Hire-and-drive operations

Find out about grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessel operations in Western Australia.

  Hire and drive standards and applicable legislation

For information on Class 4 domestic commercial Hire and Drive vessel regulations and standards, please go to the AMSA website or contact AMSA Connect.

For grandfathered operational limits (pre July 2013) of Class 4 Hire and Drive vessel operations in Western Australia please review the information provided below.

For information on the Recreational Skippers Ticket and its use with Hire and Drive vessels, please visit About the RST.

AMSA Connect

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MAC_FS_RST_LeisureCraftOps.pdf icon Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST): Requirements for hire and drive vessels Kb
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  Limits by vessel type

The table below provides the maximum offshore limits for grandfathered domestic commercial Class 4 hire and drive vessels below 7.5 metres in length operating in Western Australian waters.

Limits by vessel type

Vessel type Vessel length Maximum offshore distance
Sealed deck 3.5 metres but less than 5.5 metres 3.0 nautical miles
Open deck 3.5 metres but less than 5.5 metres 2.0 nautical miles
Sealed deck 5.5 metres but less than 7.5 metres 5.0 nautical miles
Open deck 5.5 metres but less than 7.5 metres 2.0 nautical miles

Note:

1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.85 kilometres.

The following limits apply to 'grandfathered' sealed deck leisure craft 5.5 metres and over operating in the locations specified below.

  Dampier Archipelago

Grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessels5.5 metres and over are restricted to operations within, and up to 500 metres outside of, the area bounded by a line:

  • North from the mainland shore through the western shore of Egret Island.
  • Straight and northerly to Bare Rock.
  • North-easterly to the northern shore of Kendrew Island.
  • Straight to the northern shore of Brigadier Island.
  • Straight to Cape Legendre on Legendre Island.
  • Straight east-south-easterly to the north-west of Delambre Island.
  • Along the eastern side of Delambre Island reefs to the reefs' southernmost tip.
  • Due south to Dixon Island and the mainland.

Please download the information sheet below, which include a map of the limits.

MAC-IS-CVHireAndDriveAreasDampier.pdf icon Additional limits for sealed grandfathered hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over: Dampier Archipelago Kb

  Shark Bay

Grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over are restricted to operations within the confines of Henri Freycinet Harbour and Freycinet Reach to a limit of a line drawn:

  • Due east from the eastern extremity of Quoin Bluff South (Dirk Hartog Island) for 500 metres (to approximately E11309.7 S2553.3).
  • Straight on a bearing of 150 degrees true to a point 45 degrees true from Tumbledown Point (approximately E11314.5 S2600.9).
  • Straight on a bearing 45 degrees true to Peron Peninsula (approximately 500 metres south-east of Middle Bluff).

South of Dirk Hartog Island, operations are also limited to east of a line drawn from Surf Point on Dirk Hartog Island due south to the mainland.

Please download the below information sheet, which include a map of the limits.

MAC-IS-CVHireAndDriveAreasSharkBay.pdf icon Additional limits for sealed grandfathered hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over: Shark Bay Kb

  Exmouth (Murion Islands)

Grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over are restricted to operations within 2 nautical miles of South and North Muiron Islands, and also in waters bounded by:

  • Straight line from the shore of North West Cape to its western tangent with the 2 nautical mile limit.
  • Continuation of the 2 nautical mile limit north-east and south-east around North Muiron Island.
  • Tangent with the 2 nautical mile limit in a southerly direction to the eastern shore of Sunday Island.
  • Straight line to the mainland at Point Murat.

Please download the below information sheet, which include a map of the limits.

MAC-IS-CVHireAndDriveAreasExmouth.pdf icon Additional limits for sealed grandfathered hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over: Exmouth (Murion Islands) Kb

  Thevenard Island

Grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over are restricted to operations within 2 nautical miles of Thevenard Island and in waters also bounded by:

  • Straight line commencing on the mainland shore west of Onslow and running due north through Ashburton Island to where it forms a tangent to the 2 nautical mile limit.
  • 2 nautical mile limit around Thevenard Island.
  • Straight line to the mainland which is tangential to the eastern side of the 2 nautical mile limit and intersects the north-east shore of Direction Island.

Please download the below information sheet, which include a map of the limits.

MAC-IS-CVHireAndDriveAreasThevenard.pdf icon Additional limits for sealed grandfathered hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over: Thevenard Island Kb

  Rottnest Island

Grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over are restricted to operations within 2 nautical miles of Rottnest Island and also in waters bounded by:

  • Line from John Point (Rockingham) to Collie Head on Garden Island.
  • Eastern and northern shores of Garden Island.
  • Line from Entrance Point on Garden Island to Parker Point on Rottnest Island.
  • Eastern shore of Rottnest Island to Bathurst Point.
  • Line due east from Bathurst Point to the mainland shore.

Please download the below information sheet, which include a map of the limits.

MAC-IS-CVHireAndDriveAreasRottnest.pdf icon Additional limits for sealed grandfathered hire-and-drive vessels 5.5 metres and over: Rottnest Island Kb

  Additional limits for hire-and-drive power dinghies

Grandfathered Hire-and-drive vessels power dinghies are only approved for operations up to 2 nautical miles from the coast.

Please download the information sheets below, which include maps of the following locations:

  • Flying Foam Passage.
  • East Lewis and West Lewis Island.
MAC-IS-CVDinghyAreasFlyingFoam.pdf icon Additional limits for grandfathered hire-and-drive power dinghies: Flying Foam Passage Kb
MAC-IS-CVDinghyAreasEWLewis.pdf icon Additional limits for grandfathered hire-and-drive power dinghies: East Lewis and West Lewis Island Kb

 

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