WHY CHOOSE A CATAMARAN ?

Celebrating on Sydney Harbour is the ultimate party venue for locals and visitors to Sydney, but with an array of boats floating around the harbour, how do you know which boat you should hire? 

The team at Sea Sydney Harbour (SSH) are experts in the industry and we specialise in catamaran hire because we believe this type of vessel is the ideal way to explore and celebrate on the harbour.

Here are our top reasons, why your boat of choice should be a catamaran when hiring a vessel for your next harbour cruise.

WHY A CATAMARAN ?

1. Great layouts and a large amount of space – Catamarans are wider than monohulls, and ultimately this allows them to offer much more deck space for you and your guests to enjoy. While catamarans are often associated with cruising in the warmer months, they have a great mix of indoor and outdoor areas and can be enjoyed in all weather conditions. The layout onboard is functional and allows guests to mingle easily and enjoy the water comfortably.

2. Safe and stable – As catamarans have two hulls, the stability of the vessel is great. The vessel will cut through the water smoothly and there is no severe rocking from side to side. It’s like having two feet on the ground instead of one – you have much more balance! If you’re someone that fears swell or is prone to motion sickness, a catamaran will allow you the best opportunity to enjoy your cruise.

3. Views all round – Catamarans give you the best 360-degree views you can ask for! With Sydney Harbour being one of the best in the world, whether you are a local or visitor to the city, you don’t want to be on a boat and not enjoy the views of the famous Sydney landmarks and cityscape. With spacious saloon areas, and large clear windows these vessels are ideal for general sightseeing, but even better for special events such as viewing the Sydney NYE fireworks or Vivid Sydney from the water.

4. Cruising in shallow water is easy – Hiring a vessel in Summer and hoping to go for a swim? Catamarans have a very shallow draft, which means your skipper can manoeuvre the vessel through shallow waters, where other vessels may not be able to go. The vessel can anchor in quiet coves and get close to beaches, so if you are planning to take a dip in the harbour, this can be done in shallow bays and waters.

5. Those holiday feels – Ever find yourself daydreaming of Summer in Europe, cruising the Greek Islands, Croatia, or any other beautiful island? We know we do! The catamaran – with those front nets to feel the splash of the fresh water on your legs – is the iconic symbol of a holiday experience on the water, and cruising on a catamaran in Sydney Harbour, is the closest experience to those holiday feels that you can get, without leaving your local city.


Are you convinced yet?!? These are just a few reasons why your boat of choice should be a catamaran when you want to get out on Sydney Harbour next. If you have questions or want further information on catamaran options, the Sea Sydney Harbour team is always happy to help.

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BOAT PARTY PLANNING TIPS

Having a party on a boat on Sydney Harbour is the ultimate way to have fun and take in the amazing sites. Let your planning process also be fun and stress-free, by following these simple planning tips!

TOP PLANNING TIPS

The Sea Sydney Harbour team spend their days planning and organising events on boats. Discover their top planning tips to follow…

1. Have an initial idea on guest numbers – All vessels have a maximum capacity that they must work within. Having a clear idea of your guest numbers is important for a boat party in your early planning stages, to ensure that you book the most suitable vessel for your group size. Where possible, leaving a little bit of leeway in case guest numbers change is a good idea, but remember when you confirm a booking you are locking in that specific vessel.

2. Keep it simple – Being on a boat is an activity in itself. Your group will be entertained for hours mingling and enjoying food and drinks, and will love the time on board. Don’t feel the need to fill up the schedule with lots of extra activities – one or two is fine but allow time for your group to just enjoy each other’s company and being on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

3. Try not to worry about the weather – Bring your positive vibes on the day and you will have a good time.  While we definitely hope the sun is shining, rain or shine, you WILL have fun with your family and friends!

4. Decide on a boarding location that is convenient for you – Consider how you and your guests will be getting to the wharf on the day e.g. public transport or driving, and select a location accordingly. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your cruise is set to commence to avoid any delays. While generally boarding and disembarking does take place at the same location, if you have alternate plans after your cruise, a different location can be an option.

