Choosing the Best Luxury Boat

Going on a boat hire cruise is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or just about any other occasion. This is also an ideal way to spend some time with friends or to make new ones. Whether you are interested in a family holiday or an excursion with a group of friends, a boat hire cruise can be a fantastic alternative to flying across the world or driving across the state. In addition to the great views and great food and fun, you will have a chance to meet new people as well.

Gold Coast boat hire offers a wonderful way to celebrate because everyone can bring their own friends and make everyone else feel welcome. People often don’t know someone very well, and this is one of the greatest ways to make someone feel at home. You may not get the best view or the most fun, but you will feel welcome and appreciated while you are on the water. You may even find yourself joining in the fun of your friends as they start planning their next party.

There are many places you can find a boat hire so be sure to check out the sites that offer specials. If you do not have the experience needed to negotiate a price, you may want to call ahead and book it for a day or two before your trip. This will give you time to get a feel for the weather and the place. The more time you have to relax, the more likely you are to be willing to bargain and settle for a less expensive price.

After you have decided to go to a party on the boat, start looking for decorations and activities to have at the party. Some of the items you may want to add include balloons, cookies, straws, and music. People enjoy music so if you have a great CD to play you may find it easier to get all the guests to come to the party. Remember, for the same reason you wanted to rent the boat, you want to keep your costs down.

One option you have for people who are just looking for a way to get out and enjoy the party atmosphere is to just meet up with their friends and have a more casual party at home. This would allow you to spend a lot less time on the water and still enjoy the great views. If you want to go out and have a formal party, be sure to have a DJ playing some great tunes. Be sure to tell the DJ ahead of time if there are going to be any children or animals at the party. If you are holding a BBQ you will need a barbecue grill. You also will need chairs and tables to keep everyone together and to make sure no one is left alone.

The best part of a boat party is that you will be able to really go at it. You can enjoy each other’s company, tell funny stories, and just do whatever you like. Most of all, you will be able to relax and enjoy your time on the water. There is nothing like it. Just remember to plan ahead and plan for what you will need ahead of time.

Enjoying the boat party and learning a little something about each other is one of the best things about having a boat party. Just be sure to make sure everyone is safe and that everyone is not suffering from the cold weather. If you have a toddler, make sure your older children are near a strong source of heat, and try to hold back the dogs for the time being.

Cruise Theme Party Ideas

When everyone gets tired of their hectic routine, people want parties and places where they feel relax and forget their problems of daily life. Cruise party is also one of them where people feel relax and enjoy to forget their miseries and problems of daily life. Basically, cruise parties are “Boat Parties”, which starts after the boat/ship leaves the shore and begin to float in the ocean. These parties are well organized and different people enjoy different activities on the same platform. Following are some of the Ideas, that make your cruise party, which can be celebrated on boat cruises, the best one.


Generally, the decoration is done to attract people and to make our place look like a party place. You can buy expensive decoration products to make your place more attractive and more likely to enjoy. Decoration also depends upon the type of party you are going to celebrate. Generally, there are Birthday parties, Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii etc. You have the choice to give a theme to your party according to the type of party. Some examples are as follows.

Birthday Theme

If you are arranging cruise party for birthday, then your decoration must include balloons, birthday caps, cakes, cold-drinks, a musician etc.

Mexico Theme

In such a party, you have to add different colors in your celebration areas to make it colorful. As Mexico theme party is a Fiesta Party which celebrates among different colors to forget the miseries and tensions of the daily life.

Alaska Theme

This party is basically for the celebration of kids. Such themed parties are arranged for kids to enjoy their time with their little friends and parents. Obviously, decoration for such parties is quiet similar to birthdays.

In this way, different decorations are done according to the type of our party. Other than decoration, there are also some kinds of foods, drinks, and games, which are arranged according to our party type. Let us discuss them one by one.

Food & Drinks

Like decorations, food and drinks are also categorizes according to the type of party. If we are arranging a Birthday Themed Party, obviously there will be some cakes, cold-drinks, snacks. If the cruise is going to Mexico, then there must be Nacho Bar and if the cruise is going to Alaska, then there must be salmon. There are also some drinks in common on all type of cruise i.e. Pena Coladas and Daiquiris. Actually, on every cruise, there must be some food and drinks which are mostly liked by the people on cruise depend on the type of cruise.



There must be the different type of games on every cruise depending upon the type of cruise. The common game that most of the managers arrange on their cruise is the Costume Contest. In this contest, people from different countries choose one costume of their choice and at the end; the best costume will get the prize. This thing attracts youth and they take interest in such contests. This contest is common on all type of cruise. Kids have their own costumes on birthday parties, youth have their own costumes. There are many other contests other than this. These include, worst travel disaster, best travel picture, dancing competition, best travel story etc. kids have their own activities i.e. complete with the national anthem, flower bird, capital and language etc.


