Boating

General Boating Safety Obligations

General Boating Safety Obligations

The Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 imposes a general safety obligation on all vessel owners and operators, masters and crew to operate vessels safely at all times. This responsibility includes making sure the ship is: safe properly equipped and...

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Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide

Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide

The Queensland Government have published the 2016-17 version of the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide. This is a comprehensive booklet providing the most up-to-date information on boating and fishing rules and regulations. The guide contains...

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QRBC Update – EPIRB recall from GME

QRBC Update – EPIRB recall from GME

GME have issued a safety recall of some GME EPIRB models (PDF, 269 KB). Make sure you check if your EPIRBs are affected—Standards Communications Pty Ltd recalled its GME EPIRB units MT400, MT401 and MT4023 with serial numbers between 50101000 and 80250722. Produce...

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QRBC Update – Flare recall

QRBC Update – Flare recall

Queensland skippers need to check their flares after a national recall of a red hand flare available across Queensland. Drew Marine Signal & Safety Australia Pty Ltd recalled its Aurora red hand flare with lot numbers from 3186 to 3260. This red hand flare is sold...

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Towing Boats Questions

Towing Boats Questions

Those recurring questions around towing and loading boats  - I am going away camping and store my gear in my boat, do I need to have my load restrained? Do I need to display a red flag on my boat motor prop?, and What about those shackles - to be rated or not to be...

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QRBC Update – Alcohol & Drug Rules

QRBC Update – Alcohol & Drug Rules

Alcohol and drug rules A Question was recently raised regarding the linkages between driver and marine licenses - if a motor vehicle driving licence is cancelled or suspended for exceeding .05 is your marine licence automatically suspended? Answer - Although a...

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QBRC Update – Whale Season

QBRC Update – Whale Season

Whale Season Approaching  Queensland Parks & Wild Life report that the first of the migrating whales has been sighted off Byron Bay!  This year promises to be a bumper season for whales with an expected increase in whale migration of 10-15%.  This of course makes...

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QRBC Updates – Rego Numbers

QRBC Updates – Rego Numbers

Boat Registration Numbers Your boat is allocated registration symbols or numbers, these must be clearly visible in plain characters in contrasting colours to the hull colour of your boat.  The size of the symbols depends on the type of boat however, they must be able...

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QBRC Update – Life Jackets

QBRC Update – Life Jackets

Life Jackets Life jacket rules are a common discussion point amongst boaties.  They are a vital piece of safety equipment that can save your life.  The best idea is to make sure you wear it. Put the lifejacket on as part of your pre-trip preparation. It is a lot...

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