BOAT SAFETY

gas basics

gas basics

Since 2010 any gas installation or appliance that’s a permanent fixture of a vessel, caravan or building now comes under the NZ 2010 Gas Safety & Measurement Act and any work carried out on such installations has to be carried out by a licensed gas fitter.

Avoid the flame-test

Avoid the flame-test

An Auckland man found out the hard way why you should never use an open flame to check for a gas leak. He suffered serious burns when his lighter caused an explosion on his vessel.

Overloading

Overloading

It does not matter what vessel you have – the basic stability principles are the same. Simply put, stability is best achieved by keeping the boat’s centre of gravity (of all of the combined weight) low down and directly above the centre of the upward force on the hull (centre of buoyancy). As you add weight to the vessel the centre of gravity moves upwards.

Fire on board

Fire on board

What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend sailing and fishing took a turn for the worse when the owner – Peter – accidentally connected two exposed wires while cleaning below deck.

Boating at night

Boating at night

Boating at night can be a daunting experience – not being able to see your surroundings is nerve-wracking. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. With the right knowledge and equipment, a night on the water can be wonderfully rewarding.