Boaters Safety Gear for the upcoming recreational season

With summer approaching the new recreation boating season is nigh. It is absolute that all skippers have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the safety equipment aboard your vessel. Who better than Andrew Hart & Nick Duigan to illustrate what is required. Go to the following video for a five minute tutorial on what and where all boaters should have on board.

In addition make sure your boat is serviced along with your safety vests.

When all is in place you can be confident of a safe and memorable summer on our fabulous water ways.

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Pelican Point in Georges Bay – Depth Profile

St Helens Marine Rescue took a depth profile of Pelican Point today. Depth wise it is the best we have seen for a long period of time. Mariners are urged to take care when transiting this shallow section of Georges Bay. Take note of the time and tide data when these readings were observed. I f in doubt always seek local advise. We are contactable on 0408 817 359 or VHF Channel 16 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Depth profile Pelican Point

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2018 AGM & Preparing for Summer


Members are invited to attend the 2018 St Helens Marine Rescue Annual General Meeting (AGM) Sunday October 21st. The meeting will commence at 11:00 am, followed by a BBQ.

Preparing for the Summer

All boaters are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming recreational boating season. I can thoroughly recommend boat owners and skippers check out the MaST web site for a very comprehensive checklist that details all aspects of your vessel. Once completed boaters can be confident the season will be safe and enjoyable.

The link is: Boat and Gear Checklist




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St Helens Barway Camera is Up and Running

St Helens Marine Rescue is proud to announce the Barway Webcam is now operating. This was a combined initiative of Marine and Safety Tasmania (MaST), State Government, Tasmanian Electronics, Tas Water & Communication Services and Lyndcraft Boats.

Barway Camera view along the Sea Wall

Barway Camera view along the Sea Wall

The technology enables our operators, at the base, to have a spectacular 300-degree rotational, real time view from Burns Bay boat ramp, to the Barway and around to Pelican Point. Additionally the webcam has incredible zooming capability along with the ability to capture snapshots and video of the area. Our Base Station is 6 nautical miles from the bar. With this development it will enable our radio and on water operators to assess accurately the conditions on the barway from the Base. Members of Marine Rescue worked tirelessly against many challenges to produce an outstanding technological outcome. We extend our appreciation to all contributors to this magnificent enterprise.

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Drive off – Drive On Trailer Tips

Boaters are oh so familiar with the embarrassment of a mishap on the boat ramp when launching and retrieving. Chances are there will be amused onlookers enjoying your situation. I have discovered a number of excellent YouTube videos that will give skippers a few tips on launching, docking and retrieving from and to your drive off/drive on trailer. All of us have invested a significant amount in our pride and joy. So, it is imperative one upskills and practices the art of boat ramp manoeuvres. Don’t forget the helper is an invaluable assistant in successful launching and retrieving.

There are so many variables to consider; to name a few – wind, tide, ramp gradient, depth of water, other vessels.


Alistair McGlashan provides an excellent demonstration of how to Launch from a drive off trailer.


Pulling alongside a jetty, pontoon or wharf can also be challenging.  Again Alistair McGlashan has put together this video: Docking alongside


To complete your day you now have to retrieve your vessel. May I suggest you watch Alistair McGlashan’s demonstration of the techniques you may employ. Retrieving


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