5. Plan adequate food for all – If you choose to BYO food and drinks, ensure there is a substantial amount for all. The simplest idea for food is pre-prepared platters or BBQ items, as this keeps preparation to a minimum when on board. If choosing to bring food for the BBQ, our friendly crew will cook this for you. All BBQ utensils and cleaning products are available onboard, so you just need to bring your food and drinks for the day.

6. Don’t forget your drinking water – A must for all boat charters, but something that is often forgotten. Don’t forget this!

7. Limit decorations and extra items – All vessels are well-maintained and where décor is used the look is modern and sophisticated. We understand that some events are planned with a specific theme in mind, however, limiting decorations and items being brought on board will make the boarding and disembarking process quicker and easier. Remember that planning an event on a boat is different to land venues, and bump-in time or pre-access cannot always be offered, so it is a good idea to keep it simple. At the end of your cruise, items brought on board will also need to be taken off or disposed of, so keep this in mind.

8. Communicate accurate details to your guests – To avoid stress and lots of phone calls on the day, ensure all your guests have accurate details, including cruise date and time, exact boarding location (with a link if possible), and advise them if you want them to bring anything with them on the day.


Use these simple tips to help you have a smooth, stress-free planning process in the lead up to your cruise celebration. The Sea Sydney Harbour team is always happy to help and assist with your planning too.

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BIRTHDAYS ON THE WATER

Turning a year older and looking for a unique party venue?!? Why not celebrate on Sydney Harbour with Captain Frank and the team!

Birthdays come and go every year… some love to lap up the attention and others prefer to let the day slide under the radar… but big or small, we all deserve some kind of celebration. It’s the one day of the year that you can truly say is about you, you, you, and no one can tell you otherwise!

Whether you are looking to host a low-key, mid-week event, or make a day or night of it on the weekend, you can hire your own private floating venue for an intimate group of family and friends. Why share a space with others, in a restaurant or bar, when you can hire a venue privately on one of the most beautiful harbour’s in the world?

FLOATING VENUE OPTIONS

Sea Sydney Harbour specialises in intimate gatherings on the harbour and the team host a range of functions, including birthdays of all ages. With vessels currently ranging in capacity and different vessel styles available, there will undoubtedly be a vessel that you will love. Opt for an open one-level sailing catamaran, or a luxury motor catamaran with two levels and a range of internal and external deck spaces, perfect for all weather conditions.

CUSTOMISATION

One of the best features of Sea Sydney Harbour’s private charters is that the team customise the experience to suit your needs – it’s your birthday so the day should be about you, you, you! While we recommend cruise durations of 3-4 hours to allow time to enjoy your time on the water, shorter cruise durations are available if preferred. There is also the option to select from catering and beverage packages (selected vessels only), or the option to BYO food and beverages onboard. Pending your budget, the team can tailor a package to suit your requests, making each celebration unique and your birthday extra special!

ONBOARD ACTIVITIES

Want to go that extra step and add some fun activities to your cruise? The team have a range of optional extras that can be organised including:

  • the hire of water equipment
  • an onboard DJ
  • a drag queen hostess
  • a cocktail masterclass
  • laser clay pigeon shooting

PLAN EARLY

In the present time of writing this post, there is no denying that the world is moving through an evolving and unfamiliar situation. However, it is important that special occasions still be recognised and celebrated (with some precautions). Despite any external impacts on events, every individual has a birth date and this remains certain each year, so there is no reason why the planning for birthday celebrations can’t start early.

Captain Frank and the team would love to have you onboard and what better way to celebrate another year of life, than by enjoying your time on the water, with some food, drinks and an intimate group of family and friends. You will create memories that will carry you through the year, until your next birthday and beyond!

