A scattering of ashes at sea is often chosen by families whose dearly departed had a love of the water or boating. As we too share this love, we will do everything within our power to make the experience memorable for all guests who attend a memorial service on board our vessels. We often find that this time spent on board the boat brings the family together in a special way to celebrate the life of their lost loved one. There is something about being out on the water, surrounded by the beauty of nature that has a very profound meaning at this emotional time and we are honoured to be able to share this with the family.
If you wish to scatter the ashes of your loved one in the pristine waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater we are able to offer a memorial charter aboard one of our comfortable sailing catamarans for groups from 1 – 43 guests.
Our vessels offer the ideal platform for safely dispersing the ashes from the rear boarding steps (which sit very close to water level whilst remaining safe and stable). Our warm and respectful crew will sail the vessel to your preferred location (often the Seaway or nearby a favourite Island) before dropping anchor and recording the GPS coordinates of the location carefully.
The spacious and wide vessels are intimate in design though spacious enough to be suitable for families and groups. We sail in the calm protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater meaning a comfortable sailing experience for all on board. We can assist with catering and beverages or you are also most welcome to BYO food and drinks on board.
Please feel free to contact us before or after the cremation or funeral to discuss a private charter for spreading the ashes of your loved one.
Planning your memorial charter
What to expect
Our friendly and courteous crew will be on hand to welcome you at the boat and assist with boarding of your guests. After a short safety briefing we will sail north in the calm, protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater.
Your preferred location for scattering the ashes can be discussed with our booking team in advance or decided on the day if you prefer. Once we arrive at this location our crew will drop anchor in preparation for the scattering. We have the facilities on board to play a favourite song and an area to displays photos or keepsakes during the cruise. The rear steps to the waters edge offer an easily accessed and stable platform for scattering the ashes close to the water.
Our crew will record the GPS coordination of the location.
It is entirely up to you how you wish to spend the time on board the boat, many families bring along food and drink to enjoy and make the most of this opportunity to spend time together. Some groups have even chosen to stop at an Island for a quick swim on the way back to the marina. Please feel free to discuss your preferences with our team when booking and we will be happy to assist and advise on this.
How does the dispersal of ashes actually work?
Please feel free to discuss when making your booking if you have a special location in mind for the scattering of ashes and we will ensure our crew are fully briefed. On the day the crew will drop anchor at this location and guide you to the rear steps which offer a safe and stable platform for you to get down close to the water and scatter the ashes. It is also possible to purchase bio-degradable urns which float gently away before submerging into the water. Many guests also choose to place a floral tribute into the point at this time.
Do you serve food and drink on board the boat?
We can absolutely assist with catering and drinks, please ask for our catering and beverage menu. We also welcome BYO should you prefer to arrange this.
What time can we arrive at the boat?
Boarding time is around 10-15 mins before departure which allows time for a short safety briefing before departure.
Can we play a favourite song?
Yes. We have a sound system with speakers inside and out. There is a device on board for you use with Premium Spotify so you can stream whatever you wish to play if available on Spotify. You can also bluetooth your own device.
What happens if the weather is not ok?
We have a very generous policy around weather allowing you to cancel or reschedule your charter in the event of torrential rain or storms. If it is just a light forecast shower please do not worry as there are undercover areas on board the boat.
Will we get sea-sick?
We operate in the calm, protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. We do not go offshore (into the open ocean) so we do not experience large waves. We sail catamarans which are very stable, they do not have the same side to side rocking motion as experienced by single hull vessels. We have never had a sea sick guest on board.
Are the boats safe for elderly and very young guests?
Our boats are some of the safest and easiest to get around on the water. With large open plan deck spaces and smooth, stable sailing. We have welcomed guests of all ages on board. If you do have any particular concerns though please let us know and we would be happy to discuss.
Where do your boats depart from?
Our boats are berthed at Marina Mirage. Please see the 'contact us' page on our website for further details and a map. Marina Mirage is about 10 mins from Surfers and 15 mins from Broadbeach.
Where can I park?
There is plentiful free parking at Marina Mirage/Mariners Cove which you are permitted to use. Please check signage at time of parking.
Choosing the perfect vessel for you
Spirit of Gwonda (30 capacity)
The ultimate party boat! Built specifically with entertaining in mind, her open plan layout is designed for you to soak up the sun or dance the day/night away! The easy foredeck access via the centre of the boat ensures your guests can always see one another no matter where they are on the boat, which is also great for families with small children!
Oceans (30 capacity)
Our most luxurious vessel, Oceans is guaranteed to impress. With a maximum guest capacity of 30, but intimate enough to host couples and small groups, Oceans delivers the space required for your group without sacrificing any of the creature comforts.
Island Time (43 capacity)
Our brand-NEW Seawind 1160 Resort! Island Time joins the fleet in October 2023 and brings a new charter experience to the Gold Coast. Purpose built for day charters and events this vessel offers unrivalled connectivity from interior to exterior spaces.
Still can't decide on the perfect vessel? Click here to take a tour of our boats!
Private charter pricing
Sailing in Paradise offers an affordable luxury option for your boat charter, we pride ourselves on offering the best value on the Gold Coast for the quality of vessels and service that we provide.
Our rates vary seasonally and will change depending on your selected vessel and charter duration. Please click here to request a memorial charter info pack including rate card via email.
Whilst BYO is most welcome, many of our guests opt to have professional catering delivered to the boat for a stress-free option. We partner with quality caterers and can offer a range of delicious options to suit every budget and occasion. Please click here to request a memorial charter info pack including current catering options via email.
Gold Coast Memorial Charters
We were honoured to look after Elyce and her family for their loved ones memorial cruise. Read her lovely review here...
“We booked a 2hr cruise to spread our mum’s ashes. The crew were wonderful and so respectful, and the boat was amazing, we didn’t want to get off. The crew also took photos throughout the day and it was such a nice touch. I highly recommend Sailing in Paradise, they were fantastic.” TripAdvisor