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Stay overnight on the most beautiful harbour in the world with a view to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House on board your very own, completely private, luxury yacht! We can even take you on a private guided-tour harbour cruise. No boating experience needed. Thanks to all the wonderful reviews we've received, the yacht is now listed as Airbnb's #1 place to stay anywhere in Sydney and is rated by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the top three "most amazing" places to stay in Australia.

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THIS IS HOW IT WORKS
At the start of your stay you’ll board the yacht at a jetty in Sydney's east (about ten minutes from the city centre and half an hour from the airport). We’ll then take you to a mooring in the harbour for the night - either in nearby Elizabeth Bay or at a more sheltered bay, typically the one just next to Taronga Zoo. If you're staying in the bay next to Taronga Zoo, you'll be surrounded by a National Park, you can enjoy a swim to the nearby beach, and you'll the sun setting over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

If you've chosen to stay the night in Elizabeth Bay (for which there's no extra cost on top of what you pay via airbnb) you'll be just a few hundred metres from the jetty where you'll be picked up from. While the mooring in Elizabeth Bay is perfectly safe please be aware that Elizabeth Bay can be exposed to the wind, you won't have a view of the Harbour Bridge or Opera House, you'll be surrounded by other boats that are permanently parked there, and it's not advisable to swim there.

Your skipper will leave you at your mooring for the night (so don’t forget to bring some food and wine or beer!). On the morning of your departure after you’ve had breakfast (and, if you're at Taronga Zoo, another swim!), your skipper will come out to get you and bring you back to the jetty where you boarded.

The Taronga Zoo option costs an additional $200 to cover the time it takes to get to and from there. You can easily combine your staying overnight on the yacht with a private, guided tour cruising round the harbour. Please see 'HARBOUR TOUR' at below.

HARBOUR TOUR
Whether or not you’re staying on the yacht overnight, we’d be delighted to take you for a private two hour guided tour around the harbour, under the Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney Opera House and past the exclusive and very expensive houses in the Eastern Suburbs. If you’d like to book the yacht for three or more hours you’ll also have time to stop in a sheltered bay for a swim or lunch. Harbour tours start from $200 if you’re staying overnight and from $500 if you’re booking the yacht during the day. Please see the bottom of this section for pricing details.

WHAT’S ON BOARD
Your beds will be made up with luxury linen, blankets, pillows and duvets and we’ll supply fluffy towels, face cloths, soaps etc. The kitchen (galley) has a two burner cooker and oven, a small fridge and plenty of wine glasses, champagne glasses, crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. There's plenty of fresh drinking water on board and we’ll also leave you with cooking basics like salt, pepper, tea, coffee, fresh milk etc and a welcome bowl of snacks. The yacht has two bathrooms with hot showers and whisper quiet electric toilets. There’s also a hot shower at the back of the boat once you’ve been for a swim. In the saloon there’s USB charging for your phones, a Bose stereo system (with Aux input for your phone) and a DVD player with a stack of DVDs to choose from. On deck there’s an awning to keep you cool and a table for dining outside.

ABOUT THE YACHT
“Europa” is a Wauquiez Centurion C45S. She’s 46 feet (14m) of hand made European luxury and she’s been built to the highest quality. She cost a little under $1m and she’s considerably larger (and a class above) the kinds of yachts that you may find with commercial charter fleets.

WILL I HAVE FUN?
Yes! The Sydney Morning Herald published a list of the eight “most amazing places to stay” in the whole of Australia – and, I’m very proud to say, we were #3 on the list! If you’re still unsure about how spectacular it is to stay on a luxury yacht in Sydney Harbour, please read the 200+ reviews we’ve received.

WHAT TO BRING
Once you're on board, getting off the yacht isn't easy so you’ll need to bring with you some food for dinner and breakfast, some drinks (there’s plenty of drinking water on board but please do bring wine, beer, soft drinks etc), your swimming costume, some relaxing reading material – and of course, your camera! There's a supermarket and shopping centre at Edgecliff, 1200m away from where you'll be boarding the yacht.

