With Vicki Edmonds (Grafton2Yamba Houseboat Hire)
It might be the hopeless romantic in us, but few sights are more beguiling than a houseboat on a glassy waterway. There’s something about the promise of domestic comfort mixed with the freedom of movement that appeals. Self doubt, however, creeps in the moment we actually consider turning that dream into reality and booking a houseboat... Telling ourselves ‘there’s no such thing as a silly question’, Clarity bumbled into Grafton2Yamba Houseboat Hire and asked Vicki a few very silly questions.
We come from a proud line of landlubbers. Do you need some kind of Maritime/Salty Seadog/Pirate experience, or can anybody drive the houseboats?
You don’t need a licence or navigation experience to drive our houseboats, but you do need to be at least 21 years old! To make sure you have a great time, we explain the navigation rules, brief you about the full operation of the vessel, and then take you for a short drive under supervision so you feel comfortable before setting out on your own.
We’re not particularly clever with machinery, and are best kept away from things with moving parts. Are the houseboats easy to drive?
Yes, driving is as easy as it can possibly be. There’s forward, reverse and a steering wheel and that’s it. You’ll rarely be more than a few hundred metres from the riverbank, so ‘line-of-sight’ navigation is simple. We provide you with an operations manual and our vessels are fitted with navigation instruments to help you travel safely throughout the river. We also make scheduled calls to you to establish your plans for the day and to confirm that you’re safely anchored each night. You can also phone us throughout the day by mobile phone.
OK. We’re feeling a bit more confident now. What’s our cruising area?
Almost 200km of Clarence River waterways! The general cruising area is from Harwood Bridge downstream to Rogan’s Bridge beyond Grafton upstream. We’ll show you how to use the river maps and explain the cruising area so you can make the most of your time on this mighty river.
Inside info: Grafton2Yamba Houseboat Hire
www.g2yhouseboats.com or (02) 6647 6638. Prices start at $580 for two nights.