St Kilda Boat Club Inc.

Secretary- Jo Scott

  • Ph: 0408 852 448

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  • Treasurer- Paul Davison

  • Ph: 8255 2574

    Mooring Master- Richie Low

  • Ph: 0402087568

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    St Kilda Boat Club, Fookes Tce, St. Kilda

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    Join the Club

    Fees depend on type of membership, click here for typical membership fees Check details with the Treasurer

    Download the membership application form below, complete it, and email or post it to the secretary

    membership application form 30k Word .doc file

    Marine Radio

    The Australian Waters Qualification

    New changes to marine radio licensing - REVISED

    The Radio Communications (Maritime Ship Station,-27 Mhz and VHF) Class Licence has been revised to cover VHF radios, to include the AWQ and some updates.

    The AWQ was approved on 27 February 2015 and is formaly known as MARC019. It applies to recreational boat operators using their radios in Australian Teritorial Waters (defined as within 12 Nautical Miles of the Australian coast) . It requires practical and written examination by a Registered Training Organisation (which is not yet available in South Australia.

    The names MROCP and MROVCP have been been changed to Long Range and Short Range Certificates of Proficiency respectively. The VHF Handbook will be revised to make it relevant to both qualifications (AWQ and MROVCP). This appears to mean that the practical matters of set, aerial and battery maintenancc will be marked "not required for the AWQ examination"

    COSTS: Interstate the AWQ is being offered tentatively for $200+ and requiring attendance at an RTO. See below for the Certificates of Proficiency

    Sic transit simplicitas, ne difficilia optemus. In res sensilis spero

    For one-on-one help (including the MROVCP and MROCP Examinations at cost, currently $80). email: R.V.Taylor (Telephone: 8281 3530)

    Man Overboard - MAYDAY or PAN PAN

    Some organisations are actively promoting ill-informed advice as to the use of MAYDAY for Man Overboard situations. The law requires instant action by receiving stations which must stay on the emergency channel, and proceed to the source of the call. This effectively locks out further calls on the channel until the originator terminates the MAY DAY call, and may result in several would-be rescuers arriving at the same point needlessly. Other unwanted consequences may rapidly arise.

    Read this discussion to clarify the correct action to be taken file


    Reproduced with kind permission from the Yaffa Publishing Group who produce the Cruising Helmsman magazine.

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    Pains Wessex RB 6 EPIRBS

    These popular 406 EPIRBS are getting near battery replacement time. Replacement is free (but carriage charges are required) if you can meet the criteria listed here.

    If you can meet the criteria then here are the terms and the form

    And this an easy way to pack one for posting - a Post Office wine pack

    DUMP EZY Waste Disposal

    A new mobile home (and boat) sewerage station for black and grey water has been installed at St Kilda.

    A key (small deposit required) is available from Robyn at Tackle and Tucker between sunrise and sunset.

    Racing Rules of Sailing

    Click here to see or downloadRacing Rules of Sailing


    The Recreational Boating Safety Handbooh Supplement #2 and the 2010 version of the Handbook make several changes to the Safety Equipment to be carried to make a boat seaworthy.

    Click here for a simplified version of the minimum safety equipment table

    Barker Inlet Beacon

    Barker Inlet -unlit Port Hand Beacon No.3 has broken off and is now located at approx. 34degrees 44.58 minutesS, 138degrees30.33minutes E. See Notice to Mariners No;24 of13 Sep 2012

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    State Marine Parks

    No comment; See the following

    Local State Marine Parks

    You can browse from here

    Commonwealth Marine Reserves

    So you thought you could fish further out from the State Marine Parks. Use this link and follow the prompts to get the whole story - Commonwealth Marine Reserves

    A new approach for recreational boaters who operate VHF marine radios

    Use this linkACMA

    The ACMA has today (1 June 2012 ) launched two videos aimed at informing recreational boaters about the importance of VHF marine radios, which channels to use, when and how. The ACMA has also collaborated with the Bureau of Meteorology in the second video to inform boaters about how to use the VHF marine radio to get information about the weather.

    Use this linkACMA VHF

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    Automatic Identification System

    There are now "Apps" for mobile phones allowing their use for AIS Class B. Go to AIS displayto see local shipping

    Then try an interactive tutorial at Tutorial

    If you need more there are notes at Notes in pdf



    Latest version of OnDeck

    Useful Web Links Some useful web links, including weather info and this week's tide times

    Local Web Links New page - Open to suggestions

    Yachting TV New page - UK Yachting TV - any comments?

    Friends of Gulf St. VincentCheck their newsletters to see what's going on (or what is not being done) in our waters.

    New Boat Ramp at Middle Beach

    New and Aug 2012 - Don't forget to check the tides!

    Marine Parks

    Click here. Information on Marine Parks Keep up to date. See /SAMPIT

    The Australian Builders Plate

    The current situation including Frequently Asked Questions New rules were effective from 1 July 2006

    Should you need assistance with relevant Standards email: Bobvtaylor>

    Codes of Practice and Plans for comment

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    Activities on SA WatersEPA Code - Draft Overview

    With acknowledgement to the EPA

    Activities on SA WatersEPA Code of Practice - 62 page Draft

    Activities on the Murray and lakesCode of Practice

    Houseboat Mooring and Marina Stategy for the River MurrayDraft stategy for comment

    Other Links

    Community Information Community Information, City of Salisbury Web Site


    Decimal Degrees converter Minutes and Seconds to and from Decimal

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    Torrens Island Small Boat chartPartially revised to Aug 2006 - corrections welcome

    Suggestions welcome!

    Revised 18 Jan 2013