How do I get my boat license?

General requirements for a NSW Boat licence are practical experience and a knowledge test. There are two simple options for boat licensing, through the ABC Boating College or a Logbook. Both will see you on the water in no time. For more information please see our licensing page.

How frequently does my oil need changing?

Generally, boat manufacturers recommend that you every 50-100 hours. It’s always best to check the guidelines for your particular vessel in your owner’s manual.

How often will my boat require servicing?

A standard measure would be having your boat serviced every 100 hours or every 12 months depending on whichever comes first. For more questions on servicing, don’t hesitate to contact our service department on 02 4983 5600.

Do you buy old boats?

Terrace Boating is always on the lookout for good quality used boats of all makes, models and sizes. For more information on selling your boat to us, you can complete the valuation form on our valuations page or contact the sales team on 02 4983 5600.

Who do you go through for finance?

Our finance is the easiest on the planet, and we go through Yamaha Motor Finance. You can even fill out a pre-approval form online.

Who do you go through for boat insurance?

For Yamaha boats and WaveRunners, we recommend Yamaha Marine Insurance. For insurance for any runabout, cruiser or yacht, we recommend Club Marine Insurance.

For more information on our insurance options through Terrace Boating, see our insurance page.

How often should I wash my boat?

This can be dependent on how you’re using your boat, but as a general rule, boats should at least be rinsed with fresh water and dried after every outing. It is important for the longevity of the boat that salt water is never left to dry on the outer hull. Your boat should also be waxed once a year.

How often should the propeller be checked and what are the signs of damage?

Outboards and stern drive boats require the propellers to be checked as part of the pre-launch routine each outing. To inspect while the propeller is off, look for dents, nicks or any other sign of damage. Even the smallest dent in a propeller can decrease performance and use excessive fuel. Broken propellers are also inclined to vibrate, which will put too much stress on bearings and seals, accelerating the damage.

For more information on propeller checks and boat care tips, see our boat care blog.

Where can I get more information on rules and regulations for boat use on NSW waters?

The best resource for this is the NSW Roads and Maritime Handbook.

Do I need a distress beacon?

Distress beacons definitely save lives and it’s better to be safe than sorry. It is law in most instances as well. Most boats travelling further than two nautical miles from land have to carry an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. For more information, consult the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

How do I safely dispose of flares and distress beacons?

For more information on the use of flares and their disposal, read here.

With regard to a vessel’s loading capacity, are children counted?

Generally speaking, children aged 0-12 months are not counted. Children 1-12 typically count as 0.5. Always follow the loading capacity specified for your vessel.

After I have ordered my boat, how long will it take for delivery?

As we want to make sure everything is perfect when you get your dream boat the process of ordering your boat to receiving it takes a minimum of 7 days. It may take longer during peak periods, if extensive modifications are being made or if your boat is not in stock. If you have any questions at all during this process, you can call us for updates on 4983 5600.

How do I get my jet ski license?

A jet ski is classified as a personal watercraft (PWC) vessel, and the operation of one in NSW requires licensing. You must already hold a general boat license, and then undertake the PWC knowledge test. For more information on the PWC License test, read here.

How frequently will my boat require servicing?

We recommend having your boat serviced every 12 months or every 100 hours of use, whichever comes first. For more information on our servicing department, read here.