In this December 2011 issue
  • The Point Restaurant - book now for New Years Eve
  • The Deck Café - Book now for Christmas lunch and NYE
  • MDBS Port Stephens - Boat of the Month
  • Soldiers Point Marine Centre -  50 Point Safety Check
  • Check your Expiry Dates on Sailing Gear
  • Soldiers Point Sailing School
  • Christmas Gift Suggestions from the Marina 
  • Christmas Recipe - Christmas Fruit Mince Brownies 
  • Soldiers Point Boat Hire - Perfect time for fishing & exploring
  • MDBS Port Stephens - for Henri Lloyd and Burke Clothing plus new state-of-the-art kayaks 
  • The Boat Shed & General Store - Time to order your hampers and platters  


Christmas is nearly upon us, this will be our last e-newsletter for the year and I hope you have enjoyed all our news of the comings and goings at the marina over the past 12 months. Of course our highlight was being awarded Australian Marina of the Year 2011-2012 and a big thank you to all our customers and friends who contacted us with their best wishes.

We've got an action packed time planned if you are joining us over the holiday season. Seafari - Music on the Water- will be held on December 30th, the time and location will be advised closer to the date by text message and email.

Once again the New Years Eve fireworks have been arranged for midnight and a perfect spot to enjoy them will be from The Point Restaurant and The Deck Café.

Back by popular demand local fishing guru John "Stinker" Clarke will be returning to the marina on January 11th 2012 to give another complimentary talk to our customers on the area's fishing hot spots and everything you will need to catch your dinner!

Summer time sees the much anticipated return of complimentary coffees, cocktails and newspapers of your choice all delivered right to your boat and with a smile!

Wishing you all a safe boating summer and a very Merry Christmas.
Darrell Barnett CMM
Soldiers Point Marina Manager

Set a Reminder for expiry dates on Inflatable Life Jackets, Flares, EPIRPs

As every responsible skipper knows, there are certain items in the safety equipment list that have an expiry date. Such dates are applied in a bid to ensure this equipment will work when needed, which can include life threatening circumstances.

Safety gear that carry expiry dates include: flares, emergency position indicating radio beacons and inflatable lifejackets. Don't let this safety equipment expire, set an alarm. There are some easy options to achieve this, such as:
  • Put the dates in your diary
  • Put the dates in your mobile phone
  • Write it on the 'Don't Expire' sticker (available from Soldiers Point Marine Centre)
For more information please visit

The Point Restaurant 

In addition to their a la carte menu The Point also offer a very affordable monthly luncheon "specials" menu which includes a glass of bubbly or beer. You can check out the special luncheon menus on the marina website at

Limited bookings are still available for the "groovy" themed 1970's New Years Eve dinner so call Julie today to reserve the best seat in the house to watch the midnight fireworks and enjoy the live entertainment and the nostalgic specially designed "70s" menu which is again available on the Marina's

Contact Julie on (02) 4984 7111


Please click below for the menus:
Christmas Humour

It was coming up to Christmas and the Judge was in a jolly frame of mind.

"Now then, please tell me, what is the charge against you?"

" I was caught doing my Christmas shopping very early." replied the man in the dock.

"That doesn't seem like an offence to me. What do you mean by 'very early?

"Well, your Honour." said the defendant, "It was before the shop was open."

The Deck Café/Waterfront Bar

Expect a big warm Greek greeting from the Pappas family when you call in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, 7 days a week. The ever popular café menu has a Mediterranean influence or you can simply enjoy a quiet waterside cocktail at their Bimini bar.

Guests staying at the marina also receive a 20% discount on takeaway meals ordered from The Deck, which can happily be delivered to your boat.- if they are not too busy.

If you haven't already its time now to make your reservations for Christmas Day and New Years Eve at The Deck. The traditional menus for both events feature fresh seafood including lobster with a choice of eight entrees and main courses and four from the dessert menu.

The cost is only $110.00 per person which includes live music on New Years Eve and a spectacular vantage place to watch the midnight fireworks. Bookings are essential.

Phone: (02) 4919 1502
Open: Monday - Sunday
Breakfast from 8am
Lunch from 12noon
Dinner from 6pm
Soldiers Point Sailing School

Pictured: Graham with a school holiday class at Soldiers Point Marina

Local children and holiday makers alike are discovering the thrill of learning to sail in the brand new fleet of Optimists provided by Soldiers Point Marina. Qualified instructor and international yachtie Graham Oborn now a resident of the area, runs the school and loves what he does. "Its tremendous to have these children come along many never having been on the water before, and watch their delight as they take control and set sail by themselves for the first time" he said. "As part of the Real Futures Foundation we offer free sailing lessons to the local high school children on the Tomaree Peninsula and because of the success of this program we received many requests to run a holiday program as well which we do for a nominal charge" said Graham.

For more information on holiday classes for adults and children please phone (02) 4982 7773


The Boat Shed and General Store

Isn't the point of going on holidays, kicking back, relaxing and not doing all those jobs we do at home? Enter Jackie Kennedy who will happily help you cater for the time on your boat at Soldiers Point Marina with hampers, platters and home made bread to go with the gourmet selection of cheese and other goodies stocked at the Boat Shed and General Store. Enjoying your morning complimentary cup of coffee provided by the marina and delivered to your boat is even more pleasurable with one of Jackie's freshly baked homemade slices.

