Plenty of good at NCYC - here are a couple not so
Reviewed Jan 2017
We see several reviews by management who rightly state the good about the NCYC. But to bring balance to this discussion, here are a couple of things you also ought to know.
We stayed there over Christmas 2016 and found the staff friendly and helpful, just as we have at many sailing club marinas around the world. A lovely restaurant serving average food for average prices opens onto a lovely view of the marina and industry, accompanied by the regular passage of helicopters landing across the waterway when we were there.
In fact the town of Newcastle didn't really turn us on all that much, mainly because most of that historic city has been replaced by modern structures found in just about every big city.
But there are two important things to watch out for: The first is that the marina is exposed to the NE afternoon seabreeze which makes getting in and out of their berths a bit tricky. Our advice, if that wind is blowing when you arrive, find an empty spot on the end of a Tee, and slip into your berth early next morn. Same with getting out. We did not and got into a pickle, and we've been driving the famous Miss B for what seems centuries.
Second surprise for us: They charge visitors a hefty surcharge for fuel. At Coffs, the price of diesel was $1.42, Port Stephans a few cents more, but at the NCYC their automatic bowser wanted $1.68 for visitors - with most of that extra taken off for members. Something you might want to know if you're searching for a fair price.
All in all, our stay was excellent, but we just think the unaware could come unstuck on those two issues.