Don’t just take our word for it… Check out these testimonials from birthday events Captain Frank and the team have hosted…

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“I booked the Enigma X for a dozen friends and myself for a friend’s first birthday in Australia.
We were picked up at 3:30 and celebrated on the boat until 6:30 including watching the sunset over the harbour. Both of the crew were a lot of fun to chat with and handled every need/request with (the) utmost professionalism.
Thank you so much for making our friend’s birthday a memorable one! We’ll most definitely be back again!” – Natasha

“Unforgettable day ! From the moment we stepped on the boat Captain Frank and Tye could not do enough for us. They were AWESOME ! Everyone had a day that they won’t forget. We set sail at 3, returning at 7 so got to see the best of everything on our amazing harbour. I can not fault the Catamaran – there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out, yet we were still altogether. It’s a great layout for socialising. Everything about the day exceeded our expectations and was PERFECT !
Thank you again, Captain Frank and Tye – We will definitely be back !” – Narelle

Further reviews and testimonials can be found on the Sea Sydney Harbour website, Trip Advisor profile and Facebook page.

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To find out more information contact the Sea Sydney Harbour team – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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AN A-Z DESCRIPTION OF SEA SYDNEY HARBOUR

26 LINES THAT DESCRIBE SEA SYDNEY HARBOUR AT IT’S BEST

A ll round A team
B eautiful vessels with views
C aptain Frank – our main man
D edicated team
E nigma X – our growing star
F leetwing II – affordable luxury
G roup celebrations
H arbour tours for visitors and locals
I nnovative approach
J oy of being on Sydney Harbour
K irralee – our first born
L ove what we do
M emories are created
N evaeh – like heaven on the water
O pportunity to experience Sydney Harbour
P rivate charters
Q uality cruising experiences
R ange of water experiences
S ydney Harbour – our home and place of operation
T alented and passionate team
U nique cruising experiences
V ivid Sydney harbour cruises
W ell-maintained vessels
X ceptional and professional team
Y es, we customise your event
Z est for boats and the water!


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A ROMANTIC IDEA WITH A DIFFERENCE

Are you searching for a unique way to spend a treasured date with your loved one? Planning a proposal, special anniversary celebration or a romantic surprise date? There has never been a greater time than now to celebrate love and each other! ❤️

While some of the regular celebratory venues that first come to mind, may be limited in their operations due to the extraordinary events of 2020, why not embrace an idea with a difference and host this special moment on a floating venue on Sydney Harbour? Being a private venue and with passenger numbers of just two, the Harbour Romance package adheres to all health and social distancing guidelines.

WHERE THE ROMANCE HAPPENS

Enjoy uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours in the world, from onboard a private 10.5-metre catamaran. The vessel contains a large internal cabin and cockpit area with easy access to the front bow area – the perfect spot for some private couple time and to share some love and romantic words, while you enjoy the seclusion and serenity of Sydney Harbour.

Kirralee

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Sea Sydney Harbour’s ‘Harbour Romance for Two‘ package includes two hours exclusive vessel hire with boarding and disembarking from Darling Harbour. There are two options to select from – opt for a picnic lunch cruise or a sunset seafood dinner cruise, each served with a bottle of sparkling wine. Both options are breathtaking and are sure to be remembered for years to come.

CREATING MEMORIES

Be spoilt with the best views of Sydney on this private catamaran cruise for two. This is the perfect idea for proposals, anniversaries, romantic dates, Valentine’s Day, and will be a date that you and your loved one will never forget!

Harbour Romance

Discover more and book online today or contact the team for further information or to customise your experience.


To find out more information contact the Sea Sydney Harbour team – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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INTRODUCING ENIGMA X

THE NEW LOOK

Meet the newest shining star to join the Sea Sydney Harbour fleet – ENIGMA X.

We are pleased to showcase Enigma X’s new and improved look, with this fantastic vessel being given a modern and luxurious makeover. The new look has highlighted the vessel’s key features and maximised the space onboard, making her extremely functional for private charters, harbour tours and water transfers on Sydney Harbour.

