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February 2023 – Important Notice

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Maritime New Zealand have issued new rules applying to recreational boat owners who use their boats in the sea. The rules limit the emission of harmful sulphur oxides (SOx) from fuel use and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from engines. Both of these harm human health and the marine environment.

After 1 January 2023, if you install a new or used engine over 130 kW (174.3 HP) on your boat, it must come with the following documentation:

For a compression-ignition (diesel) engine – an approved Technical File showing the engine’s NOx emissions are within the limits of the IMO Tier II standard. (For further information, including information on Emissions Tiers, visit

For a spark-ignition (petrol) engine – a manufacturers’ declaration or certificate of conformity document showing the engine meets one of these regulations:


Is your boat’s engine ‘installed’?
An engine is ‘installed’ if the engine, fuel, cooling or exhaust system is an integral part of the boat. For example, an outboard engine fueled from a tank that is part of the structure of the boat would be ‘installed’; while an outboard engine with a portable fuel tank would not be ‘installed.’



Using petrol, diesel or gaseous fuel (CNG/LNG/LPG) is fine, and you won’t need to change anything. If your boat uses heavier fuel oils, talk to your fuel supplier to make sure the fuel is MARPOL Annex VI compliant.

For more information, visit

January 2023 – Stolen Dinghy and Motor

A  Dinghy and 2020 Yamaha 8hp 4 stroke long shaft was stolen from the Naval Point Yacht Club jetty between 5pm on Sunday 15th January to Friday 20th Jan .

Please contact us with any information 03 384 1694. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

A picture of the boat and motor is below. The motor was sprayed with pink paint to make it distinguishable.

September 2021 – Stolen Fi-Glass Fireball – Reward Offered

A  Fi-Glass Fireball was stolen from the St. Arnaud around 25 September 2021.

Please contact us with any information 03 384 1694. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

A reward will be offered in the event of recovery.

A picture of the boat is below.

September 2021 – Stolen Jet Boat – Reward Offered

A  jet boat was stolen from the West Coast around 13 September 2021.

Please contact us with any information 03 384 1694. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

A reward will be offered in the event of recovery.

A picture of the jet ski is below.


April 2021 – Ashburton jet boat crash: Pair convicted and fined

Two men have been convicted after a jet boat crash at Lake Hood, Ashburton in November 2019

For the full story, please follow the link below to the full article in the Star News.

Ashburton jet boat crash: Pair convicted and fined | Star News (


December 2019 – Stolen Jet Boat – Reward Offered

A distinctive looking jet boat was stolen from Leeston between 8th – 10 December.

Please contact us with any information 03 384 1694. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

A reward will be offered in the event of recovery.

Pictures of the jet ski are below.

October 2019 – Liability Insurance

Insurance policies include an amount for Third Party Liability. This is the amount of cover (subject to the usual policy terms) you are insured for, where you may be legally liable for accidental loss of damage to other property, as the result of a collision or accident. Cover is also provided for Death or Bodily Injury, although under NZ Law there is virtually no ability to sue for bodily injury. However, the Sentencing Amendment Act 2014 now allows the courts to order a person at fault to compensate victims of bodily injury for their financial losses over and above what ACC pays, by way of reparation. This ‘top up’ ordered by a court can only apply where the person at fault has been convicted of a crime and is being sentenced. Policy exclusions (such as operating the vessel when under the influence of alcohol) continue to operate for Third Party Liability claims.

It is important to note the policy does not protect you for all the risks you face, particularly around legal costs from unexpected lawsuits or prosecutions. Potential examples might be:-

Defending charges brought against you (where you have a reasonable case of defence) can be hugely expensive.

Whilst it is generally illegal to insure against fines, Nautical can offer an insurance that provides cover for Legal Expenses. These are the costs for defending an action brought against you. Not only will it protect you with issues involving your boat, it is also a 24/7 cover designed to cover you at home, work and in your car.

If you would kike to know more about this product, please email or call us on 03384 1694 and we will send you information.

October 2018

We have been notified of a stolen jet ski. A photo is below and information regarding its whereabouts may be provided to the owner on 021 359 376.

The ski was stolen from a property at Mount Pleasant in Christchurch.


Stolen Jet Ski

August 2018

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This year Nautical celebrates 30 years in business. Over this time we have continually delivered to our clients and partners, ensuring we remained innovative and provided the best available insurance to our clients.

If you are operating your boat in the Canterbury region, you may not yet be aware that a 2016 bylaw requires all boats to show ID that is visible from at least 50 metres away. Environment Canterbury was not the first local authority to implement this requirement. Their recreational boating page has full details.

You might like to bookmark this page and check back for updated information. We will also look to provide interesting data on claims patterns and trends, together with tips on additional measures that you can take to safeguard and protect your vessel.

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