by Penny Robins
NSW Maritime has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology forecast for dangerous surf conditions developing from the far south up to about Coffs Harbour during Saturday.
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These conditions are expected to extend to the Queensland border on Sunday and to persist until early next week at least.
NSW Maritime advises skippers and owners of small craft to be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.
Dangerous surf conditions can easily translate into dangerous conditions for rock fishing and for vessels crossing coastal bars.
Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board, and NSW Maritime advises skippers to:
• Check the official weather before and during boating;
• Ensure the boat and its equipment is suitable for the conditions;
• Log on/ off with a Marine Rescue marine radio base for every trip offshore; and
• Wear a lifejacket.
Offshore boating safety information here.
Live webcam of bar crossings here.
Official forecast here.
NSW Maritime website