Five-knot buoys have been established in high risk areas of the Marlborough Sounds.
Travelling at speeds in excess of 5 knots in these areas is dangerous for you and other Marlborough Sounds waterway users.
Skippers who breach this speed limit may receive a $200 infringement penalty or face criminal prosecution under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
The following high risk areas are marked with 5 knot marker buoys:
1. Onahau Bay
2. Waterfall Bay
3. Mistletoe Bay
4. Fence Bay
5. Lochmara bay (x2)
6. Double Cove (x2)
7. Bay of Many Coves (Aratawa Bay & Arthurs Bay)
8. Kumutoto Bay
9. Broughton Bay
10. Te Mahia Bay (x2)
12. Elaine Bay
13. Waikawa Bay (x3)
14. Penzance Bay
15. Whatamango Bay
17. Okiwi Bay
18. Pirapu Bay
19. Te Ipapakereru Bay
20. Ngakuta Bay (x4)
21. Picton Harbour (x3)
22. The Snout
23. Karaka Point (x2)
24. Wedge Point
25. Ratimera Bay
- A five knot buoy marks a high risk area where it is reckless to travel in excess of 5 knots at any time.
- 5 knot buoys do not mark the 200 meter mark.
- 5 knot buoys are often located well inside 200m from shore.
- Compliance with the speed bylaw may require an inbound vessel to slow down long before reaching the 5 knot buoy
Where the Harbour Master finds a vessel;
- Operating at a speed in excess of 5 knots within the five knot zone an infringement of $200 may be applied
- Operating at a speed in excess of 5 knots within a high risk zone an infringement of $200 will be applied or prosecution sought under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.