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Visiting Boaties over the Holiday Season

The Christmas holidays are nearly upon us and there will be an influx of visitors into our beautiful area. If you are a visiting boatie, call down to the Marine Rescue Tower, 34 Breakwater Drive, (past the Marina car park at the end of the road) and lodge your boating details with us by completing a Visiting Boat Form. One of our friendly radio operators will be able to assist you. There is no fee to join as a Visiting Boatie and it is FREE to log on and off with us. When logging on, all we need to know is:

  • your call sign.

  • number of people on board.

  • how much fuel you have.

  • your destination.

  • your estimated time of return.

  • a mobile number that you are taking with you.

  • your boat Marine and Harbour number.

  • trailer and/or vehicle registration number.

Alternatively you can visit our website: and complete the necessary form. Select “Boaties” from the menu, then ”Visiting Boat Form” from the quick links panel (on the right hand side) and complete your details. A photo of your boat can also be included to provide easy identification. When completed don’t forget to hit “Submit Form” at the bottom of the screen.

Or you may like to support our Group and become a member for a fee of $50.00 per financial year (pro rata after 1st January to 30th June). Details are also on our website.

Why log on with us?

We’ve heard a lot of reasons why not to log on:

  • Nothing will happen to me!

  • I know these waters!

  • I can swim!

  • I have a lifejacket!

  • I have an EPIRB!

  • I’ve told my wife!

  • I’ve been doing this for years!

It’s your safety we’re concerned about!!

Let us tell you some of the reasons why you should LOG ON:

  • Logging on enables us to quickly locate you, as we will have your details and destination, should a rescue be necessary.

  • We cover the area from Grey to Greenhead, including Cervantes, Sandy Cape, in fact any place within this area where a boat can be launched.

  • Our Radio Operators man the Tower in 5-hour shifts and love nothing better than logging on boaties – it keeps them interested in their task and gives them a sense of purpose. The busier they are the happier they are!! It’s frustrating when they see 30 boats leaving the Marina with only 5 logging on.

  • Our telephone – 9652 1950 – is monitored 24 hours a day.

  • It is a FREE service.

We ask all boaties to take care on the ocean by:

  • Doing regular maintenance checks on your boat – follow the Department of Transport’s BEST check list.

  • Ensure you wear a lanyard attached to your wrist / body which is connected to the boat’s kill switch (if you are thrown overboard this will stop your engine).

  • Wear your life jacket! It can save your life.

  • Check the marine weather report and ensure you and your boat are suited to the prevailing conditions. Are warnings current for your boating area? Are there weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort? What are the wind trends? What are the wave conditions? When is the next high and low tide?

  • Be aware that wind gusts can be 40% stronger and maximum waves may be twice the height of what is forecast.

  • Ensure you have the required safety equipment (life jackets, flares, EPIRB) for the area you intend to go.

  • Ensure you have sufficient fuel. Aim to carry 50 percent more fuel than you expect to use.

  • Put a reminder in your phone 30 minutes prior to your estimated time of return so that you won’t become an “Overdue Boat”. You can always extend your time of return.

Extending your estimated return time or changing fishing spots:

If you are having a great day on the sea and want to change your time of return or move to another location, please let us know. Your new information will be logged and this will assist if there is a need to rescue you.

Happy and safe boating!!

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