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Boatie's HandBook

Stream movies wherever you are

Coastguard have teamed up with Wireless Nation to bring members a special deal on broadband you can use at home, the bach, boat and even vehicles during travel.

Winterising your boat

A few simple steps to winterise your boat now, can save you a lot of aggravation and expense come summer.

Century Marine Pro battery

Checking your battery

Avoid ruining a day on the water by making sure your battery is in good nick.

Handheld flare

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.

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.

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Looking after your lifejackets

Read our tips on how to best care for your lifejacket over the years.

Boat on a trailer.

Taking care of your trailer

We give you tips on how to keep your boat trailer in top condition.

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The five principles of FishCare

FishCare promotes best practice techniques to help people contribute to fishery and environmental sustainability.

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VHF radio and Nowcasting channels

Broken down, need a tow, or simply looking to make a trip report? Use these VHF channels to contact us.

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. 

Checking out at sea trip reports

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.

Lifejackets on a rack

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.

Buccanneer boat

When to check your gear through the year

Here's a handy checklist for when it comes to checking the gear aboard your boat.

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All about lifejackets

While it’s true that any lifejacket is better than none when you head out on the water, it’s a good idea to select the best lifejacket for your activity.

Boatie's Best Mate.

Get a Coastguard membership today for peace of mind when you’re out boating.