Launch trip a treat – Northern Advocate – 1st December 2012
A look at some history.
Recently, our friends and ourselves took a trip to the lovely Limestone Island to check out what’s been happening out there.
After my personal involvement with Water Safety, an Outboard Boating Club, as a skipper with Coast Guard and as a volunteer on the Police launch Deodar 2, I have always wondered why passenger carrying vessels operating in New Zealand waters don’t give safety briefings before departure. On my own vessel I always gave safety briefings when other people accompanied us.
Well I have finally found one that does; Tony Gamley, owner/skipper on this trips vessel, M.V.Waipapa, gave a very detailed briefing of his vessels rules and safety equipment and where it all was.
A man overboard procedure was explained and also on the visual safety list, which was freely available. He even spoke about the expected behaviour on Limestone Island on our arrival, to help Department of Conservation and the resident rangers maintain the island to its high standard.
We had a great trip over, explored the ruins, captured many photos, ate our packed lunches, loved the island and will be telling whoever we can to go and see one of Whangarei’s great attractions. The weather was kind on the day and the trip was most relaxing taking in the varied views of the interesting inner Whangarei harbour coastline.
Spoil yourselves, take a trip out there as the boat and crew are most user friendly; you won’t be disappointed and it is supporting ‘something local’.