In this August 2013 newsletter

  • Huge FUEL offer
  • Introducing New Guest Services Manager
  • Soldiers Point Marine Centre - Jen's Advice
  • Coast Massage - New Business!
  • Great Spring Berthing Opportunity from the Marina - Exciting Offer!
  • ABC - Boat Brokerage - Boats of the Month
  • Kayak and Paddleboard Storage - New Service!
  • Marina Hosts Real Futures Cocktail Party
  • The Point Restaurant - winter menus
  • The Boat Shed and General Store
  • Soldiers Point Boat Hire - winter special
  • The Deck Café/Waterfront Bar
  • Whale watching at its Best!
  • Flagship Undercover Boat Storage & Valet Service - Exciting Offer!
  • Soldiers Point Sailing School - New Accreditation!
  • You’re the Skipper - You’re Responsible


Spring is just around the corner but there is no doubt that we have had one of the mildest winters on record with some beautiful picture perfect days in Port Stephens with blue skies and lots of sunshine. Recently our daytime temperatures have been hovering around 20°, so if you are thinking about visiting the marina, now would be a perfect time.

You may also be lucky enough to see some of the record numbers of whales that have been spotted off the coast on their annual migration up north. See some photos below taken just off Port Stephens.

I would like to welcome Lauren Harley and her business Coast Massage to the marina and wish her every success.

Hope to see you all soon and happy boating.
Darrell Barnett CMM
Soldiers Point Marina Manager
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Big Welcome to Carmen Holden
Guest Services Manager

"I've been at Soldiers Point Marina for four months now and what a fantastic time it's been. After working in the travel industry for fifteen and a half years, from travel consultant to travel manager and in recent years administration - it was sure time for a sea change and the marina is such a happy place to come to work each day. Everyone is very friendly, they know your name, and all wave and say hello. I'm thoroughly enjoying all the new challenges and exciting opportunities that come past my desk. I've tried my hand at just about everything at the marina including reversing a boat trailer down the boat ramp, now that's an achievement in my book. So if you haven't meet me yet pop your head into the office and say hi."


Coast Massage - Now Open for Business

Opening at the Marina on July 1st, Coast Massage is owned and operated by registered nurse and fully qualified Remedial Massage therapist Lauren Harley, who with her family recently had a sea change to Port Stephens after holidaying here for many years.

Lauren has 12 years experience in the healthcare industry and specialises in deep tissue and trigger point therapy as well as pregnancy massage.

Tuesday: 9:30am-2:30pm / 4:45pm-6pm
Thursday: 4:45pm-8:00pm
Friday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Or by appointment.

Massage Prices
$70 per 1 hour
$40 per 30 minutes
$100 per 1.5 hours

Senior and student discounts available.

To discuss your best treatment and make an appointment please call Lauren on:

Mobile: 0409 019 100


Soldiers Point Boat Hire

Special Offer Extended until September 1st!

Soldiers Point Boat Hire is offering 4 hours hire of the Drifter 4.3M for the price of 2 hours ($75.00). The Drifter has inbuilt flotation properties and is the most popular hire vessel in our fleet. This boat has an onboard GPS tracking system. Free fishing tackle will also be included with every hire of the Drifter during this promotional period, along with a descriptive map of the area pointing out all the great fishing spots.

Half day Kayak hire is also available until September 20th at only $25 for a four hour hire. That's 1/2 price.

For more information on all our hire boats please click here.

Soldiers Point Boat Hire
Open 7 days
Phone: (02) 4919 1234
Mobile: 0427 441 290


The Point Restaurant


Feeling very refreshed after a trip back to the UK and with their creative juices flowing Paul and Julie Simpson have devised a stunning winter menu and look forward to you joining them as soon as you can.

The Point Restaurant is also the perfect venue for that special family event so call Julie today to look at the many options available to you.

Please click here for the comprehensive winter menu.

Open Tuesday to Sunday
Contact Julie on (02) 4984 7111


Soldiers Point Sailing School


The School was recently recertified as a Sailing Centre by Yachting NSW.  The School Centre can now provide instruction for all categories in Yachting Australia Learn to Sail programs, ie:

  • Basic Skills 1 and 2
  • Better Sailing
  • Racing Skills 1 and 2

Chief Instructor and experienced international yachtie Graham Oborn has been awarded Instructor certification to conduct all categories in the Learn to Sail Programs following his recent attendance at the YA Instructors’ Conference at RQ Headquarters, Brisbane.

Gary Cooper, an assistant instructor at the School, recently attended the Instructors’ course in Sydney and has been awarded his Instructor Certificate.

We are very fortunate to have Graham with us as an instructor. He has been actively involved in social and competitive sailing for many years in Australia and overseas competing mainly in the Finn & Laser classes, with his most recent achievement winning 1st place in the 2011 Australian Laser Class Championship Great Grand Master Standard Rig Division.

The Soldiers Point Sailing School sailing season commences on Monday September 23 with school holiday classes available for juniors and adults until Saturday October 5th.

Soldiers Point Sailing School fleet has eight Optimists, two Lasers and an Etchells. Contact us today to make your booking for what could be a life changing experience.

For more information please phone
(02) 4982 7773              



ABC - Boat Brokerage - Boats of the Month

Steber 38 Sportsfisher

For more information please click here.

Four Winns 280

For more information please click here.

All enquiries welcome.

