12 Woodlands Road, Athelstone, SA, 5076 
 
Bookings / Enquiries Phone 08 8365 7776  Fax 08 8365 7779
Boat Operations  Mobile 0408 832 847           Email-:
info@ozhouseboats.com.au


Question and Answers

Q:  Do I need a special licence?
A: No! A Current drivers licence for a car or boat is sufficient.

Q: Can anyone drive a Houseboat, even if they haven't done any boating before?
A: Yes! providing you are over 18 years of age and have a car or boat licience. On your arrival you are given instructions on the operation and navigation of your Houseboat by a fully licenced Operator. You are then taken for a short instructional cruise to make sure you are comfortable handling the craft.

Q: How many people are allowed on a Houseboat?
A: Maritime regulations state the number of persons on board must not exceed the number of berths, the maximum permissible is 12. Children under 12 months of age are not included in the count.

Q: Are Houseboat holidays suitable for children?
A: Yes! Houseboats are an ideal family holiday. If regulations are adhered to and common sense is used, we can all enjoy the river. Most Houseboats have excellent child safety areas.

Q: What is on the Houseboat?
A: Just about everything is provided, individual features appear on this web site depending on which Houseboat you wish to hire.

Q: How much bond will I have to pay and when do I get it back?
A: Cash Bonds vary from boat to boat, usually between $500-$1000. Bonds are usually refunded by mail within 7 working days.

Q: What happens if I damage the boat?
A: The Houseboat is insured. Providing the terms & conditions of hire are adhered to, the limit of liability is usually the insurance excess (between $500-$1200). Willful or negligent damage is not covered.

Q: How far can I travel?
A: Houseboats travel at an average speed of approx. 7km per hour. Most people average approx. 4-5 hours per day traveling.

Q: Can I drive the Houseboat at night?
A: No! Houseboats must not be driven after sunset.

Q: How much fuel will I use and how much will it cost?
A: Fuel usage and costs differ from boat to boat depending on many variables. Check with the Operator for approximate usage and cost.

Q: What happens if I need help?
A: Houseboats are fitted with two-way radio's and/ or mobile phones in case you need assistance.

Q: Why should I book with a Member of the Houseboat Hirers Association?
A: All members of the Association have had there boats surveyed to safety standards set by the Department of Transport (Marine Safety Section) and approved by the Association for the standard of accommodation and facilities. All tuition is carried out by licenced Operators who agree to abide by the Association's code of conduct and ethics