Hire Conditions

Water, boats and weather add up to a potentially dangerous combination. If you do not have a reasonable amount of experience, for your safety and others, we will be unwilling to hire a boat to you. Having a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket does not necessarily mean you have enough experience to drive one of our boats.

All our boats are hired out on the receipt of a $500.00 booking deposit that doubles as a bond and is refundable at the end of a successful hire. Bookings may be made by phone, email or just call round and on a basis of first with the deposit has the right to the boat. Once a booking deposit has been received the boat will be reserved exclusively for you. Murchison Boat Hire will endeavour to hold a pencil booking and prompt you to pay the deposit but cannot guarantee your booking unless the deposit/bond has been paid.

Full payment for the hire period must be made prior to the commencement of the hire with cash or credit card (fees apply and will be passed on to you). Cheques only accepted if paid in advance and cleared before commencement of hire (minimum 7 days).

Boats are supplied full of fuel and must be returned same. Boats not refuelled will have bond held until fuel and a $50 refuelling fee can be deducted.

Boats must be cleaned, refueled and returned by 5pm on the last day of hire. Late fees of $50 per 30 mins late will be applied.

Damage to the boats are covered by insurance however an excess of $5000.00 applies to the boat, motors, trailer and equipment. Any damage to the boat, motors, trailer or equipment or loss of equipment will be borne by the hirer. Some repairs may need to be quoted prior to bond refund.


If a booking is cancelled within 4 weeks of hire & the boat is not rehired during that period the deposit/bond will be lost. If the boat is rebooked for the full period or longer, full refund less $25.00 (bank & administration charges) will be given. Any cancellation at any time will incur a $25.00 surcharge.

Once hire has commenced, there will be no refund for early return for any reason unless another booking is received over the hire period or under the discretion of Murchison Boat Hire. Bad weather? See our FAQs page.


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 can launch and retrieve the boat for you if required by negotiation in Kalbarri or Dampier depending on the location of your hire. There is a charge of $100.00 each day for this service.