View Full Version : NOT a John Robertson story!

Nauti Buoy - n/a
11-Mar-08, 03:12 PM
Just back from a month in Oz, where - amongst many other adventures - i was lucky enough to get a buzz in a Marlin that my dad had supplied to a feller in Melbourne.

On the basis that it was a beautiful, warm and sunny day, with lots of gorgeous bikini clad girls laying on the beach, palm trees blowing in a gentle breeze and Schooners of cold lager in a nearby beach bar - this is NOT a John Robertson story! http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

When Tony picked us up from our hotel, i was pretty sure we were going to be mates. Orange Hover, Blue Scoob. "He's an Aussie You" Emma informed me.


Launched in a marina at a place called St Kitts in Melbourne and had a great day buzzing around off a little beach, got some nice pics for Tonys gallery - he's planning on giving rides at a regular fair/village fete throughout the summer months and took in some rays. I LIKE hover days like this. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif

I was amazed at the amount of people who asked what it was. 99% of th efolks i spoke to had never even seen a hover before. i think he may do well, they all seemed fascinated by it.


Towards the end of the day, we decided to put it away and i drove back into the Marina with Tony behiond me. Thats when we met Robocop. Now you'd think that a guy dressed up in Terminator style body armour and drives a Carbon Fibre jetski around golden beaches for a living would be a happy soul wouldn't you?

Wrong. He was a different kind of soul. After 2 weeks in Oz, he was, genuinely, the first <don't want to get banned again http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif > we'd met.

As we came up on the slip, he was there. 'Licence?' says he.

'Wot?' says me? (apparently you need a licence for boats/skis in Oz.) Thats was the first $100 fine. The ICC and RYA quals didn't count for much!

Followed by....wrong type of lifejackets (2x$100), no flares, no anchor, no bailer, no extinguisher, no charts, etc etc at 100 bucks a time. Total - 1300.00, thanks god i always carry a VHF, or it would have been another $100.00! Robocop only does multiples of 100 bucks.

Basically, when Tony registered the craft (another 'must') they couldn;t classify it as either a ski or boat, so the rego shows 'unclassified' where it would normally say boat or ski. Robocop made a snap decison its a boat and got stuck in. We were pretty sure it won;t stick tho, i'm waiting to hear the outcome.

Still, a brilliant day, it was great to get to play somewhere different, and sunny hovering in February will do! More cold beer to fnish the day off.

Guess its a lesson learned. we know from the raid how regulated boats and watercraft can be in other countries and how laws can be so different. We went away aware that the matter needs to be resolved adeqautely so that doesn;t happen each time he goes out - or it'll turn into an expensive hobby!


Nauti Buoy - n/a
11-Mar-08, 03:14 PM



sixpackpert - n/a
11-Mar-08, 03:19 PM
Like the log in name Russ http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif

Good tale Russ, does trouble follow you around! http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_razz.gif

jar2 - n/a
11-Mar-08, 04:54 PM
I thought that we had given up sending criminals to Oz a few years ago - maybe they made a special exception just for you Russ http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

Looks like a superb place to hover - I'm jealous http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_cool.gif

hover t - n/a
11-Mar-08, 06:09 PM
Nice to see you back on the board Russ http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

hovering in the sun, how good would that be http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_cool.gif


Ian Brooks - n/a
11-Mar-08, 08:41 PM
I wondered who it was for, oooo, maybe 10 seconds!


Nauti Buoy - n/a
11-Mar-08, 09:21 PM
I wondered who it was for, oooo, maybe 10 seconds!


Right up to the point you read the guy nearly got arrested....? http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Superwedge - n/a
11-Mar-08, 09:55 PM
Hi Russ Nice looking craft should of announced your trip I could of met up for a beer or two as well...

In Australia well at least in Victoria Hovers are registered as an ACV, right there on the rego form, guessing he just did not realise what the box was for. Hovers are then operated under normal boating regulations, inland, coastal and ocean going vessels all have different requirements for safety equipment. maybe we can help out with some tips if he contacts the Hovercraft Club of Victoria. St kilda would be one of the very last places we would operate due to the high volume of water activity in the area. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_eek.gif

If you PM me Tony's details I could give him a call and introduce him to the club and let him know about the mass of red tape and hurdles he is going to cross before he can use the craft commercially. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif

GavinParson - n/a
11-Mar-08, 10:10 PM
And you thought you'd escape the "nimbys" by emigrating eh? No chance in a "westernised" country.

Better to go to a country where there's less rules.