Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
Bigger relative to population?
Does it stop people going out in boats they shouldn't?
Registration... ...does that mean inspection for seaworthyness or just a number...? Could I register that boat made from insulation boards?
With a total population of around 24 million the state Im living in alone has over 250000 registered boats. With eight states around the coastline of Australia I would say bigger not by population but by the amount of boats owned in this country. I recently cut back to owning 2 boats, was costing to much in all the registrations.
As for seaworthiness you don't see to many people in boats made from insulation boards (not that stupid).
I have been on boats from the age of 4 also owned many and worked on them in the UK before moving over here. I thought I had seen seen my share of rough weather on trawlers and crab boats fishing the English channel. I soon got a rude awakening on my first day out on a shark netting boat in 6m swells, the sea is nothing like the chop I regularly experienced back home which is why you don't see people out in piles of junk over here.
The money we pay in rego goes towards government bodies who check we are going to sea in safe boats. We also have strict fishing regulations and marine parks which is why the fishing is so good.
Regular forecasts are better suited to big wave surfers than boat owners.