Bay of Islands Coastguard's rescue boat is out of the water for the next two to three weeks for a major overhaul.

The work will include strengthening of the bow, repainting the tubes, a full engine and jet unit service, and cleaning and tidying work by Coastguard volunteers. A new intercom system, courtesy of an anonymous donor, will be fitted.

Haulage of the boat from Waipapa Landing earlier this week was paid for by a local company.

The boat will be housed at Coastguard member Kelvin Petrie's boatshed while the work is carried out.

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Volunteer Russ Devin said coverage of the Bay of Islands would continue, initially using The Ark, a private vessel owned by Tim Roffey, and later using Coastguard Northern Region's vessel Manaia Rescue.