We strive to give you the best and safest experience when you hire an electric self- drive boat with us. To do this, we need some basic rules in place for you and your crew’s safety and for Nauti Picnics. This way we can all have a perfect day on the river.
Here is a summary of the main points:
You are the skipper, you are responsible….for the boat and your crew, and everyone else on the river
Be over 20 years old to drive the boat
Remain under the legal alcohol limit throughout the whole journey, 0.05%. No drugs permitted
- Boat can only carry 8 people – this include children and dogs
- Cleaning fees apply for excessive mess
- Liability of up to $1,000 insurance excess. Loss of income will incur further costs. Late return fees apply
- No smoking on board
- Leave no trace policy
- Cancellation and rescheduling prior to reservation time is 72-24 hours
Unless otherwise defined in these terms and conditions, all terms used shall have the following definitions;
Legal entity operating as Nauti Picnics: Provides boat rental and boat packages under these general terms and conditions.
The Customer: Each natural person who enters into an agreement with Nauti Picnics to hire the boat, or who receives an offer which is governed by these general terms and conditions.
These general terms and conditions are applicable to all Nauti Picnics customer agreements.
The Customer’s agreement, without any remarks, is presumed to be in acceptance of these general terms and conditions.
Each individual deviation from these Terms and Conditions must be explicitly agreed in writing.
Any deviation from these terms and conditions shall apply only to that specific case and to that specific deviation.
If a situation occurs that is not described in these terms and conditions, this shall be judged in the spirit of these general terms and conditions.
Nauti Picnics may amend these terms and conditions from time to time.
This document records the Hire Terms and Conditions on which Nauti Picnics agrees to hire a Boat to the Customer.
Nauti Picnics may in its absolute discretion decline to hire any Boat to a Customer. Variations to these terms and conditions will only apply to hire agreements entered into after the variations occurred.
1.1 Nauti Picnics provides boat rental in the Upper Swan River. The Customer shall behave in accordance with these general rules and will at all times bear responsibility for all passengers to comply with all general responsibilities. Should the Customer (or a person in the Customer’s party) not comply with the general responsibilities, then Nauti Picnics is entitled to terminate the agreement with Customer with immediate effect. In such event, there will be no right of restitution for any amount paid.
1.2 General opening hours of Nauti Picnics are: Monday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. During these opening hours, Customer can hire a vessel online. Nauti Picnics reserves the right to change these hours as necessary for daylight hours and seasonality.
1.3 The Customer must be 20 or older to drive the vessel. Children cannot under any circumstances be in control of the boat.
1.4 The vessel is suitable for carrying up to 8 people. This includes adults, children, infants and dogs. The Customer should under no circumstances allow more people on the vessel, all subsequent consequences are at risk and expense of the Customer if done.
1.5 Vessels shall not be operated while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Nominated skipper must remain below 0.05% Blood-Alcohol Concentration during the trip. Other guests may consume alcohol, but any antisocial behaviour or intoxication can result in trip being terminated with no refund.
1.6 General responsibilities of the Customer:
Customer shall understand and always abide by safety and operating instructions provided by Nauti Picnics.
Customer shall practise a ‘safety first’ mentality, and not take risks.
Customer shall cruise within the operating boundaries as directed by Nauti Picnics, stipulated in the maps and not outside these boundaries.
Customer shall not moor the vessel at places which prohibition signs apply or which may cause damage, included but not limited to under bridges and to nature.
Customer shall respect others on or near the water, ensuring not to cause excessive noise/nuisance, including public jetty areas.
Customer shall not overload boat, including exceeding maximum number of people and luggage.
2.1 The rental period begins at the arranged time. Boat leaves the jetty at either 10am or 2pm, but mandatory safety induction happens 15min prior in which every participant will need to attend. A Customer who is not present at said time to collect the vessel is not entitled to compensation by adjustment of the rental period to a later time.
If Customer is 15min late after 10/10.30am or 2/2.30pm time, the vessel will be retrieved from the water and hire time forfeited.
2.2 Should Customer wish to extend the rental period whilst on the river, they should first contact Nauti Picnics by telephone. Should an extension be possible (at sole discretion of Nauti Picnics) the rate of $90 will apply per every starting hour and monies will be deducted from Customer credit card (not subject to booking fee). Nauti Picnics will then extend the rental period as requested.
