[QUOTE=Easy answer - don't register in Qld. Register in NSW or better yet Victoria.
Rego for our boat in Qld = $420 per annum. Rego in NSW about 160.[/QUOTE]
I can relate to that. In SA rego is based on length. My just over 10m ketch
is $320PA in South Australia
, same boat in NSW is $185.
It's currently expired, I'll renew it in NSW before we leave and see how long I can get away with it. Unfortunately in SA, they allow an interstate boat residence for only 3 months before you have to get it registered in SA.
Supposedly this pays for 'facilities' the govt provides for boats.
Considering it's not a trailer boat and I don't use ramps, and you can't legally just tie up at a wharf for nothing (well, nowhere I know of anyway - any SA sailors who know of any such places I'd be pleased to hear from) I'm not sure what facilities they are providing me, that aren't there for commercial
boats, but they're the govt and I'm just a yachtie.
The local 'marina' (Council owned mooring
jetty) is full and they don't allow anything this large as the structure isn't up to the strain, so I am looking at the commercial
wharf owned by Flinders Ports
for around $160 a quarter, if I can, which ain't too bad.
There's nowhere to drop a mooring
that is deep enough that isn't in the channel. (well not all the time anyway, we have some serious tides here and it's apparently a deep keel ketch
so...) So it's that or park well out of the way in Germein Bay somewhere and invite vandalism, not to mention the PITA to get to her by dink etc. Couple of spots further down the coast but rather have her close by, so the wharf looks like the best bet right now.
Several boats tied up at No. 1 Berth (only one outside the security
fence), all but one without permission or paying fees
, some have been there for many years and seem to resist efforts to move them on somehow. We'll see.