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A Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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More than a lovely bunch of beautiful flowers, mum would enjoy a whole day where she can spend time with her family. Make it extra special this year by turning her day into an adventure!

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Safety Tip: When is the good time to go boating?

Safety Tip: When is the good time to go boating?

The answer is that it always comes down to the wind. Our club only uses the “BOM”  Bureau of Meteorology to make calls. Our safety management plans make sure boats don’t go out over 30 knots.

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http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/portphillip.shtml

The Bureau “MetEye” website will provide pretty accurate readings of the wind. Strong winds creates “the port Phillip chop” which makes boating very uncomfortable for small boats such as bow riders or anything less than 28ft not so much for our Riviera and Sunseeker boats.

A link below to the MetEye page will show wind strengths and the time of day these weather patterns will arrive.

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http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

Always look at the charts before your departure nothing is more dangerous to go out in the bay in an boat not designed for the conditions. That’s why our club boats are best of breed.

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Wake Up to the Beautiful View of the Marina

 

Fall in love over and over again on board our beautiful vessels. Docked at New Quay Promenade, you can now enjoy a home away from home – with style. When in Melbourne, experience a hotel accommodation that you have never experienced before.

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The boats are complete with amenities and brings you all the comfort of a hotel room. Hot shower, fridge, induction cooker, and microwave are also available. With a large living area, bedrooms, bathrooms, A/C heater and cooler, and a huge deck, you and your friends will definitely enjoy a night out from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Enjoy a night of chatting, watching movie, sound tripping, or just relax the night away. Order food platters from the club or BYO food and drinks, no problem!

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A neat discount is offered for reservations made during weekdays. Contact us for the rate and let us help you reserve a night or two! Truly a vacation fit for royalty. Come reserve your night stay today!

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Once in a Lifetime to go Cruising from Sydney to Melbourne

Pleasure Cruising acquires a Sunseeker Portofino  50 to join the fleet. The boat has been acquired at Pittwater and you can go into the draw to cruise down the East Coast with stop overs at Bermagui and Lakes Entrance then into Port Phillip Bay. Continue Reading

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Riviera 4000 Offshore Joins The Club





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“Voodoo” Riviera Yachts 4000 Offshore – Up to 16 people capacity. A great deep see luxury fishing vessel with a large entertainment space for guests .

The 4000 Offshore was a popular model offered in three versions: an enclosed cockpit, a hardtop and open with a radar arch. An enclosed model, our 2001 test boat had an appealing profile with flowing lines and soft curves. The Riviera also being a shaft driven boat offers lower maintenance costs compared to stern drive vessels. make it ideal for club use. 

Starting at the transom, this Riviera sports a Tend’R Roller system mounted to the swim platform to handle the dinghy. Designed for fishing, the large cockpit has a teak sole that has been left natural for low maintenance. A canvas top extends from the hardtop, shading the cockpit so you can enjoy a drink or a snack in comfort. Space meant to handle fishing duties doubles nicely as storage and a cooler. Hatches in the deck open to reveal storage and a fish box. Amenities also include an AC/DC refrigerator/freezer and a sink with hot and cold water.

The upper cockpit powers up to reveal the engine room, where access to the Twin Volvo   diesels, the enclosed 9kW Kohler generator and other systems is first rate. A hatch in the upper cockpit sole provides quick access for daily checks.

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Serious railings with safety lines and wide decks provide security moving forward while underway. The foredeck also has plenty of space for relaxing in the sun, especially on the double sun pads. Forward there’s a massive anchor locker, windlass with pedals and a remote control. Twin anchor rollers allow for serious cruising anchors.

Two steps lead from the open cockpit to the enclosed upper cockpit. One of the really great features of the 4000 Offshore is its wide open space on deck. This is where you are really going to spend your time. You can be under the hardtop with the canvas on the back enjoying the air conditioning, then simply remove it if you want to spread out into the spacious cockpit. The L-shaped seating and facing settee provide ample room for guests, while the removable pedestal table opens up for dining. Under the seating there’s storage and an icemaker is located under the helm seat.

A centre companionway leads below to the salon, where the design, layout and finishes are clean “ almost minimalist resulting in a pleasant, easy-to-care-for interior.