2.3 Should Customer not return the vessel at the stipulated time, all extra time will be charged at $50 per every 15min started. Customer is also responsible for reimbursement of fees incurred by Nauti Picnics as a result of the late return of the vessel. ie, if the next customer decides to cancel their bookings due to timeframe
2.4 Should the Customer return the vessel late and that results in the cancellation of the next booking that day, the customer returning late will be charged for that boat booking as well.
2.5 The Customer will return the vessel in a clean and tidy state to Nauti Picnics at the end of the rental period. Should the vessel be returned in a dirty state, the Customer may have to pay cleaning fees.
2.6 If Customer does not use the full reserved time and returns the vessel early, the Customer is not entitles to a refund or any sort for unused time, unless agreed upon explicitly with Nauti Picnics before trip.
2.7 The Customer must return the vessel to the pick-up point of the reservation. If vessel not returned to correct location, additional collection fees will be charged accordingly.
3.1 At the beginning of the rental period, Nauti Picnics shall ensure to provide Customer with access to use of vessel. Nauti Picnics will ensure that the vessel is in appropriate condition and required safety features are available. Nauti Picnics will ensure the vessel is fit for purpose.
3.2 Nauti Picnics will ensure the vessel is properly insured (third-party insurance) for the area in which the vessel will be used according to the agreement.
3.3 The Customer is obligated to sign a waiver and forward this to all crew members prior to the hire day. Everyone on board, except children, will need to sign a waiver. If not done prior to boat hire, it will have to be done in the boat and it will result in a shorter hire time.
3.4 The Customer shall not transfer vessel to a third party. Customer will remain responsible at all times until the vessel is moored and physically returned to Nauti Picnics (Do not leave boat unattended at the jetty). Should the vessel be moored or left somewhere other than with Nauti Picnics, a $300 fee applies which will be deducted from Customers credit card. Any further recovery costs shall also be charged to the Customer.
3.5 Customer will abide by all applicable rules. Should the Customer be unsure of actions or sailing rules, Customer shall contact Nauti Picnics. Customer shall have all required faculties necessary for safe sailing prior to tying off and in the guide on board the boat.
3.6 Customer will ensure all children under the age of 10 wear the provided lifejackets for the full duration of the booking. Life jackets for children will have to be booked prior to the boating day
3.7 Customer will take care of the vessel with due diligence and may only use vessel for intended purpose. Customer may not make any adjustments to vessel. Any repairs shall be performed by Nauti Picnics.
3.8 Nauti Picnics reserves the right to charge a cleaning fee when Customer brings a vessel back in a dirty state beyond normal use. Nauti Picnics reserves the right to charge the fee acquired by local law when Customer or someone from Customer’s party has conducted themselves in an inappropriate fashion, deemed at sole discretion of Nauti Picnics.
3.9 Customer will operate the vessel according to the directions and instructions provided by Nauti Picnics. Customer will be liable for all damages resulting from non-compliance with the directions and instructions from Nauti Picnics.
3.10 Customer will ensure Nauti Picnics is able to contact the Customer on the provided telephone number in the reservation form, unless explicitly agreed upon otherwise.
3.11 At the end of the rental period, Customer will surrender the vessel to Nauti Picnics at the agreed place and time. The vessel, including its inventory, shall be retuned in the same state as it was at the beginning of the rental period.
4.1 When making a reservation, Customer shall pay the agreed rental rate to Nauti Picnics. Additional sailing time shall be settled in hourly rate if rental period is extended. Non agreed extensions will be charged at 15min increments from the end of the original rental period.
4.2 Nauti Picnics do not take deposits nor hold bookings. Payments are to be settled at the time of booking.
4.3 At the time of booking, a 6% booking fee will be added to the base price displayed.
4.4 A vessel reservation may be rescheduled up until 24 hours before the start of the reservation at no cost to you.
4.5 Rescheduling within 24 hours of start of the reservation is not permitted and non- attendance at agreed time shall result in full rental payment. Any rescheduling offered within 24 hours is at sole discretion of Nauti Picnics.