 

Enigma X is a multi-level power catamaran that can comfortably accommodate for up to 20 guests in all-weather conditions. With four onboard entertaining areas, including the internal cabin, back deck, bow area and flybridge there is certainly no shortage of space. Guests can enjoy the sun on the bow of the vessel or choose to sit around the internal dining table which can cater for 8 guests for formal dining. Pending the style of the cruise, outdoor table/s and chairs can also be set up on the back deck so guests can take in the stunning harbour views while enjoying a bite to eat and a beverage.

A fantastic vessel for small, intimate gatherings on the harbour combined with A+ service from the Sea Sydney Harbour team. Enigma X is like a luxury home-style vessel on the water and she is set to be a shining star on Sydney Harbour!

 

Enigma X is available for private charters and transfers all year round and can accommodate for intimate celebrations on the water. Whether it is a corporate event, birthday, hen’s or buck’s party, or a shorter transfer or sightseeing cruise, Enigma X will be sure to impress and you will be planning your next cruise, the very minute you step back onto land!


“My favourite thing about Enigma X is the variety and amount of space available to guests when onboard – just when you think you’ve seen it all you take a few more steps and there’s another area to explore!”

Captain Frank


To find out more information contact the Sea Sydney Harbour team – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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WHY CHOOSE SEA SYDNEY HARBOUR?

Have your heart set on a summer boat party this year, but don’t know where to start? Does it feel similar to walking down the streets of Newtown, Pyrmont or Balmain, trying to pick a café for brunch or to grab a coffee – to the locals or returning clients there always seems to be a front runner or two, but to others the choice can be simply overwhelming.

If you’re planning a party or gathering on Sydney Harbour, you should be confident with your vessel choice and service provider. Understanding how services differ is key to building this confidence and ensuring that you are 110% satisfied throughout the entire planning and partying process.

We know the industry well, so the team has put together a shortlist on some of our points of difference. It highlights why you should choose Sea Sydney Harbour (SSH) for your next event on board a private catamaran and why we believe we will deliver you the best service on the harbour!

 

WHY CHOOSE SEA SYDNEY HARBOUR?  

  1. We specialise in CATAMARAN HIRE – Offering a selection of vessels to suit various group sizes and occasions allows the team to cater for a range of private events both day and night. With a focus on catamarans we are experts in this vessel style and we believe they are ideal for enjoying celebrations on board with their great layouts and large amount of space. We have a number of industry contacts, so even if our vessels are booked for the day, we can still assist by organising your event with one of our industry partners.

 

2. We deliver A+++ SERVICE – From your first point of contact through to after your cruise date, the SSH team delivers a high standard of service. All the events team and on board crew understand the importance of customer service, friendliness and respect, as well as organisation, so you can be confident that the service and plans you discuss with the SSH team will be executed without any hiccups.


“BEST NIGHT EVER – I can’t thank Ann and the Sea Sydney Harbour team enough for making my Hens night just the best night ever! Being on the new Fleetwing II was amazing. Having the bar was great; everyone knew where to go to get a drink, the food was amazing and we had so much room to dance. We also could get great photos out of the front of the boat and on the top level. Plenty of options for people to sit as well.
My family and friends cannot stop raving about how much fun they had… I cannot recommend this highly enough! …”

Danielle N.


Discover further reviews and testimonials on the Sea Sydney Harbour website or Trip Advisor profile.

 

3. CUSTOMER CONVENIENCE – Everything that is offered with our exclusive vessel hire is designed to make it convenient for YOU! We have entertainment options available, as well as the option of catered or BYO cruises. If you do opt to BYO food and drinks we provide all disposables, eskies with ice, garbage disposal and use of our on board BBQ. The crew will even cook this for you so you can relax and enjoy the party! Drinks can be delivered directly to the vessel pre-cruise, so you don’t have to carry them on the day and these will be chilled and on ice ready for when you board.

