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. 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 must be cleaned, refueled and returned by 6pm on the last day of hire.

Damage to the boats are covered by insurance however an excess of $500.00 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.