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Boating - My Boat

06 Mar 2014

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The search for a city apartment was what led Paul Treverton to the boating lifestyle.

Paul and his wife were looking for a Docklands weekender to complement their Warrandyte home and every apartment they looked at had a view of “beautiful boats” in the harbour.

“So we decided maybe we should get a boat and treat the boat as a city apartment,” Paul said.

Just over a year and a half ago they purchased a 71-foot, 1990 Hi Star, which had spent most of its life in Hong Kong Harbour, and haven’t looked back since.

The boat now resides at d’Albora marina in Victoria Harbour and provides the perfect city home.

Having never owned a boat before, Paul said it was initially a huge learning curve,

“I employed a skipper for six months to teach me how to drive the boat,” Paul said.

“The boat weighs 56 tonnes, so you don’t want to get the parking wrong. They say it’s like driving a wrecking ball so you’ve got to get it right.”

Paul said the social environment in Docklands was fantastic, with plenty of other people who also come down on the weekend to enjoy their boats.

The boat can accommodate up to 50 people and, according to Paul, there’s nothing better than taking it out to Beacon Cove, down to Sandringham Yacht Club or to Beaumaris Bay.

By the same token, spending time on the boat in Docklands is just as nice.

“It’s a lovely spot at night-time, it’s the best view in town.”

When purchased the boat was named Extasea but Paul plans to hold a renaming ceremony this month, complete with a champagne christening.

The new name of the boat is Stella, but don’t be fooled into thinking its named after a lovely lady. “In fact, it’s after my favourite beer,” Paul said.

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