ha ha actually since 1995 .....so about 16 years now
I used to own a 16ft fiberglass dinghy with a little 2-stroke 10hp outboard ........ did a lot of trolling and casting around Ubin and the various fish farms for Barramundi and mangrove jacks ..... would MUCH RATHER charter a boat nowadays to save the hassle of maintenance and other costs .... I hate engine washing and flushing and washing down the entire craft after a long day out fishing
Getting a boat license is good especially in Singapore waters.......and necessary for your own good. I'm glad you need to pass an exam to be licensed to operate a water craft given the heavy shipping and boat traffic especially in the Johor Straits and the strong running waters amongst the southern islands .... and all that jet skiing, sailing and water-skiing activities happening so close to boat traffic.... u get the idea...
Stuff from the course is still very helpful to me even till today.... like understanding who has a right of way in various situations, especially in a head-on situation at night , what the different color of lights mean, how to read markers , identifying the different light intervals from different beacons , how to berth safely , boating safety, knowing where the major sea lanes and anchorage areas are in Singapore
p/s of course knowing where the nearest places to go ashore and get a nice fresh shower or find some makan in the middle of the night was useful information too lolzzz
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dry berthed at the SAFYC in Sembawang
ANOTHER thing about maintaining boats is the maintenance of the boat trailer ...... you cannot imagine the work involved when one of the wheels rust through or when the entire trailer rusts out lolz
Charter it ... dont buy a boat if you dont have the time and resources
here in ClubSNAP.
Also I don't even remember where I had placed my PPCDL license as it is definitely not in my wallet.
"Ed9119, AFAIK when I was issued my PPCDL license I was informed that it carries with it a lifetime validity subjected to medical requirements. There is no need for any renewal."
I think for Ed9119 the license was issue with the old system; with the issue of the new plastic ID card license then its lifetime.
I remember I ever renewed my license a few times from 2 different location at either 5 or 10 year interval. And it was troublesome if the license lapses. worst of all their database is not inline with the national database , a liability if you changes address often.
As for the theory test conducted by MPA, I know of a friend whom have to take it 7 times despite being qualified to drive a powercraft in house. A record which no one has broken.
A recent article in our newspapers as we are talking about boating here.
My wife and I also acquired a marina club membership to learn more about the boating community.
My wife sent me this article from Business Times – What great timing! « iuboating
Marina memberships are not easy to dispose. Hope you've not gotten it yet.Originally Posted by maverick55
My take on marina membership is to get it only if you've already bought a boat. There's little for non owners that you can't get from other clubs.
Boating in Singapore is a lot more hype than real. For one, we don't have destinations, there're very little places along the coast that you can go. P Seringat is one, all beaches are out of bounds, there're no coves or sheltered waters in the south. Ubin beaches are closed, Tekong is out of bounds, Seletar island is sand flies infested.
Riau is good but you need good charts to avoid reefs n rocks, save for the main navigation channels, it's not well charted.
Johore is also limited, the near areas are muddy.
Fuelling, if you use petrol is a challenge. Diesel is much easier.
To add, you can't anchor off anywhere n jump off for a swim. If its not in sheltered waters, likely there's a running current. A slow 2 kts flow will drift you away quite quickly. 3-5 are routinely seen.
If boat is not anchored, don't even try. If the wind n current are in opposite directions, you can guess.
Few can stay inside an enclosed cabin while it's rocking for more than a minute or two without turning green. Recovery for some do not occur until you hit land snd that can be a hour away Perpetuity for that person
With practice you'll get better but after the first hit, some will throw in the towel for good. Must be careful not to let this happen. stay out on the deck n keep your view outside while in the cabin. Look in only for short durations
Thanks qystan. Your advice is good.
Already got the marina club membership, more for my family outing & connecting more with the boating community. Will usually use the facilities on weekdays.
currents around the southern islands like St John are dangerous even at the jetty
Someone asked,"What's the PPCDL Practical Test all about??"
Someone asked,”What is the PPCDL Practical Test all about?” « iuboating
Got my ppcdl licence through post.
I got my PPCDL one-time first time, & you can too! « iuboating
It is worth it.
You can get anything you want if only you BELIEVE.
Last edited by maverick55; 13th December 2011 at 01:39 AM.
Australia requires boat operators license and boat registration for any boat capable of 10knots or more.
See How to Get a Boat Licence - NSW Maritime
I have a small boat in Sydney - but since it's a 'traditional' displacement launch with a low power engine, it doesn't go fast enough to require a license to operate and it's motor power is below that required for the vessel to be registered.
I believe the US and the UK operate similar systems.
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