Yes, except for Mud03, which is the 3.75m tinnie – no Recreational Marine Driver’s Licence (RMDL) is needed for this boat. If you don’t have a RMDL, you will be given tuition to gauge your ability to operate this boat safely. Tuition time can vary depending on experience.
That depends on the vessel hired. Some boats are suitable for smooth waters only (creeks), where others are registered for partially smooth waters. See the maps on our Tips and Tricks page and contact us with any queries.
We are members of the Townsville Coast Guard and request that any hirers going into partially smooth waters fill out a trip sheet. Please let the Coast Guard know when you return back safely – they are all volunteers and we don’t want them looking for you at 10pm at night if they don’t need to! :)
Yes, the area of use is up to Cairns in the north and down to Proserpine in the south. Towing vehicles are required to be covered by your comprehensive insurance otherwise the boat cannot be towed away.
All boat hire costs (including GST) are listed on the Our Boats page, plus there are additional charges if you wish to use our launch and retrieve service or hire our equipment.
We accept credit card (with a 1% surcharge), or you can pay by direct deposit or cash.
We take a $100 deposit for all boats at the time of making the booking. The vessel is secured once the funds have cleared. We accept payment via credit card (with a 1% surcharge) or a direct deposit into our bank account.
We hire crab pots for $50 which includes the pot, bait cage (loaded and ready to go), rope and float with our details. This is a great way to introduce kids to the joy of crabbing without the hassle.
Yes, we can – a great option if you don’t have a tow ball, or you’re not confident. This incurs an extra charge of $50 (in total for both the launch and retrieve) to cover our time.
Boats are expected back in the same condition they went out in; i.e.generally clean with no fish remains, mud, rubbish etc. We will hose it down and flush the motor, but any excessively dirty vessels will incur a cleaning charge from $50-$300.
Yes, the boats go out with a full tank of fuel and need to be returned with a full tank. Unleaded fuel must be used – strictly NO ethanol blends. Please provide your receipt to us so we can add the correct amount of oil. If you are taking the boat away and need to refuel it yourself over this period, we will explain the correct fuel to oil ratios during your briefing.
Yes. All our boats are commercially compliant and have all the relevant safety gear. They are ideal for both short and long term projects, whether it’s high school boat licences, water testing, safety and support vessels, environmental work and more.
Yes, all boats carry the following safety gear:
With commercial hire – which has different rules to recreational use – every passenger is considered to be a “participant”, regardless of whether they are 10 months old or 60 years old. So all children, regardless of their age, must be factored into the boat’s overall capacity.
Your usual outdoor gear like a hat, sunglasses, suncream, long-sleeved shirt, plus a fully-charged phone in case you need to contact us (or take photos of your day out). We ask that you ring us 30-45 minutes before you’re due back so we can make sure we are around to collect the boat from you, check for damage, return any deposits etc. We supply a plastic capsule so your phone and any other valuables will be nice and protected.
If you cancel your booking more than 48 hours prior to your hire, we will refund the full deposit. If you cancel between 48 hours and 24 hours before we’ll refund 50% of the deposit, and if you cancel less than 24 hours before your scheduled booking your entire deposit is forfeited.
We can’t let you go out in unfavourable conditions to protect your safety (and comfort). We will hold your deposit in credit until you rebook the hire of the boat at a time that suits you.
All hirers receive a 30-45 minute briefing before taking the boats, which ensures you know how to operate the vessel, where the safety equipment is, that you understand Maritime Safety Queensland rules, etc – pretty much everything you need to know to keep safe and have an amazing day out on the water!