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Captain's Blog

Boat Handling Lesons

  Published July 25th, 2016

With varying conditions forecast on Port Phillip, does your nervousness and hesitation with the forecast, limit you from getting on the water as much as you would like? Does your 'it's too rough for me' thinking stop you from getting out on the water... don't answer, because we know it does?

Be honest because if the truth be known most boaties feel this way too, so you're not alone.

The answer is to book into our private boat handling lessons with our Master V instructor,  on your boat,  at your local marina or regular boat ramp.

No group lessons here, just one-on-one with privacy as our lessons are conducted by yourself, or better still with your partner and even bring the kids! What a great way to learn together, besides it will save all that screaming with each other when you’re on your boat.

It seems that based on viewer feedback and internet enquiries from my past Beach N' Bay reports, that we’ve captured a topic of great interest to most boties.

Congrats to those who for put up your hand saying, "I could do with some extra assistance".

We’re all about safe boating and good-times on the water with family and friends.
It’s really important that you and your family members are; proficient on the water demonstrating safe boat handling skills and practices with an understanding of how tide and wind effects docking.

We at St Kilda Boat Sales and Service Centre are totally committed to boat ownership with our goal to be creating a complete and pleasurable boat ownership experience. It is with this in mind that we are proud to have the highly regarded Neil Biggins on our crew to provide personalised boating tuition at either: St Kilda Marina, Wyhndham Harbour our your home marina.

Neil who joined us several years ago has many years of boating experience under his belt which includes;

  • ·  Master V (skippers commercial ticket)
  • ·  Coxswain
  • ·  Naval Clearance Diver
  • ·  Marine Research with EPA
  • ·  Scuba Instructor

Neil’s expertise covers all types of power boats; both trailerable and larger in-water cruisers. It is highly recommended that all lessons be undertaken at your local boat ramp and/or marina. We believe this is the best location for you to gain local knowledge and increase your on-water confidence.

The location of the below packages may be substituted with your local marina and/or boat ramp. Additional costs maybe incurred for locations outside the southern suburbs of Melbourne.

Our typical half day session (3hr) based at either St Kilda Marina or Wyndham Harbour* includes;

The instruction of 5 important elements:

1.      Trailer reversing, launch & retrieval (for trailerboat owners - if required)

2.      Close Quarter Maneuvering

3.      Navigation of the St Kilda Marina or Wyndham Harbour Entrance and Main Channel

4.      Refulelling using the St Kilda Marina Fuel-Dock (Visa and Mastercard accepted, 24/7 bowser operation)

5.      Berthing, Mooring and Mooring Lines

Who should attend:  Yourself and/or your Partner, your teenage kids.
A current Boat Operators Licence is required for those participating.  

Cost:
3 hours (half day) $330 including gst 

Our typical full day (6hr) session based at St Kilda Marina or Wyndham Harbour* includes;

During this extended session you will discover:

  1. Trailer launch and retrieval (for trailerboat owners - if required)
  2. Navigation - heading towards Portsea and Queenscliff, then return using West Channel.
    (Fuel is your responsibility)
  3. Close Quarter Maneuvering
  4. Navigation of the St Kilda Marina or Wyndham Harbour Entrance and Main Channel
  5. Refulelling using the St Kilda Marina Fuel-Dock
    (Visa and Mastercard accepted, 24/7 bowser operation)
  6. Berthing, Mooring and Mooring Lines
     

Who should attend:  Yourself and/or your Partner, your teenage kids.
A current Boat Operators Licence is required for those participating.   

Cost:
6 hours (half day) $660 including gst 

Note:  Current and compliant safety gear is to be supplied by the vessel owner.
Vessels must be comprehensively insurer, complaint, recently serviced, fully operational and in safe working condition.

A full tank of fuel is also required, ongoing fuel fills are at the owners’ expense.
Fuel is available here at St Kilda Marina.

All activities with Neil Biggins are subject to safe boating conditions, naturally.    


 

Our ‘Hire-A-Skipper’ Service

Neil regularly skippers some of the larger in-water vessels for our clients, who simply want to relax and enjoy a day on the water without the hassle or responsibility of being the skipper.

This is ideal for those boat owners whom want to entertain corporate guest aboard.

What’s the cost?

  • ·   3 hours (half day) $330 including gst – minimum booking
  • ·   6 hours (full day) $660 including gst
  • ·   Additional hours charged at $110 per hour including gst
  • ·   Add our experienced fishing guide $66 per hour including gst
  • ·   BYO: fuel, boat, rods, bait, ice and tackle

Note:  Current and compliant safety gear is to be supplied by the vessel owner.
Vessels must be comprehensively insurer, complaint, recently serviced, fully operational and in safe working condition.

A full tank of fuel is also required, ongoing fuel fills are at the owners’ expense.
Fuel is available here at St Kilda Marina.

All activities with Neil Biggins are subject to safe boating conditions, naturally.   

Bookings & Payment

All bookings are to be made via our St Kilda Boat Sales office here at St Kilda Marina or Wyndham Harbour.
Simply call 03) 9525-5500.

Payment is required in full, at time of booking, Visa and MasterCard welcome. 
Cancellations due to unsuitable weather conditions will be reschedule to another mutually convenient day, otherwise all other cancellations require a minimum of seven (7) days notice, otherwise NO refunds will be issued.

Gift Certificate

What a terrific gift idea, something that will be truly appreciated and memorable. Gift Certificates are available.

  • ·   Birthdays
  • ·   Christmas
  • ·   Father’s Day
  • ·   Mother’s Day (the most important day of the year)
  • ·   Celebrate buying the boat

We’re happy to fine-tune a lesson to suit your preferred boating location, your ability and any particular area of boating interest and skills set that you feel you (or your family) may require.

Interested, then give us a call on 03) 9525-5500

Safe Boating Always,

Darren and Andrew

Darren Finkelstein - 'The Boat Guy'

Darren Finkelstein is 'The Boat Guy' with over 35 years of boating experience to share.

Author of the award winning bestseller:
Honey, let's buy a BOAT! and follow up sequel; Honey, let's go BOATING! and now the final book in the popular: Honey, let's series.... Honey, let's sell the BOAT! 

Darren is the proud boating ambassador and Marina Manager at Wyndham Harbour, Victoria's newest marina and hub for recreational boating on the northwestern shores of Port Phillip.

Considered by many as an industry expert, Darren has an active media presence. You will often hear him on radio, view his video blogs, read his articles or watch him on stage at boat shows, corporate and lifestyle events.  

Listen to Darren on radio 3AW as he delivers his unique Beach N' Bay reports <live> each summer. Watch Darren on Foxtel and ch7 presenting for the TV show "All About Boats", he is an on-screen presenter and ambassador for "Life's Better With A Boat" campaign for the Boating Industry Association of Victoria. 

Connect and get social with Darren: Twitter Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

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A must read for novice boaties, old salts, your partner and the kids...

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Elwood 3184. Victoria Australia

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