4.6 Cancellation and refund of bookings is only permitted 72 hours prior to start of rental. After this it is at the discretion of Nauti Picnics.
If special circumstances of a non-attended booking require consideration, please contact Nauti Picnics and at our discretion we may provide credit for new reservation. No circumstances shall warrant restitution of paid amounts. Credit in the form of a gift card is only valid for 12 months from the date of issue
4.7 In the off chance of bad weather and Nauti Picnics needs to cancel the booking due to your safety, you may choose to reschedule at the time of discussion or receive a credit in the form of a gift card for use of boat hire in the following 12 months. If you do not live in Perth and it’s difficult for you to come back within a year, Nauti Picnics will offer a full refund. Please see our weather policy here.
4.8 Nauti Picnics is (partly or fully) entitled to charge Customers credit card in the event of damage or when the Customer does not return the vessel to Nauti Picnics at the agreed upon time. Customers Credit Card is the security bond.
4.9 In the event that any of the above will happen. Nauti Picnics will inform the Customer, deduct Credit Card and a receipt will be sent to Customer
4.10 If Customer blocks their credit card, Nauti Picnics will take further action to claim monies via debt collector or the courts.
5.1 In case of damage the Customer shall inform Nauti Picnics immediately. Should damage not be reported (immediately) the full insurance excess of $1,000 will be charged, regardless of the amount of damage. Should the damage exceed the excess, ie loss of income, any additional amount will be recovered from the Customer.
5.2 Nonfulfillment of these general rules by the Customer can lead to full liability for damages and any subsequent costs.
5.3 In case of recklessness, negligence and/ or the nonfulfillment of any directions of Nauti Picnics, the Customer may be held fully responsible for any subsequent damages without Nauti Picnics engaging own insurance.
5.4 Customer is liable for damage to the vessel as well as any damages caused to a third party within the hire period as far as these are not covered by Nauti Picnics insurance.
5.5 Customer is fully liable for all (subsequent) damage caused should the Customer use the vessel outside the agreed-upon area of sailing.
5.6 Should the vessel not be returned in the same state as it was, Nauti Picnics is entitled to have the vessel brought back to that same state at the Customer’s expense.
5.7 Nauti Picnics cannot be held liable for any personal injury or (subsequent) damage, regardless of the cause of said injury or damage, prior to, during, or resulting from the agreement between Nauti Picnics and Customer, unless established that this injury or damage was caused by Nauti Picnics through gross negligence. Nauti Picnics’s liability is always limited to at most the amount of the rental agreement. Nauti Picnics is not liable for the loss and/or damage to any items brought onto the vessel by Customer.
(a) Subject to clause 5.8(c), the Customer will indemnify (and will keep indemnified) Nauti Picnics and its personnel (Indemnified Parties) from and against all actions, suits, proceedings, demands, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses of any kind (Liabilities) that any Indemnified Party suffers, sustains or incurs, arising from any one or more of the following:
(i) the breach by the Customer or its Personnel of any of the Customer’s obligations (including any warranty) under these terms and conditions;
(ii) any act or omission, including misconduct, by the Customer or its personnel arising out of these terms and conditions or the (hire or use of the vessel; or
(iii) any claim made against any of the Indemnified Parties by the Customer or its personnel in respect of relevant legislation concerning income tax, workers’ compensation, annual leave, long service leave, superannuation or any applicable award, determination or agreement of a competent industrial tribunal.
(b) Subject to clause 5.8(c), but without limiting anything in clause 5.8(a), the Customer is liable for, and indemnifies (and shall keep indemnified) Nauti Picnics (to the maximum extent permitted by law) against:
(i) loss of or damage to any property of Nauti Picnics; and
(ii) claims by any person against the Indemnified Parties in respect of illness, personal injury or death or loss of or damage to any property, arising out of or as a consequence of the use of the vessel by the Customer including where there has been any failure by the Customer to take reasonable care.
(c) The Customer will not be liable under to the extent that the Liability was caused, or contributed to, by (as the case requires) Nauti Picnics’ negligent acts or omissions or wilful misconduct.
(d) It is not necessary for Nauti Picnics, or its personnel to incur expense or make payment before enforcing a right of indemnity conferred by these terms and conditions.
