About our Boats

The ANU SCUBA club has two boats, which together can carry 12 divers. The older orange coloured boat “Goat” is 5.3m, with a 115hp Yamaha 4 stroke motor. Our newer yellow boat “Squid” is similar (although a little shorter).

Both boats have marine radios, depth sounders, EPIRBs and all other safety equipment. We’ve also got GPS units to help us find those good spots. See the boat user manuals page for instructions on how to use these.

We like to encourage all active club members to become familiar with the boating rules on our waterways, and to get a boat licence.

Care and feeding of the boats

Before using the boats, you’ll need to make sure they’re ready for towing and launching. When you get back, please be sure to wash the boats well.

For your own safety as well as the boats’, please be careful launching and retrieving over sand.

The gear

The boats have lots of safety equipment and other fancy gear. Please become familiar with the radios and the rules of radio communication. You might also like to take a look at the excellent Introduction to GPS by our member Ron Henry. It’s available as html page or as a PDF file for easy download and printing.The manual for the 406Mhz EPIRB (GME MT400) is here.

For trip coordinators

We rely on the generosity of boat towers to make our boat dives possible, and we try to make it easier for them by offering a subsidy to offset the extra cost of petrol etc. The towing subsidy page lists subsidies for boat towers to various dive trip destinations.

We have some notes on when and how the boats can be used by members for club and ad-hoc trips.

For towers

The weight of the boats on trailers is: Goat is 1200kg, Squid is close to 1000kg. We should include extra (eg up to 100kg for petrol) when going away. The boat trailers, being over 750kg, require brakes and mechanical override brakes are fitted. To tow, your car needs to have a towbar rating and a towing capacity (these are separate things) able to take a club boat. While a few k at the coast is one thing, to tow down (or up) the escarpment or drive on the highway it’s really good to have a decent safety margin – so ideally use a vehicle that can tow in the 1500kg plus range, preferably 1800kg+.   These days, automatic gearboxes work well for towing and you can still use them to ‘engine brake’ as you go down the Clyde. The electrical connections use standard flat 7-pin plugs.

Other factors to consider are the height of the tow bar on your car, and suspension. If the towball position is too low, the trailer drawbar bottoms out on uneven surfaces, and the brakes on Goat change their adjustment as the twin wheels are no longer level. The club has a height-adjustable Reece hitch receiver coupling that can assist here. For suspension, a number of regular towers have found that having adjustable suspension bags fitted at the rear boost the height of the rear body under load and stiffen the suspension, to give a much better (and safer) ride.

The manufacturers

Goat was made by Jill Ferguson and Ed Boast at AIRIB Rigid Inflatable Boats in Brisbane. Squid was made by NAIAD in Picton, NZ.