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Letter of the month
The Editor ’s choice for letter of the month will
receive a 28" Yachtsman’s Waterproof Bag.
Made from tough double
coated PVC fabric with
seams sewn and tape
welded the Burke bag is
This month’s prize goes to
from Yowie Bay, NSW.
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Yacht Sales Australia deliver honest, professional
broking ser vices to both owners and buyers. This no
nonsense approach is made possible by our simple
love of being on the water and the extensive boating
and broking knowledge of each member of the team.
Yacht Sales Australia takes a proactive approach to
finding buyers and work hard to get the best possible
price for our owners. If you’re thinking of selling your
boat, now’s the time. Call us for a free market appraisal.
Four years ago I bought a new trailer boat rig from a reputable
local dealer. New 4.7m centre console plate runabout fully fitted;
new Suzuki 60 four-stroke motor and new Dunbier trailer; all up
cost about $35,000.
I happily used this rig until May this year when I learned that
it was heavier than the weight advised to me by the dealer (less
than 750kg). The trailer was unbraked which meant that the rig
was illegal on the road and I was uninsured, both comprehensive
and CTP, on both my vehicle and trailer whenever the trailer was
hitched to my car.
My trailer had the actual trailer weight stamped on the maker’s
plate, but the maker’s plate on my boat does not show the weight
of the boat. I stripped out the boat to as it was when I bought
it and was shocked to discover that the total weight was 865kg.
I immediately contacted the dealer who could not understand
how that could happen, and after insisting that I have the weight
checked again, at a different certified scales, with a company
representative present, the overweight situation was proven
correct. The manufacturer of the hulls in Queensland supply
painted, but otherwise bare, hulls to my dealer for custom fitout,
but they do not weigh the hulls.
I proceeded to organise a legal replacement trailer from a
local trailer supplier. Four weeks later after parting with around
$5,000, my boat was fitted to a new customised, fully braked and
legal trailer, rated to 1,400kg.
No thanks to the dealer who was happy to sell me the rig, but
despite my situation, he had no idea what to do with the problem
and was not prepared to negotiate an acceptable outcome.
I have alerted the RMS to the situation, pointing out that
when dealers register trailers for clients buying a boat, the boat
is invariably not on the trailer.
Also, that the RMS have no regulation or control for dealers
to check the all up weight of rigs they are selling, and supply a
weighbridge ticket to that effect. The small cost of $40 for that
ticket would give all trailer boat owners the peace of mind to
know they were fully and legally insured when towing their rigs
around the country.
If you are in doubt about the all up weight of your trailer rig,
I strongly suggest your next trip with the boat should be to a
Yowie Bay, Port Hacking, NSW.
Boat disposal fraud
Have you ever wondered where old boats go to die?
A new form of fraud is emerging on Sydney Harbour. There
are many old boats that have been kept for mooring minders
until the owner of the mooring gives up boating or buys a new
boat. Disposing of the old boat is then a problem.
Unscrupulous operators are now emerging who will quote
for boat removal and disposal. Once a price is agreed and paid
the operator then takes the boat, removes all its identification,
and then simply dumps it on any empty mooring.
Commercial moorings seem to be favoured by those crooks
as the responsibility of caring for (or disposing of) the boat falls
on the Commercial licence holder.
Roads and Maritime Services and Water Police are aware
of these activities but seem reluctant to warn those who could
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