Heading out of the Mangawhai Harbour involves crossing the Mangawhai bar and bar crossings always carry an element of danger – that’s all part of the adventure.
The most important thing is to have a boat that is capable at travelling at a speed greater than the waves, and a skipper who knows what he’s doing – we have both. The Senator RH770 is renowned for its performance, safety and stability.
Even when the sun is shining, swells, tides and wind directions can affect bar safety. Mike is trained and experienced in understanding weather patterns and safety considerations and will not proceed with a trip when he considers it too dangerous to cross the bar.
All passengers are required to wear life jackets while crossing the bar and we maintain close contact with Coastguard immediately before and after crossings.
In the unlikely event that unforeseen weather prevents a bar crossing on the homeward journey, the skipper will divert to a safe port and transport will be arranged back to your planned arrival point – this may involve an additional fee.