October 29, 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.…
October 29, 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.
The first thing is to secure the boat with the safety chain to the winch post. This saves you the embarrassment and expense of having the boat slip off the trailer if your winch fails.
After that carefully pull your boat and trailer to the zone designated for preparation. Secure your other straps, such as ratchet straps. Then wash down your boat. Getting the salt off is critical if ocean or estuary fishing. Some ramps permit you to flush your motor. A good idea if possible. Otherwise, do it upon returning back home the same day.
If budget is important then the Lowrance Hook series is a good starting point with the 2 series being the cheapest. The 2 X giving you chart plotting. To get true GPS tracking you will need to be prepared to spend above $500. Whereas a basic 2 X series unit is below $200 with two models to choose from.