To starboard is the modern functional galley with ample cabinet space, solid surface counter and moulded sink. Appliances include a Sharp microwave, Princess two-burner cooktop and a second AC/DC fridge/freezer. Under the counter there are several drawers and a large locker.

To starboard, the comfortable Ultraleather L-shaped sofa converts to a lower double bunk and an upper single. Shelving, lockers and drawers provide display space and storage. On the aft bulkhead there are the entertainment systems, climate controls and the electrical panels. The television has been upgraded to an LCD flat screen with TracVision satellite TV.

When you open the stateroom door and fold back the bulkhead, you can watch your favourite TV program while relaxing in the island queen berth. For extended cruising, there are clothing drawers under the berth and a hanging locker with auto lighting.

The head has private access from the state room and day access from the salon. Features include a shower stall and Vacu Flush head, along with a solid surfacemoulded sink and vanity.

interiorBack up top, I checked out the helm. Featuring triple wipers, themassive windshield will shed water readily in open water. Underway, standing or sitting will be comfortable with great sightlines. The instruments are both comprehensive and ideally positioned.

A cruiser’s dream, the navigation suite consists of  chart plotters, radar, Raymarine sonar/fishfinder, Raytheon speed/depth, Simrad auto pilot and Icom VHF. Getting underway, it was easy working my way out of the marina with the fingertip control of the digital shifters and throttles. The twin 435-hp Cats helped the 4000 cruise comfortably at 21 knots at 2200 rpm. If you want maximum range, knock the rpm to 1700 and increase the to range of 422 nautical miles.Riviera 4000 Luxury boat hire

The Riviera 4000 Offshore is a bit of a unique boat in North America as Riviera did not import a high volume of them here. If you do happen find one on the used market, like this 2001 model, it makes a great long-range cruiser for a couple with its comfortable stateroom, efficient diesels and great sea-keeping abilities. For a weekend, a second couple can utilize the convertible berth in the salon and, of course, it has plenty of space to handle a gang in the cockpit for short-term entertaining.

 

 

CRUISING SPEED (kts/rpm)
21 / 2200
TOP SPEED (kts/rpm)
30 / 2800

Make: Riviera Yachts
Model: 4000 Offshore
Category: Express
Length: 44ft 7in / 13.59 m
Beam: 14ft 8in / 4.47 m
Hull Type: Fiberglass
Engine Type: Inboard
Fuel: Diesel
Fuel Capacity: 1400 liters
Engine Model:Volvo
Engine Horsepower: 435
Engines: 2

 

 

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Mustang 28 Sports Cruiser

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Mustang 28 Sports Cruiser Joins the Fleet

We are pleased to announce the expansion of the fleet to include a Mustang sports cruiser for members use.  The vessel is diesel powered and offers economical cruising with a Volvo Pentire engine.  The boat sleeps 4 and is equipped with fishing rig.  The club now has two such vessels which offers a low budget entry memberships.

The Mustang 28 has the capacity to take six passengers. A great entry level boat with memberships starting from $599 per month.

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Luxury Boat Syndication Gold Coast

Pleasure Cruising Club is pleased to announce our arrival at the Gold Coast at Mariners Cove   providing a members only luxury boat share service without the requirement of.  The Princess V58 “Dog House” is our  flag ship boat that offers luxury memberships between 16 to 30 plus days a year.  Unlike luxury boat syndication a membership program requires no huge down payment or levies to be paid.

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Luxury Boat Charter Gold Coast|Princess V58 Boat Share Memberships|Luxury Boat Hire |Luxury Boat Share

Pleasure Cruising Club is pleased to announce our arrival at the Gold Coast at Mariners Cove . providing a members only luxury boating service. The Princess V58 “Dog House” is our flag ship boat that offers luxury memberships between 16 to 30 plus days a year. So why boat charter at the gold coast when you can self-drive a luxury boat.

