Boat Charter FAQ
BYO food & beverages are welcome on some boats with a surcharge. Most boats provide plates, cutlery, glassware, cups, napkin, eskies and fridge. Some boats also provide BBQ, ICE and water.
For BYO charters, please bring sufficient food for the duration of the cruise. It is a RSA requirement that substantial food is provided when alcohol is being served. We need to arrange a time for you if you want to deliver food and drinks to the boat prior to the charter.
Bring your own chef is also welcome on some boats.
BYO is not recommended for large groups.
All CBD wharves are available for pick up and drop off. Wharf fees may apply at some wharves. Please view the Sydney Yacht Club Wharf Map for our recommended pick up & drop off wharves.
Please make sure your guests are ready at the wharf 15 minutes before the charter for a quick and smooth boarding.
Different boats have different shoe policy and rules. Soft soled shoes are preferred on most boats, and most boats prefer no high heels. Shoes may need to be removed upon boarding on some luxury boats and superyacht. Slippers may be provided by the boat, and the shoes will be stored in a safety place.
Rates are subject to change on public holidays and special events. Different boats have different surcharge on vessel hire rate, wharf fees, catering and beverages, wait staff, chef fee and other fees. Some boats offer all inclusive package rates on public holidays.
Our team will assist you in organising your boat charter event. We will also help you to organise catering and beverages to suit any special requirements. Let us know if you require any activities on board, or transport service. A signed booking form and bond are required for any booking. The bond will be returned to your card post charter. The bond may be used for any surcharge during the charter, or if there is a damage to the boat.
More than 60 days prior : Deposit will be refunded less a $500 management fee if another booking is secured for the same date and me for the same value. If another booking is not secured, the deposit is not refundable.
Between 60 – 28 days prior : Any deposit paid is non refundable.
Cancelations made 28 – 14 days prior: Any monies paid are not refundable. Consideration will be given to food, staff and boat costs incurred due to cancelation.
Cancelations made less than 14 days prior : Any monies paid is not refundable.
All Charters will proceed regardless of weather conditions unless deemed unsafe by the Captain on the day. If the Operator cancels the Charter due to unsafe weather conditions or otherwise deemed the Charter to be unsafe for any reason, the Charter will be postponed to another available date with the same Operator to a mutually agreed time.
If the weather forecast shows the weather is not good on the day, we can try to postpone the charter for you. However, weather forecast changes all the time and we can’t guarantee that the new date will be suitable for the charter.
If it’s raining, all boats have enough inside space and covers on main deck, back deck and upper deck to prevent the guests from rain and wind.
Some boats can postpone the charter at free of charge. Some boats require a management fee with a short notice. Refunds are not available should the weather not be suitable.
Date changes may occur at the captain’s discretion, on the day of the charter, if the weather is deemed dangerous.
New Year’s Eve Cancelations over 90 days prior: Deposit will be refunded less a $500 management fee if another booking is secured for the same Vessel and for the same value. If another booking is not secured, the deposit is not refundable.
Cancelations 90 days prior: Any deposit paid is not refundable.
Cancelations made less than 30 days prior: Any monies paid are not refundable.
The total cost includes vessel hire rate, food & beverage packages/BYO service fee, wait staff and wharf fees. Some boats’ rate includes BYO fees, wait staff and wharf fees. Some menus have surcharge of chef fee or delivery fee.
You can bring iPhone/iPod onboard, and connect it to the sound system via iPhone connection or Bluetooth to play music. Please bring your own towel if you would like to go for a swim. You can also bring a DJ, and access to the boat to set up the equipment prior to the charter.
There is no set route of the cruise. Captain usually take you to view Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, iconic landmarks and beautiful homes around the harbour. Boats will anchor at a quiet beach/bay, so your guests can enjoy food, beverages, or go for a swim.