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Dinghy storage

If you store your dinghy on a council reserve, you need to register it with Port Stephens Council.

What is a dinghy?

A dinghy is a single hulled or multi hulled vessel to a maximum of 3 metres. Water vessels which do not fit the dinghy definition cannot be registered and therefore cannot be stored on our foreshores.

Unauthorised vessels include:

  • canoe or kayak
  • sailboard
  • jetski
  • any vessel over 3m in length
  • medium/large trailable vessel
  • trailer sailer/sailboat fitted with mast
  • catamaran
  • work punt or pontoon
  • rowing skull.

Council rangers can remove unregistered and unauthorised water vessels from foreshore reserves. A Notice of Abandoned and/or Unattended Article will be issued to unregistered vessels. The owner has 2 weeks to register or remove the vessel before action is taken. To enquire about an impounded vessel, call 02 4988 0255.

How to register a dinghy

Download a form below and return by email or post. Alternately, you can register your vessel in person at Nelson Bay Visitors Information Centre or our Administration Building in Raymond Terrace.

Step 1

Step 2

Receive your individually numbered annual registration sticker.

Step 3

Apply sticker to your vessel. Remember that you have to repeat this process next year.

Sunset beach
Roy Wood Resere Dinghy image
Kangaroo Reserve 4
Dinghy bartlette cycleway
Sunset beach
Roy Wood Resere Dinghy image
Kangaroo Reserve 4
Dinghy bartlette cycleway