Smooth sailing on the water

Tasmanians love their boats

Tasmania has a proud boating tradition that goes back to the days of the early explorers ‘Bass and Flinders’, who first circumnavigated the island in 1798 in a 25-tonne sloop called the ‘Norfolk’. In more recent times, there’s the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race that attracts hardcore ‘yachties’ from around the world for a 630-nautical mile sprint down the coast.


Tassie also has some incredible freshwater lakes and rivers that are best explored by boat. Surprisingly, per head of population, Tasmania has more boats than any state or territory in Australia, averaging one boat for every 17 Tasmanians.


Autumn is a gorgeous time of the year to be out on the water, whether you’re fishing, sailing, water-skiing, kayaking or cruising in a motorboat. While the breeze is generally lighter, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.


The weather can still change at the drop of a hat, and you don’t want to be out on the water without the right safety equipment.


Lifejackets are a lifesaver


All research points to the fact that by wearing a lifejacket, your chances of survival are far greater. That’s why lifejackets are not an option for certain types of vessels. They’re compulsory.


This applies to any recreational motorboat or motor-propelled tender that is under six metres in length, when under power.