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5 Ways To Shake Off Winter In The Sunshine Coast

    We spend our whole lives waiting for Summer, don’t we? The time when the sun shines bright and there are endless ways to amuse ourselves. Winter reminds us of nights in, runny noses and boredom, but in some places in Australia, you can hardly tell the difference between the seasons.

    This is your queue Mooloolaba! Rightfully named ‘the sunshine coast’ this is the place to go the chase an endless summer. As I write this to you it is currently a beautiful 28 degrees for citizens of this happy go lucky town.

    So, check out our list of 5 activities in Mooloolaba that will make you take off your Ugg boots, chuck on your swimmers and get a dose of Vitamin D.

    1. Nothing says summer days like a picnic surround by beautiful forest land, creeks, lagoons, glades and art. The Marooochy Botanic Garden is filled with walking trails and picnic benches that will invite a carefree summer (in winter) spirit.

     

    1. Learn to surf! Not only is this fun, but if you are like me & you haven’t seen a spot of exercise since summer, it’s a much-needed workout! Learn to surf in winter and you leave all your friends in awe when summer rolls round and you’re surfing like Kelly Slater.

     

    1. Hire a boat! Now we may be biased, but this is our favourite summer activity… Rain hail or shine boating is incredible, but for most of us there is nothing quite like fishing out on the clear blue, on a beautiful sunny day. Our team in Mooloolaba do a fantastic job and we know you will never regret a day
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    The 2017 Sydney International Boat Show

       

      The 2017 Sydney International Boat Show is done for the year and boy was it a show! This year we unfortunately did not have a space in the exhibition centre, but we will be back bigger and better than ever next year! We did, however, have our own special cyber space…But more on that later!

      If you went to the show this year you would have noticed a huge array of goods and services, from fishing equipment, huge multi-million-dollar boats, water sports equipment, diving tours and even the opportunity to rent a bed on a boat!  There were also many experienced fishermen and boat people alike giving master classes and telling their stories, one such lady was the famed Jessica Watson!  If you don’t know her she is an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for completing a southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation at the age of 16. Pretty impressive stuff!

      But now back to our part in the show!   We actually have a little spot on the web in a virtual marine boat expo . This was displayed at the show, and enabled people to scroll through and check out some of the boats that may not have been in the exhibition centre, from there you can just select a boat and it will take you to the company’s webpage!  Go have a look and see for yourself.

      This is the link! see our little orange beauty down on the dock… http://www.virtualmarine.com.au/Enter/index.html 

      The Sydney Boat Show was jam-packed with exciting new things that you will be seeing in the coming year, so keep your eye out for new innovation, and on our part potentially new franchises!

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      Teach Your Kids To Fish With These Easy Tips

        1.Find the perfect EASY location

        Kids grow bored easily, but nothing will get them hooked on fishing like catching their first fish. Pick somewhere with lots of fish, it doesn’t matter the size or breed, because a brim will feel like a 90-pound tuna fish to a first-time fisher! Make things fun and pick somewhere that has other activities to entertain them so they aren’t non-stop fishing all weekend. Try picking a spot near the beach or on a boat.

         2.Bring snacks, hungry kids don’t make patient anglers

        If the fish aren’t nibbling the kids better be! A quick way to lose the kids interest is through hunger. Bring snacks and drinks that can sit in an esky with you by the water or out at sea!

        3. Safety First

         If your kids are little and near the water it is essential they wear a life jacket. Especially if you have more than one child with you, it’s very easy to get distracted and that’s when accidents happen. Another possible safety measure you may want to take is debarbing their hooks. Depending on the age of the child you may want to remove the barbs from their hooks so they can put their own bait on more safely. To do this you can just pinch them down or there are some items on the market that hide the hooks in the bobber.

        P.S REMEMBER SUNSCREEN

        4.How to Grip

         The best position to show the kids is keeping the rod in front of them in a 9 to 11 o’clock position.

        5. Make a game of practising

        We saw a great game idea that can help if you want

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        What Do Artificial Reefs Mean For Fish And Fishermen?

          Artificial Reef

          Fish and Fishermen alike are benefiting from the introduction of artificial reefs. Although are fish only benefiting in the short term? We are going to look at what these artificial reefs are, where they came from and whether they truly are as great as everyone is harping on. To look at where some of these man-made reefs are in Aus, I have left some links at the bottom!

          What are they?

