Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 1 from the editor I s it a step too far to say that the proposed Auckland by-laws for compulsory wearing of lifejackets at all times on boats of less than 6m could indirectly contribute to drownings? I don’t think so. The fundamental rule of safety is that you must not fall overboard. It’s an old rule: we were all brought up on one hand for yourself, one for the boat. To make lifejackets mandatory at all times leap frogs over this and creates an expectation that, actually, it’s likely you will fall overboard – but no sweat, you’ll be wearing a lifejacket. Our most important piece of safety equipment is ourselves. Our ability to recognise potential hazards – such as rocks to be avoided or a boat loaded in such a way that it becomes unstable – is crucial in basic boating safety. Dressing us up in permanent flotation will undermine the ability of future generations of boaties to judge risk. If there are too many people in a small boat, that’s a dangerous scenario. Put them in lifejackets – and it’s still a dangerous scenario. When Auckland Council held its press conference on Wednesday, 12 February to open submissions for its proposed by-law, it promised an open, consultation process. Yet it forgot to invite Boating New Zealand and NZ Fishing News magazines, which represent a combined readership of more than 450,000 boaties. Thanks to TV3, we heard about it and went along to ask questions such as: “Is this the thin edge of the wedge? In five years’ time, are we going to be at a press conference where you announce that a proposed by-law now applies to boats of 8m and under, or 10m or under?” The response, though not direct, implied yes. Picture this: the saloon of your 40-foot boat on Christmas Eve, anchored safely, you’re in your festive clothes to enjoy a celebration dinner in the saloon, wearing lifejackets. You’ll look ridiculous. You’ll struggle to reach for the cranberry sauce. But you won’t drown doing the dishes. Lifejackets have saved many lives, but they should be used at the discretion of the skipper or crew involved – such as in sailing dinghies, kayaks, rough weather, bar crossings, personal watercraft and short-handed sailing. Some people just feel more comfortable wearing one. Lifejackets need to be sized correctly, especially for children; a lifejacket that is too big can actually prevent its wearer from keeping their head above the surface. It is likely that the by-law proposed for Auckland will be reflected throughout New Zealand, so this potentially impacts on all boaties. To make a submission, go to www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay and submit it before 4pm, 17 March 2014. 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