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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 and read the Conditions of Use document carefully. See PDF download at the bottom of this page. 

Notify our Patrol Boat Maintenance Rep Graeme Milne as soon as any problems arise. Graeme is happy to take a quick call or text - 021 244 5000

Something like 'heavy steering' may be a problem which is half the cost if fixed early so please 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.

Key Areas of Concern

  • - Wash down the boat you have just used! Remove sand, water and all safety gear before packing away.
  • - Never ever store a patrol boat in the garage with the fuel tank in it. All fuel goes in the big green fire-proof Fuel Locker which is outside, next to the training room and hose locker.
  • - Be completely sure of the fuel mix before refueling. Some boats are different.
  • - Remove boats from the garage carefully without damaging the sides of others. Likewise in reverse order.
  • - Don't over-pack the garage as this forces the garage door to buckle from the inside.

Wakatere Safety Policy

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. Where possible that person should 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 Courses

One day 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

Patrol Boat Duties are part of the Sunday afternoon race management and are organised by Class reps and through our membership portal. See our Duty Roster notes.

Patrol Boat Allocation - for class regatta requests contact Ed Crook
Patrol Boat Conditions of Use (see below)
Patrol Boat Safety Checklist (see below)


Last updated 20:21 on 18 September 2017

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