Make the most of the coast
AFUN weekend plus sunshine equals wonderful times on Queensland’s long coastline, with boating creating a great diversion for ocean lovers.
Weekend Shopper is also now boosting boaties’ fun with its new Boating, Jet ski and Marine Parts/ Accessories sections assisting people to get out on the water.
Offering items as diverse as catamarans to canoes, tinnies to trailers, and rudders to ropes, these exciting new sections are ideal for boat lovers with a huge range of accessories available as well as yachts, cruisers, sailboats, trawlers and dinghies.
Nicholle Smith from Marine Queensland said boating provided an escape from the stresses of life as well as giving people the freedom to get out on the water and explore.
“With more than 6000 kilometres of coastline, Queensland gives boaties plenty of reasons to escape onto the water with family and friends, including a vast range of islands,” she said.
“Fraser, Magnetic, South Stradbroke and Bribie Islands all offer beautiful waterfront picnic grounds, pristine bays, beaches and swimming spots.”
However, Ms Smith said those buying a boat should consider some important points before their purchase, especially if they were buying a secondhand vessel.
“When purchasing a second-hand boat, people should do the appropriate checks through the Australian Personal Property Securities Register as this will alert them to any monies outstanding on the boat and can raise alarm bells if the boat is stolen,” she said.
“This is something to be particularly aware of when buying a boat privately.
“Boaties also need to ask themselves whether they want a boat for fishing, cruising, water sports, racing or sailing.
“Boats designed for offshore coastal boating may not be suitable for inland waterways while different types of engines are more suitable for certain users and conditions than others.”
Ms Smith said safety equipment and weather knowledge was also crucial for boaties to consider with Maritime Safety Queensland’s list of compulsory equipment including signalling devices, life jackets, flares, navigation charts and compasses.
“Good weather is essential for a safe and enjoyable day on the water and it is important for boaties to stay safe and prepare their boats ahead of the summer storm and cyclone season,” Ms Smith said.
“With proper planning and preparation, boaties can rest easy and enjoy a great time this summer on Queensland’s magnificent waterways.”