How to organise a sailing trip and charter a boat for Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, many of us usually spend the day making last-minute preparations or finishing work ahead of a well-deserved break. For something a bit different this year, why not take a fun sailing trip?

Boat charters cater for all group sizes. Whether you’re looking to throw a corporate Christmas Eve party for your firm or enjoy a little getaway with your family before the antics of Christmas Day, a sailing trip is a great option.

Sydney Boat Hire offers a wide range of boats for you to choose from. Before you start your Christmas off in style this year, there are some things to consider that will make sure your boat experience is everything and more. Follow our simple guide on how to organise a sailing trip and charter a boat this Christmas Eve, and we will have you on the water in no time at all.

How many people are going?

How many people you have attending will impact the boat you choose. For a small family affair, our Platypus or Mintaka catamaran boats offer enough room for a cosy getaway. And there’s space for the kids too!

Alternatively, if you want to spend Christmas Eve party with all your friends until the sun goes down, our bigger boat options will be ideal. Dance onboard our luxurious Starship Sydney with a whopping capacity of 950 guests!

What are your expectations?

What do you plan on doing this Christmas Eve? Are you looking to relax under a starlit sky with your significant other before the chaos of Christmas Day? Or are you spending your Christmas break in Sydney and want to explore all that the coast has to offer?

Answering this question will allow you to organise and pack for any activities you want to enjoy. Don’t forget your swimsuit, towels and snorkelling gear for water-based activities or a picnic blanket for a special date night on deck.

Also, your expectations will determine which of our additional services you may want to add to your boat hire.

Consider additional services

At Sydney Boat Hire, we offer a wide range of services to make your boat trip as unique as possible. Our laser clay shooting is a great way for you to bond with colleagues you haven’t gotten to spend much time with on the lead up to Christmas. Other services to consider include:

  • Esky with ice
  • Fishing equipment
  • Clowns
  • Catering
  • Magicians
  • A DJ
  • A florist service

We have something for everyone at Sydney Boat Hire. You can do more than take in Sydney’s beautiful sights of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge with these amazing extras.

Plan your route

The key to organising a successful sailing trip is to plan your journey in advance. This will allow you to make an informed decision about what items to bring.

Also, not all boats are designed for long-haul journeys, so determining your route ahead of time is a good idea to avoid disappointment on the day of your trip. Whether you stick to the coast or venture further from shore, make sure you’ve decided beforehand.

What boat should you charter?

Now comes the big question. Choosing the right boat for you is dependent on many factors. For example, do you have a skilled and qualified driver amongst your group? If not, don’t worry! As well as offering self-drive boats, we also have a range of private hire boats with skippers and pilots available.

Always remember to keep your budget in mind too when choosing your boat. Our Galene and Commissioner 2 motor yachts offer similar capacities but have a significant price difference. We cater for all prices where possible.

Work out how many cabins you will need too, as it could be the case that not everyone is staying on board. Once you’ve considered these questions, you can filter our boats and find the perfect one for your sailing trip in Sydney.

After placing your booking, we will be in touch to confirm the details. Then you truly are set for a wonderful Christmas cruise!

So, what should I pack?

There are some standard provisions that you should consider taking to cover all bases when onboard one of our boats. For example:

  • Toiletries
  • A swimming costume
  • Deck shoes
  • A warm jacket
  • Evening clothes
  • Electronics
  • Sunscreen

By taking into account these factors, you should be fully prepared when it comes to your Christmas Eve trip. Plan your Christmas in advance this year and contact Sydney Boat Hire to learn more about our amazing opportunities. We have a wide range of boats available for you to charter, whether you’re sea-fanatics, party-goers or a close-knit family. Call us on (02) 8765 1222 for more information.