I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published August 6th 2017
Time Share For Boaties
With summer just around the corner, the thoughts of many of us turn to fun in the sun and on the water, with boating a really popular pastime on Port Phillip Bay. But owning your own boat can prove to be a very costly experience, so the opportunity to have a share in a luxury cruiser at minimal cost is certainly worth consideration.
Docklands is a major hub for Victoria's boating industry and home to Pleasure Cruising Club Inc. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Pleasure Cruising Club Inc. is designed to give boating enthusiasts the opportunity to have access to a range of luxury sports cruisers without incurring the sometimes-massive costs of owning a boat of similar size and quality. It's a 'time-share' for 'boaties'.
With a fleet of outstanding pleasure cruisers operating from Docklands Pleasure Cruising Club Inc. offers both private and corporate memberships with the level of membership and the monthly fees determining how many boating days and the size of the vessel members have access to.
Pleasure Cruising Club membership could see you at the helm of a luxury vessel exploring our fabulous waterways. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
As well as membership fees members pay for fuel consumed – you start with full tanks and refill the boat at the end of the day. All other costs including insurance, maintenance and berthing are included in the annual membership.
Members are required to have a current boat licence and complete Pleasure Cruising's 'skipper school', which provides relevant skills training and testing.
The club runs a quota system to ensure the ratio of memberships to boat availability isn't exceeded and also to guarantee fair and equitable access for all members.
Most larger luxury cruisers and sports boats need to come out of the water for maintenance every year, just one of the often prohibitive costs incurred in owning your own boat. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The number of points required to access a particular vessel varies from weekday/non-holidays up to peak period usage times. Also, depending on membership and experience levels, the club may be required to supply a skipper and deck hand at additional cost to the member.
The former owner of a pleasure cruiser just a bit under 8-Metres in length, powered by twin petrol-powered stern drive legs and berthed at one of Melbourne's oldest and most prestigious motor-yacht clubs I can tell you that the word BOAT translates in any language into 'Bring On Another Thousand'.
Over several years of ownership the overhead costs of owning that boat, club memberships & berthing, upkeep, maintenance and insurance, would have averaged out to more than $10,000 annually, and that before fuelling and actually running the vessel.
Weekends away at ports like Queenscliff are on the cards for Pleasure Cruising Club members. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
With those sorts of figures in mind, Pleasure Cruising Club Inc. could prove to be a very viable alternative to boat ownership but allowing you to enjoy cruising our fabulous Bays and waterways.
As with any such arrangement prospective members need to look very, very closely at the Terms & Conditions and you can do that on the WEB at www.pleasurecruising.com.au then, if you're happy with those, you could be well on your way to owning your own little piece of boating paradise.