October 2, 2008

Repairs Before Return to Sea

After 10 weeks on dry land the fishing boat Gleaner was put back in the water at Port Taranaki marina in New Plymouth last night.

The 15-metre boat suffered major hull damage in July when it broke its moorings in heavy swell and smashed into rocks before coming to rest on Ngamotu Beach.

Initial plans to refloat it were scuppered amid pollution fears and two cranes lifted it out off the beach and on to a transporter.

Although it is now back in the sea it will be close to Christmas before it is back in Taranaki waters chasing bluenose.

It will go to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island for extensive hull repairs expected to take four to six weeks.

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