I am new to boating. Where do I start?
The Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook contains guidance and safety information for all recreational boaters, including sailors, kayakers, canoeists, rowers, wakeboarders, water skiers, and kitesurfers. Topics include Essentials for safe boating, Safe operation, Emergency procedures, Licensing and registration and Personal watercraft (PWC) / jet skis.
See link below under Education for this handbook, or consult your relevant State authority.
What do I check before going out on the water?
- Check battery condition and charge
- Check fuel level
- On 2-stroke outboard motors check the oil tank level
- Check that drain/bung plugs are fitted and secure
- Inspect all safety equipment and lifejackets
- Check the use by date on flares
NOTE: It is a Maritime Safety requirement that Inflatable PFD Lifejackets be serviced according to manufacturer specifications.
Most lifejackets require Annual service and testing.
What should I do after being out on the water?
- Remove drain/bung plugs to drain your hull
- Run your outboard motor or inboard engine at idle speed for at least 10 minutes with fresh water going through to flush salt water
- Wash your trailer, as trailers rust, boats don't
- Wash your boat, to reduce the effects of salt corrosion
- Clean/check your boat for leftover bait
What are the lighting requirements for boats?
As requirements change over time and differ by State, please consult your State boating handbook.
See link below under Education for the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.
When I stop at fishing spots is there an easier way to anchor?
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