Blackwood Houseboats – Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a skippers ticket? No.
Hirer’s will receive an Induction on arrival, regardless of experience.
A current A class (regular) Drivers License
Is it easy to drive? Yes.
The helm has a steering wheel and throttle controls are forward/neutral/reverse. Speed is governed.
The Induction follows an approved Safety brief. This is part of our License requirements. Safety equipment is on-board as per Dept of Transport, Hire-and-Drive regulations. All our hire vessels are approved under Marine Survey standards. However, we do reserve the right to suspend a hire in the event of any safety concerns including and not limited to weather conditions or competence of the Hirer.
There is 2-way coverage and next-gen phone reception in the area of operation.
You will moor up at any of our carefully selected mooring positions. Houseboats do not tie off to the banks.
Great! More fresh water and dinghies to share with certain moorings designated for larger groups
Houseboats are not permitted south of Point Irwin. Houseboats cannot moor at the town jetties.
Molloy Caravan Park has a small kiosk for bait, fuel, and basic grocery items OR take you dinghy into town OR return to Base & go to Augusta by car
Fishing gear, food, drinks, bathers, dvd’s, music, binoculars, books & sunscreen.
Fish, bush walk, kayak, standup paddle board, ski, swim, bird-watch, star-gaze, wildflowers and crabbing in-season.Tours to local wineries, galleries and other local attractions can be now arranged departing from Alexandra Bridge, YAY, finally!!
Houseboat Base has ample secure parking. We live on-site for your peace of mind.
4pm is our cut off to get you up the river on Day 1. Vessels must be moored by 6pm and the Induction takes approx 1 1/2 hours so we run out of operating hours. But don’t worry, Westbay has some of the best moorings in the river. You will moored in Westbay & receive the Induction on Day 2.
The fuel tanks are full at commencement of hire. Costs are calculated on actual consumption so depending on how much cruising you do. The average hire is 40-60 litres in the houseboats and 5-15 in the dinghy
Safety – use the on board life jackets, HP is governed for safety
Operating instructions – are included in the lesson
Fuel – 2-stroke mix see on board trouble shooting guide. Full at commencement of hire.
Drinking - Houseboats RIVER & STORM carry 1500 ltrs drinking water for all uses. Houseboat ALLIRA carries 2000 ltrs
Usage – All water is stored on board. Conservative use will last 3 – 4 days. If you run out you will need to return to Base.
Solar with battery backup. 2kva generator on board for small appliances, no engels please but all good for coffee machines
A 2 point socket at the helm for data cables, otherwise give your hair a holiday and leave your hairdryer at home!
King George Whiting, black bream, tailor, mullett, crabs in season