% of the boat names out there would be vinyl - either computer cut or digitally printed. When was the last time you saw an old hand doing lettering with a brush at a hardstand?
  9. Looks like they hooked up a hydraulic power pack to operate it - smart thinking...
  10. They should be well practised - they have the same issue at Half Moon Bay with the addition of strong tides and one of, if not the most popular free boat ramps in NZ right next door.
  11. Here's a wet bus ticket case for comparison: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/114108284/tourists-dream-trip-to-nz-shattered-by-assault-while-freedom-camping-in-northland Similar fine with the addition of 9 months home detention despite leaving life-time scars on our guests, darn close to killing one of them and tarnished the country's reputation with his bare hands. All done while he was already serving home detention for earlier violence. Seems to be quite ok so long as you were whacked out on drugs at the time and can say you're sorry.
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    Pipers point

    Thanks guys, it was a phone call from a member of the public at work so I don't have too much detail other than apparently his stomping ground was around Little Shoal Bay, the Navel base and the ammo storage facilities. Seems a stretch to get to the other side of town.
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    Pipers point

    Thanks all, kind of confirmed things - at least I wasn't overlooking something obvious..
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    Pipers point

    Anyone heard of a Pipers Point - possibly around the inner Auckland Harbour? Someone asked for their ashes to be spread here and doesn't seem to be on a chart or Google.
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