Contact Peter or Simon today at:

ABC - Australian Boat Company
Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4919 1555

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

Open 7 Days 8am - 5pm

The Boat Shed and General Store

No need to leave the marina for your daily essentials when you will find them plus more at the Boat Shed and General Store. Fresh bread, fruit, milk, ice, soft drinks, snack foods, hot pies plus a range of gourmet delights are also available. A range of fishing gear as well as bait is also stocked and the team will happily talk to you about the area's amazing fishing hot spots.

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



Fuel Offer

You can purchase all your fuel with a 40c per litre discount

For more information
please contact
Darrell on
(02) 4982 7445


Soldiers Point Marine Centre

Jen's Advice

My advice for this enewsletter is about maintaining your Gelcoat!

The best maintenance plan to preserve the shine and condition of your gelcoat involves using two steps; Clean and Protect.

  1. Cleaning your Vessel’s Gelcoat

    Use specially designed cleaners - don’t use household detergents or cleaners.  A lot of them are abrasive and can scratch as they clean. 

    There are many good products on the market for gelcoat cleaning and preservation.  At SPMC we stock the Top Gear range of cleaners and polishes. 

    I believe Top Gear Hull Clean is the best product on the market for removing the toughest of stains from your gelcoat without damaging it.

  2. Protect Your Vessel’s Gelcoat

    After cleaning thoroughly your gelcoat needs to be polished and sealed.  Polish is designed to protect your gelcoat from ultra-violet rays and the harshness of the elements associated with the marine environment.

    For a nice glossy shine, use a good quality gelcoat polish and top it off with a gelcoat sealer to seal in the shine.

For more information please click here

Soldiers Point Marine Centre
Soldiers Pt Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4984 6300
Mobile: 0414 859 708           


Special from Soldiers Point Marina and Soldiers Point Marine Centre

Get Your Boat Ready for Spring and Summer with this GREAT offer from Australia's Marina of the Year, and Soldiers Point Marine Centre

Pay for 10 days berthing but stay for 14!
Offer until December 1st 2013

The Winter period is a great time to get all that maintenance undertaken to ensure your boat is running to perfection for Spring and Summer!

Antifouling your hull and running gear will ensure optimum performance and efficiency and protect it against osmosis and corrosion.

Electrical systems need checking and regular servicing of your engines and drives/gear is the best protection you can get against costly repair bills.

Complimentary boat slip until the 1st September 2013.
Subject to availability

Phone: (02) 4982 7445

Fax: (02) 4982 7193


Whale-Watching Right on Our Doorstep

Look at these spectacular images of 2 humpback whales migrating north taken off Port Stephens light house adjacent to the entrance to Fingal Bay on Sunday 14 July. Photos taken by Deborah Creek and Angus Creek on Board MV Hey Jude.


The Deck Café/Waterfront Bar

For the most fabulous Mediterranean influenced food in town look no further than The Deck Café located at Soldiers Point Marina.

You will be immediately welcomed by one of the happy Pappas family into a warm relaxed and cosy dining atmosphere where you can enjoy the famous sunsets with a relaxing afternoon cocktail or a delicious waterside meal.

Check out The Deck's delicious and extensive menu at

Opening Hours:

  • Breakfast 8:00 - 11am
  • Lunch 12pm
  • Dinner 6.00pm till late, Tuesday to Saturday
  • Open 7 days.

For all reservations and enquiries please call:

Phone: (02) 4919 1502

Open 7 days

The Deck Café / Waterfront Bar

Soldiers Pt Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317


Kayak and Paddleboard Storage

Increase your water time exploring our magnificent Port Stephens waterways without any hassles.

You can be in the water ready to go in less than five minutes after collecting your kayak or paddleboard from the safe storage area on the hard stand at Soldiers Point Marina and launching from Sunset Beach. No roof racks and no fuss leaving you to spend more time in the water.

Benefits of Storing Your Kayak or Paddleboard at Soldiers Point Marina:

  • Secure storage with video surveillance and random 24 hours security patrols
  • Use of all the Marina's 5 Gold Anchor facilities including our luxurious personal care bathrooms and sauna
  • The ability to wash down your kayak or paddleboard before storing
  • Access to your kayak or paddleboard seven days a week

Contact Soldiers Point Marina

Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
Soldiers Point NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4982 7445
Fax: (02) 4982 7193


Marina Hosts Real Futures Cocktail Party

Marina Manager Darrell Barnett, Graham Oborn, Tony Purkiss

As the major sponsor of the Real Futures Foundation, Soldiers Point Marina hosted a Cocktail party at The Point Restaurant recently to thank current sponsors and welcome new sponsors to the Foundation that provides many innovative programs to students from Tomaree High and St Philips Christian College. The programs help Year 10 students from both schools pursue a productive pathway and set realistic goals to further their education, take advantage of training opportunities and undertake work experience or work placement.

For more information please click here


Australia has signed up to a number of international treaties including the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) which requires that the master of a vessel at sea must provide assistance to a stricken vessel when they receive a distress signal. Additionally, Section 265 of the Commonwealth Navigation Act 1912 requires a master to assist a stricken vessel on any tidal waters. Section 98 of the Marine Safety Act 1998 requires the master of a vessel involved in a marine incident to give assistance to any injured person or damaged vessel involved in the incident.

However when responding in any such emergency, the master is required to ensure they do not place themselves, their passengers or own vessel in danger. Also be aware that the Civil Liability Act 2002 provides protection against liability for “good samaritans” in emergency situations.

Depending on the situation, providing assistance in an emergency may simply mean calling 000 or the local Marine Rescue NSW unit and/or staying with the vessel or person until professional assistance arrives.

Don’t forget, you could be the one who requires help next time!

Reproduced with the permission of Roads and Maritimes Services.


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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