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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 carefully.

Patrol boats are used for planned coaching (ie via website bookings) and club racing. Boats are allocated to duty roles by their specific boat name.

Outside of this, prior approval must be arranged with Gordon Sims who manages the club's patrol boat allocations or a Flag Officer. The use of Club resources must be managed and 'approved' skippers appointed. This is a H&S liability issue. NO OTHER CLUB MEMBER CAN GIVE THIS APPROVAL.

Club patrol boats are not available for personal use or private coaching.


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 and/or be formally 'approved' by our Safety Officer.

Sign on/off for the use of each club patrol boat by scanning the QR sticker on each boat. This is an important part of our Club's H&S procedure.

For the launching & recovery of club centre console and larger boats, the main ramp south of club with public vehicle access must be used.

Before your own coaching or club racing patrol boat duty refer to these docs:


Report any damage or maintenance issues as soon as any problems arise. Write clearly on the whiteboard in the training room. Patrol Boat Maintenance Rep Graeme Milne is happy to take a quick call or text - +64 21 244 5000 to go over immediate concerns.


One day patrol boat safety courses are run during the season. They are open to all Club members (16yrs +) 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 in the water or in their boats 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 sailors and Green fleet sailors.


Patrol Boat Duties are part of your commitment to club membership. Refer to Duty Roster.

Last updated 03:57 on 28 May 2021

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