The Boat Shed and General store also stocks lots of other daily essentials as well as ice and bait.

Call in and see Jackie about your requirements or give her a ring to pre-order your hampers or platters.

The Boat Shed & General Store
Open 7 days
Phone: (02) 4919 1234
Mobile: 0427 441 290


MDBS Port Stephens - Range of Henri Lloyd and Burke Clothing now in-store and also fabulous state-of-the-art Kayaks now for sale

MDBS Port Stephens is now stocking a selected range of Henri Lloyd and Burke sailing gear. Henri Lloyd has an unrivalled reputation in providing technical clothing solutions to elite yachtsmen and women worldwide whilst Burke is arguably Australia's best loved marine clothing, accessory and wet weather gear brand. Call in today to MDBS located right on the waterfront at Soldiers Point Marina and have a browse.
We have also just taken delivery of a fabulous range of brand new Wavedance kayaks which we are selling like hotcakes - another excellent Christmas gift idea for yourself or a loved one!


MDBS Port Stephens
Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4919 1555

Peter Kennedy: 0409 050 928
Simon French: 0404 218 459

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Weekends 9 30 am - 4 30pm


Christmas Gift Suggestions

Massage & Beauty Treatments

Boat Hire Vouchers
Soldiers Point Boat Hire

Gift Vouchers
The Point & The Deck

Antifoul Gift Voucher
Soldiers Point Marine Centre

MDBS - Fabulous range of Henry Lloyd Clothing and state-of-the-art kayaks
MDBS Port Stephens

Gourmet Platters & Hampers
The General Store

Soldiers Point Boat Hire - An Excellent Christmas Gift Idea

5.3 Warrior

Looking for that something special for your family or loved one ... then why not consider a voucher to use for one of our fantastic hire boats.

Jackie and James can help you with all the information and tips you need about the best fishing spots to help you catch your dinner, and for your convenience we also sell ice, bait and even fishing lines.

If paddling is your passion come down and check out our brand new range of Kayaks.

To ensure your time on the water is relaxing and trouble free talk to Jackie about her large range of pre-booked hampers, platters and gourmet goodies readily available from the Boat Shed and General Store.

Please click here for all the information on our hire boats

Helping Our Local Students Gain an Employment Advantage

By maintaining our three year major $50,000 sponsorship of the Tomaree Peninsula Real Futures program as part of the Beacon Foundation, Soldiers Point Marina is ensuring that local students are gaining an employment advantage. The program's focus is on assisting Year 10 students make a smooth transition from school to the workplace by offering Ready for Work Programs, Industry Workshops and Work Experience.

The Year 10 students, their parents and industry representatives sign a charter pledging that they will  (or assist in helping students) pursue a positive pathway in further education, training or employment.

Darrell Barnett signing the Charter with Beacon Ambassadors at Tomaree High School

Soldiers Point Marine Centre - get your Boat Checked out Today for the Holiday Season

Only $99.00 including a $50.00 discount for Club Marine policy renewals

With Christmas only weeks away and for peace of mind boating now is a great time to beat the summer rush and book your boat in for a 50 Point safety check with the experts in the workshop at Soldiers Point Marine Centre. As a boat skipper you are responsible for the safety of everyone on your vessel and with the busy boating season ahead now is a good time to get your boat checked.

Included in the 50 point safety check is:
  • steering system  
  • fuel lines and filter  
  • sea cocks and valves
  • anchor/chain/rope
  • fire extinguisher  
  • engine  
  • gearbox operation  
  • starting mechanism  
  • fuel filters
  • battery cables.  
  • PLUS 40 more checks
  • conditions apply 
Call in and talk to Jenny who can check availabilities and book you in today

We've also got a range of new safety items in store - fluro prop covers for trailer boats, fender packages and rope socks as well as a range of new life jackets

Phone: (02) 4984 6300


Christmas Fruit Mince Brownies

  • 200g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped
  • 300g brown sugar
  • 250g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups (200g) plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (35g) cocoa, plus extra to dust
  • 1/3 cup (85g) fruit mince
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 cup (100g) toasted walnuts, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 22cm square cake or brownie pan and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Place chocolate, sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until melted and well combined. Remove from heat, cool slightly, then stir in eggs until well combined. Add flour, baking powder, cocoa, fruit mince, mixed spice and nuts, stirring to combine. Spread into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or until just set.
  3. Cool in pan, then dust with cocoa. Cut into 12 squares and serve. Brownies will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.


MDBS Boat of the Month - Alaska 45 

Year: 2009
Model:  Alaska 45 Flybridge
L.O.A: 45'
Power: Twin Cummins 440HP

This boat will suit new buyer at greatly reduced price. No expense spared, full of extras, never been slept on. Walk around decks and aft facing CCTV makes docking easy. Interior is a beautiful cherry wood finish with solid teak trim. This boat is one of the best I have seen. Owner very keen to sell and will consider any reasonable offer.

Price: $578,000

Contact Peter or Simon today at:


MDBS Port Stephens
Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4919 1555

Peter Kennedy: 0409 050 928
Simon French: 0404 218 459

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Weekends 9 30 am - 4 30pm


Contact Soldiers Point Marina

Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
Soldiers Pt 2317
Port Stephens NSW

Phone: 02 4982 7445
Int: +61 2 4982 7445
Fax: 02 4982 7193
Int: +61 2 4982 7193
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