Frequently Asked Questions and Hire Conditions

Operating hours

Hours of operation of hire vessels are during daylight hours only ; from Sunrise to Sunset.

Operating Area

The area of operation of the hire vessel are the inland waterways of the Swan and Canning Rivers the Peel Estuary system and within the Geographical "Limits of Partially Smooth Waters" as designated in the maps provided under the "Areas of Operation" page. 

Our vessels are strictly not to be beached other than for emergency situations.


The vessels are available for hire on open waters (outside of the Swan River) if the offshore swell size is 2 (two) metres or less and/or the wind speed is 20 knots or less (dependant on wind speed and direction you may still be able to access the Swan River / Peel estuary). Also, the hirer must not operate the vessel in deteriorating weather conditions or poor visibility within bays, rivers or offshore. The Hirer must ensure that weather conditions are monitored at all times during the hire period. Should the weather deteriorate, it is the Hirer’s responsibility to return to shelter or to the retrieving facilities.

Vessel Familiarisation Induction

First time Hirers will be required to watch a Safe Boating Instructional video before the time of hire. You will also be given a vessel operation and safety briefing prior to using the hire vessel. The operational briefing is intended to make the Hirer familiar with the vessels features, safety equipment and controls. The Hirer will also receive a copy of The Vessel Operation Manual as well as Emergency Management Plan, both of which are to be read before hiring the vessel.


Please contact us on 0403 467 467  to book over the phone or you can place an enquiry though the "contact and bookings" page on this website.


Fremantle Boat Hire requires a $140 booking deposit at the time of booking. The booking deposit will be credited towards your total hire cost. Any balance will be due the day prior to the hire. We accept online bank transfer or cash.

We do not grant transfers or postpone bookings for rain alone. We do not transfer/postpone bookings within 72 hrs of the hire time (except for unsuitable weather conditions when agreed between the Hirer and Fremantle Boat Hire management) The transfer/postponement of bookings to another date is valid for 3 months from the date of the original booking. Our hire rates are located on the "contact and bookings page" of this website.

Security Deposit

Fremantle Boat Hire requires a $1000 Security Deposit for each hire period. The Security Deposit covers the insurance premium excess in the event that  any damage occurs to the vessel or the trailer. The Hirer is responsible for any damage for the duration of the hire. We accept direct deposit or cash for Security Deposit payments and these must be paid in full on or before the day of hire.

Should the hire vessel not be returned within the agreed time as stated on the Hire Contract and the Hirer is unable to be made contact with, it will be deemed that the Hirer has lost/stolen the vessel and Fremantle Boat Hire will take steps to regain possession, including Police action. The Security Deposit will be forfeited in that case.

Additional costs apply for a late return if not prearranged. An additional charge of $50 per hour will be charged for late return of the hire vessel. The Hirer must pay for any penalty notices that may be issued by any Marine Authority, occurring during the hire period.

The Security Deposit will be returned at the end of the hire period provided that the vessel has been returned on time, full of fuel and not damaged. If the deposit is paid for using a direct deposit, it will usually take up to 3 working days for the funds to be released by the respective financial institution.

If the Hirer has paid for the deposit using cash, the Security Deposit will be refunded upon return of the vessel. Any damage to the hire vessel or trailer will be deducted out of this deposit. For weekend hires, if the Security Deposit is paid for in cash, the return transfer will be made via bank deposit.


The Hirer is required give us at least 72 hours notice requesting cancellation of boat hire (except for extreme situations) in which case the hirer will be issued with a credit for the same duration of hire. In the event the Hirer requests cancellation within the 72 hours prior to vessel hire, Fremantle Boat Hire requires full payment for the hire booked. Please note that we do not refund booking deposits.

Boat Licence

Our hire vessels must at all times be controlled by, or under direct supervision of persons holding a valid Western Australian Recreational Skippers Ticket.  Additional persons controlling the vessel must be named on the Hire Agreement and must be under constant supervision of the principal hirer.

All Hirers and persons controlling the hire vessels must be at least 18 years of age.

Hirers will abide by all Maritime Authorities, marine and environmental legislation, including being responsible for having Recreational Fishing Licenses for all anglers on board, if required.

Fuel Cost

Fremantle Boat Hire will supply the hire vessel at the time of handover with a full tank of fuel. If we  are delivering the vessel to the ramp for your use, we will refill the fuel tank on your behalf, supply you with a copy of the receipt and deduct the fuel cost from your Security Deposit. The vessel must be filled with Premium Unleaded Petrol (minimum 98 octane). If the hirer fails to return the vessel with a full tank Fremantle Boat Hire will fill the tank at a charge of $2.80 per litre.

Recreational Activities
Recreational activities such as fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, diving, snorkelling, towing ski biscuits, skurfing or any other off boat activities are undertaken at your own risk when using one of our hire vessels. We take no responsibility for any injury or accident caused by using any of our equipment or vessels for any such activity.

Hire vessels must be be hosed down before being returned. East Fremantle Boat Ramp has a hose down facility and we will provide you with a hose and nozzle. Where the hire vessel has been used for fishing you must give it a thorough clean inside and out and all bait and rubbish must be removed from the vessel. Fremantle Boat Hire will rinse the motor once the vessel has been returned.  If the hire vessel is not returned cleaned you will be charged a $50 cleaning fee. For walk on / walk off services the inside of the boat must be washed down while still in the water utilising the deck wash and brushes on board.