*Damage fees and additional costs are outlined as follows
Propeller $280 minimum
(when hitting the propeller, drive shaft normally goes as well which is an additional $750)
Seating $650 minimum
Engine $5400 minimum
Life jackets – adult $20, children $75
Fiberglass damage $750 minimum
Labour is additional.
Additional costs to be aware of:
Booking fee 6% of hire cost
Late fee $50 at the beginning of every 15 minutes late on return
Liability fee $1000
Extension cost $90 per hour (at discretion of Nauti Picnics)
Cleaning fee $50 (excessive spillage and mess)
Abandonment fee $300
*These fees are subject to change based upon evaluation and loss of income
*Any fines that occur on the river ie. authority stipulations are the responsibility of the participant
The Hirer acknowledges that the information provided by the Hirer to Nauti Picnics may be supplied to a credit reporting or debt collection agency in the event that the Hirer fails to make payment as required under this agreement and may be supplied to other persons in order to give effect to the terms of this agreement.
The Hirer agrees that the Hirer’s personal information may be used and retained by the Company for the following purposes and as required by law from time to time:
- Provision of the Boat/Services.
- Marketing of Boat/Services by Nauti Picnics, including by electronic message.
- The Collection of monies owed to Nauti Picnics
8.1 Any disputes or complaints should be reported to Nauti Picnics in writing.
8.2 All legal relationships between Nauti Picnics and the Customer to which these terms and conditions apply shall be governed by the laws of Australia. In the absence of mandatory rules of law to the contrary, the Court of Western Australia has exclusive competent jurisdiction.
8.3 Slandering of Nauti Picnics on Social Media or any other public forms, will result in a defamation claim. Any problems with Nauti Picnics, should be brought to Nauti Picnics attention first and be solved outside the public eye.
You are the skipper. You are responsible!
Use common sense when operating the boat. If you have any questions, even when out on the river, please give us a call and we will help you.
SAFETY OPERATIONAL MANUAL
Safety Operation Manual
Your safety is paramount and this safety operational manual serves to:
familiarise our guests with the boat and its various safety features, provide important information to the skipper of the boat to assist with operation of the boat and the navigation on the river
Being an electric low horse powered boat, it will drive differently than a petrol boat, but with similar features.
Orange Kill Switch – is magnetic and needs to stay in the throttle mount at all times for you to have control of the boat. This controls the electricity and the propeller to run. If removed from the mount, the propeller will stop and you cannot steer the boat.
Display Panel – buttons are not to be touched after tie off as you may accidentally turn the boat off or calibrate the engine.
Keep an eye on the display regularly and check how much power you have left.
Stay between 700-820Watts (bottom indicator which is approx 3.6-4 knots. This gives you enough power for the 3 or 6 hours you hired for)
If you accidentally turn the boat off, please press the ON button until the display turns on. If the boat doesn’t start, you may have taken the Kill Switch off. If this is not the case, check the battery levels on the display which you can find at the top.
To start driving, move the throttle away from you to move forward. The further you move it, the faster it will go. Move it towards you, back to the starting point and the boat will slow down.
If you need to reverse – this will hardly happen, but if need be, slow the boat down completely by moving the throttle to the starting point. Then move the throttle slowly further towards you and you will start to reverse.
If you do this too fast, the engine will come flying out of the water.
What to do –
1. Remove the Kill Switch from the throttle mount to stop the propeller. 2. Place your feet on the left hand side of the engine.
3. Grab the handle on the engine with your right hand and move it up towards the middle of the seat.
4. With your left hand, flick and hold the orange lever on the left hand side of the engine to release the engine.
5. Then lower the engine all the way down in the water again. If it doesn’t move, start with number 3 again.
When the engine is down in the water, turn back to the steering wheel and place the Kill Switch in the mount and you can start to drive again.
Left is left and right is right. Just like a car. Do remember that wind, waves and boat wash factors in. Make small movement and don’t oversteer.
The boat is registered for 8 people. This includes infants, children and dogs. Do not overload the boat as it can cause capsizing, or other damage to the boat. It can also cause Nauti to loose the licence to operate. If any of the above should happen, you will be liable for the damage.
