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The trip that never was...

Postby Buck Rogers » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:44 pm

Well, after a pretty succesful first week posting on this site I had been in contact with Jack on the Rocks and we had made plans to go on a dive with some friends of mine yesterday (Sunday) as our first dive together.

We set off from Half Moon Bay on a nearly new 7.2M McClay (only delivered at end of Dec 06) heading for the top of the Coromandel for a couple of dives and some fishing at about 7.45am. After an hour and 3/4's motor out there on a little bit of a choppy sea we were about 10 minutes from our first prospective dive site when we had to make a quick stop after the owner of the boat heard a slightly strange engine note. When we tried to get back going again the motor refused to start and nothing we tried - checking all fuses, taking the ignition control panel apart, battery and fuel checks etc would work. As it was an EFI engine we couldn't even hand crank it!

2-3 hours of efforts to fix (with a little fishing in between) to no avail, we aere picked up by the coastguard and had to settle in for a 4 hour two back to Half Moon Bay!

Couldn't dive as we were not in a spot that had much to look at (and was were in 46 metres of water!) and with a bit of current about and no engine on a boat to pick us up it was too dangerous.

Still, at least the weather was nice and the Coastguard guys were top notch!

Thanks go to Howick Volunteer coastguard for the "rescue" and tow, all top guys and worth a donation in my opinion!

There is an Auckland boat sales outfit that I wouldn't like to work for this morning however...

Hopefully we'll have better luck next time!
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Postby Hybrid » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:57 pm

Four stroke motor??????
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Postby Buck Rogers » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:10 pm

Hybrid wrote:Four stroke motor??????


Mercury 200 EFI (I assume that is a four stroke - sorry I'm not too technical on engines and it isn't my boat!)
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Postby Packhorse » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:55 pm

So you were the guys getting towed in by Howick! I hope you were members and if you were not are now. Its cheap insurance at $89 per year.
We had a busy morning with Maraetai Coast Guard yesterday.
There was a steel lauch that hit a rock on Waiheke that 3 CG boats attended to and after escorting it back to half moon bay we had to rescue a 14ft ply boat that had sprung a leak and sunk (2 or 3 times). We had to tow it back to the ramp while pumping it out.

It may have ruined your diving day but just be thankfull everyone and the boat is still OK and should be ready to go out again real soon.

And dont forget that the Coast Guard is always looking for new volunteers. Its a real cool job, you get to meet some great guys and gals, you get to help out your fellow boatie and most of all you get to have fun on the water with out having to pay for fuel.
What are you waiting for? Join up today!!
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Postby JACK ON THE ROCKS » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:41 pm

Those Coastgaurd guys deserve more than a DB...

I felt really awkward, there was them rescuing us from the sparseness of Port Jackson, and they are the ones offering us biscuits, and lollies, drinks etc...

They were a great bunch of guys, and yes the cost would have exceeded a cool thou, so you have to love the membership option!!!

Really hard driving...sorry, being pulled away from beautiful crystal clear blue water, which beams crayfish and everything good that is diving!!!!

But hey.... great story to tell on Monday at work, and the sympathy I got was exceptional!!
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Postby JACK ON THE ROCKS » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:45 pm

And a question oh wise DiveDiva...

I see somewhere that we donate part money for something (forgive me I can't remember what) to the rescue helicopter. Any thought about the coastgaurd as well when money allows...

I have very much seen first hand what they do..

The radio was going ballistic on Sunday with rescues, and it wasn't rough, or a public holiday....
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Postby Buck Rogers » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:11 pm

Packhorse wrote:So you were the guys getting towed in by Howick! I hope you were members and if you were not are now. Its cheap insurance at $89 per year.
We had a busy morning with Maraetai Coast Guard yesterday.
There was a steel lauch that hit a rock on Waiheke that 3 CG boats attended to and after escorting it back to half moon bay we had to rescue a 14ft ply boat that had sprung a leak and sunk (2 or 3 times). We had to tow it back to the ramp while pumping it out.

It may have ruined your diving day but just be thankfull everyone and the boat is still OK and should be ready to go out again real soon.

And dont forget that the Coast Guard is always looking for new volunteers. Its a real cool job, you get to meet some great guys and gals, you get to help out your fellow boatie and most of all you get to have fun on the water with out having to pay for fuel.
What are you waiting for? Join up today!!



They were great guys, and we were very thankful for the tow. Very unfortunate circumstances that hit us, literally no warning and nothing that we could really do. The good thing for us is that we were all ok, and never really in danger as we were anchored and not taking on water or anything. Just a bummer that we missed a days diving but you can't predict or dwell on stuff like that.

luckily the guys who own the boat had a syndicate membership to the coastguard so they certainly got their money's worth on Sunday - as Jack on the rocks said, it would have cost them about $1000 for that two otherwise.

Not sure I have the skills or time to join the coastguard at the moment, but will definitley be making a donation to them! If you are a volunteer Packhorse then good on you, keep up the good work, we were pretty surprised to find that all of the crew were volunteers, only the radio guy got paid - but only Monday to Friday, he still volunteered on weekends, great guys.

I'm still trying to work out how someone managed to flip a trimaran on Sunday, if you can throw some light on that one I'm all ears!
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Postby JACK ON THE ROCKS » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:16 pm

Yeah I'm losing sleep over that as well....

Some people shouldn't be allowed near puddles, let alone the ocean!!
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Postby Packhorse » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:43 pm

At $225 per hour for non members a long tow becomes very expencive. But it does go to a real good cause.
We get no government funding and the boats are not cheap to buy,run and maintain.
North Harbour Rescue's new boat has just been started to be built at a cost of $400,000!
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Postby Packhorse » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:01 pm

Didnt hear about the trimaran. But you never know how some people get in some situations so it pays not to judge. You can plan out a trip to the best of your abilitys but there is always the chance of something unexpected happening.
There are very few paid coast guard workers. Probably 1% or less.
No skill are required to become a volunteer. You get heaps of training. There are about 5 moduals you need to do in the first 5 weeks and then another 20 odd moduals that you do over the next few years.
Volunteers can work on the boats or in the coms centre or even in air patrol.
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