Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
THE LARGEST VESSEL in Coastguard’s fleet, the long range ASB Rescue, wasn’t up to scratch. It was in desperate need of an intra-ship communication system that would enhance the working capability and the safety of the search and rescue volunteer crews. Supplied by Crystal Electronics and generously funded by the ASB Bank, the ComStar digital full duplex wireless system allows marine crews to communicate while working freely with both hands. The intercoms are a step beyond current voice activated systems and allow up to eight wireless users to talk simultaneously within a 600 metre range. Duthie Lidgard, general manager of Auckland Coastguard, says every crew member has a lightweight headset, connected wirelessly to their crewmates by a central control unit. ,“In times of urgent need, to have both hands free to assist the victim and a hand free for our volunteer crews to look after themselves will be of great benefit with the busy summer period,” he says. www.coastguard.co.nz NEW TECH FOR COASTGUARD TOP OF THE CLASS EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND new recruits Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will be competing on the 2015 America’s Cup World Series, aiming to best Dean Barker and the A-Team to win the chance to represent New Zealand in the America’s Cup. Their first head to head will be at the 2014 A-Class catamaran world championships at Takapuna Boating Club from February 11-16. The single man catamarans are technical and exciting to sail and as such were the boats in which Dean Barker and the heads of ETNZ looked to when making the transition to multihulls. This year’s fleet includes some of the top names in the sailing world including Glenn Ashby. The ETNZ wing trimmer has won seven A-Class world championships and seven world titles in other multihull classes. Tuke, the current New Zealand A-Class cat champ, and Burling are both looking forward to the challenge. “I am looking forward to racing against the world’s top A Cat sailors. It’s going to be a big challenge to try and keep up with Glenn Ashby,” says Tuke. strata 900 when size matters View our entire collection at www.smuggler.co.nz Smuggler Marine Ph: +64 9 838 9024 Mob: 021 969 282 Email: email@example.com 7 Enterprise Drive, Henderson, Auckland 021458 strata 550 stealth 720xs strata 770 Proudly made in New Zealand 12 Boating New Zealand February 2014 Boating _on watch_Feb14.indd 12 21/01/2014 10:53:18 a.m.
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