Getting out on the water
Marlborough Harbourmaster boats are patrolling the Marlborough Sounds on what is traditionally the busiest day on the water.
Deputy harbourmaster Luke Grogan said crews of the two harbourmaster boats were noticing a marked improvement in the number of recreational boaties wearing lifejackets.
Through the Christmas break, it was not busy on the water probably because of unfavourable weather forecasts.
A team of trained harbour-rangers would be out promoting the safety message and making sure people were aware of and complying with rules through the summer season, Mr Grogan said.
Two harbourmasters' boats were on the water working from Picton and Havelock, he said. One, the Astrolab, also serviced the around 100 navigation beacons and lights around the Sounds.
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The Marlborough Express