End of Life Vessels

This issue has been a topic of lengthy discussion between Transport for NSW, the BOA and other stakeholders for an extended period.

The BOA is convening a working group to look at viable options for dealing with what is a worldwide conundrum. 

We would welcome input from members with ideas - please email your comments to admin@boatowners.org.au or feel free to contact Andrew McKinnon (BOA Treasurer) on 0412 40 1102

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Maritime Safety Plan 

"Transport for NSW is developing the Maritime Safety Plan 2026, as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our waterways."  


"The new five-year plan builds upon the success of the Maritime Safety Plan. The new five-year plan builds upon the success of the Maritime Safety Plan 2021 and incorporates the internationally recognised Safe System approach which focuses on safe people, safe vessels and safe waterways."


The BOA submission can be read by clicking here

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Northern Beaches parking

At our recent meeting with local boatowners in the Northern Beaches Council area, the issue of parking restrictions was raised. On behalf of our members, this is being followed up with the local council.

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Boating in Cabbage Tree Bay is under threat

Your committee is looking into this to ensure safe and enjoyable boating can be maintained  by all while protecting the environment in this only safe shelter between Sydney Harbour and Pittwater

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Sydney Harbour

Spring Cove

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

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Dogs on the beach

It has been brought to our attention that NPWS rangers have been accosting boaters who set their dog ashore in Broken Bay. A jurisdictional issue arises here where NPWS has no control or management of the intertidal lands adjoining National Parks land (their boundary being MHWM). We are in possession of written confirmation from DoI – Lands (Crown Lands), who have control and management of the sea bed below MHWM, stating that Crown Lands has no policy with respect to the casual movement of dogs across its intertidal.”

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Boating Infrastructure on Lake Macquarie is under threat

Your committee is communicating with the council in an endeavor to ensure safe and enjoyable boating can be maintained on the lake while enhancing the  lifestyle for this part of the lake.

Read about the proposal here and our most current letter dated 26 July 2021 to the council here.


Manning River

The Google map photo shows the Manning River as being open, the reality is quite different.  The river entrance can not be used by vessels and is in need of breakwaters.  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 . If you are in favor of a safe boating environment, please sign the attached petition and forward it to Alan Steber: alan@steber.com.au


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



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

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Batemans Bay Bridge

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

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Moorings review

Roads and Maritime Services did commenced a review of mooring management practices in the NSW waterways in 2018  This review build on earlier work undertaken in 2015. The BOA made a comprehensive submission to RMS on this matter . The review committee has been dissolved  early 2020 and we are now awaiting where NSW Transport is going to take us