Share-a-Boat is a company that operates on the Hawkesbury River that allows aspiring boat owners to enjoy the boating experience without the expense and the latest addition to the fleet is a new Back Cove 33.
Back Cove boats need little introduction to discerning boaters. Built in Maine on the East Coast of the USA, they appeal to those who’d rather spend their leisure time in slow motion than fast forward. The styling of the Back Cove 33 reflects a traditional lobster boat, but the running gear and technology is strictly state-of-the-art. There’s a TV, DVD player, stereo, gourmet galley and BBQ to make life on the water very comfortable. Bow and sternthrusters make docking a breeze.
Make no mistake, the Back Cove 33 can get up and go cruising at 20kts when you need it to, but most owners would rather savour the enjoyment of a leisurely cruise to a secluded cove and enjoy the reduced fuel costs provided by her single diesel shaft-drive power.
Below deck, there’s a large vee-berth forward, headroom of 6½ft and a head with a separate shower stall, which is quite unique for a vessel of her size. The handcrafted inlaid table in the raised dinette and impeccable workmanship throughout remind you that this is a craft built for more elegant times. Large opening windows give you a sense of space and uninterrupted views of the surrounding waterways.
How do you get to enjoy all this? The secret, says Share-a-Boat, is a lease renewed on an annual basis, and the Back Cove 33 syndication concept offers a lessee 33 days a year on the water with zero days spent slipping, cleaning and maintaining the boat. That, said the company, amounts to $16,425 a year over a three-year period, or less than $500 for each day actually on the water.
“Ask any owner of a typical motorcruiser and ask whether they truly get to enjoy their boat 33 days a year. Couple that with the low annual lease, and you’ll see that this is a concept that makes sense for all of us, global financial crisis or not,” Share-a-Boat said.
With only one Back Cove 33 in the fleet, Share-a-Boat said it’s worth getting on to the website at www.share-a-boat.com.au for more details, while the Back Cove 33 can be viewed in detail at www.emarine.com.au