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Maritime NZ recommends vessel checks in June

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Maritime New Zealand is encouraging boaties to check their vessels during the month of June, as the winter weather means less time on the water.

While the weather may not be great on the water in June, it is the perfect time to prepare water craft and equipment for when the time is right, it said.

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"The long weekends are great opportunities to prepare for the months ahead," said Maritime New Zealand senior adviser recreational boating and common compliance, Matt Wood.

"Undertaking these simple checks will help protect you, your passengers and other water users," he said.

The first step is to check lifejackets, make sure there is no damage and that they are still fit for purpose.

"Old lifejackets can fail in an emergency," said Wood.

"Most manufacturers recommend lifejackets are replaced every 10 years, or if there is noticeable damage," he said.

Wood said it is also important to check the expiry dates on emergency beacons and fire extinguishers.

"These are often forgotten about, but in an emergency you need this equipment to be in working order," he said.

While checking safety equipment on-board, Maritime NZ also recommends boaties undertake a full clean, flush out of engines and stress test of other safety equipment on-board.

"Checking batteries for torches, radios, ropes and flares will ensure you can hit the water with peace of mind next time you head out," said Wood.

"Salty water can speed up the degradation process of items, causing the lifespans to shorten if they are often exposed," he said.

"Spending a couple of hours doing these checks now will pay off when you do go out again in a couple of months’ time."

Maritime NZ also recommends boaties make sure to have the necessary resources on their vessel, including boat hook and throwing line, warm clothing, girst aid kit, navigation equipment, bailing system, rope, waterproof torch, and alternative power such as a spare outboard, oars or paddles.

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