The COVID pandemic has seen people localise their leisure and therefore boat sales have increased. This boom in new and used boat sales has left Australian importers, manufacturers and second-hand brokers scrambling for stock, according to the Boating Industry Association in February of this year. The coronavirus pandemic has left travel-starved Australians looking for alternatives to their annual overseas cruise ship fix and sparked a homegrown nautical boom. For example, Maritime Safety Queensland report that Personal Watercraft registrations have increased six times the rate of recreational boat registrations this year.

It’s not only Mum and Dads buying trailer boats to take the kids beach hopping to amuse them; instead of taking an interstate caravan holiday; it’s also the big end of town with the luxury motor yacht sales increased too because people are buying the boat of their dreams instead of taking an international vacation.

The Coast Guard, VMR and Water Police are all reporting increased boating activity and along with these increased mishaps. So, in the lead up to the end of year holidays and the Festive Season I thought it a suitable time to remind recreational boaties of your boating safety courtesy of MSQ:

  • Check that your boat is in good condition.
  • Check that you have all the required safety equipment on board. Ensure all safety equipment is in good condition and easily accessible, in case of an emergency. Make sure everybody on board knows where the safety equipment is stored.
  • Report your trip. Let someone know where you are going, how many people are on board and when you intend to return.
  • Have the right marine licence. Make sure you and your crew know how to handle the boat for where you are going.
  • Know how to use your marine radio, which channels to use and when.
  • Check the weather before you go out.
  • Make sure you have enough water and fuel for the whole trip.
  • Go easy on the drink—waves, wind and weather multiply the effects of alcohol. Far too many boating fatalities involve alcohol.
  • Know the rules of the sea-road and follow them.
  • Lifejacket—wear it! If it’s not on, it can’t save you.

ALLSTARS INSALT 2022 ONLINE FISHING COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT

If you think you have missed out on the ALLSTARS INSALT online fishing competition in 2021 because it’s in its final months… well don’t worry…you won’t miss out on next year’s 2022 comp.  I am in the middle of getting it ready to kick off and run again from 1 January 2022.  So don’t wait… if you want to compete against some of Queensland’s best anglers, then you need to get on our website www.allstarsinsalt.com.au to register.  It only costs $100 and you could win thousands of dollars for fishing.

So ALLSTARS has months of competition still to occur and stories to share. I have decades of fishing tips and will interview many successful commercial and recreational anglers to share their suggestions too.

As much as I like to write about fishing, I’d also like to hear from you.  So please email me at info@allstarsinsalt.com.au to share your fishing trips, fishing tips, fishing stories and photos.

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