The operating area is within the certain area of which you have booked the boat –
3 hours are between Maylands and EQ and Maylands and Garvey Park, whilst 6 hours may take you to the Swan Valley.
Nauti only operates in smooth waters. The boat cannot be taken in to Melville waters which is after the Narrows and the City.
Our boundaries of operation are defined in the chart/map on our website and it is also provided as a laminated copy in the boat.
It is the skipper’s responsibility to ensure the operation of the boat is at all times confined to the waters that fall within the limits of operation.
If unsure of these boundaries, please contact Nauti Picnics on 043 9999 301.
The nominated skipper in charge of the vessel must comply with state law regarding blood alcohol levels of less than .05%
The skipper is also responsible for the boat, everyone onboard and other recreational users on the river.
Each skipper will have to fill out the Skipper’s Safety Briefing prior to the start of the hire. This is to make sure the skipper understands its obligations and risks associated with boating.
As we only operate on the Swan River, you will always have mobile coverage whilst on the river.
You must leave your mobile phones ON and available so Nauti Picnics can contact you, and you can contact Nauti should you need help.
The location of safety equipment is addressed with the guest during the vessel safety induction briefing.
The nominated skipper aboard is to familiarise themselves with this information and the correct use of the safety equipment.
The vessel is equipped with the following equipment:
- Safety Operation Manual
- First Aid
- 2 fenders
- Fire Extinguisher Torch
- Water scoop
- Mooring ropes on each cleat
- Adult life jackets
The vessel does not carry an anchor. If you would like to stop and just bop on the river, the map will show courtesy moorings (red buoys) that are available for you.
In the event of an emergency, the skipper will take charge in accordance with the emergency procedures in this folder and all persons aboard need to follow the instructions.
Nauti Picnics’ vessels accommodates up to 8 people and is equipped with 8 adult life jackets (personal floating devices (PFD 100)) These are located under the skipper seat at the back of the boat.
Children’s life jackets has to be requested at the time of the booking. Children under 10 have to wear life jackets at all times during the hire and it cannot be taken off. Fines applies if caught by authorities.
Children are not to be left unattended, nor sit on the front (bow) of the boat nor have their hands and legs over the side of the boat.
Nauti do not carry dog life vests.
The G6 is fitted with a Torqeedo 2.0 – 2kw electric engine which is calibrated to 800 Watts. This equates to 5 horse power which means anyone over the age of 20 can drive the boat with approval from Nauti Picnics.
Maximum speed, depending on weather, load and waves are 3.6 – 4 knots. This is below the regulated speed limit of 5-8 knots on the Swan River.
The engine is checked and tested prior to your departure.
Under How to Operate The boat you will find more information about the how to drive the boat and if something goes wrong. If you have any problems, please call Nauti ASAP on 043 9999 301, do not attempt to fix something yourselves.
The vessels batteries and chargers are placed in the hull of the boat.
Prior to each boat session, the boat will have a minimum of 72% charge. This is enough for a 3 hour hire.
A 6 hour hire, will always be at 100% when starting the hire.
If you are noticing the battery level is going down quickly. Stop the boat, remove the kill switch and lift the engine to examine the propeller. If there is anything stuck in the prop, this can slow the boat down, and drain the battery. Remove what ever is stuck and lower the engine back into the water.
If for some other reason the battery is draining, slow down the driving to around 600Watts and contact Nauti Picnics should you be late to return the boat on time.
No garbage is to be discharged overboard. It must be disposed of in the bin provided on board. Nauti will remove it on completion of the hire.
Garbage include liquids as well. No alcohol or sugary drinks to be disposed of overboard. Only water.
Make sure you do not bring cling wrap, napkins, plastic bags etc that can easily escape overboard.
Nauti operates under the Leave No Trace principle.
Driving the boat is very simple, but as with every other powered vehicle there are things around you that can change and distract you from safety.
It is imperative that you know the risks and that you are responsible to take action and stay safe.
Nauti has made available:
- Maps and navigation rules
- 15 min Safety induction and boat handling
- Skipper’s Safety Briefing Confirmation Email
- Digital Waiver
Please make sure you are familiar with all aspects of being in control of our vessel.