? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ?
On commencement of hire you will be given a full safety and operational briefing on the boat, safety gear, navigational instruments, sounder, weather conditions & potential hazards & supplied with maps and directions to the best fishing, diving & whale watching spots.
What if I don't have a boat driving licence?
You do need at least a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket or Eastern States equivalent licence to drive a boat in WA. Any hirer must be over 17 years of age have a vehicle driving licence and a reasonable amount of boating experience (for your own safety) to operate our boats. The hirer does not have to have a licence but someone with a licence must be aboard at all times.
Can I pick the boat up and tow it to other destinations?
Yes, you may tow any of our boats to anywhere in WA. I even offer a free delivery service to the Kalbarri/Ajana turnoff where you can meet me and take a boat further north to your preferred location. You will need to prearrange it and prepay the hire. Hirers will need to return the boat to Kalbarri or a pick up can be arranged for $200.00. Please note that it is not permitted to take the boats to Ningaloo Station.
What if I have booked the boat but the weather has turned bad?
If the conditions are dangerous you will be refused the boat and your deposit will be refunded in full. However there are degrees of “bad” weather and some days will be better than others. We will retrieve the 5 day forecast from internet sites and advise you on what to expect. Just because there may be a bit of rain or an early sea breeze does not constitute bad weather. If you have a weeks hire and some of the days are “bad weather” you are obliged to take the good with the bad. The biggest defining condition is wind speed, anything over 16 knots is uncomfortable, however in Kalbarri, most mornings are calm with a sea breeze due later in the day.
What if I scratched the paint work when launching the boat?
Small scratches and bumps are sometimes unavoidable and will be overlooked when the boat is returned, however major scrapes and damage to the boat, trailer, motor and equipment that needs attention will be charged for and agreed on at the time. Major work may require a quote from a repairer.
The motor broke down, it's not my fault?
If it’s not your fault there is no charge, but if it was from doing something stupid then it is your fault and you will be charged for repair! Break-downs are unlikely as all our motors are late model and regularly serviced 4-stroke Yamahas.
I don't have a tow bar, how do I launch the boat?
We will launch and retrieve the boat for you with pleasure at your designated time in Kalbarri. There is a small charge of $45.00 each day for this service.