Entertainment on the cruise depends upon the party which is organized on the cruise. Entertainment is done only by providing music. If you have people from different countries and also you have different rooms on your cruise, then you must provide different music players in each room for the people of each country. In this way, every people enjoy their own country songs. But if you do not have different rooms on your cruise, then a live band or DJ is the best option for such a situation. In this way, you can entertain every single person on your cruise in his own way.



Top Tips To Ensure Your Boating Habit Is Eco-Friendly

As we become more and more aware of the negative impact that our lifestyles can have on the environment, we start to make increased efforts to find alternative means to live the way we want but at less of a cost to the environment. Many people, for instance are now buying hybrid or 100% electric cars to reduce their carbon footprint but what about boat owners?

Boat engines can have just as much negative impact on the environment as cars, especially when you consider how many pollutants are released off boats into the water, such as cleaning fluids and fuel. However, many owners are not aware of what they can do to help reduce this negative environmental impact, so below you will find 5 useful tips that, if followed, will help you do just that.

Before going out onto the water:

Effectively prepping the outside of your boat
By this, we mean adding a wax coat onto your boat. Wax is extremely good at keeping dirt and grime at arm’s length, which means that, if done well and regularly, you will not have to clean your boat as much as you had to when your boat was not covered in wax. If you don’t have to clean your boat as much, it means you won’t be using as many harmful chemicals, so fewer pollutants are therefore released.

Only ever refuel on land

Mistakes happen and sometimes this means that fuel spillages occur when refueling your boat. If this happens on land, it is not too big a deal, however, if it happens when your boat is on the water, it can turn into a big deal. Even if you think it doesn’t matter because it is only a tiny spillage, if everyone had this attitude and didn’t care about their tiny spillage when they were refueling on the water, think how devastating this could be to the creatures living in that area.

So, next time you go to refuel on the water, think about the natural environment and how you’d rather the sea birds living in that area continued to live a healthy life, rather than be bogged down and eventually killed by their oily feathers. Refuel on land, it does not take that much extra effort and is definitely worth it in the long run.
When refueling, don’t fill the tank to the top.

What many people don’t realise, when topping up their fuel tank, is that gasoline expands when it is warm. This means that if your tank is full to the brim, it will spill over when you’re out at sea and that is no good for anyone. Not only do you not get the extra mileage from the fuel that you’ve put in but the natural environment gets polluted.
So, next time you are refueling (on land), be sure to leave approximately 10% free space in the tank, which will allow the gasoline to expand without risking a hazardous spillage.

When you come to dock your boat:

Try cleaning your boat with natural cleaning solutions
Many people tend to be of the opinion that natural cleaning solutions do not work as well as the commercial (polluting) products. However, people have been cleaning with natural cleaning solutions for a lot longer than those commercial products have been around and if it means you can save the environment at the same time, well there’s just no worthwhile argument not to go natural.

Vinegar is one of the most common and most effective environmentally friendly products that you can use and, when mixed with a little water, works very well at cleaning dirt, oil and sea scum off your boat. This vinegar/water mix is also very adept at cleaning windows and leaving them streak-free. Alternatively, you can also create a bicarbonate of soda and water mixture, which works wonders on mildew and stubborn marks.
In addition to these cleaning solutions, you should also look at investing in a boat cover, which will help to prevent the buildup of grime when your boat is docked.

Make sure you know how to change, replace & dispose of things properly

There is always going to be a time when your boat requires servicing and this may mean that you have to change the oil, replace the filters and even adjust certain chemical imbalances. When it comes to this, if you are doing it yourself, you have got to make sure that you perform these actions on land and in a secure area. You should never risk doing anything near a water source, where you could possible end up releasing pollutants.
You also need to make sure that you know how and where to dispose of any oil and chemicals that you have taken from your boat. Oil and filters can, more often than not, now be recycled so maybe ask around the boatyard for advice on where you can take them. Alternatively have a look online and look for advice on how to safely store or get rid of your oil and filters.

Whatever you do, don’t just dismissively throw things away. You never know what damage they might end up doing to the environment. Above all, take careful note of the tips above and you can be safe and proud in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the environment.

James blogs for dry stack boat storage in Australia company, Wickens. When he isn’t blogging about boat storage or cantilever racking systems he’s cycling around in the big outdoors or trying to get a bit better at the ukulele…

Tips For Selling Your Boat

By far the most stressful part of the process of change boats is the selling process boats. When you finally decide to make the switch there are a couple of things you need to know before you decide to sell boats.

The Economy, regardless of where you are or what the value of your boat is, the economy is going to affect how easy it is to sell boats. When the economy is in depression few people have disposable incomes and even fewer are willing to spend frivolously. If you are mid depression then it can often make sense to hold onto your older boat rather than selling it, if you can wait a year or two you can quite likely increase your overall sale price by a considerable amount. Economies can be tricky and can effectively turn overnight if you’re not monitoring the situation closely.

