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Yard Coordinator

Graeme Fearnley 027 6499 144

Yard Administrator

Mike Lord 021 389 643


Haul Out Rules 2023

General Notes, Cautions and Haulout Rules for 2023   


As Haulout operates in a very public area, we are under constant scrutiny by members of the public.

They will not hesitate to take further action should we breach the Resource Consent conditions.


BBYC Haulout is for boat owners ‘to carry out continuous work as weather permits’.  Using the Yard as a safe place to avoid winter storms defeats that purpose.  It also means cradles are withdrawn for long periods preventing their use by others. 

To avoid this practice, extra charges will be levied, as decided by the Committee.  It may also result in a request to remove the boat from the Yard.


A key part of the Resource Consent we are operating under is that all contaminants from boat maintenance must be contained on site.  Hence the bans on most spray painting, sand blasting and rigid rules on cleanliness and noise. 


Any member of the Haulout committee may approach workers regarding site cleanliness.


Whilst we now have the facility to scrub boats off on the handstand, heavy fouling (shellfish and weed) must be disposed of away from the Haulout yard.  This is to ensure we do not have the smell of rotting sea life emanating from the sediment tank.


Haulout Preparation:     A permanent westerly (off-shore) set at varying velocity (greater on ebb) is experienced off the slipway.  Viewing and understanding the Haulout video on the BBYC website before hauling is necessary.     It shows the key step of guiding the boat onto the cradle with the white and blue, aft and fore, lines.


Securing the boat in the cradle just prior to hauling is essential.  This must be accomplished in two ways:


  1. By taking lines (Horn Lines) from the port and starboard forward cross member of the cradle to cleats at the aft end of the boat.  The Horn Lines need to be parallel to the gunwales (ie effectively horizontal).    


  1. A strong line must be used, running from the trolley to the bow cleat, securely attached at both ends, and with about 100 mm of slack.


The whole Haulout yard area is considered a hazardous area.  All due care must be exercised.


Owners are recommended to remove any items of value from boats and ensure boats and ladders are securely padlocked to deter unauthorised entry.


Confirm date of launching one week in advance with the Haulout Yard Coordinator.


Water is laid on and power is available.  All power points around the yard are isolated by RCD.


Any interaction between local residents and members working in the Yard and

on the Hardstand must be reported to the Haulout Committee as soon as possible.


Members using this facility will take all practicable steps not to injure themselves or any other person whilst in the Haulout area.  The Haulout Yard is defined as all the sealed area in front of the Yacht Club and launching ramp at Granger’s Point.


Those using the Haulout Yard should be aware of hazards such as:

  • Slippery ramps and slippery launching areas

  • Heavy items to be lifted

  • Inhaling vapours and dust

  • Boat stability in the cradle

  • The dangers of falls from scaffolding and ladders.


Cradle: The boat’s owner will provide (or borrow) a BBYC approved cradle capable of holding the boat safely with four table blocks with a minimum height of 41 cm.  Each block must be a continuous unit (i.e. nailed or glued; not loose pieces of timber).  The cradle must be well braced and square – i.e.  the main bearers parallel.  The main bearers must be a minimum of 2.8 metres in length and clear of any projections on the underside.   


Cradles must be assembled at least twelve hours before hauling with the front of the cradle facing out.                                                                                                                                                                     


The boat owner is responsible for ensuring the cradle is set up correctly and will securely hold the boat throughout the complete hauling operation and Hardstand occupancy period.


The committee reserve the right for the Haulout Team to refuse to haul a boat on a cradle considered to be unsafe.


Longitudinal keel guides must be fitted to all cradles on which short or fin keel boats are to be hauled.      

The keel guides, approximately 200mm high, need to be bolted at each side of the centre beam at approximately             30 degrees from the vertical.


Packers may only be used for levelling or adjusting the cockpit drainage angle. 


First Use of Haulout:  Boat owners who have not previously hauled are required to be present at a Haulout operation prior to hauling for the first time.  These owners are also required to arrange for a Club member experienced with Haulout, and acceptable to the Foreman, to be on board the boat for the first haul.