          An artificial reef is a man-made structure used to promote sea life, stop coastal erosion, and create superior/safer surfing conditions. These reefs can be built out of repurposed objects such as oil rigs, ships, or tire mounds. They can also be developed specifically for the task, such as the 30 ten-tonne concrete reef built in Western Australia. These reefs have caused a divide between the scientific community and beyond, as debate continues as to whether there may be grave negative consequences for ocean ecosystems.

          History

          You may think these reefs are a new invention as they are saturating the news lately, however they are actually very old. Ancient Persians built an artificial reef in order to block the path of Indian Pirates, and evade their attack. Ancient Romans also built a reef in the Carthaginian harbour in Sicily to trap enemy ships within the harbour. In the 17th Century, Japan made reef of rubble and rock were used to grow kelp. Though these uses differ largely from their uses today, it can be seen that artificial reefs are a repurposed idea made or repurposed products.

          Positives

          Artificial reefs have many cited positives that mean they are constantly being constructed

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          Congratulations to our Airlie Beach location!

             

            We’ve got exciting news-  Our Airlie Beach location has received the coveted ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor!

            TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, with over 500 million reviews to date. To receive this award is a monumental achievement by our Airlie Beach location and one we would like to celebrate. An astounding 98% of all TripAdvisor reviews describing Boab Boats Airlie Beach as ‘Excellent’ and the resounding message was that Deb, Bob & Ryan go the extra mile for everyone. As well as this the team can be proud of their knowledge of their area and continually striving for perfection. The whole Airlie Beach Team, and Boab Boats Australia wide, are thrilled to have such happy customers and cannot thank you enough for your kind words.

            To celebrate this occasion, we thought we would have a look at what our Airlie Beach customers believe are some of the best things about hiring with Boab Boats!

             

            1. “we emailed Boab Boat Hire to see if they had any last-minute availability and they set us up with a boat, stinger suits, fishing rods, ice and bait. Nothing was too much trouble – seeing as we were without car, one of the staff even drove us to Woolies to buy our lunch.” – TripAdvisor review
            2. “We hired a Sportsrider boat for the day. Perfect way to explore the islands, visit Whitehaven Beach and get to places that tour operators don’t visit” – TripAdvisor review
            3. “They made our adventure so much fun and thought of everything. They really went the extra mile for us to ensure we thoroughly enjoyed our day. The boat was immaculate and so good to drive…They gave
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            5 Bucket List Fishing Spots!

              We all have those places we have always wanted to throw in a line… It is time we stop fantasising and pack up the bait box! We have compiled a list of some of our favourite fishing spots, and I’ll warn you now it is going to be hard to resist calling an emergency boys weekend right now. From all of these locations, you can also hire one of our Boab Boats! 

              Cairns
              One of the most popular fishing spots in Australia would have to be Cairns, it is known for its range of Pacific game fish species that will be sure to entice any Aussie fisho. If you’ve had black marlin on your list of fish to catch, this is the place for you!
              Do you dream of catching a fish that will put your mates in their place? If you do then there is no better place to come than beautiful Cairns. North Queensland boasts an array of Pacific game fish, such as Black Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel and Yellow Fin tuna. These fish are attracted to the reef and all the incredible (and tasty, they might add) marine life. The rivers are surrounded by mangroves, which make perfect hidey holes for barramundi. This is the perfect place to get a little variety in your fishing! Inshore, offshore- you’ve got it.
              Kill two birds with one stone and make the whole family happy! Take one of our Cairns boats out and cruise the Great Barrier Reef with the kids, then kick the boat into gear and head out where the big fish are!

              Hervey Bay
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              Top 5 natural wonders of Australia

                Australia has plenty of man-made beauty, the harbour bridge the Opera house etc. But have you ever stopped, got out of the city and taken in the breathtaking diversity of Australia? Here is our list of the top 5 most beautiful Natural wonders in Australia- how many have you seen?

                1. Uluru

                This sacred indigenous site is truly a marvel, this sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory flocks people from all over the world. The world gets immersed in an orangey glow at sunrise and sunset, and you will find it impossible not to have your breath taken away.

                2. The Great Barrier Reef

                The GBR Reef is the only living thing on earth that can be seen from space and she’s an old girl, having been on this earth for 25 thousand years. This wonder is not to be missed. With its great expanse of colour and sea life, you can never get sick of the view. Our Airlie Beach location offers boats that can take you over the glistening Queensland waters, and scuba diving into one of nature’s most beautiful displays.

