No boat licence? No worries. We have a very stable and roomy boat available for hire. Annie, named after Gentle Annie Creek out of Lucinda, is the perfect boat to choose a boat ride adventure with.
Annie is the perfect boat for those of you who want to go for a boat ride, try & catch a fish, & don't have a boat licence!
How much is boat hire for the unlicensed boat? Seats 4 people (Tow & Go, plus you need to refuel before returning)
Click here to submit your booking, or call Deni on 0408012767.
What's great about Annie? She comfortably seats 4 people, and is a very stable boat with a modern 10HP 4 stroke, electric start engine. Also, a 5" colour GPS sounder, 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 & pending availability of junior life jackets.)
What do I need to consider when we hire a boat and we don't have a boat licence? As Annie has a small engine, (required by law for drivers without a boat licence) she will generally drive about 6 knots, which is quite slow. This means it will take time to drive to your preferred destinations. The other thing to consider is that big tides causes a fair bit of current speed. So if you are travelling against the current, you will generally take longer again, as you'll be travelling slower, if you have big tides on the day of your hire.
Will you tell us about driving the boat and places to go? Yes. Before you head off on your adventure, we give you a safety brief about the boat, how to use it, where and how to travel around the Hinchinbrook, plus tips on places where you might catch a fish or two.
Do we have to tow, launch and retrieve ourselves? All prices listed 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.
Can you launch and retrieve 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 $70 for half or full day, or an extra $65 per day for multiday WOWO service.
Where can we travel to? Annie is a slow and heavy boat that travels slow and steady. This means when the weather is breezy and windy, or if there are fast currents in the Hinchinbrook Channel due to big tides, we like to recommend a smaller area to explore, than where the faster boats can go.
Weather conditions: In boating, when the weather is good, it means there is very little wind around. And when the weather is bad, it's really windy. Generally, rain and showers are not considered bad weather conditions. It does add an extra layer to your boating adventure though.
No or low breeze: Knock your socks off. Head out to the fishing jetty, or even some of the lower pylons of the big sugar loading jetty, and/or over to The Bluff on Hinchinbrook Island, across the Hinchinbrook Channel. (Circled in green below) Be mindful of changing conditions.
Breezy to really breezy/windy: Stick to the creeks around the Lucinda boat ramp at Dungeness. (Circled in red below) There's a lot of snags, junctions and good fish to target.
Information on the map below: Below is a rough guide. Green circles the fishing spots and boating tracks for good weather, (low or no breeze,) to head over to The Bluff, (crossing Hinchinbrook Channel) fishing Jetty, and the lower pylons of the sugar loading jetty. Due to sand bars in the region, the white line indicates the most likely path required for those destinations.
The orange and red circles can be accessed whether it's breezy, windy, or not.
However, you can only access the orange areas on the higher tides over 2.5m, due to sand bars. For this reason, we do not recommend you traverse the orange zones. If you need help with anything, it's unlikely we'll be able to reach you if the tide has dropped.
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.