September 3, 2020
Buying A Secondhand Boat Trailer can open a minefield of problems for the unwary. Don't make the mistakes I made. Avoid them. Read this quick guide on some of the things to look out for.…
September 25, 2020
Every year people have close calls, or even capsize, on Port Phillip Bay in their boat. Sometimes lives are lost. Hence this Port Phillip Bay Wave Heights Safe Boating guide is offered as a heads-up…
All boats powered by a motor require the operator to have a current boat license. The boat must also be registered. There are a few exceptions. A kayak with an electric motor under 44 lb thrust does not need a license to be operated. Nor do most kayaks need to be registered. For kayaks with petrol motors or electric motors over 44lb, the kayak will need registration.
The other exception is some boat hire companies are able to offer boats for hire that do not require a license. These are provided with some limitations in use that must be adhered to.
Boat License details are available from the Vic Roads website. I recommend, from experience, ABC Boating in Victoria for license testing.
Trolling motor mounts for kayaks range from DIY options to commercial solutions. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I review one commercial option I have personally used in my Kayak Trolling Motor Mount Review on this website.
Closest to the city there is a number of places to launch a boat in Melbourne. Many of them are on Port Phillip Bay. But not all of those nearby fishing spots are in Melbourne.
Western Port Bay is nearby as well as a range of Estuaries, Lakes and Rivers.
While many items can mount on the transom (rear) of the boat the phrase Transom Mount most often refers to electric Trolling Motors. This kind of motor attaches to the rear of the boat or in kayaking on a specially made bracket. Transom Mount can also refer to items such as Fish Finders and even lighting. Such as underwater transom lighting.