Easter boaties warned to take care: RACQ

Data from RACQ has revealed almost half of all boat insurance claims were the result of collisions on the water, which prompted an urgent warning for boaties to take extra care.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said there had been 790 claims in the past three years from boat owners who had struck an object while on the State’s waterways.

“From sand bars to piers and other boats, there are loads of obstacles to catch out the unwary or inexperienced,” Ms Hunter said.

“Our data shows smaller vessels seem to be the most likely to come unstuck with 60 percent of claims from owners of runabouts and 15 percent from those with dinghies.”

Ms Hunter said as the Easter long weekend approached, boaties should think about safety of both themselves and their passengers while on the water.

“As Queensland boaties gear up for a long weekend of fun on the water, we want them think about taking extra care and being focused and aware of their surroundings,” she said.

“Easter is a popular time for boating and even the most experienced skippers can easily run into trouble if they don’t pay due care and attention.

“With lots of larger craft on the water it’s important owners of smaller boats are conscious of their surroundings, follow the rules and ensure both they and their passengers wear appropriate safety equipment.”