April 21st, 2015

Fraser Escape – Club Marine Review

Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters enjoyed a good year in 2014, taking out several tourism awards and being offered a feature article in the well-known Club Marine magazine. Buoyed through recent troughs by the vibrant energy of founder Steve Robson’s daughter Keira, now joined by her sister Ashlea, this family-run business seems to be getting the recognition it deserves.

Extract from the Club Marine Review:

“Hervey Bay and Fraser Island provide a sheltered and relaxing alternative for bareboat chartering. It was the second evening, with the sun gently sliding into the west that seemed to offer the consummate Hervey Bay experience. We had spent the day quietly cruising north on our Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters’ Seawind 1160 catamaran Orla, hugging the coast of Fraser Island as we came across the occasional pod of whales frolicking in the bay’s calm, sun-drenched waters.

With a couple of hours of daylight to spare, we slid gently into the shelter of Rooney Point, a curving expanse of south-facing sandy coastline that took the edge off the north-easterly that had been providing a cooling breeze at the end of a warm late-spring day. There was already a handful of boats at anchor as we entered the bay and once at rest we untied the tender and puttered to the beach, which we pretty much had to ourselves …

Numerous encounters with whales, dolphins, turtles – and even those taunting tuna – left us with some unique memories and plenty of images to share. From a navigation point of view, there are few obstacles for the uninitiated and those that do exist are generally well-marked. And by using the large tidal movements and strong currents to our advantage during the day we were able to cover ground at a fairly respectable pace. With daily weather forecasts provided by radio, finding a sheltered anchorage each day was a no-brainer.

For anyone looking for a boating experience in a tranquil, protected and wildlife-rich environment, with plenty of safe and sheltered anchorages, Hervey Bay is well worth a thought.”

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