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Even Keels Cruising Club Inc (club website example only)

Beach Shells, Bathurst Head, Cape York, Queensland - by Grant Da Costa

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Even Keels Cruising Club INC 9897603 ABN 37599776442


A group of people willing to set up the club has been assembled. A constitution and a set of rules as to how the scheme will operate have been written. A club has been incorporated on the basis of this. A website has been developed. A catamaran has been bought, and is now out sailing. Expressions of Interest are sought with a view to filling the remaining vacancy in the club.

A membership may be held by an individual or a family, where “family” means two people who are married or in a de facto relationship. Membership held by couples who both sail is strongly encouraged. All members must be 18 years of age or older, and must hold a current boat licence.

New members are required to pay to the club a joining fee, a share subscription which is returned on resignation, and a pro-rata share of the annual operating budget. The club uses the pooled member’s funds to buy, own and operate the catamaran – the members do not own the catamaran or a share in the catamaran. Membership in the club gives members the right to use the club’s catamaran.

Because the members make the rules, they can do pretty much anything they like with the catamaran, subject to the club’s constitution. The members meet and agree on the broad outline of a cruising program for each year, several years into the future. For example, they may decide to base the catamaran in Hobart for the summer and Cairns for the winter, with club cruises between the two at an agreed time of the year. Or they may decide to sail to New Caledonia or the Kimberley for the winter, or spend some time at other places along the coast such as the Whitsundays.

The other key aspect of the scheme is who gets to use the catamaran and when. This forms part of the rules of the club. There are two types of “time” – exclusive time and club time. Exclusive time is when a member has the catamaran entirely for themselves. Club time is used, for example, for transferring the catamaran between its summer and winter bases, or any other kind of delivery, or if going offshore then the offshore passage. So club time is where members share the sailing. Any member or members can book in for various legs or the whole journey, subject to demand and bed space. This works in everyone’s favour as it means you don’t have to pay for delivery skippers, although if no-one volunteers then you would have to. Club time is very important – it is the time that allows for the catamaran to be moved to different locations for the benefit of members, according to the club’s cruising program for that year. And hopefully it is also the time that helps club members to bond.

Some members may choose to be involved in the delivery passages, others may not want to. Some members may choose just to fly in to the area where the catamaran is based and take their exclusive time on it. It doesn’t matter, the scheme is beautifully flexible and is designed to suit a wide range of needs and aspirations.

Exclusive time could work a couple of different ways. A member could take their exclusive time and have the catamaran entirely to themselves and their spouse, or invite family and friends. Another possibility is that if member couples enjoy sailing together, they could combine their exclusive time to extend their trips or have more of them. For example, say two couples were entitled to 4 weeks exclusive use each. If they always sailed together, they would have 8 weeks to use during the year. Or they may decide to mix and match e.g. if each couple had 2 weeks on their own, they would still have 2 weeks each to combine into a 4 week trip together. Again the scheme is beautifully flexible – members can do whatever works for them within the rules.  NEXT PAGE >>

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