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Newcastle marina,....the Monaco of Australia?

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Created by jedidan 28 days ago, 19 Feb 2019
jedidan
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19 Feb 2019 6:34PM
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I thought I would post this on here, as I've just sailed down from the Gold Coast ,I have a work commitment locally in Newcastle so thought hey why not swing in here and book into the marina, so I called up ...no answer no big deal I left a polite message for them to return my call, no reply there, so I anchored up and trekked in to there floating marina , on arrival I could not find the office as it was tucked away up a flight of stairs at the end of a line of real estate sales offices and such like, so I had to ask directions from a nervous looking chap who darted out of the real estate office as I passed,
'when I arrived at the marinas office staffed by ,three ladies,I asked about the marina and if they had a spot for my 38ft yacht, it was then that one of the ladies acknowledged that I had left a message with them, and said it was veery busy as every body was coming to Newcastle marina to escape the cyclone up north,
'it was then that I was told the rate of $972 a month plus what ever charges I was billed for on top of that ,
'this does sound a tad expensive as I was paying for a 50ft berth at Newport marina around the Morton bay qld area for less than that live aboard with power and water showers all provided,
'I don't want to come across as a moaning Minnie,but if that marina which has its 180 berths fully booked is charging on average $1000 a month ,then I would say conservatively,after expenses it's montly net should easily be $145,000 ,thats$c1740,000a financial year clear profit!! that's not a bad turn around for a marina with a view of the side of a freighter!.i certainly would be returning customers calls for that turn around.

nswsailor
NSW, 1175 posts
19 Feb 2019 9:58PM
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I think one of the Marinas is more expensive than that

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
19 Feb 2019 9:09PM
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jedidan said..
I thought I would post this on here, as I've just sailed down from the Gold Coast ,I have a work commitment locally in Newcastle so thought hey why not swing in here and book into the marina, so I called up ...no answer no big deal I left a polite message for them to return my call, no reply there, so I anchored up and trekked in to there floating marina , on arrival I could not find the office as it was tucked away up a flight of stairs at the end of a line of real estate sales offices and such like, so I had to ask directions from a nervous looking chap who darted out of the real estate office as I passed,
'when I arrived at the marinas office staffed by ,three ladies,I asked about the marina and if they had a spot for my 38ft yacht, it was then that one of the ladies acknowledged that I had left a message with them, and said it was veery busy as every body was coming to Newcastle marina to escape the cyclone up north,
'it was then that I was told the rate of $972 a month plus what ever charges I was billed for on top of that ,
'this does sound a tad expensive as I was paying for a 50ft berth at Newport marina around the Morton bay qld area for less than that live aboard with power and water showers all provided,
'I don't want to come across as a moaning Minnie,but if that marina which has its 180 berths fully booked is charging on average $1000 a month ,then I would say conservatively,after expenses it's montly net should easily be $145,000 ,thats$c1740,000a financial year clear profit!! that's not a bad turn around for a marina with a view of the side of a freighter!.i certainly would be returning customers calls for that turn around.


a bit funny ya kow...it is always like that..shoddy looking places trying to scam you to pay more. A bit unethical I'd say to charge, especially if people are really escaping the cyclone. What about the free shelter policy?

MatM14
NSW, 128 posts
20 Feb 2019 4:28PM
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I don't use a marina so I don't have a comparison to judge it by but that does seem excessive. Here's a thought, ask the boat yard next door what they charge for a lift out/in and $/day on their hard stand, might be cheaper

Kankama
NSW, 185 posts
20 Feb 2019 6:24PM
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You could try renting a mooring at Marmong Point which would be much cheaper, also you get to swing to the wind. The lake is much nicer than Newcastle - personally I don't understand why anyone puts their boat in the marina as Newcastle is not a great place to sail - but I have a cat and find it easy to cross the bar and shallow part of the Swansea channel.

Bristolfashion
VIC, 444 posts
20 Feb 2019 7:19PM
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I liked Newcastle- for me it's not just about the price of the marina, but checking out the town . Great cafes in the emerging "hipster" quarter . The industrial/Port history is interesting and there's good strolling for a bit of exercise.

Cheers

Bristol

woko
NSW, 366 posts
20 Feb 2019 8:13PM
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+1for Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens is another excellent harbour with a short commute to Newcastle

sirgallivant
NSW, 1393 posts
20 Feb 2019 9:58PM
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Well, after reading the single sentence thread of yours, (do you ever use sentences?) I remembered of my very pleasant lay over in Newcastle Yacht Club years ago.

I pulled in there for a few days to wait out a bad storm and l ended up staying for three weeks visiting the local fame and eating out in the local pub with a good kitchen with forty kind of imported beers.

After all that time l accrued a bill of $279 to boot. The marina manager, Graham, was very helpful too.
Top marks for the Newcastle l know!

fretbrner
13 posts
24 Feb 2019 6:37PM
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Thats a lot higher than i was quoted for a 34 footer at Newcastle. In the newcastle area/hunter, soldiers point marina is the Monaco. I don't remember the price but I almost choked when the guy told me the price. On lake Mac, you can try marks point or Toronto yacht club. Both are cheaper than marmong point. But they all offer moorings, as does lake Mac yacht club.

As Kankama says, Newcastle harbour is not ideal for sailing. Too many big freighters to dodge. I'd go lake Macquarie if you want to sail while staying. Newcastle CDB is only a 20 to 30 minute drive from any marina on lake Mac.



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