PORT OF SALE HERITAGE CRUISES

Sailing the Gippsland lakes since 2013...

ABOUT THE RUBEENA CREW

ALAN LEWIS & HIS FAMILY

Alan Lewis is the owner and skipper of the “Rubeena”. He moved to Sale in 1968 when he was appointed City Engineer, Town Planner and the Engineer for Water Supply. His appointment coincided with the oil boom in Bass Strait, which made for exciting but challenging times during his tenure. Following his resignation in 1985, he established a project management business, Lewis McNaughton, which completed numerous projects throughout Melbourne, Sydney and Gippsland.

He has also been actively involved in community and regional organisations over the years. He started sailing yachts in 1969 and enjoyed cruising the Gippsland Lakes, the East Coast of Australia and the Barrier Reef. During this time he developed a love for timber boats and early Australian history. His involvement in tourism organisations within the region, identified the need for tourist attractions, in particular the Port of Sale and it’s interesting History. Alan purchased the “Rubeena” when it came up for sale at Lake Tyers in 2013, he then established the Port of Sale Heritage Cruises with his daughter Rachel. He completed his coxswain course and now shares his extensive knowledge with his passengers. He is assisted in the day to day running of the business with Elizabeth Hutchinson, and his daughters Rachel and Christina, who take the bookings.

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CLIMB ABOARD AND TAKE A TRIP THROUGH HISTORY.

Learn about the history of the first European settlers and the local Gunnai Kurnai people. Click on our virtual tour to get a taste of what a trip on the Rubeena is like.

OUR CREW

Liz McCormick

Coxswain
After many years of family holidays cruising the Gippsland Lakes plus rowing with the Sale Rowing Club and dragon boat paddling with the Gippsland Water Dragons Liz joined the Rubeena as a deckhand in 2019. Having achieved her Coxswain Certificate in 2020 she relieves Alan as Coxswain enabling Elizabeth and Alan some days off together.

Dave Verey

Maintenance Man
Dave is the “Magic Man” for the “Rubeena” following many years with the RAAF maintaining aircraft he has now adapted his extensive skills to maintaining and crewing on the “ Rubeena” ensuring that she is in tip top condition for her 110th birthday.

Drift back into a different time, when our waterways were our highways, and journey from the Port of Sale to the landmark Swing Bridge.

Spot birds and wildlife as you cruise and your guide recounts the region’s remarkable stories, from its first people the Gunnaikurnai, through early settlement to the present day.

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ANNUAL CLOSURE NOTICE.

30/05/22 to 28/08/22

During this period, we will, if not completing maintenance, take bookings for a minimum of 15 adults.
Please ring 0400 933 112 for bookings.

From 28th August 2022 the following ticket prices will apply: Adults $35
Children $15
Family $90

Alan Lewis Coxswain / Director