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Pilot Bay ‘fixture’ removed

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A mastless, rudderless trimaran moored in Pilot Bay near the main channel for at least a decade, was removed today.

For those who wondered why the apparently derelict craft never sank, it is because regional council staff have pumped it out several times, says Bay of Plenty Harbourmaster Peter Buel today.

The yacht was declared abandoned after a statutory process was carried out, advertising the yacht, and indicating it would be declared abandoned and removed if no one claimed it.

“We delayed hauling out this vessel until sufficient time had passed as set out in the Maritime Transport Act,’ says Peter. “With no contact from a vessel owner throughout that period, the yacht has been taken away for safe disposal.”

  The growth under the water line. Photo: Supplied.

 

 

 


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Safety First

Posted on 28-10-2017 13:22 | By sobeit

Thank heavens it was disposed of ’safely’, the new buzzword. Not sure how you would dispose of it unsafely ? Oh yes. You could leave it lying half sunk in Pilot Bay for the last 6 or so years as a safety hazard. If it had sunk they would have had to raise it immediately. Bah humbug to the egional Council and its PCR. Guess the ratepayers picked up the not insubstantial tab for this ?
Advertise it

Posted on 28-10-2017 09:48 | By overit

Despite all the rubbish stuck on the bottom, it doesn’t look too bad. Someone maybe able to do something with it. Put in a kids playground to clamber over. Someones trash, anothers treasure.
Potential museum exhibit

Posted on 27-10-2017 18:48 | By waiknot

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