Updated: Dec 20, 2020
While 2020 has been tough for the events industry, boat and yacht rental company, Flotespace, has experienced an incredible 400% growth in just three months, thanks to the rising number of Australians choosing to hold private events on its luxe network of boats, yachts and catamarans.
With many of us forced to change the way we socialise due to restrictions brought on by Covid-19, an impressive 90% of Flotespace’s recent bookings have been made for private events, as boat-based gatherings can provide more space and flexibility.
Hugh Treseder, Co-CEO of Flotespace, says, “Hiring a private boat is a great way to restore and reconnect in times of uncertainty. We’ve experienced a huge surge in bookings over the past few months as Australians look to come together, yet the social restrictions in place due to COVID-19 mean that it’s harder to organise a group event at an indoor venue, restaurant or bar.”
He continues, “That’s where we come in to play - people are realising that hiring a boat, catamaran or yacht is a more flexible option for group gatherings, as due to the size it’s often possible to accommodate more guests. Currently, the demand is outstripping the supply, as we constantly add new boats to the platform. It’s a really positive position to be in.”
Flotespace Co-CEO, Mike McKiernan, says that boat owners are also seizing the opportunity to join the platform. “We’re seeing savvy owners jump on the chance to maximise their investments by renting their boats on Flotespace. They remain in control of their prices, schedule and availability, and we take care of the rest, so it’s a reciprocal partnership that works both ways.”
For Sydney-based boat owner Todd Page, Flotespace has been a game-changer for his business. Since joining the marketplace, he has seen a 20% increase in sales for his luxury split level catamaran, Adelina, which holds up to 47 people.
He says, “Flotespace has been an incredible way to help grow my business, in what we were expecting to be a tougher year in terms of bookings. It couldn’t be further from that - sales for our luxury sailing catamaran Adelina have increased by a fifth so far this year, with many customers hiring specifically to host events such as wedding parties, corporate events, birthdays and group gatherings.”
As we come close to finally saying farewell to the horrid year that has been 2020, Sydneysiders are limited by what they can do this NYE with limits on numbers in the city. However, Sydney Harbour's famous fireworks are still on, and many might not realise that some of Sydney's most luxurious boats are still available to book for New Year's Eve, and some for a nice discount too!
For the past ten years Tiger Catamarans have been cruising on Sydney Harbour, showing people a great day out on the water. There is nothing more refreshing than sitting back on a boat with your friends. Let Tiger Catamarans take you on an experience you will never forget, on the best harbour in the world. This gorgeous catamaran was $18,000 to book for NYE and is now going for $13,800 which is only $345 per person based on 40 people. You can also BYO food and drinks on this boat.
When you combine charm, elegance and down right cool, you end up with MV Salute. A classic stylish motor cruiser perfectly appointed for intimate harbour cruises and events. Bridal parties, family days or romantic occasions. This beautiful boat has the ability to really sweep that special person off their feet. A perfect 12 capacity vessel that caters for transfers, days out with friends or corporate entertaining. This private boat can be rented on NYE for $8.500 (was $12,500), which is $708 per person based on 12 people - BYO food and drinks
Woorabinda is a Seawind 1000, perfect for groups of up to 20 people. Australian designed for charter in Australia, she is the perfect boat for small groups to enjoy a relaxing sail or an intimate party atmosphere the Harbour. There is plenty of space, as well as 2 large nets for sunbathing or relaxing. The Woorabinda Seawind can be hired for $10,500 (was $13,000), only $525 per person based on 20 people - BYO food and drinks.
Sydney Seabird is one of the most impressive boats on Sydney Harbour. Style and luxury at every turn, she turns heads as she cruises by. Sydney Seabird comfortably accommodates up to 40 passengers. Ideal for any special occasion or private event such as your New Year's Eve party. Party on the Sydney Seabird on NYE for $29,000 (was $36,000), which is $725 per person based on 40 people - BYO food and drinks.
This magnificent 57 foot Riviera really does take the event to a whole new level of adventure and luxury. With a spacious interior and exterior entertainment deck to lounge and unwind, spend time with loved ones or simply take in this spectacular harbour, Onsite takes care for your every need. It's time to get onboard Onsite and we can assure you of one thing, this boat turns heads, charms its way to the best spots and delivers a world class experience surrounded by Australia's leading landmarks and scenery. $15,000 (was $20,000) will get you this unique boat for NYE, which is $1250 per person based on 12 people.
Oneworld is set to redefine luxury yachting in Australia. Make corporate events an opulent affair, tie the knot in style or simply bring the family along for an exclusive yachting holiday, Oneworld and her professional Internationally trained crew are here to make sure your trip on board is everything you imagined and more. This luxury superyacht will set you back $90,000 on NYE (was $100,000), which is $1800 per person based on 50 people. Fully catered with luxury food, luxury drinks package ad DJ