WHAT NOT TO BRING!
For reasons of space - and to prevent damage to the teak woodwork on board - please limit your bags to one soft bag per person (plus your food and drink) and please wear soft-soled (non marking) shoes. Work shoes and heels are strictly forbidden. You must not bring eskies (cooler boxes) or suitcases because they can damage the woodwork - if you arrive with suitcases you will not be able to board until you've found somewhere else to store them (if you have a rental car that's the easiest place to store them). If storing luggage is going to be a problem please contact me well in advance and we'll see what we can arrange. If there are only two of you staying overnight you may bring more than one (soft) bag per person and your luggage can be stored in the back cabins.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
The yacht is magic for two people, very comfortable for four people but, while there are three double beds, you’ll find that six people is a bit of a squeeze. You might like to think of it as ‘glamping’ – ie glamourous camping – and although Europa is truly luxurious, she is, after all, a yacht not a hotel! Please also bear in mind that there is no 240V (mains) power on board.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
• Do I need a boating licence or boating experience?
Not at all – a skipper will drive the yacht for you and when the yacht’s on a mooring for the night he’ll leave you there and you’ll be perfectly safe on your own.

• Can I hire the yacht for a tour during the day?
Of course! The yacht can take up to 10 passengers for day trips and we can either take you for a tour of the harbour or drop anchor in a quiet bay so you can have lunch, drinks and a swim. Please feel free to bring whatever drinks and food you like. Two hour cruise/tours (without staying overnight) cost $500 Mon-Fri, and $600 Sat-Sun and holidays. Additional time costs $100 per hour.

• What are the check-in and check-out times?
Arrival times for overnight stays are typically at 4pm and we’ll have you back on dry land before 10am. If you’d like to extend your stay (or if you'll be arriving after 4pm) please contact me.

• Where will the boat be moored for an overnight stay?
You can choose either Elizabeth Bay or a sheltered bay next to Taronga Zoo. (Please note that the exact location where you'll be moored for the night may depend on the weather). At Taronga you’ll have a view of the Opera House, the city lights and the Harbour Bridge, you’ll be surrounded by a National Park, it’s safe to swim there and you can even paddle ashore in the dinghy to catch a ferry into the city. There is an extra cost for staying at Taronga - please see ‘Optional Extras’ below. Staying at Elizabeth Bay is included within the Airbnb price but please note that swimming there isn’t recommended and you won’t have a view of the Bridge or Opera House.

• I have a boat licence – can I drive the boat myself?
Yes, you can certainly drive the boat - but we’ll still provide a skipper to make sure everything's safe. Of course, once the boat is on a mooring the skipper will leave you, but the boat must stay on the mooring - you won’t be able to drive her away!

• Can we get off the boat?
Swimming from the boat (when it’s moored near Taronga Zoo) is highly recommended! If you’re staying just one night you’ll probably enjoy every minute of being on the yacht and going for swims but please do bear in mind that getting onto dry land isn't straightforward: if you do want to be able to get off the boat (for instance to go into town) it's best if you contact me to make arrangements. The easiest way, if you’re staying at Taronga, is to use the two-person dinghy to row 50 metres or so to the beach and from there you can catch a regular ferry into town. If you’re staying at Elizabeth Bay the only way to get off the boat is by water taxi (but please be warned: water taxi fares typically start at $120 each way).

• Can we get picked up or dropped off at different wharves around the harbour?
Of course! Although the regular pick-up and drop-off point is a jetty in Sydney's Darling Point, please enquire if you'd like to be picked up elsewhere and we’ll see what we can organise for you. For instance, you may want to be dropped off at the Opera House, Rose Bay or Watsons Bay so you can have dinner and then be picked up later in the evening.

• Is there parking nearby?
Yes – there’s free and untimed parking along New Beach Road, near the jetty where you'll board the yacht but if those spaces are taken there are plenty more spaces on Darling Point Rd about 500m away.

