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Patrol Boats

Our fleet of Patrol Boats is a great asset to Wakatere and a very valuable one. The boats take a significant amount of Club funds to maintain and fuel. Please treat them as if they were your own.

Read the Safety Checklist and Conditions of Use documents carefully. See PDF downloads at the bottom of this page. 


Buoyancy vests (PFD) must be worn by everyone afloat. This includes coaches, sailors & parents in club patrol boats.

No one under the age of 15 yrs may be in control of a club patrol boat. The skipper must have completed a certified Rescue Patrol Boat course.

For the launching & recovery of club patrol boats, centre console and larger boats must use the main ramp south/east of club with public vehicle access.

Patrol Boat Safety Checklist

- Patrol Boat Condition of Use


Patrol boats are used for planned coaching and club racing only. They are not available for personal use/personal coaching. Prior approval for club use must be requested from our Coaching Coordinator so all sessions can be managed. 


Notify our Patrol Boat Maintenance Rep Graeme Milne as soon as any problems arise with club boats: engines, switches, propellers, fuel etc. Graeme is happy to take a quick call or text - 021 244 5000

Something you report now might be a simple fix, but if unreported it might develop into a more serious and expensive fix later. Help us keep on top of patrol boat maintenance by either making a note on the training room whiteboard or sending Graeme a text as soon as a problem is noticed - 021 244 5000


One day patrol boat safety courses are run during the season. They are open to all Club members (15yrs +) or parents of junior Club members.

While many of you know how to drive a patrol boat, this course is about rescuing and retrieving boats and sailors, sometimes capsized ones and how to manage rigs & sails when towing. An essential course for Wakatere patrol boat skippers and crew.

We especially invite parents of our juniors sailors so they are more confident and able to support our junior coaching programmes. i.e. parents of Sunday morning C1/C2, LTS and Green fleet sailors.


Patrol Boat Duties are part of the Sunday afternoon race management and are organised by the Sailing Committee & Class Reps. See our Duty Roster notes.


Last updated 04:50 on 24 November 2017

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