 

 

Why Do a Luxury Boat Charter Hire at Gold Coast? Join the Club and enjoy the Princess

We are excited to offer our Melbourne Platinum members a destination to stay overnight near the Sheraton and Sea World. Instead of hiring a luxury boat at the Gold Coast consider the ultimate membership program. Members can enjoy luxury boating on the Princess V58 during the off season months in Melbourne. The clubs legendary step on and off service will be provided at the Gold Coast. Also a member driver service will be provided including fishing excursions. There is plenty of great boating in the broadwater. Members may use the boat to stay on board overnight which sleeps six. The Princess also has Foxtel entertainment for our members pleasure.

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Luxury Boat Charter Gold Coast

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Why luxury charter boat when you can self-drive on a club boat at the Gold Coast?

These days, though the Gold Coast certainly still has its share of ostentatious extravagance, for sailors and boat share club members, the main attraction is the extensive waterways. A billion dollar marine industry has grown around the region’s natural features, with state of the art refit and repair facilities along with some pretty swanky marinas on offer. Why luxury boat hire on a charter boat when you can self-drive on a club boat? Boat share club on the Gold Coast rank among the highest per capita in the country, numbers that reflect the plethora of boating opportunities. But it’s not just the locals out on the water; it’s a pretty handy port for boats cruising up and down the east coast.

So, what’s the big attraction then? It mostly comes down to the stretch of inland water, including a myriad of rivers and creeks known collectively as The Broadwater. While much of the waterway is accessible to shallow draft yachts, a sturdy dinghy and some spare fuel is required to explore some of the real treasures of the area. Not a region with big tides, nevertheless drying sandbars and mudflats are a significant hazard for yachts, as water depths throughout tend towards shallow.

Getting around the Broadwater

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Lying at the southern extreme of Moreton Bay and protected from the Pacific Ocean by South and North Stradbroke Islands, the southern access point is via the Gold Coast Seaway south of South Stradbroke Island. Further south of the Seaway a narrow strip of land called the Spit protects the inshore waters and is the most popular area for yachts, as well being the location of both the Southport Yacht Club and Seaworld.

Wave Break Island

Wave Break Island acts as, well, a wave break, inside the Seaway entrance, and there’s a popular deepwater (relatively speaking) anchorage to the north of the island. Like much of the Gold Coast, during long weekends and summer holidays, it can get pretty crowded and rowdy in this compact pool surrounded by drying sandbars.

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Marine Stadium is a cosy little anchorage popular with cruising yachts in transit

Nearby, Marine Stadium is a cosy little anchorage popular with transient cruising yachts, almost landlocked bar the south facing entrance. Coastal sheoaks on the shore and the roar of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the beach beyond the Spit make this a good base from which to explore the shore based attractions of the Gold Coast.

Wedged between Seaworld and the swanky Palazzo Versace Hotel and recently upgraded Marina Mirage development, fishing trawlers sell their catch direct to the public on most days, depending on the season.

North of the Gold Coast Seaway

Luxury Boathire Gold Coast

North of the Seaway the navigation gets a little trickier and the seascape gets a little more interesting as the beachfront high-rise apartments are left behind. Beyond man-made Sovereign Islands, an exclusive residential precinct connected to Paradise Point by a short bridge, the Coomera River branches westward. Snaking through the suburbs the river is navigable via a marked channel for many miles, though bridges impede yachts beyond Gold Coast City Marina. Splitting into north and south branches north of Sanctuary Cove Marina, the north branch offers the opportunity to launch the dinghy and explore the mangroves of Coomera Island National Park. It’s also the southern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

So Join the Pleasure Cruising Club at the Gold Coast and enjoy luxury boat share without the need to charter a boat

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Share Boat Ownership Gold Coast

Princess V58 “The Dog House”

Share Boat Ownership  Gold Coast

Think of a golf club and that’s what Pleasure Cruising Club is about. Instead of sharing a golf course with fellow members, you “boat share” a range of beautifully maintained cruisers. You deserve the best.  What a special way to entertain family and friends on your cruiser for a day! It’s so easy to go luxury boating at the Gold Coast with Pleasure Cruising Club. You choose what Pleasure Cruiser and membership you want, based on the number of boating days. You get to attend our skipper school, as well. After that, you can reserve the boat 24/7 through our internet reservation system. Once you reserve the boat, it’s all ready for you and nothing else to worry about. At the end of the day, no cleaning up needed.  You just have to hand back the keys and walk away. How awesome is that?! Sharing your boat experience with family and friends couldn’t be more hassle-free.