• Is there a supermarket nearby?
Yes, there are Coles and Aldi supermarkets in the shopping centre at Edgecliff, about 1200m (three quarters of a mile) from the wharf. Of course you'll need to go to the shops BEFORE you arrive at the wharf to board the yacht.

• Will staying on the yacht be safe?
Absolutely! Unlike many other boats listed on Airbnb which are not commercially licensed and are therefore illegal, Europa is equipped and certified as a commercial vessel. That means she has all the safety equipment you can imagine and the yacht is rigourously tested each year to ensure that she’s completely safe. In addition to this (and unlike the owners or operators of many other boats on Airbnb), I'm an approved Master 5 commercial captain which is a requirement for commercial vessels (I'm also an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor!) so you’ll be in very good hands.

• Will we be comfortable?
The yacht is wonderfully comfortable and, being 46' (14m) long the volume inside is more than twice the volume of the 34' yachts you may find elsewhere. But please do bear in mind that it is a yacht, not an apartment and space is, of course, limited. There's 6'6" of headroom (approx 2m) and the beds are nice and long, but they are a little narrower than the beds you'd have at home. Being on a yacht also needs a degree of physical adeptness so if you don't feel comfortable climbing a 4 ft step ladder (about 1.5m), or if you have trouble getting through the narrow doors of an aircraft toilet then staying on a yacht may not be for you. Please also bear in mind that the boat is on water and it will move (for instance whenever a ferry goes past or if you're moored in Elizabeth Bay on a windy night). While 99% of my guests are absolutely fine with the boat's gentle (and very soothing) movement, if you're the kind of person who feels queasy just by looking at boats, then please don't make a booking.

• What are the costs of tours etc and how do I pay?
‘Optional Extras’ are in addition to the accommodation costs paid via airbnb. We ask you, please, to pay for any of these extras in cash before you leave the yacht.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS (for overnight stays - payable in cash before you leave the yacht)
• Being taken across the harbour to stay in a quiet bay next to Taronga Zoo (or some other sheltered bay, depending on wind direction): $200
• Two hour guided private harbour cruise: $200
• Two hour guided private cruise plus staying next to Taronga Zoo (or some other sheltered bay): $300 (valid when the cruise is taken at the start or end of your stay)
• Early arrival (prior to 4pm) or late departure (after 10am): $150 (Mon-Thu), $250 (Fri-Sun and public holidays) subject to availability.
• Hire of 2 person inflatable rowing dinghy (the dinghy is ideal for getting from the yacht to the beach at Taronga Zoo from where you can catch a ferry to the city): $50 for the duration of your stay.

CRUISES/TOURS/HIRE OF YACHT (without staying overnight)
• With a two hour cruise you'll have a guided tour around the entire harbour: under the Bridge, into Darling Harbour, past the Opera House, Fort Denison and the Naval base, past the expensive real estate in the Eastern Suburbs and up towards Nielsen Park and Watsons Bay. Two hour cruises cost $500 on weekdays and $600 on weekends (Fri-Sun) and public holidays. Up to ten passengers. Departures typically any time after 10.30am and return to shore any time before 3pm.
• A three hour guided harbour cruise is as above but the extra hour allows time to drop anchor in a sheltered bay for drinks, lunch and a swim (alternatively you can skip the tour round the harbour and instead head straight to a sheltered bay - entirely up to you). Three hour cruises cost $600 on weekdays and $700 on weekends and public holidays. Additional time beyond the three hours charged at $100 per hour.

Gästers åtkomst

You'll have complete access to everything on the yacht (kitchen, bathrooms, stereo, wifi, DVDs etc). You won’t be able to drive the yacht on your own without a skipper being on board.

Umgänge med gäster

I will be available by phone and email throughout the stay to ensure your comfort and safety, and to answer the myriad questions about living on board a yacht!

Annat att notera

Do please bear in mind that if you want to get off the boat during your stay (other than swimming to the beach!) it needs some organising and may involve a water taxi (see below regarding the 'Neighbourhood' and 'Getting Around'.

