Latest Coastguard boat launched today
Coastguard Whangamata's new rescue boat GJ Gardner Rescue underwent sea trials today, ahead of formal handover early next week. The trials, conducted in Tauranga by Naiad's project manager Matt Hopping, went exceptionally well with the boat handling to the expected high standard, and producing a top speed of over 40 knots. The boat is powered by twin Yamaha 250 outboards.
This new Naiad 9.5m is based on the 9.5m boats operating on the Hauraki Gulf, but has some key differences including a flush forward deck instead of the well deck, forward-raked windscreens, and features one aft-facing seat for crew keeping an eye on towed vessels.
The new boat replaces Coastguard Whangamata's 18 year-old Naiad 8.5m. The project has been overseen by Coastguard volunteers George Williams and John Chadwick, pictured below on board the new vessel.