Crew position:  Skipper and crew are allowed on board only until the boat first comes out of the water, or is about to be launched.  When the boat is secure on the ramp, the Foreman will arrange a ladder for Skipper and crew either to disembark (after the haul) or board (before the launch).                             Nobody is allowed on the boat when it is being moved in the Yard. 

Wash down:  Boats must be washed down within 24 hours of hauling.  Shellfish and weed must be scraped off and removed from the Yard.  Slime and antifouling must be flushed into the filter tank.  Water blasters may only be used in the designated area of the Yard and the boat must be fully curtained. 

Noise is a major nuisance to residents.   

  • Flapping halyards are an ongoing problem.  All halyards must be taut, fore and aft, and tied well away from the mast.  Sail covers must be secured to prevent flapping.  Furling head sails may be retained on the boat but must have the sheets removed and be securely lashed.

  • All noise must cease by 6.30pm to comply with the Auckland Council’s requirements.


Sand blasting is prohibited in the Haulout yard.

Wet sanding – all material removed by wet sanding must be flushed into the sediment tank.

Dry scraping – use a scraper with a vacuum attachment.  (The Haulout Team has a tungsten scraper adapted to fit the vacuum hose of Haulout’s vacuum machine.  Please use it).  All dust scrapings must be retained within the perimeter of the boat.  When work ceases the area must be vacuumed and then flushed into the sediment tank.

Sanders must be used with an effective dust bag or vacuum cleaner.  The use of effective drop sheets is highly recommended.

Chemical paint stripping may be carried out providing the tarmac is covered and protected, all waste is contained and disposed of off-site (i.e. NOT flushed into drains, the sea or sediment filter).

Spray painting – airless spray painting of antifouling may only be carried out on a fully curtained boat during weekdays.  All other spray painting is prohibited at all times.

Waste and Rubbish

  • All rubbish (including heavy fouling, shellfish and weed) must be collected from around the boat and removed from the Yard each day.  This includes all rubbish in your designated area, irrespective of its origin.  Failure to do so may prejudice the owner’s right to haul in the future.


  • Paint remains and brush or roller washings may never be discharged into the sand filters, drains or other areas adjacent to the site.  This behaviour would be totally in breach of our Resource Consent and would endanger our operation.  Anyone doing this would be fined, charged a full commercial rate for the clean-up and denied use of the Haulout in the future. 


  • Prior to launching, all remaining rubbish must be removed from the Haulout Yard and area swept.  The cradle must be removed from the Yard within 7 days of launching.


HIABs or cranes being used on boats must be positioned outside the yellow lines delineating the 9 tonne point load area over the Council’s sewer surge tank.

Launch Date: please confirm one week before launching with the Haulout Yard Coordinator.

Vehicle access to the ramp and from the road must be kept clear at all times, the no parking signs must be observed, particularly during the Haulout operation.  The speed limit in the yard is 5 km per hour.

Safety and Security:  the owner is responsible for the safety of the boat, and persons working on the boat, at all times on the Haulout yard.  Ladders must be tied to the boat when in use to prevent the chance of falling, and be taken away or secured (padlocked) to the cradle when not in use.

Compliance: Boat owners who do not comply with the Haulout rules may have their fees doubled at the discretion of the Haulout Committee.

Tractor:   Only designated tractor drivers are authorised to drive the tractor.

The Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is not responsible for the loss of boat owner’s property including tools.  People entering and using the Yard must do so at their own risk.  The Club shall not be held responsible for injury to persons using the Haulout area.

Auckland Council:  Under the Council’s by-laws governing our use of the Haulout Yard, we are not permitted to haul and store boats (other than genuine cases of emergency) outside the period of 1 May – 30 November in any one year.


Charges:   All of the BBYC Haulout charges below include GST.   You will be invoiced immediately after your launch and the BBYC Invoice, and all other costs associated with your use of Haulout, must be paid within two weeks of the BBYC invoice being sent.  Failure to do so will jeopardise your future use of the Yard.

Early Bird Discount – Boats in the Yard before 1 July will be charged the 2022 Rates.

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