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The govt has given a general mandate to get people to stay at home, if you live on a boat in a marina then not much changes but if you happen to  have chosen to "cruise" for the duration or for as long as possible then I don't see any significant issue except compliance with Wellingtons dictates. Boats at Barrier, so what? Good on on them for getting out of town and as I said earlier boaties who have been aboard for this long are more at risk of getting the plague from contact with people ashore. The shops at Tryphena and Fitzroy are not super busy out of season anyway and I would be surprised if the Islanders are high and dry for basic provisions. I suspect that by now the casual liveaboards will be thinking of returning as they have probably run out of treats and a few more weeks of rice and fish with no beer is probably not palatable. Next week as the weather packs in expect a few more back as well. Look at how many boats are out there in the holidays vs number of incidents, its pretty minor.

All in all I think its a beat up, and those getting all worked up over a comparative handful of boats in the gulf are probably not looking at the big picture of 4 million people confined to quarters. The practical reasons dont add up i.e rescues by coastguard- yeah right! Certainly infection has not been spread by yachties who are confined to their vessels. 

I think the dobbing in of people via an anonymous website, helicopters counting boats in bays etc =  excessive govt overreach and as I mention in a previous post, everybody is encouraged to be an informant over petty things which is pretty sad. I am quite happy staying in my crib for the duration, the idea of switching to liveaboard mode especially with this awesome weather was appealing and a nice dream but totally impractical in my situation.

The goal is to stop the spread of the disease by keeping physical distance, we all need to do our bit but as for boaties taking people away from the emergency services, one of my friends is an ER nurse and they are really busy with a lot more scooter and bike injuries, DIY injuries etc not many boat related ones :) 

I wonder how many genuine liveaboards there are in Auckland. A handful in Bayswater/Westhaven/Gulf H/West Harbour and Hobsonville moorings, must be only a few dozen- to perhaps a hundred?

  

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Fair comment but , if all recreational boating was allowed imagine the shitstorm out there right now . I think the government is trying to make all recreational activities unattractive to rule breakers to keep the mob under control . And it seems to be working , I can see from cape Rodney to poor knights from my living room and there has only been one yacht I’ve noticed in the last 3 days . Bream bay is dead , gamefishing is dead , coastal fizz boating is dead . 
 

if I saw 20-30 boats out there daily and no repercussions I would be tempted to bust my fence ornament butterfly as it’s been called , out of the club and go sailing with Wal , as would every other bugger I know round here . Sure I’ve never needed the coastguard but at the ramp in paruadise bay on a regular day you will see at least 2-3 boats getting towed in . On a regular day the paruadise bay gas station has an endless procession of boats filling up with gas putting their mitts on the gas nozzle and opening the bait and ice freezers . And that’s just here in this tiny hamlet and that’s just fizz boats . Add to that jet skis , gamefishing boats , yachts , kayaks , paddle boarders etc on a national scale and it gets silly very quickly so one rule for all is really the only pragmatic approach .
 

there’s a much bigger picture out there that extends beyond your own personal anchor roller . I think the authorities are doing the right thing suppressing the mob and as far as boating goes the mob seems to be taking note .

 

 

 

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The key point you’re missing is “how do they know?”. If a couple of visitors turn up at Fitzroy store how do they know the boaties are ‘clean & safe’ with 2-3 weeks of liveaboard isolation. Or maybe they came from the mainland yesterday? Or were part of a raft-up last week?
 

We are a long way off having a certification system whereby someone carries a certificate to verify they are clean / immune / recovered / vaccinated etc. It will happen but not til next year.

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1 hour ago, Aleana said:

The key point you’re missing is “how do they know?”. If a couple of visitors turn up at Fitzroy store how do they know the boaties are ‘clean & safe’ with 2-3 weeks of liveaboard isolation. Or maybe they came from the mainland yesterday? Or were part of a raft-up last week?
 

We are a long way off having a certification system whereby someone carries a certificate to verify they are clean / immune / recovered / vaccinated etc. It will happen but not til next year.

I imagine it would have to be on your passport and/or drivers licence 

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39 minutes ago, 44forty said:

I imagine it would have to be on your passport and/or drivers licence 

Or a digital certificate you carry on your smartphone 

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How does anyone know at the local supermarket if the person next to them has obeyed the rules?

The simple answer is you dont, and can't. 

Treat everyone as if they are infected, and as if you are.

Seems to me the surface contact infection is the least understood by most. Don't touch anything you don't have to when out, and wash your hands!

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I would guess more than that but lots on moorings and not actually going out much. A boat on a mooring can be pretty cheap accommodation with not a lot of bills to pay. Much less expensive if you don’t need to keep it mobile. 

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