COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q:        Do I need some kind of special licence to drive a houseboat?
A:        No.  Your current drivers licence is sufficient.


 Q:        If I havenít had any boating experience, can I still drive a houseboat?

A:        Yes.  Provided you are over 18 years of age.  When you arrive, Warriuka Houseboats friendly staff  will instruct you on the operation and navigation of your houseboat.  To ensure you are comfortable and competent in the handling of the houseboat, you will be taken on a short navigational cruise.


Q:        Where do I leave my vehicle whilst I am away on my holiday?

A:        Both Lock 5 and Tower Marinaís have a locked compound in which your car and or caravan can be safely left whilst you relax and enjoy your trip.


Q:        How many people can I bring on a houseboat?

A:        Whilst we would love you to bring as many friends as you can, Maritime Regulations state the number of persons on board must not exceed the number of berths, the maximum possible is 12.  Children under 12 months old are not included in this count.


Q:        Can I bring my children on a houseboat holiday?

A:        Yes.  Houseboats make an excellent family holiday.  Our houseboats have excellent child safety areas and make an exciting and adventurous holiday for the kids, whilst taking the stress away from the adults.  Provided the regulations are adhered to and you use common sense, your whole family can enjoy the river.


Q:        How much bond do I have to pay and when do I get it back?

A:        Cash bonds vary from $400 - $500 per boat.  Bonds are refunded by mail within 7 days.


Q:        What is on the houseboat?

A:        Almost everything is provided for your houseboat holiday.  All boats come with bed linen supplied, however not all boats have bath towels provided.  All boats have fully equipped kitchens, all boats have a washing machine.  Block and bagged ice can be supplied for Iceboxes on front decks.  Ask Doug and Cheryl at the time of booking for further information as to what you will need.


Q:        How far can I travel?

A:        The average speed of a houseboat is approx. 7km per hour.  Most people would only travel 4 or 5 hours per day.  There are maps on all boats to assist with the navigation of your holiday, and stopping anywhere along the banks of the River Murray will take your breath away.


Q:        Can I travel at night on the river?

A:        No.  Houseboats can not be driven after sunset.


Q:        What happens if I damage the boat?

A:        The houseboat is insured.  Providing the terms and conditions of hire are adhered to, the limit of liability is usually the insurance excess (ranging from $240 - $500 ).  Wilful or negligent damage is not covered.


 Q:        How much fuel will I use and what will it cost?

A:        Fuel charges are payable on completion of the hire.  Fuel usage and charges differ from boat to boat, ask your friendly operator for an approximate usage and cost for your chosen boat.


Q:        What happens if I need help?

A:        All houseboats are fitted with two-way radios in case you need assistance.


Q:        What does the Houseboat Hirerís Association member symbol mean?

A:            The Houseboat Hirers Association was formed in 1982 and is the recognised industry body.  All members are committed to abide by a code of conduct and ethics, supply fully licensed operators and provide tuition for the operation of a houseboat and itís facilities.  Houseboat Hirers Association have surveyed all Warriuka Houseboat vessels, along with the Department of Transport (Marine Safety Section) to ensure that the standard of accommodation and facilities meet or exceed the set standards.  For more information contact the Houseboat Hirers Association direct.