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.

60x24 Marinas (G Pens)

A member moves his G pen boat to another harbour and does not require the pen anymore. Does the member receive a refund for the 15k Application fee?  Secondly, does the next boat that moves into that pen have to pay the application fee?

The member that vacates and abandons his G pen by not having a current mooring policy with EBC does not receive any refund for his $15K application to moor fee. That pen then reverts back to the club as a vacant G pen exactly the same as a newly constructed one and when assigned to a new mooring agreement attracts the $15K application fee. The only exception would be a member that has a mooring agreement in place and has paid the $15K application fee and basically wants to swap G pen locations. 

A member decides to sell his G pen boat and it will stay at EBC. He intends to build a new boat and wants to retain his existing pen. I understand the member would be required to find a new pen for the existing boat and pay another application fee. Is that correct?

This is basically correct. If the boat is sold the new purchaser may apply to moor the G boat in another G pen that is available within EBC and the $15K application must be paid. The previous owner continues with the original G pen and mooring agreement that is in place. If the seller of the boat was abandoning his G pen mooring agreement due to leaving the lake etc. then the mooring agreement could be transferred to the new owner and the $15K application fee is then negotiated as part of the sale. The seller then is effectively abandoning his G pen. 

Same scenario happens but the member trades or purchases an F pen boat to use while the new boat is being built. Is he allowed to keep the smaller boat in his G pen until the boat is finished?

As long as the member listed on the mooring agreement continues with that mooring agreement in his own right then he can choose to moor any size boat he wishes in that pen. The member should be aware the  yearly marina fees continue at G boat rates and it is in contravention of the clubs bylaws to sublet that pen to anyone else.

LAKE EILDON BY THE NUMBERS

BASIC INFORMATION

CountryAustralia
Location Victorian Alps, Victoria
Coordinates37°11'34"S 145°53'49"E
PurposeWater supply
Irrigation
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