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Keen to find out more about all things boating? This is your one-stop-shop for boating tips and tricks.
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Winterising your boat
A few simple steps to winterise your boat now, can save you a lot of aggravation and expense come summer.
Checking your battery
Avoid ruining a day on the water by making sure your battery is in good nick.
All about flares
If you're in an emergency and you need to attract attention, you need to know how to use flares safely and effectively.
Check your fuel before summer
If your boat has been laid up over winter, now’s a good time to check over it before you head back out.
Do you have a callsign?
All VHF radio transmissions in New Zealand are legally required to be individually identifiable, and the best way to do this is with a callsign.
At Coastguard we’re all about people being responsible boaties, but we also want you to be responsible fishos out there.
Five handy knots to know
You're going to need to know some practical knots for boating.
Looking after your lifejackets
Read our tips on how to best care for your lifejacket over the years.
Making a Bar Crossing Report
Crossing a bar is dangerous. A Bar Crossing Report can be made via VHF radio or cellphone, to let Coastguard know and keep watch as you head out over a bar.
Other handy contacts
A list of handy contact details to make sure you know who to get hold of when out at sea.
Rent a lifejacket
To help keep you safe out on the water, Coastguard Northern Region – with the help of our friends at Hutchwilco – operate a lifejacket rental service to cover you no matter what situation you're faced with.
Safety and regulations
Just like driving a car on the road, there are a laws and safety regulations for when you’re out on the water.
Taking care of your trailer
We give you tips on how to keep your boat trailer in top condition.
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