In Queensland, it is required that you have a boat licence (also called a marine licence) if you are operating a vessel that has an engine power greater than 4.5kW. It is also important to remember that in QLD a boat (known as a Queensland regulated ship) should only be used for recreational activities (including … Continue reading Do I Need A Boat Licence in QLD?
When it comes to the condition of motorboats, one of the best ways to determine current or potential problems is by observing the boat smoke and lubricating oil. First up, exhaust gases from marine engines should be clear. Any color of smoke can warn you of potential trouble. Below are possible smoke discolorations you may … Continue reading Boat 101: Boat Smoke and Lubricating Oil
Each state in Australia has a different set of laws pertaining to boat licences. In New South Wales there are two types of boat licences which include a General Boat Driving Licence & A Personal Watercraft (PWC) Driving Licence. Do I Need A Boat Licence In New South Wales? It is actually the speed at … Continue reading Getting A Boat Licence In NSW
If you love boating, the ocean, exploring and the thought of being secluded – then living aboard might be the most fulfilling thing you will ever do. Here’s a few things to consider: Will you save money? That depends on your circumstances and your lifestyle. Since everyone is so different, it’s important to price everything … Continue reading What’s it like to live aboard?
You’ve got a lot of things in store for you in the Gold Coast and its great weather sets the stage for tons of entertainment. The highly anticipated Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is happening in the luxurious Marine Village this May. This yearly event runs through four days –from the 25th of May until the … Continue reading Don’t Miss This Year’s Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
If you’re in the market for a super-yacht like some of the ones we’ve featured in our news coverage to date, you probably don’t need to worry too much about humdrum things like boat finance. But, if like most of the boat owners in Australia (the ‘average’ boat is just 7.5m long), you’re not running … Continue reading Boat Ownership – Eyes Wide Open
Whether you use your boat for business or personal recreation, it’s a considerable investment that needs to be insured against damage, theft and accidents. Typically, boat insurance can range from a couple of hundred to over a thousand dollars a year, depending on the size and value of your boat, as well as a number … Continue reading How Much Does Boat Insurance Cost In Australia?
Do you still love your boat but feel it could be performing better? You don’t necessarily have to replace your whole boat. If power is the only problem, it might be time to replace the motor and repower your vessel. But how do you go about repowering your boat? What to consider when replacing a … Continue reading Motor Replacement Finance
The worst of winter is over and as the weather warms up many of us will be getting back out on the water for another boating season. Whether you prepped your boat before storing it or not, there are a number of checks and basic maintenance you should do before using your boat for the … Continue reading Spring Boat Maintenance
Like you, we love our time out on the water. But boating, like anything in life, comes with some of its own little problems. You could buy all the latest, most advanced, expensive gadgets on the market and still find something going wrong. In this article we’re going to look at some of the ingenious … Continue reading Boating Life Hacks