About

Mornington Boat Hire Fishing boats, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards for hire off the beach Melbourne Mornington Peninsula Port Phillip Bay. No boat licence required. A full walk on walk off service. 

Mornington Boat Hire started life as Irvine's Royal Public Baths constructed in the late nineteenth century and advertised as early as 1879 evolving to become a kiosk and boat hire venue.

In 1918 Sam Garlick built a boatshed to operate Schnapper Point Boat Hire separating the hire boats from the sea baths.

Born in Schnapper Point (Mornington) in 1892, Sam was 23 years old when he enlisted in the First World War on the 2nd of August 1915. Sam embarked on board HMAT Ulysses in October 1915. Suffering severe gunshot wounds to both legs and abdomen he was returned to Australia and discharged in August 1918.  On discharge Sam went on to run the boat hire business at Schnapper Point, taking advantage of the thousands of day trippers arriving by ferry at Mornington every day.

The legacy of ANZAC hero Sam Garlick lives on and Schnapper Point Boat Hire is locally owned and operated under the name Mornington Boat Hire since November 2007. MBH was set up by Mr Paul Pingiaro on the back of a 10 year aviation adventure career. Looking for a sea change and to return to his hometown of Mornington the decision to go from aeronautical to nautical was made.