NEW COASTGUARD VESSEL

Kapiti Coast Gets New

Coastguard Boat

1st December 2009

Coastguard Kapiti Coast has launched its new search and rescue vessel, K2 Rescue, at a ceremony at the Waikanae Beach Coastguard base.

The new 7.5 metre rigid inflatable vessel, built by New Zealand manufacturer AMF,  has the ability to handle heavier weather conditions further out to sea.

It replaces a 6.8 metre inflatable boat.

The Coastguard Kapiti Coast President,Rob Faulke, says the new vessel comes just in time for the summer peak boating season and will complement the Unit’s existing boat at Paraparaumu Beach – and so boosy the search and rescue capability in the area.

He says: “The new vessel was custom-made for Coastguard Kapiti Coast, with our shallow beaches and changeable weather conditions in mind.

“Unlike the vessel it replaces, it launches bow-first, making for faster and simpler entry into the water especially when the swell is up,” he says.

“The new vessel will make a difference to our response times and ultimately the safety of those boating off the Kapiti Coast,” says Mr Faulke.

SPECIFICATIONS

The boat is 7.5m overall,2.6m beam, powered by a 370hp Yanmar turbocharged diesel driving a Hamilton Jet unit. The fuel capacity is 450litres and range at cruising speed is approximately 450km/15 hours. The boat has a top speed just under 40knots. Minimum crew is three, but it can take up to 9 people in favourable conditions.

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