Big turnout for Coastguard Kapiti Coast vessel blessing
It was a day of celebration for Coastguard Kapiti Coast as their new vessel was officially launched in Paraparaumu yesterday.
Following a powhiri by local iwi and the traditional breaking of a bottle over the bow, invited guests donors, supporters and people from the local community were given the chance to look on board the vessel, Freemasons Rescue.
The new 8.6 metre vessel has replaced Coastguard Kapiti Coast’s previous vessel, Pharazyn Rescue, which served the local community for over 27 years.
It took the unit three years to raise money for Freemasons Rescue with the Lottery Grants Board and the Freemasons contributing funds towards the new boat. The Wellington Community Trust and NZCT also granted the unit funds to buy a new tractor.
Powered by a Volvo Penta engine with Hamilton jet propulsion, Freemasons Rescue was constructed by Senator Boats in Napier. It can reach a cruising speed of 24 knots with a top speed of around 37 knots and has the capacity to carry up to six crew members.
Here are some photos from the day.