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Translating the new boating rules
Posted at 9:04am Friday 07 Jul, 2017
The Bay of Plenty Council’s changes to boating rules came into effect July 1, but some boat owners are in the dark as to what they’re required to do now.
SunLive asked a local boatie for a layman’s translation.
“Yes, you do have to have a name on your boat. In clear letters, at least 90mm high.
“All sailing boats over six metres and power boats over four metres must display the boat name in letters, each one 90mm high. The boat name must be more than two letters and must be clear so it can be seen from 50 metres away.
People will have to wear a lifejacket on a boat six metres or less, unless the skipper has assessed that it is not necessary.
“You must always wear a lifejacket when leaving and entering harbours and crossing bars.”
Jet skis and ‘personal water craft’ must be registered with the Auckland Council, whether it be in Auckland waters, Coromandel (Waikato regional area) or the Bay of Plenty.
“It’s a one-off cost – once you’ve registered with Auckland Council you are good to go in any of those regions.”
To see the new rules for yourself, visit www.boprc.govt.nz/safeboating