There are also no set wharf locations for embarking and disembarking the vessel, as we arrange these to your convenience. Better yet, if you’re going all out on the day, we can even offer limousine rides to and from the wharf location – talk about a one-stop planning service!

 

4. Our fleet includes HIGHLY MAINTAINED VESSELS – Our catamarans are some of the best looking on the harbour with great pride taken in the presentation and upkeep of the vessels. We understand that your celebrations will include photos and videos being taken for memories and social media, and we ensure our vessels are looking spick and span for you! Our vessel appearance is an extension of our brand image and reputation, hence you will always be sure to have a clean and safe vessel arrive punctually on the day.

 

5. FUN & POSITIVE ATTITUDES – The SSH team has a diverse range of personalities and skills, and the team is young, fun and professional. They all love boating and being on the water and they love meeting and mingling with new people. This means they bring their positive vibes to your party and ensure you are having a good time and the event is stress free! The crew will be sure to have a friendly chat with your group on the day, making your experience more personal and memorable and will work to accommodate any special cruise requests.

 

The SSH team are experts in boating and event planning. Our vision is to provide the opportunity for everyone to experience the joy of Sydney Harbour. While we may not be the cheapest on the block, we are the best at what we do – no one ever said the cheapest coffee on the strip was the best cup!

Once you cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour there is no turning back, and you won’t feel the need to walk up and down the street overwhelmed with options. We guarantee an amazing service and memorable experiences on the harbour, with smiles and bonding amongst family, friends and colleagues. Our catamarans are suitable for private hire to celebrate birthdays, hen’s parties, buck’s parties, Christmas parties, and corporate events, social and family gatherings.

 

Get in touch with the Sea Sydney Harbour team today to check vessel availability and find out more information – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739. Book early to secure your summer cruise date and avoid disappointment.

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THE CAPTAIN’S FAVOURITE FEATURES ON FLEETWING II

It’s certainly public knowledge now that Captain Frank has a new girl that he’s been giving his attention to – by “girl” we do mean “vessel” – and he’s been spending much of his days with her, getting to know all the details.

Her name is Fleetwing II, and she is a luxury motor catamaran that can accommodate for small to medium sized groups for private charters. She has been in Sydney Harbour for some years, but it is only in the recent months that the bond between Fleetwing II and Captain Frank has begun and he’s been giving her a bit of a facelift. Her new look officially launches in October, ready for a busy Summer season!

While it’s certainly still early days and the Captain has a lot to learn about the vessel, we wanted to find out what his favourite features were on Fleetwing II and why the Captain would recommend hiring this vessel for your next private function.

 

HERE’S WHAT WE DISCOVERED… 

1. He loves THE WHEELHOUSE – traditionally the wheelhouse is defined as part of a boat or ship serving as shelter for the person at the helm. This space is very large on Fleetwing II and has all the equipment one would need to navigate the vessel. Captain Frank often invites guests to join him in the wheelhouse and shares his knowledge of the harbour and boats, while they enjoy the amazing Sydney Harbour views.

 

2. The SPACE IS FUNCTIONAL – with 3 main deck spaces on board including the internal cabin, the back deck and the upper deck, there is no shortage of space on this vessel. The spaces flow nicely together so guests can mingle with each other with ease, and the mix of indoor and outdoor areas makes this vessel ideal for all occasions throughout the year, whether it be in Summer or Winter.

 

3. He loves the BIG ENGINES – we don’t know much about the details of the engines, but there are two on board and they are big! If you ask the Captain about them, he would almost certainly be in his element.

 

4. THE BAR is a great feature – situated in the ideal location at the bow of the vessel, the bar area is a great set up for both passengers on board and the crew. With it’s new metallic design, it is the focal point upon boarding the vessel and no doubt a place that guests cull to and love to have a chat. It’s a relatively spacious bar, which flows into galley access for the crew and for private charters there is the option to select a beverage package, purchase drinks on consumption or you can even BYO drinks, which are then served by the qualified RSA crew.

