WE HELP YOU ON THE SEA.
Now we need your help to stay there.
A matter of survival
Coastguard Nelson covers a huge area with challenging sea conditions and the current boat just can't cope with increasing demands for help.
The volunteer-staffed coastguard has to raise a million dollars by the end of 2019 to place an order for the $1.3 million vessel it needs to continue its mission of saving lives at sea.
We need your support.
Coastguard Nelson has been making do for some time but we can just can’t do that for too much longer.
Most people assume that Coastguard receives the bulk of its funding from central government but apart from covering fuel costs for the rescue vessel that’s just not the case. Replacement vessels are funded from community grants and fundraising.
“We really need the whole community to get in behind our fundraising efforts.”
Pete Kara, Nelson Coastguard President
Our plan is to build a new purpose designed, heavy weather rescue vessel, that will serve the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay boating community for the next 20 years.
Our new purpose built rescue vessel will be based at Port Nelson, a point roughly equidistant to the furthest reaches of its service area.
The new rescue vessel will cover a similar area, but will do so more effectively across a wider range of weather conditions.
Diesel power and longer range fuel tanks will enable the new rescue vessel to stay at sea to complete longer searches. Twin water jet drives will remove the safety hazard of propellers.
The new boat will have a fully enclosed wheelhouse, along with sheltered areas where victims can be given first aid.
The new vessel will also be cheaper to run and maintain, moving from a twin engine petrol unit (which uses more than 70 litres an hour) to a twin diesel jet unit.
Our new replacement vessel will have...
STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY
DEDICATED MEDICAL STATION
OPERATIONAL RANGE OF 270 NAUTICAL MILES AT 30 KNOTS
CAPABLE OF HANDLING SEVERE SEA CONDITIONS
To make this a reality we need your support
“I know there're a lot of people who can easily get in to trouble out on the water. Just knowing there is someone who can get out there and take care of you is really important.
“I wholeheartedly support Coastguard and we’re doing what we can to help out. I hope there’re a lot of other people around Nelson who will do the same.”
Nelson businessman Pic Picot
Patron of the Coastguard Nelson fundraising effort
IN THE PAST YEAR COASTGUARD NELSON HAVE:
“We knew the coastguard was coming so we just hung on until you did.”
Feedback from our members
No one likes having a problem out on the water, but with free assistance Coastguard members have got it sorted.
I've been a member for many years, and this was my first call for assistance. Coastguard couldn't have been more helpful. Bob B
You did great!!! Thanks. Membership should be compulsory for every boat owner. Myles P
Couldn’t of been happier. So pleased I’m a member. Thank you so much Coastguard. Simon V