Whether you’re planning on fishing, cruising or water sports, here are our must read tips for a great Summer of Boating!
- Plan ahead
With more boat owners on the water than ever before, it’s crucial to plan ahead! Whether you’re an experienced Boatie or a new boat owner, know how to launch your boat safely, consider which boat ramp you’ll use and the best way to access it, plan where you’ll park and even practice reversing your boat trailer so you’re ready to go. With reports of congested boat ramps and competition for trailer parking spots, it’s worth planning ahead so you can get on the water faster.
- Safety first
Before you head out, always check the weather forecast & tides so you can plan for the conditions and be prepared for rough water if needed. Remember that following big storms and wild weather, and in Summer there can be king tides along the NSW coast with much higher water levels at high tide than usual.
Check your boat to make sure you have all the safety gear you need for your passengers. If you haven’t been out on the water for a while then our simple boat safety guide has you covered, and you can download the Marine Safety app from Marine Safety NSW here.
- Make sure you have the right gear for your purpose
One of the best things about owning your own boat is the opportunity for adventure! From water-skiing or knee boarding to exploring new swimming holes with the kids or fishing with the family, make sure you have the right gear for a great day on the water. Boat covers or biminis provide shade, fish finders and echo sounders help find the best fishing spot and the right lighting & comfortable seating can extend your time on the water safely.
Need some advice? With 75 years of experience, Hunts Marine is a third generation, family-owned business with extensive experience in recreational boating. Find out more at HuntsMarine.com.au, give us a call on (02) 9546-1324 or get in touch with our team at Hunts Marine in Sydney, Wollongong or Batemans Bay.