Scattering Ashes On The Water: Boat Hire Can Help To Fulfill This Wish

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When a loved one passes away and leaves instructions that they want their ashes to be scattered out over the water, you will do your best to fulfill this request. As someone who is now facing this situation, there are a number of ways you can achieve this. You could take the ashes to a favourite beach, but getting further out onto the water will involve boat hire. Self-drive boat hire is one way you can achieve this, and below are a few things to consider about your boat hire.

Do You Need A Boat License?

The first thing you need to decide is where you want to scatter the ashes, as there are several facts that determine whether you will need to get a boat license before hiring a boat. The most important things you need to know are:

  • Boat license rules vary between each of the states, but as a general rule, you do not need a boat license to hire a craft that has a speed restrictor on it and which is operated in an area where the hire company can watch its movements. In New South Wales, for example, if you want to operate a boat at more than 10 knots,you will need a license.
  • If you want to head out onto open waters to scatter the ashes, then you will need a license because you are going out further than is allowed as an unlicensed driver.

If you do need to obtain a boat license, this can be done by completing a boating course and passing a written knowledge test held by your state. Your local council can give you further information about both of these. You will want to keep the licensing requirements in mind when scheduling the timing of the ashes scattering. A boat license course can be completed in one day, and then you have to attend at the maritime department to lodge the license request and take the written test.

What Size Boat Will You Need?

When it comes to hiring a boat to scatter the ashes, you are also going to need to consider the number of people who want to take part in this event. You can reasonably expect to be able to hire a boat that sits four or six people under a self-drive type of rental. The opportunity to book a bigger boat is going to vary between hire operators, but you may discover that any boat which seats more than six people will come with its own experienced skipper for safety reasons.

Honouring a person's last request regarding their ashes being scattered on the water can be done with a little forethought. Speak to your local boat hire operator to find out what types of craft they have available so you can start planning your final farewells. 

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25 May 2016

Planning a fishing holiday

My wife is heading up to Bali for some sort of health retreat, so me and the rest of the husbands are planning our own retreat - to the coast with fishing rods and beer. Everyone relaxes in different ways, and we love to spend time together having a beer and swapping stories of the biggest fish we've ever caught. We are planning a few different spots to make the most of the time we have away from home as it's rare that we can all go on holiday together like this. You have to make the most of the opportunity!