gold coast 'Raft Up' yacht party
Get the crew together for the event of a lifetime.
Whether you are organising a corporate event, a wedding or a get together with a big group of friends, if you want your next event to be truly special you should talk to us about a Raft Up yacht party.
Nothing says 'WOW' more than a fleet of beautiful catamarans sailing together in one of the most pristine locations in Australia.
Throw in a heap of inflatables, crystal clear blue waters, golden sandy beaches, awesome tunes and beach games, and you have an insta-worthy event that everyone will want to be a part of.
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For groups from 31 - 103 guests
Set sail in convoy to a secret beach location for a couple of hours of fun in the sun, sea and sand.
Bring your group together with some team building activities or party the afternoon away.
When it comes to creating a special day there really is 'no limit' to what can be achieved.
Private chefs and wait staff, DJ's, watersports activities (parasailing, jetboats etc), drones and professional photographers, the list goes on.
Raft Up yacht parties can cater from 31 to 103 people on 3 sailing catamarans.
You are welcome to BYO everything or take advantage of our extensive catering options from some of the Gold Coast's best caterers and private chefs.
A raft up party can be anything you want it to be. We would love to hep make your boat party dreams a reality!
What to expect
When you book a private charter with Sailing in Paradise you can expect a quality of service from years of experience in the industry but most of all your can expect a fun day (or evening) on the water that your group will love. Every day is different when you have your event on board Sailing In Paradise but one thing is for sure... you and your guests are in for one hell of a good time.
Your guests will be invited to board their separate vessels at the marina before setting sail in convoy to an island location. On the island your guests will be able to enjoy a range of activities including Beach Volleyball, Stand Up Paddleboards, Beach Cricket and more. Raft Ups on anchor are also available on request.
- Private use of 1-3 beautiful sailing catamarans for 3 to 6 hours
- Skipper plus one crew per boat, (our crew are heaps of fun and have a laid-back yet professional nature) we promise you will love them. Check out the 'about us' page to meet the gang!
- Island Activities for day charters incl. Stand up Paddle Boards, beach volleyball and splash
- Use of tablet with premium Spotify and sound system on board
- Use of small marine BBQ's if required
- Use of large eskies (ice supplied)
- Instaworthy Memento Photos taken by our crew
- Lots of FUN!!
What to Bring
- Swimmers and towel (if you plan to swim)
- Food, drinks and non-breakable cups etc (unless you want us to organise the catering for you).
- Smiles and good vibes (essential)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen
- Jacket for cooler days
- Shoes that you can slip off
Raft Up Party FAQ's
How many people can you accommodate?
We have 3 sailing catamarans available which can carry a total of 103 guests.
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 and if parking overnight consider street parking to avoid towing.
What about other transport options?
There are lots of ways to get to the boat! The most popular (and cost effective/convenient) is often via Maxi Taxis.
Can I BYO food and drink?
Yes if you would like to bring your own food and drinks on board that is completely fine.
I am short on time can you please help me out with catering/drinks?
Yes, we also offer catering and drinks service for your convenience. Please request our full catering list as advance bookings are required. We offer a range of catering options from grazing boards, to canapes and private chefs.
Do you have Eskies on board?
Yes we do and we also provide ice. The eskies are very large and can be used for food or drink.
Where can we go on our charter?
We operate in the calm, protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Where to go very much depends on what you would like to do and how long your boat charter is for so please feel free to discuss this with our team. In a 3 hour charter during the day our guests usually love a swim stop at Wavebreak Island where you can enjoy the range of island activities on board. Your skipper is knowledgeable in the local area and will make recommendations based on the conditions on the day. If you don't wish to swim in a 3 hour charter you instead opt to sail further north along the inside of South Stradbroke Island and see the millionaires mansions at Sovereign Islands.
In the evening we will generally sail north to watch the sunset and return to the southern part of the Broadwater to enjoy the city lights after dark which are just beautiful.
Will I get seasick?
Nope. 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. Our catamarans are very stable, and do not have the same side to side rocking motion as experienced by single hull vessels so you won't get seasick or spill your drink either :-).
What happens if it rains?
First of all remember...a little rain doesn't stop a great time on our boats especially in the warm Gold Coast endless summer... But do rest assured that we have a very generous wet weather policy as we want you to enjoy your time on board the boat, so if there is torrential rain or storms at the time you will be able to cancel or reschedule your cruise. Please see the full booking policy provided with your invoice for full details or contact our team.
Are your charters suitable for guests with limited mobility?
We have welcomed several guests on board with limited mobility. However we do realise that each individual is different in terms of ability and what they are comfortable with. Please take a look at the 360 tours on the 'Our Boats' page for an ideal of getting around the boats and do bear in mind a big step up (or carry) is required to board the boats at the marina. Our friendly team will be happy to discuss further to ensure you and your guests are comfortable prior to making a booking.
Why should we choose you over another operator?
This list is endless. Check out our reviews, check out our socials, speak to someone who has been with us before (you would be surprised, you will probably know someone who has been with us?), and we pride ourselves on the fact that our guests keep coming back (some have sailed with us as many as 8 times). We go out of our way to create the best experience possible and are constantly updating, re-inventing, reinvesting and reviewing. We're not happy until you're happy and we want you to come back again and again. We can blow our own trumpet from time to time right? :-)
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 Raft-up event 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 Raft-up event info pack including current catering options via email.
Choosing the perfect vessels 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!
Gold Coast Raft Up Events
Wondering about what a Raft Up Yacht Party could be like? Hear what Margaret had to say...
“AMAZING that is the only way to describe the service provided by Steve and Jess. Not only did they take 50 people out for a sail to Wave break Island and then on a sunset cruise but they organised an extra boat to accommodate our large party, organised buses to pick up the partygoers, picked up the alcohol, organised the food and we can't forget the dolphins! It was an experience that 50 people will never forget. Thank you so much for your incredible patience with the constant changes to the plans. Amazing!!” Tripadvisor