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Saving Lives at Sea


With boats based at Gulf Harbour and Stanmore Bay, we operate

around the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Hauraki Gulf.

 

If you need Coastguard in an emergency please contact:

VHF Radio Ch.16

Call 111 or *500 from your mobile phone.

For more information on the Hibiscus Coastguard crew see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CoastguardHibiscus/

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Saving Lives at Sea


With boats based at Gulf Harbour and Stanmore Bay, we operate

around the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Hauraki Gulf.

 

If you need Coastguard in an emergency please contact:

VHF Radio Ch.16

Call 111 or *500 from your mobile phone.

For more information on the Hibiscus Coastguard crew see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CoastguardHibiscus/

Coastguard Hibiscus

HIB1 - our Naiad 9.5m rescue craft

HIB1 - our Naiad 9.5m rescue craft

Who we are

Coastguard Hibiscus is one of 25 Coastguard units forming the Coastguard Northern Region. The unit consists of local volunteers with the common goal of saving lives at sea. Coastguard Hibiscus operates two Coastguard Rescue Vessels: a 9.5 m Naiad RIB based at Gulf Harbour Marina, and a 7.7 m Sealegs™ amphibious vessel based at Stanmore Bay. Despite being crewed by volunteers (with jobs and families), the boats and their crew are available to respond to any emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more on the history of Coastguard Hibiscus, click the button below.

 

What we do

Our volunteer crew members perform search and rescue, and good Samaritan activities (e.g., towing and assisting breakdowns) throughout the Hauraki Gulf. We work closely together with our neighbouring units of Kawau, North Shore and Auckland Coastguard, in particular, to perform training activities and in co-ordinated search and rescue activities. You can see us in action by clicking the button below.

 


 
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Join Coastguard


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Join Coastguard


Join Coastguard

Because the Coastguard is only partially government funded, most of the costs of our rescue and other activities are covered by donations, sponsorship, and memberships. The Hibiscus Coast has a high proportion of boaties in its population. We live in a magical part of the world, but the joy of taking friends and family out on the water comes with a responsibility for their safety. By becoming a Coastguard Member you not only help Coastguard volunteers perform their mission of ‘saving lives at sea’, you also receive a number of membership benefits, including:

  • Search and rescue assistance 24/7
  • Unlimited free-of-charge assists
  • Information and safety services
  • Publications
  • Discounts on education courses, charts, and other products

If you are regularly on the water with your friends and family, show that you are serious about safety and a responsible skipper and join the Coastguard today.

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Volunteer


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Volunteer


Become a Volunteer

 

Coastguard Hibiscus is always on the lookout for more volunteers to grow our pool of crew members. Prior boating experience is not a prerequisite as thorough training is provided. If you are full of enthusiasm, keen to learn some new nautical skills and meet some great people, we would love to include you in our next intake of volunteers. Click the button below for details of how you can become a member of our unit.

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Our Vessels


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Our Vessels


Our Vessels

Hibiscus Rescue 1

Hibiscus Rescue 1  - 9.5m Naiad

Hibiscus Rescue 1  - 9.5m Naiad

  • Design : Naiad

  • Builder : Blue Water Boats, Swanson

  • Hull : 5mm Aluminium

  • Length : 9.5 metres

  • Beam : 3.1 metres

  • Weight : 4,700Kg fully fueled and crewed

  • Power : 2 x 250Hp Yamaha 4 Stroke

  • Cruising speed : 30 Knots

  • Max Speed: 43 Knots

  • Crew : 4

 

  • Radar : Dual Range HD Raymarine

  • Sounder: Twin Independent Depth sounders

  • Comms: 2 × VHF; 1 × UHF, Cellphone

  • Digital Engine instrumentation

  • Fuel Capacity: 650 litres; Range : 240 Nautical Miles

  • Fuel Consumption at Full speed: 182 Litres per hour

  • Electronics : 2 x Raymarine 14 inch Touch screen Plotters

Hibiscus Rescue 2

Sealegs 7.7m

Sealegs 7.7m

  • Designer/builder: Sealegs
  • Hull: 5 mm aluminium

  • Length: 7.7 metres

  • Beam: 2.61 metres

  • Weight: 1,600 Kg fully fuelled

  • Power: Yamaha 200 HP four stroke

  • Three marinised hydraulic wheel motors

  • Land powered by 4 stroke in-board engine

  • Hydraulic steering controls

  • 25" × 12" all terrain tyres

  • Hydraulic cylinders raise and lower wheels

  • Cruising speed: 25 knots

  • Max speed: 36 knots

  • Minimum crew: 2

  • Fuel capacity: 180 litres; range: 150 nautical miles

  • Electronics: 1 × Raymarine 12-inch touch screen plotter, 1 × 7-inch Raymarine plotter/multifunction display

  • Radar: Dual Range HD Raymarine

  • Sounder: Twin independent depth sounders

  • Comms: 2 × VHF

  • Digital engine instrumentation

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Stay safe on the water


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Stay safe on the water


 

Stay safe out on the water with the Safe Boating Code


Before taking your boat out please ensure you take the time to carry out a pre-summer boating check and take note of Coastguard's key boating safety messages.

As a simple guide, the Boating Safety Code provides 5 rules that will help you to stay safe, no matter what kind of boat you use.

1. Life jackets; take them - wear them
Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.

2. Skipper Responsibility
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Know your limits and that of your boat and stay within those limits!

3. Communications
Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get in to difficulties.
Coastguard strongly recommends that you carry a marine VHF radio and know the distress and local channels. If you are taking a cell phone make sure it is fully charged and put it in a waterproof plastic bag.
  
4. Marine Weather

New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
Also, listen to Coastguard's Nowcasting service if it operates in your area.

5. Avoid Alcohol
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change very quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.