While you may live in a certain area, listing your boat there may not be as effective as listing it in a slightly different location. If you’re going to sell boats, location is everything! Living in a remote area might be nice for the fishing, ambiance and overall beauty of the location, but it may not be an area that is sufficiently stocked with potential boat buyers. If you live in a remote area or a smaller town, consider selling your boat in the closest major city rather than your local area. You may find this draws a considerably larger number of potential buyers and yields a significantly higher final sale price. Secondly, if you live in an area that is characteristically away from the water you may want to sell your boat in an area that is likely to be inhabited by more boat users. Areas near lake, harbours, rivers and the ocean make better selling locations than deserts or inland cities.

Time of the year, it may sound strange, but the best time of year to sell your boat is actually right at the end of winter rather than in summer. People who buy boats in summer know they are likely to only use it for a month or so before having to cover it up and store it for winter, this adds considerable expenses in the first period of ownership while minimising the amount of initial usage. Those buying at the end of winter will gain maximum usage before the weather starts to turn cold again and they are forced to store the boat, possibly at great expense.

Boats For Sale Online

Finding boats for sale online can be difficult. However with the Buy Boats Online system listings from boat dealers, brokers and private sellers are brought together in the one place to make it easy to find exactly what you are after.

Buy Boats Online specialises in listing all kinds of boats for sale including power boats, yachts, commercial boats, boating partnerships and jetskis. But that’s not all you will find at Buy Boats Online, in addition to the latest boats for sale and boat sales you will find boating hardware, boating news & reviews, video and a unique boating blog chronicling the adventures of our staff.

If you have participated in an event, caught a spectacular fish or been cruising through some of Australia’s beautiful marine country please send us a couple of words and a photo and we will add it to our news section. We love to hear from local clubs and associations, and would be excited to promote your upcoming event.

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Sailing The Seven Seas: Safety Equipment Every Boat Must Have

Going out on the water is fun but potentially dangerous. You’ve all the heard safety advice before, but did you take it seriously? You must not go out into open waters without safety equipment. It’s not worth the risk. Fortunately, safety doesn’t take the fun out of sailing. Here’s a shortlist of things you should stash on your boat just in case:

Personal Floatation Device

Yes, some consider life jackets “uncool,” but they also save lives. If you hit a squall, you’ll be glad to wear one. Your floatation device should be appropriate for your vessel type, activity, and the weather conditions. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.

Fire Extinguisher

A dry chemical powder extinguisher is what you want. With all the water at sea, you may wonder why  you’d want an extinguisher. Most fires at sea involve oil or gasoline, which must be extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher. Water won’t remedy oil and gas fires.


There are times when your vessel takes on water. A bailer is incredibly handy in these situations. A bailer lets you bail out water to keep afloat, reducing the risk of capsizing.

Bucket with Lanyard

A large bucket with a lanyard has multiple uses, such as serving as a backup bailer.

Bilge Pumping System

A bilge pumping system is necessary when your sailboat has a covered bilge or any type of enclosed underfloor compartment. It will pump water out of your boat, which is obviously a good thing.


These are also called “lifesavers” and good to have if you go overboard. Someone can throw you a lifebuoy; you won’t have to fight against the current while you’re in the water, making rescue easier, since the buoy can be attached to the boat using a rope.

Waterproof Torch

Waterproof torches or flashlights are excellent when stranded at sea in need of some type of marker for other boats to find you. Torches and lights are also good for poking around in the dark if the electricity on your boat goes out. If you don’t have electricity on your boat, it can be a lifesaver in its own right if you happen to stay out at sea just a bit too long.


Anchors should be an obvious choice since they allow you to dock just about anywhere.

Marine Radio

This is a VHF or HP radio. Keep one of these handy if you’re going out alone; you can get weather updates and be warned of bad weather before it hits you. Once you’re out at sea, you have limited options to avoid an oncoming storm. It’s better to have advanced warning; you can get out of the water rather than fight a storm in your sailboat.


If you have to abandon your ship, a life raft ensures you make it out of the ordeal alive. Check your raft for leaks each time before you go out. You don’t want to get out onto the water, finding out your raft has a hole in it.


A compass keeps you pointed in the right direction. If you venture out beyond the coastline, your only guide will be a compass and a map. Without a compass, you’re basically lost at sea.


Flares are one of the only tools you have to signal for help while you’re at sea. Carry plenty of them, ensuring you have multiple chances of being seen. If you do get lost, ample flares will allow you to signal at least once every half hour for several hours until you’re found.

Having all the right safety equipment and taking the time to learn how to use it can bring you peace of mind. Even so, boat insurance is always a must. Even if you don’t strike tragedy in the open seas, rubbing up against a million dollar yacht in the harbor in rough conditions can be more than embarrassing.

Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely cooking and travel.