If you’ve been looking for an excuse to invite friends out for a spin on your boat, now is your chance. Boat parties are popular this time of year – many large companies organize on-the-water parties, and charge hundreds of dollars per ticket. Hosting a party on your own boat is a fun (and memorable) way to celebrate the summer season.
Here are a few party-planning tips.
First, you’ll have to determine your guest list which will, of course, depend on the size of your boat. You will also need to plan your budget. Prepare a shopping list of all the party essentials – food, drink, snacks, and favors (fruity drinks and light foods would would make excellent party snacks)!
Next comes the matter of invitations. If your friends are online, we recommend using Evite. It’s a free, electronic invitation service that allows you to track your RSVPs.
If your boat is docked in an out-of-the-way part of town, you may want to consider arranging transportation for your guests. For a large party, you may want to consider renting a bus to transport guests from a pre-determined pick-up spot.
If guests will be driving directly to the dock, make sure that the parking area is well-lit and that there are no parking restrictions.
Alcohol and boating don’t tend to mix well. As a host, it is your decision whether or not guests can bring drinks aboard. Make sure your decision is clearly stated from the get-go, to avoid any misunderstandings.
If your guests will be drinking, make sure they are supervised. It is imperative that a boat’s captain remain sober at all times.
Make sure your boat is in tip top condition so you can show off to all your friends! Make sure your propellers are in good condition, sails have no rips and there is enough fuel for the ride! It is so much practical to do this beforehand to avoid any potential surprises during the party.
For those who do not own a boat, consider renting one. From yachts to smaller-sized vessels, there’s something on the market to suit your needs.