FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What costs come with owning a houseboat?
  • Initial costs include the cost of purchasing the boat and any club joining fees.
  • Annual costs include club membership, marina fees, Goulburn Murray Water Licence fees, insurance etc.
  • Work on slipping the houseboat every five years for pontoon and motor leg maintenance.
Can a member loan or hire their houseboat to friends?

The Club has introduced policies to ensure member security and privileges are maintained at all times. Under no circumstances are members able to hire out their houseboats and guests are welcome as long as they are accompanied by one of the Member’s family.

How do I check the condition of a houseboat prior to purchase?

The Club recommends that potential new owners arrange for an inspection be carried out by an independent qualified contractor prior to purchase to determine the condition of the hull. This can be done using a single day slipping service or by an underwater inspection.

Do I need a permit to operate a houseboat on Lake Eildon?

All private houseboats that operate on Lake Eildon are required to have a valid Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) Permit which is renewed annually. The inherent value of this permit is built into the sale price of existing houseboats on the lake. Any houseboat that is new or is being relocated to the lake will need to purchase an existing permit before GMW will allow the houseboat to be launched.

How do I organise slipping assignments and other maintenance work for my boat?

Slipping assignments are carried out by the Club and bookings can be made by contacting Liz 0447 169 737 liz@eildonboatclub.com.au. Two members bay’s are available for maintenance works by members and once again bookings can be made by contacting Liz.  Anchorage Houseboats and Status Luxury Houseboats are providing maintenance and renovation services within the maintenance sheds.

How do I book a function or conference at the Club and do I need to be a member to do this?

Private catering for events including use of our club house, boardroom or on board catering can be booked directly with the EBC office. It is a requirement of EBC that these facilities are available for members and their guests only.

LAKE EILDON BY THE NUMBERS

BASIC INFORMATION

CountryAustralia
Location Victorian Alps, Victoria
Coordinates37°11'34"S 145°53'49"E
PurposeWater supply
Irrigationt
Hydroelectricity
StatusOperational
Construction began1915
Opening date1929
1935 (modifications)
1955 (enlarged)
Operator(s)Goulburn–Murray Water
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment dam
ImpoundsGoulburn River
Height84.5 m (277 ft)
Length1,085 m (3,560 ft)
Dam volume10,200×103 m3 (360×106 cu ft)
Spillway typeControlled
Spillway capacity3,356 m3/s (118,500 cu ft/s)
ReservoirCreates Lake Eildon
Total capacity3,390,000 ML (750,000×106 imp gal; 900,000×106 US gal)
Catchment area3,885 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
Surface area13,832 ha (34,180 acres)
Max. water depth79 m (259 ft)[1]
Normal elevation288.9 m (948 ft) AHD

DAM AND SPILLWAYS

Type of damEmbankment dam
ImpoundsGoulburn River
Height84.5 m (277 ft)
Length1,085 m (3,560 ft)
Dam volume10,200×103 m3 (360×106 cu ft)
Spillway typeControlled
Spillway capacity3,356 m3/s (118,500 cu ft/s)

RESERVOIR

CreatesLake Eildon
Total capacity3,390,000 ML (750,000×106 imp gal; 900,000×106 US gal)
Catchment area3,885 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
Surface area13,832 ha (34,180 acres)
Max. water depth79 m (259 ft)[1]
Normal elevation288.9 m (948 ft) AHD

POWER STATION

Name Eildon Hydroelectric Power Station
Coordinates37°13'19"S 145°55'17"E
Operator(s)AGL Energy
Commission date1955
2001 (upgrade)
TurbinesFour
Installed capacity135 MW (181,000 hp)
Annual generation226 GWh (810 TJ)288.9 m (948 ft) AHD