I can help you with details - please let me know what you'd like to do and I'll talk you through the easiest way of doing it!

Please also remember to bring some food with you for the evening and the following morning.


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HOUSE RULES

• The payment you make via Airbnb is for the yacht as accommodation in Elizabeth Bay. Any "Optional Extras" – eg Harbour tours or being taken across the harbour to a more sheltered bay (such as the one next to Taronga zoo) - must be paid for in cash prior to leaving the yacht. Please see below for the cost of optional extras.
• NO SUITCASES, eskies (cooler boxes) or bags with wheels. To prevent damage to the woodwork on the yacht, you must bring soft bags only and, for reasons of space, please limit luggage to one soft bag per person plus food and drink.
• NO SMOKING
• NO NAKED FLAMES (e.g. matches, candles, sparklers etc) other than using the built-in gas stove
• NO FRYING OF FOOD - it's very dangerous on boats and the smell permeates the cushions and carpets.
• SOFT-SOLED, NON-MARKING SHOES ONLY. Trainers are generally fine, work shoes are generally not. Definitely no heels!
• The boarding platform at the back of the boat is not a diving board! Only ONE PERSON at a time may stand on the platform and definitely no jumping from it. Failure to observe this will cause cracks in the platform and the repairs will cause you to lose your bond.
• You must observe the instructions you'll be given regarding safety, toilets, hatches, cushions, the woodwork, the awning, the cooker etc. Damage to the yacht (including scratches on the wood) which are a consequence of not following the instructions will cause you to lose your bond.
• Inappropriate items (eg sanitary products, paper towels, facial tissues etc) must NOT be flushed down the toilets. Failure to observe this will block the pipes and damage the pumps - and the repairs will cause you to lose your bond.
• You must be extremely careful of the woodwork on the boat: any scratches or damage to the woodwork (e.g. caused by sharp, wet or hot objects) will cause you to lose your bond.


OPTIONAL EXTRAS (for overnight stays - payable in cash before you leave the yacht)
• Being taken across the harbour to stay in a more sheltered bay (i.e. the bay next to Taronga Zoo or some other sheltered bay, depending on wind direction): $200
• Two hour private harbour cruise: $200
• Two hour private cruise plus staying next to Taronga Zoo (or some other sheltered bay): $300 (valid when the cruise is taken at the start or end of your stay)
• Early arrival (prior to 4pm) or late departure (after 10am): $150 (Mon-Thu), $250 (Fri-Sun) subject to availability.
• Hire of 2 person inflatable rowing dinghy (the dinghy is ideal for getting from the yacht to the beach at Taronga Zoo from where you can catch a ferry to the city): $50 for the duration of your stay.

CRUISES/TOURS/HIRE OF YACHT (without staying overnight)
• With a two hour cruise you'll have a guided tour around the entire harbour: under the Bridge, into Darling Harbour, past the Opera House, Fort Denison and the Naval base, past the expensive real estate in the Eastern Suburbs and up towards Nielsen Park and Watsons Bay. Two hour cruises cost $500 on weekdays and $600 on weekends. Up to ten passengers. Departures typically any time after 10.30am and return to shore any time before 3pm.
• A three hour cruise is as above but the extra hour allows time to drop anchor in a sheltered bay for drinks, lunch and a swim (alternatively you can skip the tour round the harbour and instead head straight to a sheltered bay - entirely up to you). Three hour cruises cost $600 on weekdays and $700 on weekends. Additional time beyond the three hours charged at $100 per hour.

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Begränsningar gällande bekvämligheter - There is no 240V (mains) power on board.

