Boats & Marine
As a population mostly living along the coasts and waterways, Australians are very at home by the sea. Marinas, shoreline areas with moorings and supplies for water vehicles, are a busy location for Australians, particularly in warmer months.
Services along marine areas range from the building, maintenance and repair of boats, to facilities like boat fuelling, storage and towing. Marine detailing involves the cleaning of all external surfaces of marine vehicles, from railings and cushions, to the buffing and polishing of painted marine surfaces. Taking more time and greater expense is the process of refitting and refurbishment. This is where an existing hull receives a new layout, complete with furniture, upholstery, and decor. Refitting machinery, pumps, batteries and electrical systems does not need to be a purely mechanical service. Many operations install the latest innovations in sound proofing, hidden wire harnessing, and creative filter housings to enhance the space. Boats can be stored along wharves or buoys; this is known as a wet pen. Increasingly common, however, are dry stacking and towing services. This is where boats are stowed close to the marina, and towed to the water when needed. A concierge service which sometimes accompanies this facility includes vessel washing and motor flushing.
Purchasing a marine vehicle is a major investment. Whether it is a jet ski, a boat, or a yacht, you need to research what you are buying and what you will need in order to store, maintain and transport it. Marine brokers can be very helpful in listening to your requirements and finding the best vehicle for you, be it used or new. Those who are not able to afford or store a boat often find hiring to be reasonably priced and convenient, as there are no ongoing costs or maintenance involved. Water vessels of all types and sizes can be rented for a day or for extended periods of time, for fishing, entertaining, or holidays. Chartering a boat will also secure you the services of a captain and crew to navigate and steer.