Mustang 28 1-8 Passengers

Pleasure Cruising Club Inc


Boat Share Subscription Plans: A New Way To Boat Without The Hassle


Newbies who get into boating may not be aware of the hidden costs of owning a boat. Recreational boating is awesome fun for the family to enjoy however the average boatie in Melbourne may only use their boat for just 16 days a year in Melbourne. When buying a second-hand boat it’s only as good as the last owner looked after it. Models that are over 10 years old can be a “death trap” particularly if its petrol and the electrical systems have been degraded over time. Owners of boats may not be doing the repairs needed.

The hidden costs of owning a boat

A boat can be quite expensive to operate. The total cost of keeping a boat is dependent on its capacity and size. Costs are primarily maintenance costs, berthing, storage and depreciation of the boat. Also, corrosion is a real killer eating away at your investment over time. You can replace all your electronics every seven years. There is also the time and cost to regularly check onboard safety systems such as bilge pumps, batteries, hoses, clamps, engine oil, anodes etc which needs to be done before each journey.

Boat Share Subscription Plans

A boat sharing plan is a subscription service available from AMSA approved marine providers. Boats in Australia require an operational certificate. Private boats no longer can be provided unless the vessel is commercially registered.

The subscription plans we have are Daily, Three Monthly or Yearly.


Why Boat Share?

Many boaties decide to get rid of their boat as it’s just not worth the upkeep. There’s also the opportunity to enjoy the boat without all the ongoing costs and maintenance. A good example of this is mooring at DelAbora at Port Melbourne will cost $9,000 a year!. With a boat share subscription, there are no mooring fees just pay or fuel. Why would a boat owner buy a boat for just 16 days a year when the cost of maintaining the boat would be cheaper to rent? It’s a great way for new boaters to learn how to sail without the risk of owning a boat. The boats must be regularly checked and safety management plans must be adhered to. Training courses are provided to ensure the safety of the boater. It’s a hassle-free alternative to boat owning a boat! You can have a subscription plan for the day, 3 months or 12 months. A boat sharing subscription allows you to schedule time off for family, friends or you can reserve it for event hire for larger groups

How do the subscriptions work?

Under our Boat Share Plan, membership is combined with a subscription pay by the month service. Reserving the boat is easy and you book online. There is one simple agreement and the boat is cleaned, maintained and fuelled and ready to go for your next outing. There are no hidden costs just the fuel.


Boat sharing makes financial sense and provides peace of mind there are no hidden costs of boat ownership.

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The great entry-level cruiser that takes between 1-8 passengers. Equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities,  fishing platform. Very affordable memberships from $699 per month.


The Mustang 28 is essentially a dayboat with plenty of entertainment space on deck, but the owners and a couple of friends can overnight if they wish.

Below Deck

Upfront is a vee-berth with a table that converts to a double berth, there is even a mirror on the forward bulkhead that helps make the cabin look bigger. And it is all lined with a full 1.88m of headroom.

The galley is basic, but functional, with a cooktop, fridge and sink and there is a small bathroom. Sunrunner has managed to fit a double-berth under the cockpit with stand up headroom at the entrance and a bench seat.

There is even room for a flat-screen TV above the walkway to the aft cabin. On deck, the layout is similar to other Sunrunners with a curved lounge opposite the helm station and a bench seat aft.

A full wrap around bench seat across the transom, similar to those on the bigger boats, is an option. The helm seat also swivels around so the occupant can join the party. There is even a locker built into the transom, like the bigger Sunrunners, to store fenders, ropes and other odds and ends. A couple of rod holders have also been included in the port and starboard gunwales if you want to wet a line occasionally. Remember, this is only a 28-footer and the Sunrunner design team has managed to fit a lot into it.

Getting to the bow has been made easy by a couple of steps moulded into the helm console and a walk-through windscreen.


The standard 2800 is powered by a single Mercruiser Diesel that offers frugal cruising compared to the thirsty fuel consumption of  a petrol engine. 

The 2800 is no fuss to drive and virtually backs like a car into a pen  with the bow thruster. It has trim tabs, but I found that the boat didn’t need them and except for a little trim up on the leg on the plane, it didn’t need much trimming at all. Granted, there were only two of us on board and with a couple more adults on the boat, the trim tabs could be used to balance the extra weight.


LOA: 8.70m
LWL: 7.98m
BEAM: 3.00m
DEADRISE: 18 degrees
DRAFT: 0.65m (leg up)
DRAFT: 1.05m :(leg down)
DRY WEIGHT: 3500kg

“It’s the step on and off service member love”  at the Docklands with ample parking. come and join the club!


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