 

5. THE BOW AREA is a forgotten gem – often overlooked when talking about the flow and function of the space, the bow (or front of the vessel) is undoubtedly a great feature and great space to spend your time. It’s from here that you can capture some amazing shots of Sydney Harbour! With easy access from the internal cabin, it’s a great place to soak in some sunshine, relax and enjoy your time on a boat.

 

Talking about favourite features, we had to stop Captain Frank at 5, as he undoubtedly loves many things about this vessel. The Captain then went on to tell us about all the work that’s been happening behind the scenes to give Fleetwing II a new look, but we don’t want to spoil all the secrets – it’s best if you see these first hand on board!

Fleetwing II is available for private charters all year round and the vessel is ideal to hire for your next function. Whether it is a birthday, hen’s party, buck’s party, corporate event or Christmas party, Fleetwing II is the perfect floating venue on Sydney Harbour!

To find out more information contact the Sea Sydney Harbour team – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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5 MINUTES WITH CAPTAIN FRANK

Our favourite Captain Frank took some time out of his busy schedule to share his vision and thoughts on life on Sydney Harbour. We’ve created a special blog post to share his thoughts and words. Here’s what we discovered in 5 minutes (ok, it may have went a little over time):

What do you love most about being a skipper on Sydney Harbour? 

Being able to do something that you love everyday can be hard to find in life. I just love what I do and the fact that I get to do it on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and share it with others is amazing!

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Nautical is never far away with Captain Frank. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

What is your most memorable experience on Sydney Harbour? 

Hmmmmm… My most memorable experience would have to be… (long pause) New Years Eve. Spending New Years Eve out on Sydney Harbour every year amongst all the parties and celebrations. I couldn’t ask for a better view!

Have you always wanted to work in the boating industry? How did your passion and love for boats come about? 

My passion for boats and the water started from a really young age, when I was out on my uncle’s boat up around Coffs Harbour. I developed a love for the water and I decided then and there I wanted to make a career out of it! I saved up and bought my first boat at the age of 12.

Talking about making a career out of your passion, you’re not just a skipper on the Harbour, but you actually own and drive your own charter boat. When did you establish this business and are there big plans for the near future? 

Yes, this is correct. The business (Sea Sydney Harbour) was established in early 2015 when we purchased The Kirralee, our 10.5 metre catamaran. It is going well and so far we are really enjoying it and have already started to expand. I hope together with my wife we can build a strong and solid company. We have some exciting adventures lined up for 2016.

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The amazing catamaran – Kirralee. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Kirralee is the name of your charter boat. If you could describe her in a single word what would it be? 

Amazing.

What can we expect from an experience aboard Kirralee? 

The opportunity to cruise Sydney Harbour like never before and create memories! If you charter Kirralee you get exclusive hire for you and your guests and you really explore, or shall I say “Sea Sydney Harbour” (pun intended). Any customer that comes on board receives service with a smile, punctuality, a crew that is willing to go above and beyond and of course use of our spacious, clean boat. Customers are exposed to great views and picture opportunities, while spending qt (quality time) with friends and family. It’s an intimate cruising experience!

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Our friendly crew member Pete, cooking the BBQ for guests aboard a private charter. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Tell me how I go about booking your beautiful catamaran? 

You can simply call me direct on +61 452 188 739 or send us an email at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au. Our Customer Service team is great and will generally get back to you within 24 hours. You can also jump on our website or our Facebook page to browse through information on the service we provide and see pictures of the fun had aboard Kirralee. There is lots of it and we definitely hope to see you on board!!

 

Sea Sydney Harbour
Sea Sydney Harbour operates 7 days a week and are happy to accommodate to customer requests for charter dates, times and pick up and drop off locations in Sydney Harbour. To make an enquiry or book your exclusive charter email the team at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au.

Create lasting memories and experience the joy of Sydney Harbour. Visit www.seasydneyharbour.com.au for further information.

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