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We have been asked by a lot of people to produce a basic generic launch and recovery checklist. The below list is a good basic guide. Obviously your vessel may differ so don’t treat this list as conclusive, it’s just a guide to offer some basic help.   Before leaving home:   Engine trimmed fully […]

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Powerboat Training NZ has now created a new course combo featuring the RYA Level 2 and RYA PWC certificate which are 2 of the main qualifications required in the superyacht industry.   So if you are looking at heading overseas for employment in the superyacht industry you will benefit from these courses. Whats more, if […]

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Powerboat Training NZ has just added a new Seadoo Spark to our training fleet. If you are new to boating or have just bought a jetski, it’s strongly suggested you get some training as there have been a lot of incidents cause by lack of awareness around these high powered craft.

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A boat got into distress last Sunday in the middle of the White Sea. Unknown to them their distress was received by an Oscar class Russian nuclear submarine who were on exercise in the area and promptly made their way to assist them.   Due to weather conditions the boat was lost but all crew […]

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Man Overboard     You may not have spent much time thinking about it but a person falling over the side of a boat can be one of a boaties worst scenarios to deal with. There are numerous reasons for falling over including inappropriate enthusiasm on the throttle and a rough sea state. Most MoB’s […]

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Ensure You Choose The Correct Lifejacket. Children’s lifejackets can rely on foam, or air only to provide buoyancy. Normally, foam lifejackets provide about 100N of buoyancy and are suitable for inshore use. Air only lifejackets meet the requirements of a 150N lifejacket and are suitable for offshore use. Air only lifejackets tend to be smaller, […]

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Blue lights and traffic snarl ups 5KM long have taught many a keen mariner that perhaps they should have paid a bit more attention to the chariot that throned their pride and joy. Choosing the boat of your dreams doesn’t make sense if it is seated on the trailer of your nightmares. Most of us […]

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  Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is in the process of completely revising and changing the current Safe Ship Management (SSM) system to what will be known as MOSS or Maritime Operator Safety System. This means that anyone operating a boat commercially will be required to ensure all their documentation is compliant with the new legislation. […]

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Due to the ample supply of fuel and lack of sprint area, fire is every mariner’s worst nightmare. Never has the adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ been more appropriate. Despite this, most people don’t give this emergency situation more thought than throwing a token $30 half KG fire extinguisher on the boat, which is […]

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For a day’s entertainment and education I suggest our students grab a bag of popcorn and head to one of Auckland’s busy public launch ramps on a sunny Saturday morning. There seem to be some very creative boaties out there devising all manner of spectacular methods to break their boat and themselves during the L&R […]

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