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Användarprofil för Teddy
september 2017
David was a great host who made sure we had a wonderful experience on board the magnificent Europa. He was flexible enough to pick us up at the time that was most suitable for us and offered lots of tips and suggestions to ensure our stay was as comfortable as possible, such as taking us to the more sheltered bay near Toranga zoo, so as to avoid the extreme gusting winds at our initially-planned mooring point, and was also gracious enough to allow us to pay him later since we didn't have enough cash on us to pay for that option. The difference in comfort in this new location was very noticeable and would highly recommend it on a windy day. On the way there he took us on a mini sunset tour with beautiful views of the city. On board the yacht we had everything we needed, and after a comprehensive safety brief he left us to enjoy our new home, and enjoy we certainly did. I would absolutely recommend the Europa experience to anyone!
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
Thanks so much for your very kind words, Teddy. It was a pleasure to have met you both and I do hope we'll meet again either in Kenya or else whenever you're back in Sydney!
september 2017

Användarprofil för Jodie
september 2017
David was very gracious host, accommodating and friendly to our group. He ran through the rules with us but also joined in our fun and was sure to give us privacy to enjoy the amenities of the yacht. Even pointing out fun little scenic points of interest along our trip. Highly recommend
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
It was an absolute pleasure meeting you all, Jodie and I'm so pleased you had a great time! Please do come back whenever you like...
september 2017

Användarprofil för Natasha
september 2017
Everything is as David says it is. Make sure you take all the food and drink you need but everything else is there. So relaxing, so beautifully maintained and clean. Will definitely go back again .
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
Please do come back whenever you like, Natasha - it was a pleasure meeting you all.
september 2017

Användarprofil för Sandra
augusti 2017
Fantastic views! Great host!
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
Thanks Sandra - please do come back whenever you're next in Sydney!
augusti 2017

Användarprofil för Lucy
augusti 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed this experience, it was nice to do something different and be in beautiful surroundings, especially in your own city. I think most of us under estimate getting out of the city, we loved being out in the big open calm quiet sea. It is a beautiful lovely yacht and David was an excellent skipper and host, added value to the enjoyable one night getaway.
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
I'm so pleased you had an awesome time - it really is special staying on the yacht, even for Sydneysiders! - and I do hope you'll come back for another stay some time soon!
augusti 2017

Användarprofil för Rob
augusti 2017
We stumbled on David's yacht while looking for places to stay during a holiday in the greater sydney area to celebrate a friends wedding. What a fantastic way to spend a night! We took advantage of David's offer of a tour of the harbour which he rightly suggested we did in two hour long parts as the time of year would see the sun setting on us. This gave us the best views of the sights of the harbour and meant we were able to Sit out and enjoy some drinks and food with the sun setting behind the Sydney opera house and the harbour bridge. Just beautiful. Experiences like that just dont come along every day and we have some memories that will last a life time. The boat had 3 comfortable double beds and all the bedding and towels we needed. Two shower rooms with warm water and third warm shower on the back of the cockpit to warm up after a dip in the harbour. Coffee and a cafetière were providerd along with a packet of cookies. David was very knowledgeable of the hitory of the harbour adding to the tour experience. He was also very easy to keep in touch with in the run up to our stay and offered great advice on where to pick up food and more importantly drinks before meeting him on the pontoon. David had no problem leaving us with the option of a late check out if we needed one. Such a pleasant chap he was a fantastic host and good company. I only wish we lived less than 11000 miles away so we could come back for another stay soon. Book this place!
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
Wow Rob! If I was going to list my top ten review yours be in the #1 place! Thank you so much for your very kind words - you'll just have to jump on that plane and come back out to Sydney... safe travels and the yacht's waiting for you whenever you come back to Sydney.
augusti 2017

Användarprofil för Chris
augusti 2017
Highly recommend this yachting experience. David is the ultimate host who is prepared and knowledgeable.
Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.
Svar från David:
I'm so pleased you had a fantastic time, Chris - I look forward to seeing you again with the whole family!
augusti 2017

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Användarprofil för DavidDavid är en Superhost.

I'm a TV executive, owner of a media company, and a creator of TV shows within Australia and around the world. I also have an internet startup business and I'm a commercial skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.

I love sailing, being on Sydney Harbour, and sharing with guests the wonderful place we're privileged enough to call home.

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