Originally Posted by datapolo
Hi, sorry to barge in on this thread but it seems to be the only one I can find on a search that is a bit relevant!
I am expecting a job offer to move from my job in Angola to Perth and one of the attractions was the normal working hours and the great sailing. I have a Van der Stadt 33 in Liverpool, UK and a Island Trader 38 in Mallorca, Spain and was thinking of shipping one of them out but having looked at the various clubs on the internet the availability of places to keep a yacht seem limited and outrageously expensive to the point I may not take the job!
Can anyone in Perth advise on what the real cost of keeping a 33' yacht in Perth are likely to be and what are the options - and what is a 'pen'?
Thanks, and again sorry for butting in!
G'day Mike welcome to Sailnet. You could of started a new thread to ask your question, however I will have a go.
For a 10m pen (pen = berth or slip) that would fit a 33ft yacht you would expect to pay A$350 to say $600(?) per month. However some clubs / marinas may only have 12m+ pens available, so you would pay more. However the issue is more availablity than price. For example my club has at least a 2 year waiting list for pens.
Also note that with a lot of the clubs you need to be a member before you can join the waiting list. So you have a joining fee (A$1000 to $3000) plus annual memberships (A$500 to A$1000).
If you want to avoids clubs / joining fees you would be looking at private marinas, however they are considerably more expensive. Pier 21 near Fremantle is advertising a 7m pen (which is to small for both your boats) for $4,000 per year and a 21m pen for A$21,000 per year.
Other options include moorings on the Swan river or near Rockingham. However most of these you would have to purchase for A$10-20k as the local authorities are clamping down on renting moorings. You could also look at storing your boat outside of the Perth metropoliton area (ie Rockingham, Mandurah or Bunbury).
Yes it sucks, however the WA government has really dropped the ball with regards to mooring facilties in Perth / West Australia. You really need to have a pen / berth lined up before shipping your boat out here, otherwise you could have your boat sitting on the hard and / or paying big $$$.
Hope this helps, Ilenart