If you live in Jindabyne you need snow skis; if you live in the Sahara Desert you need a camel; if you live in near the sea, or plan to spend an extended period of time in a water wonderland, you need – a boat. 

Purchasing a boat is a major decision as there are so many on-water excursions on offer from the upper reaches of the Karuah River to the extensive Myall Lake system and right throughout the port. Outside the heads for me means it’s off to Broughton Island, the Outer Light at Fingal or further out to sea. 

Does your family like fishing or simply exploring? The major question is – why am I buying this boat and how often do I intend to use it? There are heaps of boats gathering dust and spiders that haven’t moved for years. Don’t let your boat be one of those.

I have a couple of boats but the one that is rarely off the water is “Stinkpot”, now in its 37th year. A mighty craft of sturdy aluminum around 3.5metres in length with nine horses to push it along. 

If I had a choice of every boat in my home area of  Port Stephens, I would choose – “Stinkpot”.

Fishing writer, author and radio presenter John “Stinker” Clarke can be heard weekly, throughout NSW, on popular ABC Regional Radio fishing program “The Big Fish”. Check him out on or send an email to with your information and questions. 

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