Boating

Find out what you need to know as a boatie in Tasman.

Key information

Boat speed limits

If not in a waterski access lane or waterski area, do not exceed 5 knots (about 9 kilometers per hour):

  • within 200 metres of shore or a structure;
  • within 200 metres of a divers flag;
  • within 50 metres of other vessels or swimmers.

Important boating tips:

  • Lifejackets save lives. A correctly fitting lifejacket for each person on board must be within immediate reach, or worn if conditions aren’t perfect or you are being towed.

  • At least two forms of waterproof communication should be carried to summon help if needed.

  • Unless lawfully using an access lane or reserved area, boats within 200m of shore, a structure or a divers blue and white flag, or within 50m of a person in the water or any other vessel, must not travel faster than 5 knots (about 9 kph). 

  • Movement through ski access lanes and reserved areas by vessels should be anticlockwise, ie keep to starboard.

  • It takes three to ski – carry an observer at all times. The collision prevention rules apply at sea in all areas including ski lanes.

  • If close to a collision course with another vessel, the give way vessel should stop or alter course to starboard (right) to avoid collision.

Read the Navigation Safety Bylaw (pdf, 6.4 MB).

Note: Inexperienced boaties should take a Coastguard Boating Education course.

Launch wardens
Marine forecast
Habourmaster contacts
Fuel and water

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