Safer Boating Week launched

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©Maritime New Zealand

“October 17–24 has been declared Safer Boating Week this year, in what will become an annual focus on keeping boaties safe in the lead up to Labour Weekend – the traditional time to get boats and gear ready for summer.”*1

“The vast majority of recreational boating fatalities do occur on boats under 6m. It’s simply a fact that you are more vulnerable on small boats.”*2

“A total of 23 boaties died on the water last year. The same number had died this year as of yesterday.”*3

FIVE TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE WATER:

* Check your boat

* Wear your life jacket

* Take two forms of waterproof communication equipment

* Check the maritime weather forecast

* Avoid alcohol

Maritime New Zealand*1 *2
New Zealand Herald*3

A welcome sight on the sea

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Birds on the sea are a welcome sight. It means fish are in the area. Drop those lines off the back of the boat if you haven’t already. You don’t need GPS to alert you on this one. Don’t forget your natural instincts, don’t rely on modern technology, use your eyes, your sixth sense, your common sense. Be safe. Be well fed! Happy Fishing. 🙂

The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather – Book

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Title: The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather
Author: Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt
Publisher: International Marine/ Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: 2007
Pages: 256
Price: US$11.49 (Amazon.com) Kindle Version

For sailing boats, planing boats and displacement boats. For everyone who wants to anchor in a bay and sleep well without waking up every few hours and getting up to check the anchor!
Has it dragged?
Will I hit the boat next door?
Am I going to hit the rocks in the night?
Whether you have an anchor on your boat already or you are looking at buying a boat this book will advise you in choosing the correct anchor for the conditions where you are anchoring and how to anchor properly. You may find it encouraging finding that you already have the right size,weight and style but if you have purchased this book or are thinking then perhaps your boat has already dragged in the night. Get a good night’s sleep with the right anchor. How about the chain? I have the kindle version but I may just get the paperback too.

 

Diesel Engine Handbook – Book

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Title: Diesel Engine Handbook
Author: Andrew Simpson
Publisher: The Royal Yachting Association
Date Published: 2006
Pages: 94
Price: NZ$32.87 (Book Depository)
Extras: DVD included

The official course book for the RYA One-Day Diesel Engine Course.
A reference guide to understand and maintain your marine diesel engine.

How the Diesel Engine Works
Fuel
Air System
Engine Cooling
Electrical System
Lubrication
Transmission
Engine Controls
Starting and Stopping your engine
Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
Maintenance
How to do it
Emergency Procedures

The Weather Identification Handbook – Book

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Title: The Weather Identification Handbook
Author: Storm Dunlop
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Date Published: 2002
Pages: 192
Price: NZ$20.40 (Book Depository)

See the sky and clouds with new eyes and enjoy the depth of greater knowledge. Recognise a
cumulus when you see one. See Guide to Weather Forecasting for further reading

Guide to Weather Forecasting – Book

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Title: Guide to Weather Forecasting
Author: Storm Dunlop
Publisher: Firefly Books
Date Published: 2010
Pages: 176
Price: NZ$24.02 (Book Depository)

“A practical guide to understanding, observing, and forecasting the weather.”
Loads of pictures, charts and diagrams to help in the pursuit of weather forecasting. We can look up at the sky and find the animals shapes in the clouds but to be able to ‘read’ the clouds will make boating more fun, safer and give me something else to learn.

This is book is small and practical in the shape of a quick reference book but the content is detailed and in small print. You need to have good lighting to read this regardless of your age. You may find yourself reading over the same part again and again because the terminology is specialised rather than poorly explained. I like this book a lot. It is crammed with information and you can enjoy picking it up and opening it us to any page and learning something. You do not have to start at the beginning. As a beginner at weather forecasting I am enjoying the journey.

See also The Weather Identification Handbook

William Owen’s Hauraki Gulf A Fishing and Cruising Guide 4th Edition – Book

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Title: William Owen’s Hauraki Gulf A Fishing and Cruising Guide
Author: William Owen
Publisher: David Bateman
Date Published: 2010, 4th Edition
Pages: 280
Price: NZ$39.59 (Fishpond.co.nz)

A fishing and cruising guide for the Hauraki Gulf area that includes anchorages and an in depth guide to fishing in the area, the how, the what and the where guide to fishing. For someone new to fishing or new to the area and boating to fish or fishing to boat then it will be a worthwhile read.