If you need something a bit more, whether you need more space for casting, more room for family or friends, more ease of use, or more oomph on the water, George, our 4.8m hire boat may be what you're looking for.
Smartwave 4800 4.8m with 60HP 4 stroke electric start engine, side console with steering wheel
Boat licence required. Up to 5 people if you're happy for a child to sit on a built-in step, otherwise, we only recommend a maximum of 4 people. Comfortably seats 4 people. Fish the Hinchinbrook waterways, and out to the end of the Lucinda jetty, weather permitting. Available for 1/2 day, full day and multi day hires. Scroll down for details and rates.
Optional MotorGuide with GPS lock, pending availability.
Optional Extras at No Charge, subject to availability:
What's great about George? With a 4.8m boat length, she has room for 4 people, and 5 if someone (Probably a child) sits on a short platform. A very stable boat with a modern 60HP 4 stroke, electric start engine, you should feel safe and comfortable. Also, a 9" Garmin touch screen GPS sounder with side and bottom scan, and the option for split multi screens. And now he has a steering wheel and side console that doesn't take up much room, and can even be pushed to the side.
Life jackets and safety gear are all standard. However, let us know if you have children under the age of 12 joining you, so we can try and ensure they have a comfortable life jacket to wear whilst in the vessel. (Specifically designed to be worn all day. Required by law & subject to availability of junior life jackets.)
What do I need to consider? The captain is right, as he has a comfy seat with a comfy backrest. Otherwise, there are 3 padded seats, (no backs), and if you have 5 people, the 5th person will have to sit on a short platform step. (Recommend that for a child. Some parents bring a small fold out kids couch for the young children to sit on, and rest on later.)
The boat may struggle with weight (eskies, fuel, MotorGuide etc) and 5 people on board. Generally, this boat is best suited more as a large, roomy boat for fishing up the creeks and channel, with less than 5 people on board.
Where possible, distribute your weight to the front of the boat to help keep the bow down, whilst getting onto the plane.
This vessel has a shallow stern, and best suited for smooth water. See photo below. If weather is sloshy, water will slosh over the back.
Do we have to tow, launch and retrieve the hire boat ourselves? All boat hire prices listed above are for tow & go pricing. You need to tow, reverse, launch, tie up, park, get your car, reverse, winch on the boat, and refuel it from the servo. It sounds like a lot, however, it's not really. The boat is plastic, so it's heavy, and you will need a little bit of strength for launching and retrieving. You will require a 50mm tow ball. We use a 7pin flat plug. Please advise if you require an adaptor. We may be able to help. :)
Can you launch and retrieve the hire boat for us? Absolutely. We can do all of the hard stuff so all you have to do is walk on, and walk off the boat from the pontoon. We even refuel the boat, and all of this is just an extra $50 for half or full day, or an extra $45 per day for multiday WOWO service.
Can we use the hire boats at night? Boats are permitted to be used during daylight hours only. This is a requirement of both AMSA and our insurance, which covers you should something go wrong.
Where can we travel to? If the weather is good without a lot of breeze or wind, you can usually traverse the Hinchinbrook Channel and out to the end of the sugar loading jetty.
No or low breeze: Knock your socks off. Head out to the end of the sugar loading jetty, or even some of the lower pylons of the big sugar loading jetty, and/or over to The Bluff on Hinchinbrook Island, down to Haycock Island and Sunday Creek in the Hinchinbrook Channel, across the Hinchinbrook Channel. Be mindful of changing conditions as well as wind vs tide scenarios when travelling big distances. The orange line indicates most likely path due to sandbars at lower tides. If you are towing the boat, you have the choice of using any boat ramp in the Hinchinbrook region. You will need to check required tide heights and suitability of some small ramps though.
Breezy to really breezy/windy: (20-25 knots) Stick to the creeks around the Lucinda boat ramp at Dungeness. (Circled in red above) There's a lot of snags, junctions and good fish to target with the protection of the mangroves from the wind. Or tow the boat to Taylors Beach, Mona boat ramp or Fishers Creek. Check tide suitability.
Information on the map above:
The yellow and red circles can be accessed whether it's breezy, windy, or not.
However, you can only access the yellow areas on the higher tides, due to sand bars. (Herbert and Seymour are sand locked rivers) To get to and from Lucinda to the Herbert, you need a lot of water. Probably at least 2 metres.. preferably more. This means you may have to plan your day around the tides, if you want to traverse and fish in the yellow area of the map.
Note: All hirer's/drivers must be at least 18 years old, show relevant identification, and agree to boat hire terms & conditions, at the safety brief and handover.