City Living with a Boat

Just because you live in a city apartment doesn't mean you can't go boating.

The Pleasure Cruising Club is like a golf club where you get to use the boats as a member.

You don't need to own the golf course to play golf, so this works on the same principal. You don't need to own the boat to go boating.

From 28 foot cruisers to the big Riviera you can book online, turn up at Docklands with your friends and family and head out boating for the day.

When you're done, simply hand back the keys. Great idea, and even a good way to try out the boating lifestyle. 

Outboard or Stern-Drive?

The final in our mini series about what boat is that, Greg from JV Marine gives us a quick look at a Stern Drive and also an Outboard engine.

Both offer great versatility for different styles of boating. Watch and learn. 

What is a Bowrider?

Greg and team from JV Marine World right here in Melbourne are back with another instalment of this mini series explaining all about boats.

This time Greg explains exactly what a Bowrider is. Pretty simple really, a Bowrider is pretty much the best all round boat for just about anything. Take note and see what you think?

What is a Cruiser?

Cruisers, now we're into a bit of luxury on the water, like a big cool caravan you can take to many locations, ski, fish, lunch and more. Great times for friends and family.

Check out the next instalment in out mini series explaine what boat is that. You guessed it, this time we are looking at Cruisers that's to the team and JV Marine.

Big, Bold and full of Luxury and Space like a home away from home.

What is a Cuddy Cabin?

The boys from JV Marine are one of the largest boat dealers in Victoria so they know a thing or two about boats.

Today, Greg helps out with part two of our mini series on what boat is that. Here's a Cuddy Cabin.

No need for use to explain it here, watch this video and check out the others in the series too.

What is a Runabout ?

Not all of us have been into boats for years, so we thought it would be a good idea to explain the difference in boats.

This is part one of our mini series where we try to explain what boat is what and what they will provide you as the boat owner.

Join the team from JV Marine as they explain more. Part one, what is a runabout. OK now you can press play!

Footy by Boat 

Footy season is here, yes it's that time again already, but for 2015 let's do something different.

Take your boat and drive with family and friends to the public berths at Docklands, park the boat, head to the footy and maybe even grab some dinner, the cruise on home. Footy by water, top idea!

What an awesome way to enjoy the footy and may other events and activities at Etihad Stadium, not to mention the restaurants and awesome shopping right in the heart of Melbourne.

Protecting Your Boat 

Looking after the investment you've made in a boat can be really easy, it just takes a bit of planning. 

Here's a great tip on boat care from our mate Neil Hancock from Aussie Boat Covers.

#lifesbetterwithaboat #melbourneboatshow #aussieboatcovers

Jason with his Whittley SL26 at Lakes Entrance 

We bumped into Jason and his family on the water at Lakes Entrance this week. Then again at the Caravan Park, so we thought we'd ask him about his Boat and why he loves Boating.

A week or so in Lakes Entrance, some family time, fishing time and more - all on the wonderful waters of the Gippsland Lakes with his Whittley SL26. That's what it's all about.

See, life IS better with a boat!

What's the Difference Between an Outboard and a Stern Drive?

The final in our mini series about what boat is that, Greg from JV Marine gives us a quick look at a Stern Drive and also an Outboard engine.

Both offer great versatility and different styles of boating. Watch and learn. 

How to Tie a Boat to a Floating Marina 

No matter the size of your boat, if it's tied to a floating marina berth it pays to follow these simple tips.

Scott O'Hare from Aussie Boat Sales at the historic Anchorage Marina in Williamstown offers some great advice in this little video.
Great tips to keep the boat from hitting the marina and causing damage to both the boat, the marina and of course you, your friends and your family.

Get some good ropes, get out on the water and while you're there pop into the Anchorage for lunch. Life's so much better with a boat.

#lifesbetterwithaboat #melbourneboatshow #chapparalaustralia #anchoragemarina #robaloboats

Sun Smart Tips for when you go Boating 

Going boating is great fun, but it pays to be sun smart. So think ahead and pack plenty of sunscreen, sunnies, hats and a collared top.

Enjoy your time on the water with family and friends and keep in the shade as much as possible.

Great tips for more awesome times on the water from our mate Neil Hancock of Aussie Boat Covers. See life is better with a boat.


How to Store a Boat 

Don't have room to store a boat a home?

You're not on your own there. Thousands of boat owners store their boats in all sorts of ways from the driveway to purpose built boat storage racks and permanent marina berths.

Lot's of boat storage options are available to suit any budget and heaps of locations all over Victoria.

Big, small, tiny, old or new, there's a storage option for you. Check out another top tip from our very own Boat Guy.

Business on a Boat - what a Great Idea!

Are you in business? Looking for a New Way to Do Business? Why not consider a boat. Here's a novel idea.

Just like a golf club, where only the members have access to the course, the Pleasure Cruising Club provides luxury boats for members only. Better still over 80% of members are businesses.

Great idea, business must also be better with a boat!

Lake Eildon by Houseboat. What a great place to visit.

Our team got invited to a fun day on the beautiful Lake Eildon recently to experience a day on a houseboat.

What a wonderful way to spend time together with family and friends in a safe, natural environment. Houseboating has come a long way and gives a host of different forms to suit every budget. Hire one, buy one or just go with friends. Go visit Lake Eildon and you'll see what we mean. 

The Best Christmas Lights in Melbourne. This is a must for every family, even if you don't own a boat you need to find a way to see these lights.

So. Now you've seen the video we'll bet you want to know how to get there.

Well there's a catch. These amazing Christmas Lights are only accessible by the water. So bring your boat, your canoe, your kayak, a surfboard or stand up paddle board. Just get down to Patterson Lakes to check out the lights.

Below is a map that shows the track we took. There's heaps to see so with the current messy weather patterns rug up, take some food and spend the night gently meandering around one of the hidden treasures of Melbourne by water.

See, Life's Better with a Boat.

Hire a Boat and Tour the Docklands

So you think boating might be for you but you just don't know, well there's no need to rush out and buy a boat. Hire one instead. Yep, there's a number of boat hire locations around Melbourne offering all sorts of boat to hire. One great way to experience the wonderful Docklands area is by boat, a great way to see things you can only see from the water.

You don't need a boat licence and the kids will love the adventure. Give it a go, it's an affordable boating experience right in the heart of Melbourne.

RIVA at St Kilda Marina

RIVA at St Kilda Marina is a very popular restaurant and meeting place for boaties and non boaties alike. A great place to sit and watch the beach, the water and eat some awesome food. 

RIVA is a special place because being part of the St Kilda Marina precinct you can actually pull up in your boat at the public berths, go have some lunch and then head back out into the bay. Check it out in Darren Finkelstein's new book Honey, Lets go Boating! 

Have a BBQ in the on the water in Docklands our maybe outside Crown!

Check this out. Right in the heart of Melbourne you can hire a boat with a bbq right in the middle.

Yep for around $200 odd bucks you up to 10 people can cruise around the luxury boats in Docklands and have a barbie. No boat licence required and the engine is electric so no smells and no pollution. Just you, your mates, some beers and great times on the water.