Partying in a yacht has been an experience common among the rich and famous. Leonardo Dicaprio, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and other celebrities all party on glamorous yachts.
Recently, Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has been reported to be in the process of acquiring a “superyacht” worth about US$500 million (around U$646 million). In fact, it is so big that it also requires a fleet of supporting yachts to sail the world’s seas and oceans alongside the main one.
While yachts have been associated with wealth, nowadays, ordinary folks can now also enjoy it. In Australia, there are businesses that offer to rent yachts for a couple of hours and for various events. If you are having a party, you can hire a boat and sail the Sydney Harbour. You can get it for less than $AU1,000 for an hour. It is costlier than any typical venue but it will give you a luxurious and memorable experience.
But, before you go on board, you have to learn how to behave in a yacht. Whether as a guest or as a host, you would not want to be thrown out of the party boat.
Do Not Meddle with the Course of the Boat
Regardless of whether you rented the boat or not, you are not the captain. You cannot demand that the boat change course during the trip. They are always in charge of the vessel and the people in it. If they tell you to sit down and shut up, that is exactly what you need to do. Your life is in their hands. What they instruct you to do is for your own safety. You need to follow their orders for your own good.
You cannot disrupt their work, either. You cannot go and offer them a drink while on the job. Stay away from their cabin. If they want to party with you, they will come out when it is safe and interact with the guests.
Safety Comes Before Fun
The priority is always the safety of everyone on board. Even if all the guests are your friends, do not attempt to do something that may put their safety at risk. Do not pretend to, for example, push them off the boat or do not pretend to jump off the boat. Avoid any attempt that will compromise the safety of anyone, even if you think it is funny or harmless.
While, in most cases, you will be allowed to bring drinks on board, that is not a license to consume too much alcohol and lose control of yourself. If you get too drunk and disruptive, you might end up in a list of people who, in the past, had become so rowdy and left the boat damaged. These people will not be allowed to board a boat again.
Onboard, there will be a lot of food and drinks being served to guests. Be careful not to drop anything, especially in the water. Although accidentally dropping an orange rind into the sea is okay, anything plastic or Styrofoam should go to the bin. Litter is destructive; marine animals can mistake them for food and eat them. They would not be able to digest plastic or Styrofoam so, most likely, they would end up dead with their bellies filled with trash. Bodies of water around the world are already filled with waste. Do not add more to the problem.
In fact, if you see trash floating on the water, do the right thing and retrieve it. Dispose of it properly.
It also is always polite to ask if you can smoke before you light a cigarette. The fact that the vessel is open air does not mean it is alright to smoke. You may end up accidentally burning a hole in the seats or dropping cigarette butts into the water.
Despite these warnings, a boat party will always be a lot of fun. It is certainly an experience that not everyone can have. Take lots of photos and videos. More importantly, hang out with people you care about. This experience will be one that you will treasure forever.
Attending or hosting a party aboard a boat is a luxury that not everyone can afford. For a while, you can live and have fun like the rich and famous. However, you cannot expect to be able to do what you want at all times because there are risks that come with getting onboard a vessel that is in the middle of the sea. Follow the rules before you have your fun.