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Boat 4 Hire’s FAQs


Do you need a recreational boat license?

To drive a Boat 4 Hire craft that has an engine capacity under 10hp, there’s no need for a boat license.  To drive one with an engine capacity of over 10hp, we will limit the speed of our Bow Rider at 90hp. It will also be restricted to 10knots.

Can I go fishing in Victoria Harbour?

Yes, you can. There are plenty of bream biting. They say all you need is some white bread near Central Pier. Also, lures and plastics are useful.

Do you provide training and instruction?

Yes, we do. Driving our hire boats in Docklands is easy to learn.

How many passengers can the Polycraft 4.1 take?

It can carry five adult passengers. For the Bow Rider, capacity is up to ten passengers.

Are the rates quoted per person or for the boat?

Rates are quoted per boat, not per person.

Do they come with safety gear?

Our hire boats come with all the safety gears, which includes paddles, safety jackets, etc. The hire boats are in commercial survey, which means they are licensed by the Department of Transport for commercial hire use.

Are they safe for kids?

Our hire boats are very stable that kids can definitely have a great time while on board. For kids under 10 years old, we require wearing of our provided life jacket.

What should we bring along?

Bring a hat, bottles of water and a big smile! (We provide the water as well,  if needed.)

Can I drive the hire boat into the bay?

Yes! You can go to Williamstown or Hobsons Bay without a boat license. However,  a license is required for 40hp and 90hp boat engines. That enables anyone to go to Westernport, Phillip Island and all inland waters such as Gippsland Lakes, Eildon, etc.

What do I need to acquire a boat license?

Very easy! Go to and mention about BOAT 4 Hire. They offer a four-hour night course. Just pass the test and pick up your license.

Can I tow the boat away?

 Of course! We can provide a trailer, too!

Can I drive the hire boats at night?

No, Polycraft 4.1 is restricted to daylight hours only. The Cuddy and Bow Rider are authorized for night use. You can get to your favorite spot ahead of the pack, if you have a marine license.

Can I bring the family pet?

Yes, dogs are welcome. But, it’s your responsibility to clean any mess.



Tow The Boat Fittings

Download our list of trailor plugs. Tell us what type of connector you have and we can prepare an adaptor for your car. When you hire a boat and tow it away, let us know if you need a type “A” or “B” adaptor.

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