 

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Over 200 lucky Australians,who could not afford a luxury boat in Melbourne, have gained access to our shared luxury boats services since April 2007. So, join the club now for a low monthly subscription service and have the coveted lifestyle this season!  Over this time the club has logged over 10,000 hours training members. Many boat share members who join the club are new to boating  and joining the club and sharing a boat gives novice boaties the skill to go boating. Now Pleasure Cruising Club has a new location at the Gold Coast located at Sea World Drive.

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It takes on average of 1.5 hours to clean our cruiser each time it’s used by our members. It can be cleaned twice a day. Each cruiser has to be vacuumed and washed down. Holding tanks need to be emptied and towels be changed. Safety checks are performed after every reservation. Every three months, the boats are “cut and polished” and our monthly check list has to be completed. Boat engines are serviced every one hundred fifty  hours. Corrosion from wear and tear means that there is always things to be done.

Our members at the Gold Coast know at the end of their boating day they just hand back the keys and walk away!

About Boating at The Gold Coast

These days, though the Gold Coast certainly still has its share of ostentatious extravagance, for sailors and boat  share club members, the main attraction is the extensive waterways. A billion dollar marine industry has grown around the region’s natural features, with state of the art refit and repair facilities along with some pretty swanky marinas on offer. Boat  share club on the Gold Coast rank among the highest per capita in the country, numbers that reflect the plethora of boating opportunities. But it’s not just the locals out on the water; it’s a pretty handy port for boats cruising up and down the east coast.

So, what’s the big attraction then? It mostly comes down to the stretch of inland water, including a myriad of rivers and creeks known collectively as The Broadwater. While much of the waterway is accessible to shallow draft yachts, a sturdy dinghy and some spare fuel is required to explore some of the real treasures of the area. Not a region with big tides, nevertheless drying sandbars and mudflats are a significant hazard for yachts, as water depths throughout tend towards shallow.

Getting around the Broadwater

Lying at the southern extreme of Moreton Bay and protected from the Pacific Ocean by South and North Stradbroke Islands, the southern access point is via the Gold Coast Seaway south of South Stradbroke Island. Further south of the Seaway a narrow strip of land called the Spit protects the inshore waters and is the most popular area for yachts, as well being the location of both the Southport Yacht Club and Seaworld.

Wave Break Island

Wave Break Island acts as, well, a wave break, inside the Seaway entrance, and there’s a popular deepwater (relatively speaking) anchorage to the north of the island. Like much of the Gold Coast, during long weekends and summer holidays, it can get pretty crowded and rowdy in this compact pool surrounded by drying sandbars.

Marine Stadium

Marine Stadium is a cosy little anchorage popular with cruising yachts in transit

Nearby, Marine Stadium is a cosy little anchorage popular with transient cruising yachts, almost landlocked bar the south facing entrance.  Coastal sheoaks on the shore and the roar of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the beach beyond the Spit make this a good base from which to explore the shore based attractions of the Gold Coast.

Wedged between Seaworld and the swanky Palazzo Versace Hotel and recently upgraded Marina Mirage development, fishing trawlers sell their catch direct to the public on most days, depending on the season.

North of the Gold Coast Seaway

North of the Seaway the navigation gets a little trickier and the seascape gets a little more interesting as the beachfront high-rise apartments are left behind. Beyond man-made Sovereign Islands, an exclusive residential precinct connected to Paradise Point by a short bridge, the Coomera River branches westward. Snaking through the suburbs the river is navigable via a marked channel for many miles, though bridges impede yachts beyond Gold Coast City Marina. Splitting into north and south branches north of Sanctuary Cove Marina, the north branch offers the opportunity to launch the dinghy and explore the mangroves of Coomera Island National Park. It’s also the southern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

So Join the Pleasure Cruising Club at the Gold Coast and enjoy luxury boat share without the cost of owning a boat.

www.pleasurecruising.com.au

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Boat Share Melbourne Gold Coast

 

Think of a golf club and that’s what Pleasure Cruising Club is about. Instead of sharing a golf course with fellow members, you “boat share” a range of beautifully maintained cruisers. You deserve the best.

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