                3. The 12 Apostles

                These famed limestone giants can be seen from the great ocean road (another one for the bucket list) although there are only 8 of them now, they are worth the drive! Make a holiday of trekking to this beautiful part of Australia before these wonders get any smaller!

                4. The blue mountains

                You have not seen luscious green plant life until you’ve been to the Blue Mountains. Step back in time to a place full of some of the world’s oldest plants, and be

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                Make Anchoring Your Vessel Easy

                  There are five important factors to consider prior to anchoring your vessel.

                  1) Weather forecast and wind direction, choose a spot where you will be sheltered from wind where possible

                  2) Access, how easy is the place to get your vessel into and out from? Will access be hampered by a change in tide?

                  3) The depth of the water and the tide direction.

                  4) Seabed composition, is it sand or reef?

                  5) Swing room, how close is the nearest vessel and how much line do you need to let out?

                  Once you have decided on a suitable location, considering all the points above, it’s time to drop the anchor.

                  Start by getting the anchor out, and do a quick inspection of the rope, chain and D shackles, ensuring they are done up tight, ensure there are no knots in your rope. Good preparation prior to dropping the anchor is essential for avoiding undue difficulties and things going wrong. After checking the water depth, and the direction of the tide, measure off five times the depth of the water and tie off your anchor line. Point the bow of your vessel into the wind, drop the anchor and let the boat drift backwards with the wind and or tide. When you have tension on the anchor line, you can check it’s not dragging by placing your hand on the line and if it’s shaking, that is a good sign the anchor is dragging. When your anchor is holding the boat in place, take a couple of bearings off fixed objects, the more the better, and check these at regular intervals. If you notice your anchor has started dragging, try

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                  How to spend Origin day

                     

                    STATE OF ORIGIN (1)

                    Tomorrow, Wednesday the 31st, the great game begins.

                    It’s game one of the State of origin! No matter what side of the border you sit, everyone can appreciate rallying around their state (even if they haven’t one an origin in nearly a decade). Here are my tips and tricks for origin day!

                     

                    1. Buy a carton of beer and make some snacks
                      It might be about time you drop the ‘BYO food’ tag from your game day invites. Start up the BBQ -You’re not watching the footy properly if both hands aren’t full. This is perfect excuse to have a few (too many) beers and have a laugh with your mates.
                    1. Make a day of it
                      Watching state of origin is a great way to get all your mates in one room, so why not make a day of it? Take a boat out on the water for the day, try catch dinner! Pull into land and put a few bets on the first try of the game. If you find yourself thinking you wish every night was Origin night, then why not turn it into an all day celebration! 
                    1. Go to a pub
                      Pull up to the pub by car or boat and have a few schooies, play a game of pool and most importantly watch the blues battle the maroons. Sure, a pub is a loud place to watch the game, but the beers never run out, your kids don’t walk in front of the screen, and you know old mate behind
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                    Vivid Sydney 2017: Amazing Things to See And Do

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                      Every year Sydney becomes aglow with smiling faces and fantastical lights, this Vivid festival make sure you see all the amazing lights! Whether you are going with the family, friends or just checking out by yourself, there are tonnes of things to see at Vivid. Our Sydney Harbour/ Roseville  and  Sydney Harbour/Parramatta locations have boats ideal for taking out into the harbour  Hire these boats (subject to night time hire conditions ) experience the show in a way you never have before, free of bustling crowds! and This is a guide of some of the activities and light shows available at Vivid this year, so you can be wowed by all the sights and sounds Sydney has to offer…


                      The Rocks

                      The rocks is an amazing waterside area to dock your boat, grab a bite to eat and wander through the cobbled alleys. Vivid has many exhibitions in this are such as ‘Gulliver swift travel service’.  This light display is an enchanting celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jonathan swifts birth, author of Gulliver’s travels. Floating doorways guide you through a spectacular adventure! Along with this, visitors can take a stroll through the vivid light walk!

                      Darling harbour

                      This is where the magic will be happening! Hire one of our boab boats for the night or half a night to see the beauty of the light glistening on the water. If you would prefer to sit back and relax we have skippers available to make your job easier! From the Harbour, you can see the Opera house and Harbour bridge, the world largest light installation show. Don’t miss out on this, book now to secure yourself a spot on the water.

                      Campbell’s Cove

                      The harbour watchman is an

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