Dinghy storage

January 2020: We have been informed there is a Sydney Harbour council  that decided  to more than double the current storage costs for dinghies in its council area.

The BOA took this increase up with the council concerned.

If you are aware of NSW councils planning an increase like this, please contact us via the contact page of this website.


Seismic testing to be done weekdays and Saturdays in the indicated area off Swansea from 3 February and is expected to be completed in eight weeks time.

Sydney Harbour

Spring Cove

Where can we anchor, 50m from Mean High Water, or 50m from shore.  RMS is not clear on this.

Who is responsible for the moorings in the National Parks?

A letter from John Vaughan appeared in the December issue of AFLOAT. The BOA has been arguing for a long time for safe moorings in NSW. His letter is in the letter section. Click here and read it in full. Please contact us via the contact page on this site to share your views and for us to follow up on it.

From Sail-world Cruising

A New South Welshman who was buying up well tired boats and then leaving them to complete their journey to Davey Jones' Locker on moorings around the State. Hopefully his fine of $66.000 is enough to deter him and also anyone else contemplating such a business model. for all the details click hear.

Yarra Bay passenger terminal

Any boaters who enjoy a quiet anchorage and a swim at Yarra Bay should keep abreast of proposals to slap a massive cruise ship terminal there. Please tell us via the contact page and tell the Port Authority here. The feedback page can be found by clicking here.

Damage by yachts that broke their mooring

We have been made aware of insurance not paying for damage caused by vessels they insured after braking loose from their mooring,. If you have experienced this, you can contact us via the contact page of this website with the details enabling us to look into this for you.

Meantime, we had a fruitful meeting with one insurance company. The notes on this meeting can be read by clicking here

Transport for NSW is reviewing the Marine Pollution Act 2012.

BOA Members you are stake holders this affects you.

A discussion paper has been released to facilitate stakeholder input to the statutory review and is available  here 

Submissions can be made on the potential amendments in the discussion paper, or any other parts of the Act, by 16 October 2019 to freight@transport.nsw.gov.au

If you do, please copy the BOA as we will represent the members in these discussions.

Abandoned vessels

Some moorings around the state of NSW are taken up by vessels  who make the impression of having been abandoned. These vessels are using moorings where genuine boat owners are wait-listed for a mooring. Besides using mooring that could be used by others, they are often an eyesore in our beautiful waterways. The BOA supports  the state Government departments responsible for clearing these vessels.

Some 140 people handed in their mooring license as a result of the current auditing program, see the "SAFETY" page of this site.

And if no action has been taken by the owner you see this on the vessel

Mooring Audit issues,

The BOA has been informed about an RMS office not knowing what a mooring was and didn't know what they had to do when presented with a mooring inspection receipt. 

While RMS in Rozelle know what is involved, regional offices are not necessarily aware of their duties in this respect.

This being followed up with Transport NSW.


From Pittwater alone more than 50 have been removed and scrapped by one operator alone since the auditing started in June 2019.

Gladesdville Bridge Marina

Gladesville Bridge Marina: a marina on Sydney Harbour looking into the possibility of  enhancing its ability to serve boating in Sydney by increasing the number of berth from 50 to 114 while reducing their swing moorings from 44 to 15. This would enhance their capacity by 35 vessels. The G.B.M statement as per January 2020 can be seen by clicking here.

West Conjola Ramp

The issue of Sand movement at boat ramps due to larger vessels, power launches and boat retrieval as well as its construction  was on the agenda with the Shoalhaven Council but has been taken off the council project list. The BOA is following up on this in conjunction with MIDO.

Deeban Spit - Port Hacking

The Sutherland Shire Council seeks changes to Sydney Marine Park plans.

The changes will affect all boat owners. The BOA will be following up on this, but meantime have your say, click here to read more.

The Sutherland Shire council put out he their FAQ sites which can be read by clicking here

Port Stephens

Oyster Cove and Tree Passage are in urgent need of dredging. The BOA is working with the local council and the government departments responsible to have this resolved as it affects business and boaters using and working in the area.

