<![CDATA[1 MAN - For all your marine solutions and yacht management on the Sunshine Coast - Blog]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:09:38 +1000Weebly<![CDATA[Disposal of Expired Flares]]>Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:39:32 GMThttp://www.1man.com.au/blog/disposal-of-expired-flaresWhere do you take your out of date flares?
 Here in Australia it isn't one governing body that handles the disposal of your out of date flares, it comes down to each state or territory who you should hand these in to.

Do not discard un-serviceable flares in general rubbish collections, landfill, bush or on the water. 

Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels. Only ignite them when rescuers are in view and can spot your flare.
Your flares must be in date. Flares have a life span of 3 years and must be replaced before they expire. The expiry date is printed on the flare.
It is illegal to keep out of date flares on deck and depending on which state you are in you may incur a fine.
  • Keep flares and EPIRBs in good condition and accessible at all times on your boat. You should clearly sign where safety equipment is kept on your boat.
  • Make sure you know how to use flares and EPIRBs before you go out on your boat so you’re ready in an emergency.
  • Check the expiry dates on safety equipment regularly and replace them before it expires.

It is an offence to set off flares except in an emergency.

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Victoria
You can find the closest depot in the following regions -
Gold Coast - Brisbane - Sunshine Coast - Central Coast - Northern Queensland
Out-of-date flares can be placed into special containers at most Roads and Maritime coastal service centres
For more detailed information call 
13 12 36.
North - Ballina, Forster, Nelson Bay
Sydney - Bayview, Engadine, Rozelle
South - Deniliquin, Eden, Narooma, Nowra, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, Wentworth
Contact a business that specialises in the collection and destroying of expired flares.
For example:
Kens Marine
Ph: 6280 6738
Queanbeyan Marine
Ph: 6297 5457

Contact your local police station for a location to dispose of expired flares.
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania
It is a legal requirement in South Australia that expired marine distress flares be handed in to a police station equipped to handle marine pyrotechnics. 
Flares should be placed in a heavy plastics bag or spark proof container, before delivery to one of the following police stations that are equipped to receive marine pyrotechnics:
Port Adelaide - Gawler - Kadina - Mount Gambier 
Port Augusta - Port Lincoln - Port Pirie - 
Collection points for unwanted marine distress flares:
Department of Transport – Marine Safety
Phone 1300 863 308
​Email marine.safety@transport.wa.gov.au
WA Police – Water Police
Phone 08 9442 8600
Email police@police.wa.gov.au
Dispose of out of date flares with
Water Police, NT Police,
Albatross Street, Winnellie.
​Phone: 8922 0820.
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) post updates on their website and Facebook page when and where you can dispose of expired flares.
<![CDATA[Marine Insurance Checklist]]>Sun, 11 Oct 2015 05:46:18 GMThttp://www.1man.com.au/blog/marine-insurance-checklistsunken power boat

When it comes to boating, it can be easy to get caught up in daydreams of finding scenic fishing spots, perfect cruising grounds, hidden coves and bays, sunning yourself on deck, or skiing and tubing on the lake. It's easy to feel over your head when it comes to obtaining the proper insurance for your boat. That's because boats are a bit of an odd duck in the insurance world: Insuring a runabout has much in common with buying auto insurance while insuring a million-dollar yacht more closely resembles buying home insurance for a small house.

Failure to understand what’s in your policies can lead to some real disappointments in the event that something should happen to our boats. Having the right insurance in place before you hit the water can help you rest easy, so you can satisfy all your dreams about boating — whatever they may be.

How do 'agreed value' and 'market value' policies differ?

A boat is a lot like a car. The moment you drive it off the lot, it starts depreciating.

To help boaters save money on insuring older vessels, insurers offer the option of "agreed value" (think retail price) versus "market value" (think depreciation) in the case of a total loss.

With agreed value, the insured and insurer agree on the value of the boat upfront. If something happens to the boat, you're going to get paid up to the agreed value.

With market value, the boat depreciates; so if the boat is destroyed, you're going to get enough money to replace the boat's (current) value. If you bought the boat in 2005, you're not going to get enough money to buy a 2011 model; you're going to get enough to buy a 2005 model.

Here are some of the things to consider when looking for the right marine/pleasure craft insurance policy. It is always a good idea to ask a lot of questions as to what you think you need covered even if you think it is a silly question, better to be safe than sorry.

Types of Boat Insurance

  • Powerboat Insurance
  • Sailboat Insurance
  • Houseboats Insurance
  • Personal Watercraft Insurance
  • High Performance Boat Insurance
  • Charter Boat Insurance
  • Bass Boat Insurance
  • Wooden Boat Insurance
  • Fishing Boat Insurance
  • Jet Boat Insurance
  • House Boat Insurance
  • Mega Yacht Insurance
  • Pontoon Boat Insurance
  • Rental Boat Insurance
  • Runabout Insurance
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Does your policy provide
  • Automatic cover for a new boat to the sum insured of your existing boat or market value, whichever is the lesser amount?
  • No claim bonus?
  • Optional values for liability cover?
  • Transit cover throughout Australia?
  • Cover afloat for Australia up to 250 nautical miles offshore- extended cover if required for blue water? Be sure your policy provides coverage where you want to roam. It may exclude certain areas for political or security reasons (think Somali pirates).
  • Discounts while your boat is laid up?
  • Personal accident benefits?
  • Salvage expenses in addition to the sum insured of your boat?
  • Apportioned excesses for high value vessels?
  • Cover for overheating of motors caused by external blocking of cooling system?
  • Personal Effects cover?
  • Cover for Fishing gear, Water Ski equipment and Diving equipment?
  • Cover for Time Trials for Power Vessels up to 30kts?
  • Is your tender covered?

Does Your Third Party Cover
  • Members of your family?
  • You, when you are on someone else's boat?
  • Observers and water skiers towed by you?
  • Barefoot skiing?

Does Your Existing Policy Cover
  • New for old on mechanical and electrical components of the motor up to five years of age which cannot be satisfactorily repaired up to the motor market value?
  • Emergency trailerable towing?
  • An outboard or auxiliary motor if it has not been fitted with a safety device?
  • ​Your boat whilst left unattended or moored temporarily off any exposed beach or shore (excluding NSW metro runabouts)?

I have complied some of the insurance companies for you to compare and get quotes for the right insurance for your vessel. This is not a comprehensive list, just a starting place.


Have your insurance policy saved as a .pdf file to easily email it to the marinas prior to your arrival.