For some, getting into boating can be a daunting and stressful prospect but the truth is it doesn’t have to be! So the question has to be asked, “Why do you see so many people in boats out enjoying the waters of WA?”
The truth is boating is a safe, fun activity that is ideally suited to our superb climate that encourages people to get out in the great outdoors, and makes a great addition to the family lifestyle.
We are blessed in WA with thousands of kilometres of pristine coastline and while some of it should probably be left to the boating experts, much of it is easily accessed with even a small vessel.
There are plenty of sheltered waters which are perfect for small boats and family boaters, offering safe locations to wet a line or just enjoy the natural environment.
Getting started with boating need not be expensive, or daunting, and even a small dinghy can open up a whole new world of fun with fishing styles likes crabbing, squidding and breaming.
Nowadays, there are plenty of training schools who will teach the basics and get you ready for boating through the educational process of obtaining a Recreational Skippers Ticket.
Modern boats and motors are more bulletproof than ever, boating facilities are better than ever, and nautical electronics have made running a boat safer than ever.
The safety gear has also improved markedly, with the use of EPIRBs meaning you’ll never go missing, and these days you can take another precaution by wearing a lightweight lifejacket so comfortable you’re barely know you’ve got it on.
While serious anglers can spend a great deal of time and money perfecting their boats for their particular needs, for many just getting out on the water with friends is enough and catching a feed is a bonus to getting away from the stresses of our hectic modern lives.
Big is not always better either and many people find they prefer smaller boats as they are easier to launch and retrieve, and manage, and therefore get more regular use in the long run.
Small boats can also easily be towed by the average family sedan, so don’t worry if you don’t own a big 4WD.
WA’s boating specialists, All Boats and Caravans, can answer any questions you have about getting into boating and finding the right vessel for your needs, and just as importantly, a boat to suit your budget.
They’ve got all the advice you’ll need to make your boating experience an enjoyable one and can take care of everything, including package deals that include the boat, motor and trailer, plus all the relevant accessories.
They’re currently running a First Time Boaties Package (for a very limited time) and even have a FREE Boating for Beginners Seminar on February 11.The First Time Boaties Package includes several bonuses and benefits however the most impressive is their Unlimited FREE one on one tuition “until you’re competent”.
The February seminar will cover important topics like boat selection, towing tips, running costs, launching and retrieving and the differences between types of hull material and motors.Dealer Principal, Maz Yahiya understands what it’s like to first venture into the boating world so his team are there to help all first time boaters.
“Boating is easy and cheaper than most people think and it’s something the whole family can enjoy,” Mr Yahiya said.
“At All Boats and Caravans, we want to see more people out on the water enjoying the WA lifestyle and our job here is to make that happen as seamlessly and enjoyable as possible.”
Whether you are interested in serious fishing, occasionally wetting a line, snorkelling, skiing, swimming, gentle cruises on the river or just exploring our coastline, there is a world of boating enjoyment out there waiting.