Mount Isa boating essentials

Last month, we looked at Mount Isa camping essentials. Boating and camping often go hand in hand, so this week we look at Mt Isa boating essentials. There are plenty of Mt Isa boating opportunities available at Lake Moondarra and Lake Julius. Here’s what you need.

A suitable boat

It’s almost stating the obvious, but it’s important to have the right type of boat for where you want to go. If you plan to cruise the calm waters of Lake Moondarra, then a kayak, canoe, or a small motorboat is fine.

Life jackets

Safety should always be a priority when boating, so life jackets are essential for everyone onboard. Ensure that you have enough appropriately sized life jackets for all your passengers, and that they’re all in good condition. Make sure everyone wears them while you’re on the water.

Communication devices

If you’re going somewhere remote, then it’s crucial to have reliable communication devices. A waterproof, floating VHF radio or a satellite phone can be invaluable in an emergency or if you need to contact any authorities for assistance.

You should also consider carrying a signalling device like a whistle or signal mirror to attract attention if necessary.

Navigation tools

Navigating the waters of Mount Isa can be challenging, especially for newcomers. Carry essential navigation tools such as a GPS device or a reliable marine chart plotter to help you stay on course and find your way back to your launch point.

Familiarise yourself with the waterway’s topography and potential hazards before setting out on your boating adventure.

Weather monitoring equipment

Weather conditions can change rapidly in the outback, and it’s essential to stay informed about any potential storms or changes in wind direction. Carry a portable weather radio or a weather app on your smartphone to receive up-to-date weather forecasts.

Make sure you avoid boating during adverse weather conditions and always prioritise safety.

Adequate supplies and provisions

Just like camping, boating in Mount Isa requires careful planning and packing of provisions. Bring enough drinking water, snacks and food for your trip. Ensure you have a cooler to keep perishable items fresh and dispose of all your waste responsibly to help preserve the natural beauty of our waterways.

Safety equipment

In addition to life jackets, a basic boating safety kit should be on board that includes a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, a tool set and a spare propeller. It’s also a good idea to have a bilge pump on board to handle any unexpected water on board.

If you’re drinking alcohol on board, make sure you drink responsibly. The skipper of a boat needs to have a blood alcohol limit under .05 at all times on the water, just like the driver of a car on the road.

Fishing and other recreational equipment

The waters of Mount Isa offer plenty of great fishing opportunities, so don’t forget to pack your fishing gear and bait.

You should also consider bringing water toys and binoculars to make the most of your time on the water.

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