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser made good on his promise to raise the dangerous state of the Coffs regional boat ramp in state parliament yesterday. "What we have seen over the past holiday period is boats being trashed, hulled and severely damaged. We have seen people injured. A lot of families come to Coffs Harbour for tourism. Someone will end up killed or injured," he said. Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport Kevin Anderson MP said the department was in talks with local boaters and the council to give Coffs the ramp it deserves, including dredging and better facilities.

Batemans Bay - Bar

Following consultation with the BOA and local input, the NSW government agreed to have the Batemans Bay bar dredged.

We have been informed: dredging is to commence in October 2019.


All boaters are reminder that under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act), it’s an offence to pollute any waters, unless permitted under a licence issued by the Environment Protection Authority. Maritime officers can issue on-the-spot infringement notices of $7,500 to an individual or $15,000 to a corporation where cases of pollution from vessels are detected.
To read more click here

Manning River

The Google map photo shows the Manning River as being open, the reality is quite different.  The river entrance is closed.  While government money is available the bar is still not dredged, nor does it look like dredging is imminent, affecting local business and recreational boating activities. The BOA is communicating with those responsible .

Jervis Bay anchorages

Jervis Bay is a big open  stretch of water with few safe anchorages. Some government moorings were taken out in September 2018. The BOA is working towards a solution of the safety issue this raises .

Moruya Bypass

While it is affecting many of our members while enjoying their time on the water, bridge building will affect us. Please read what is going to happen by clicking here and have your say.

Batemans Bay Bridge

The current Batemans Bay bridge is to be replaced with a non-lifting bridge, restricting vessels with tall masts from entering the safe anchorages upstream in the Clyde River. Some additional moorings are to be provided down river from the new bridge and a T berth , shown in the photo, for short-term mooring by RMS.

Tunks Park  - North Sydney  - parking and ramp

North Sydney Council's Willoughby Bay Precinct met 9 May 2019 and voted unanimously to reject the council's proposal to ban all trailer parking on Montague Road and Fifth Avenue (about 1km of residential parking area). Instead residents voted to limit the ban to a section of Fifth Ave where a particular resident had been inconvenienced  from time to time by parked trailers. Hopefully North Sydney Council will listen to all residents, including boat owners, and step back from its heavy-handed trailer ban proposals. If you reside in the North Sydney LGA and own a trailer boat, get along to your next precinct meeting and speak up

Boat trailer parking

Laws requiring parked boat trailers to be moved every 28 days are now in effect in a number of council areas across Sydney. The BOA has been a vocal critic of the laws as they apply to registered boats and trailers. Our submission to North Sydney Council detailed some of the problems  with the system and at state level we continue to make representations to the minister's office about trailer parking rules. 

Marine Park

The NSW government intended to create a new marine park, stretching from Newcastle to Botany Bay. The BOA submitted a paper objecting as it would restrict our usage of the waterways and the arguments in favor were weak. The proposed zoning has been scrapped since. You can read our submission by clicking here.

Sea grass moorings

The BOA has made an extensive submission to the Marine Estate Management Authority on the specific issue of casual anchoring over sea grass beds. To view the submission please click here.

Moorings review

Roads and Maritime Services has commenced a review of mooring management practices in the NSW waterways - focusing, on Sydney Harbour and Pittwater. This review builds on earlier work undertaken in 2015. The BOA made a comprehensive submission to RMS on this matter - you can read it by clicking here.

Station Beach - Palm Beach

The council agreed to have a trial  period for dogs off lead on Station Pier - Palm Beach. The BOA submitted a letter in support for the trial - you can read it by clicking here.

Ferry speeds

A member had raised the issue of the new Emerald Class ferries speed on Sydney Harbour. Is 24 knots on a waterway as busy as Sydney safe - especially when other, slower craft are obliged to get out of the way?

With input from the BOA, the matter has been resolved and the diamonds have been removed.