NEW STINGRAY PATROL BOAT FOR WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK
Honorary Rangers do it again!
As most of you know, the West Coast National Park is responsible for monitoring marine resources utilization on the Langebaan lagoon, most of which is not only a marine reserve, but an international RAMSAR site, and has been closed to resource exploitation and interference by engine-powered boats. In order to implement and maintain this goal, the Park has had at its disposal for a number of years, a two-engined, mono-hull patrol boat. However, this boat is too bulky and also has a deep draught, making it cumbersome when maneuvering around mudflats and sandbanks in pursuit of transgressors. In the past, on more than one occasion, lagoon patrol staff have had to await the rising tide in order to get out of a stranding, while the miscreants perform a hasty getaway.
In October 2004 the West Coast Honorary Rangers received a call from the ParkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marine Conservation Officer to inform us that this patrol boat needed to be replaced with a suitable 4,5m rubber dinghy, and asked if we could possibly assist in fulfilling this need. We raised the request at the next Park Committee meeting and HR Regional meeting, and before long, we had purchased a beautiful 4,5m Stingray rubber dinghy, trailer and 40hp Yamaha motor for the Park.
We were delighted to hand this boat over to Park Manager Gary de Kock at our annual year-end braai, and are proud to say that we got the Park Rangers back on the water and armed them with the tools they need to do the job. May they have every success!
The Stingray was purpose-built according to Park officialÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s requirements and is fast and highly maneuverable. It follows the standard plan that Stingray uses for building military and naval semi-rigid inflatable boats. Total purchase costs were in the order of R42,000, and were the results of some of the profits earned from four consecutive years of our popular December HR Marathons and Cycle Tour league races held in the Park.
As the old boat is still a SANParks asset, it will most likely be passed across to the Anti-Poaching Unit who has a need for such a boat in order to pursue their freshwater and marine activities. If this happens, we are pleased to have been able to help them too!
Previous Chairman; SANParks Honorary Rangers
West Coast Region
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