Ocean Club now open at Abell Point Ma­rina

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

MEM­BER­SHIP to the new Ocean Club at the Abell Point Ma­rina of­fers ev­ery­thing the trav­el­ling yachtie may need.

From a stor­age area, five-star bath­rooms and laun­dry to a meet­ing area and drink chiller, the new float­ing ser­vice seemed like a log­i­cal step to ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet af­ter see­ing what other world class mari­nas around the globe were do­ing.

Man­ager at the ma­rina Luke McCaul said the idea was that when peo­ple went to sea and came back, all they wanted to do was have a good shower.

“It is a pre­mium ser­vice,” Mr McCaul said.

The float­ing pon­toon, which was pre­vi­ously moored at the outer reef and op­er­ated by Fan­tasea, had just had its builder’s clean and was ready to be towed from Shute Har­bour when Cy­clone Deb­bie hit.

It suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age but has now been fixed and is ready for cus­tomers. Up­stairs, the Ocean Club has a sun­set deck equipped with an ice maker, cof­fee ma­chine and ta­bles with um­brel­las. “Peo­ple can come up here and meet on the deck for a sun­downer. It’s a re­ally nice meet­ing spot and in the win­ter the out­look is un­be­liev­able,” Mr McCaul said.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

PRE­MIUM: Abell Point Ma­rina man­ager Luke McCaul in front of the new Ocean Club.

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