If you have enjoyed a party on the water before, you may think you know how things operate and don’t need to read on.
XTsea is not your normal charter operation! Please read all this page closely as you will save yourself some hassle and probably some money if you do.
If you have a party at home, at work, or in a park, it’s not a real problem if someone arrives late. Sure they might miss the first round of drinks or not get to try the appetizers, but it’s not a biggie. However when you charter a boat it’s a major problem.
The wharfs are used by many vessels, and there are rules about their use. Some wharfs require booking, and if guests are not on time, we will be unable to pick them up from that wharf and have to wait in a queue at a public or ferry wharf.
Please ensure that ALL guests are at the pickup point at least 15 minutes before boarding. Also make sure everyone knows precisely where the pickup is.
DO NOT GATHER AWAY FROM THE WHARF!!
GET EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING ONTO THE DOCK TEN MINUTES BEFORE XTSEA ARRIVES!!!!
Be ON THE WHARF, CHECKED IN, AND READY TO BOARD as XTsea approaches.
It is mandatory to check-in to any NSW venue via the Service NSW App. The first time you install the app a little bit of time is required to set it up, so please encourage everyone to have the app already configured.
Check-in is MANDATORY and you will need to show that your phone is checked-in before you are permitted to board!
If your phone is unavailable, we will check you in using our phone but you will have to wait until everyone else has boarded.
Please don’t bring a lot of stuff on board. Don’t bring eskies and if infants are attending please leave the pram in the car and carry the babies.
Please check the weather forecast. Conditions on the harbour range from sweltering heat to driving rain. If it’s raining, you WILL get wet so be prepared.
If it’s an evening charter, things can get chilly especially away from the summer months. Dress accordingly.
Along the same lines as packing light, you would be better off finding another time and place to exchange any gifts. Getting everyone and everything on and off the boat at the dock is simpler with less gear to move.
XTsea has a wonderful BBQ and a small oven and a small microwave. Please do not bring anything that requires a lot of complex preparation or needs significant oven usage.
Meat for the BBQ should be ready to cook! If it’s frozen we will not even attempt to cook it. If you want melt-in-the-mouth steaks, they should be at room temperature.
XTsea is a full-service experience and your crew will prepare and present the food for you so that you can relax and enjoy the party.
It is NOT recommended to tell everyone to bring along their own food! This always results in WAAAAY too much food which must be prepared cooked and that delays the serving of food. A couple of packets of BBQ sausages (*NOT* thick gourmet snags!) and nice fresh bread will be quick and easy. Fresh bread is easier to handle and eat than bread rolls.
Make sure you have given all your food to the crew when you board as we can’t cook what we don’t know about. Food will go to the galley side of the boat and personal bags go to the left.
If you have vegan/vegetarian/allergy issues, LET THE CREW KNOW EARLY so that we can deal with them.
Don’t bring along plates or cups or bowls or cutlery or serviettes or knives. We supply EVERYTHING that is required to host a party. Just bring on board your food and drinks and everything else is already here.
We supply FREE water so please don’t bother lugging it along. The booking companies all tell you to bring some in their general information, however onboard XTsea it is included!
If you want to have the hassle of bringing along a cake, we’ll squeeze it into our limited refrigeration and haul it out for the photos and the COVID-safe candle extinguishing.
A warning though… Our experience is that after a few hours on the harbour and a lot of drinking, there is usually very little interest in eating cake and most or all of it ends up in the bin.
We have been running charters on the harbour for years now and there have only been a few times when a cake has been a roaring success. If you simply MUST have a cake, we strongly suggest a small inexpensive one.
In any event, before cutting it up and serving it we will ask guests who will want a piece and will only serve up enough for the demand. That way you can enjoy the rest at home.
A much better alternative are bite-sized sweets and chocolates as they do tend to get eaten.
If you or your guests have to smoke, we have a dedicated smoking area where all ash and butts MUST be placed into the provided ashtray. Fibreglass is actually a form of plastic and hot ashes and (oh my god!) butts stubbed out onto the deck will cost YOU a small fortune to repair.
Vaping is permitted, however it must be done outside (not under a roof).
Drinks are best served cold. In the middle of a hot day on the harbour it is surprising how much ice will be used, especially if people are drinking spirits.
We supply four bags of ice FREE for the first charter each day, but subsequent charters will need to bring ice along. We’ll discuss this with the party organiser when we call to organise your party.
Congratulations! You have booked the charter boat with the best audio system on the harbour! Give some thought to the music you want to play in advance as there is nothing worse than having a DJ-wannabe swapping music mid-track all day.
If you have a Spotify playlist, make it public and share a link to it with us and we’ll have it running as XTsea approaches the wharf.
(THIS IS IMPORTANT! This means you can keep using your phone to take those photos and receive calls or notifications without upsetting the groove.)
It gets windy on the water, and space on a boat is very limited. There isn’t a lot of headroom and very little wallspace as we have large windows which are usually open. Balloons and decorations just get in the way of a good party.
We provide the largest available swimmat, a stand-up paddleboard, and a one person kayak. We have found that these provide plenty of fun times in the water, and are simple and easy to deploy and recover. You’ll have to pump up your watertoys yourself, make sure they don’t blow away from the boat, and then deflate them at the end of the charter. Definitely not recommended.
Swimming on the harbour is great fun. XTsea has a fantastic swimmat as well as a stand-up paddleboard and a kayak, so jumping in is an experience. Note however that swimming is ONLY permitted in daylight hours for safety reasons.
XTsea is a party boat and is set up for partying. If you want a fishing charter, you’ll need to go elsewhere.
Red wine causes staining on the boat’s exterior hull. We ask that if you bring red wine aboard you do not take it to the foredeck, and you take a bit of care while pouring and drinking it.
Keep your drink in your hand. A boat is unstable and exposed to windy conditions and drinks often spill or go overboard.
A cluttered boat is unsafe, so any opened drink container that has been abandoned risks being cleaned up… full or empty!
High heels have no place on board a boat. Floors and steps are wet and have obstacles and irregularities. You need to be as stable as possible for your own safety.
We recommend bare feet during summer and we usually end up with all the shoes and thongs in a pile.
We are not super-fussy about non-marking soles as most people don’t even know that they are wearing them. If you happen to know the difference, please make sure your shoes are non-marking.
You will NOT be permitted to board wearing heels higher than 1cm or with points on the base. You will have to take them off on the wharf and step aboard in bare feet.
We do not allow single-use plastics like cheap cups and straws to be used aboard. The waterways are our home and we are passionate to do everything we can to help keep them beautiful and healthy. We provide absolutely everything you need for an eco-friendly party on the water, so leave the plastic at home please.
If someone has a medical requirement, we will provide them stainless steel straws on request.