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How to Throw the Ultimate Boat Party With Your Friends

Written by Teresa Te on December 6, 2017

Are you tired of throwing the same old house parties and backyard barbeques? Want something that’s a little different? A boat party can be a great way to rally your friends together and enjoy a day of fun in the sun. But in order for the party to be memorable, you need to do a little preparation.

Give These 5 Tips a Try

A boat party is unique in that there are a bunch of factors you have to think about that otherwise don’t require much consideration when you’re hosting a house party. But it’s this unique nature of boat parties that make them so fun.

Here are some tips for success:

Choose a Location

Location is everything when you’re having a boat party. If your boat is docked in an isolated body of water – such as a lake – you’re pretty much bound to it. However, you should still think about where you want to go. Are you going to stay moored to the dock/boathouse? Is there a neat party cove where you can anchor the boat? Is there a sandbar where people can get out and enjoy the water?

If you have the ability to place your boat wherever you want on a river, lake, or bay area, you have even more options. The key is to select a place that’s easy to get to, while also thinking about the scenery.

Understand Maximum Capacity

What is your boat’s maximum capacity? This sounds like a lame question, but it’s important. If your pontoon boat can only accommodate 15 people and you put 30 on it, you’re asking for trouble. Keep this in mind when creating the guest list – otherwise, you may need multiple boats.

Don’t Over Plan

A theme is great, but don’t go overboard. Too much planning and structure will make you anxious and prevent you from having a good time. A boat party is supposed to be relaxed – so let things fall into place instead of forcing too much. People really don’t care about having an agenda. They’re simply looking to socialize.

Think About Safety

Again, not to be too serious, but you have to think about safety. You’re on the water, which is always a concern. If there is alcohol present, you should be doubly concerned. Not only do you need an adequate number of life preservers on board, but there should also be a first aid kit for emergencies.

According to Wholesale Marine, here are some of the items you’ll want to include in your onboard first aid kit: petroleum jelly, safety pins, curved scissors, sunscreen, insect repellent, Epi-pen, duct tape, bottled water, tweezers, and sea sickness tablets.

Have a Contingency Plan

When throwing a boat party, you have to remember that weather is always in play. All it takes is a big storm to put your big day in jeopardy. In order to ensure your party isn’t a flop, always have a contingency plan in place. This could look like going to the boathouse, hitting the marina bar, or kicking back in your lake house. Just make sure there’s a secondary option, even if it isn’t ideal.

Throw a Party to Remember

Is anyone going to remember that generic house party you threw last week in six months? Probably not. The same goes for your backyard barbeques and get-togethers. There’s nothing wrong with a low-key event, but they aren’t memorable.

If you want to host a party that people talk about – and look forward to all year long – a boat party is the way to go. Just make sure you know what you’re doing!