Make the most of the coast

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

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.”

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