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Yachts, Boats and Marinas

Hong Kong - Yachts, Boats and Marinas

For those with yachts and other types of sailing vessels, or those who want to rent one for the day, there are several marinas located throughout Hong Kong. Some of these are exclusive and costly while others are open to the public and more affordable.

In the past several years, berth fees have as much as tripled in some places due to a shortage of marina berths in Hong Kong. Although the costs are high, however, the 8 marinas in Hong Kong are all almost at capacity. A slip fee for a 50 ft. motor yacht is approximately the same price of a small apartment in Central.

There are around 6,700 recreational vessels registered in Hong Kong, with approximately 1,500 on docks. The rest are on moorings. There are no current plans to build any new marinas. There are alternatives to marinas, however. These are referred to as “typhoon shelters” since they protect the vessels from the storms without them actually being in a marina. A typhoon shelter can be a good alternative to berthing in a marina since it’s more economical. However, you won’t find the added benefits that the marinas offer since this is generally just provided as protection from the strong storms that can come through Hong Kong.

Those who live on a boat sometimes find more square footage than what they might find in an apartment. There are other costs associated with boat living, however. These include the membership in the boat or marina club, the swing mooring or marina berth, insurance, regular maintenance, and the required government license. The highest monthly fees in Discovery Bay are about HK$16,000 per month, but this includes a large living space, membership and maintenance.

In Aberdeen, expats can find a community that is based on the fishing industry. Some residents even live on their boats and there are several floating restaurants. The marina is host to fishing boats, luxury yachts, sampans, and junks. A few expats live there on their boats, too. The Aberdeen Marina Club is an exclusive club that is well-respected. Membership is by invitation only.

There are also clubs that offer equipment rental, group activities, and water sports. The Lantau Boat Club, for instance, caters to non-powered water-based activities which include, canoes, windsurfs, dinghies and catamarans. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has a marina as well as equipment rental and competitions. It is one of the city’s most respected establishments.

Mooring prices generally depend on the services the marina offers, the marina’s location, and the size of the boat. An average price might be around HK$2200 per month for a midsize boat, although costs can vary widely. Some marinas offer many types of services for their members such as restaurants, club rooms, organized activities, competitions, and equipment rental. Others are basic and simply offer petrol services and security.

For the marina clubs, although some are by invitation only, others have an application process and accept those who apply as long as they can afford the membership fee. However, acceptance into the club does not mean that there will be a berth for your vessel. This is almost always a separate process and the marina might not have any openings at all. In some marinas, the wait list is as long as two years.

A few of the marinas and clubs in Hong Kong include:

The Aberdeen Marina Club
8 Shum Wan Road,
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2555 8321
Facsmile: (852) 2873 5681
Email: member@aberdeenmarinaclub.com

Lantau Boat Club
Lantau Boat Club, c/o Discovery Bay Recreation Club, Discovery Bay,
Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Aberdeen Boat Club

Hong Kong Sailing Club

Hong Kong Hobie Club

Discovery Bay Yacht Club

Discovery Bay Marina Club

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