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Boat Hire For Funerals: Scattering Ashes at Sea

by Nellie Fox

If a loved one who has recently passed away has left instructions requesting that their ashes be scattered at sea, you may be wondering how you will fulfil their final wish. The easiest way to do this is to take the ashes out to sea using a self-drive boat, performing the ritual yourself. Below is a guide to two important things you should consider before you hire a boat.

Boat Licensing Requirements

The rules and regulations regarding boat licenses can vary slightly from state to state, so it is important that you check with the local authorities before making any decisions. However, a general rule of thumb is that you won't need a licence to hire and captain a craft which is fitted with a speed restrictor and which is operated within a limited area where the boat owner can observe you. However, if you wish to hire a boat which doesn't have its speed restricted, you will need to obtain a boat licence. For example, in New South Wales, you need a licence to command a vessel which is capable of a speed greater than 10 knots. You will also require a licence if you wish to head out on the open sea, as the boat owners cannot observe you.

You will need to complete a basic boating course, which involves the demonstration of practical skills as will as a written exam. The local authorities will be able to provide further information about how to apply for the exam.

The Size of the Boat

The friends and the family of the deceased will want to be present when the ashes are scatted over the ocean. You should make a guest list of all those you wish to attend, and then set about finding a suitable boat to accommodate them. While it will be easy to rent a vessel which can hold 4 or 6 people, larger boats may be harder to find. If you hire a bigger boat, you may also need to charter a skipper to captain the craft, as it is unlikely that your basic boat licence will permit you to control vessels over a certain size.

Scattering ashes on the sea is a fantastic way to lay someone who loved the ocean to rest. If you would like further information and advice about the process of hiring a boat, you should contact a boat charter company today.