Boaties are being given a big incentive to make sure they are safe this summer, with the return of Coastguard’s annual Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign.
The Old4New Upgrade van will be visiting two local boat ramps next month, filled with a range of the latest Hutchwilco lifejackets. Anyone bringing along an old or damaged lifejacket to trade in will automatically receive a discount of up to $40 on a new model, regardless of the age and condition of the old lifesaving device.
The van will be at Mangawhai Boating & Fishing Club in Alamar Crescent, Mangawhai Heads on Saturday, December 14 from 3pm to 6pm, and at Snells Beach boat ramp at Sunrise Boulevard, at the bottom of Snells Beach Road, between 8am and 11am on Sunday, December 15.
For anyone who can’t make those times, the same offer will be run at various Boating & Outdoors branches, including Fish City in Albany between Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 8, and at All Marine and Cater Marine in Whangarei from Saturday, December 7 through to Sunday, December 15.
Trade in prices offer a $30 discount for children’s lifejackets, $40 for adults’ and every participant will receive a free crotch strap for their new jacket.