Have a job and need a reliable vessel in commercial survey? Townsville Boat Hire provides short and long-term hire for a range of commercial jobs, from safety boats to water sampling and government work.

We have a hire and drive option (dry hire) for environmental and educational work; or wet hire, where we provide the vessel and a qualified and experienced skipper. We have extensive on-water experience and a thorough knowledge of the local area, waterways and coastline in the Townsville region.

Safety is of paramount importance on every job. Our boats all have the required safety gear, pre-start checklists, and we have a safety management system in place. Owner/operator Troy Lubicz is a coxswain grade 1 (NC), has an MED1 (marine engine driver grade 1 NC), is undertaking a Master up to 24m; plus has a senior first aid certificate, a construction blue card and is a qualified sheetmetal fabricator.

We are authorised to operate in the Port of Townsville.

We can charge by the hour, or by the project.

Contact us for quote

Some of our commercial capabilities

Safety boat
Water testing/sampling
Pest control
School marine studies
Site/infrastructure inspections
Environmental science
Event safety
Taxi to job sites
Aquatic clean-ups
Weed control
Wildlife tagging
Small group tours/functions
Defence work


Hire and drive

If you are hiring the boat with your own driver, all hire and drive rates are on Our Hire Boats page.
Please note: We can only offer this service for scientific research or educational activities under AMSA’s Exemption 15. Fuel is not included and all boats need to be cleaned before return.

Boat with skipper

Boat Hourly* Full day/extended hire
Pontoon Boat $160 POA
4.5m Polycraft $140 POA
4.1m Polycraft

3.9m Quintrex

3.75m Stessco

$120 POA

*Includes fuel, post-job cleaning, launch and retrieve. Travel to locations outside of Townsville is charged as a per kilometre rate (Townsville area is Bohle, Ross River, Ross Creek). Operation outside the hours of 6am-6pm, weekends and public holidays will incur a surcharge.