FAQ’S

Do I Need a Boat Licence?

Our Classic and Extreme boats are designed to meet the special requirements of hire without a boat licence. Hirers will however need a full or probationary car licence and be 18+ years of age. We also have a faster version of the Extreme boat for hirers with a boat licence.

Can I Stay Out Longer Than Booked?

Yes. If you wish to stay longer, casual overtime is paid upon your return at the rate of $15 per 15 minutes.

What Does The Hire Fee Cover?

The hire fee includes usage, safety equipment, fuel and cleaning. A security deposit of $100 is refunded when the boat is returned in good order and with no breaches of the agreed hire conditions. The security deposit amount can be increased for any group deemed to be of heightened behavior risk, totally the discretion of the Bluey’s Boat Hire staff.

What Happens If I Come Back Early?

If you come back early we provide vouchers for your unused time. These Vouchers can be used to add to your next paid hire and are valid for 6 months.

When Is The Best Time To Go Out?

Mornings are usually best. The absolute best time is as close to sunrise as possible as this is when the big fish are biting the hardest. In Summer, nearly every afternoon strong sea breezes arrive abruptly mid-afternoon (approx. 3pm) and the waves prevent safe boating.

What Happens If I Make a Booking And The Weather Is Bad?

We offer a Good Weather Guarantee for our customers who have pre-booked boats. When the day of hire arrives, if poor weather prevents safe boating you can simply reschedule dates and times over a six month period without any administration charges applying.

What Happens If I Make a Booking And My Plans Change?

We understand that plans can change therefore we provide our customers with the option to reschedule bookings to another date within a six month period. We require a minimum 12 hours notification for rescheduling.

How Many People Can Fit On A Boat?

This is the question that is most asked and causes us the most frustration. Cramming too many people and too much gear onto a boat is dangerous and ruins your enjoyment of the activity. Our boats can hold 1-6 people with a maximum weight of 500kg, including your gear. When angling, we recommend limited your group to 4 adults to provide for sufficient space to fish. Children are counted as a full person. Bluey’s Boat Hire will not allow the hire of an overloaded boat under any circumstance. If you have a larger group you can also book an easy to drive Maxi Boat which can carry up to 8 people (6 Adults) … or you can hire multiple boats.

Is There an Age Limit?

For our unlicenced boats the boat operator must be 18 years of age or older and passengers must be over the age of three and weigh at least 15kg due to life jacket design.

Are Lifejackets Provided?

Yes. Lifejackets in all sizes are provided as well as all other equipment to comply with Marine Safety Victoria requirements.

Do I Need Experience?

No. At Bluey’s we specialise in introducing people to a safe and fun boating experience. Full training is provided and the boats are extremely easy to operate.

How Far Can I Go?

You are permitted to travel 2 nautical miles (3km) in any direction after you exit the Mordialloc marina which provides 20 million square metres of fishing area whilst always being in sight of the Mordialloc marina. Most groups stay 1-2 kilometres from shore as that is where the most productive fishing reefs are.

Are There Any Hot Spots?

Yes. Mordialloc has the Five Famous Hotspots (Old Faithful, Pinnacles, Arty, Muscles, Deep Drop) that are easily accessible by our hire boats and offer a huge range of fish species.

Do People Catch Fish?

Yes indeed, Mordialloc boasts an enormous range of fish species from the small, the unique and the very large trophy specimens. We give you advice on where to go and how to catch the fish. Bluey’s Boat Hire has the Famous Five Fishing Hotspots within 5-15 minutes by boat.

Do I Need a Fishing Licence?

The State Government requires fishing licences for people over 18 and under 70 years of age. Fishing licenses can easily be purchased from Bluey’s Boathouse for  $10 (3 day), $20.30 (28 day), $35.70 (1 year), $96.70 (3 year). Fishing licences can also be purchased in advance online with slight savings for 1 year and 3 year durations. Click the link below to go directly to the Government Fisheries website at http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/fishing-licence

What Does The Kiosk Stock?

The kiosk has a big range of bait, tackle, hire rods, fishing licenses and refreshments.

Is There Car Parking Available?

Mordialloc has two major fore-shore car parks within a short 50-100m walk. Fore-shore parking is on a paid basis via coin or card and the Kingston City Council also provide instructions to download an APP on the day to facilitate parking prior to 8am. For early bird starters, there are also 15 free parks directly out the front of the Bluey’s Boat Hire Kiosk that enable all day parking on week-ends and 2 hour parking any mid-week day.

Can I Drink Alcohol?

Strictly no. Alcohol of any type or any quantity is not permitted on-board the boat. If you have already been drinking alcohol before you arrive for your hire you will not be permitted to board the boat. The Water Police regularly patrol the area to ensure safe boating for everybody. Any drug use is strictly prohibited and offenders are automatically reported to the police.

Can I Go Swimming from the boat?

Strictly no. Swimming, from the boat is strictly not permitted and may cause injury or damage.

Are There Any Other Restrictions?

Our hire boats can not have any pets aboard and also there is no cooking allowed.