A members-only getaway is launching off Palm Beach next month offering luxury relaxation on Pittwater for $3600 a month.
Just ten members annually will be allowed to enjoy the high-end property which has a loft bed, kitchen, bathroom, entertaining deck and on-board wine cellar. The stable vessel is run purely from solar power so there is no generator, diesel or petrol.
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Members will be able to float silently on Pittwater, have gourmet meals with friends, watch Foxtel and use the water-sport equipment provided.
Lilypad Palm Beach is the brainchild of marine engineer Chuck Anderson of Manly who grew up sailing on Pittwater and who spent four years refining the design to comply with commercial regulations, protect the environment and still give people a luxury experience.
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He and his fiance Ashleigh Watkins wanted to offer an easy introduction to being on the water. Their two-storey floating vessel allows for a party of ten for the day or a couple overnight. There is a kingsize bed, bathroom and all the features of a high-end accommodation but on the water.
“I have always been around boats but they can be intimidating,” he said.
“We want to remove the intimidation and create a space offering easy entry to the water,” he added.
The craft is solar-powered so there is no noisy generation, diesel or petrol fumes. Members and their guests can float on Pittwater and enjoy all the joys of being on the water without owning a boat.
The one-off craft is being offered from $3600 per month and the package includes transfers, drinks, an on-board wine cellar, water sport equipment and, for a fee, the services of a on-board chef.
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Mr Anderson is hoping to attract corporate members wanting to use the craft midweek and private members who want to enjoy the water over the weekend.
The living room steps out to a large entertaining deck and the low-sitting craft has the feel of a luxury hotel.
Mr Anderson came up with the name Lilypad as it has an intimate connection with the water, is low sitting and a stable platform.
Lilypad Palm Beach launches mid February and if successful a second vessel, moored elsewhere in Sydney, will be considered.