Imagine you’re planning a birthday party. You want it to be extra memorable, and somehow renting a function room or hosting a chalet just doesn’t quite cut it – most people would probably do that. What about renting a private yacht for that birthday party?
Yachts are often thought of as commodities for the rich, with yacht parties commonly portrayed by the media as upper-class luxuries. Complete the picture with some gourmet hors d’oeuvres and you’ve got the image of an upper-crust rich person party.
But things are different now – you can actually live out the fantasy of a yacht party in Singapore in the same price range it takes for you to rent a chalet.
Should you rent a yacht for your event?
Chartering a yacht is a refreshing change from having your event inside a hotel, chalet, or even an event hall. Instead of being stuck indoors, you get to go outdoors and take in the sea breeze and enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re chartering a yacht for an office function, you can do away with uncomfortable suits and formal wear, and dress down in shorts and slippers.
There isn’t any limitation to the kinds of events you can charter a yacht for, but some of the most common events people charter yachts for include:
- Wedding & Solemnisation
- Corporate retreats / Events
- Gatherings for friends and/or family
Some yacht types are more suitable for certain events, so it’s important that you know what kind of event you’ll be hosting onboard the yacht.
A platform to rent a yacht easily
Renting a yacht wasn’t always this easy. One often had to rely on trawling forums, or word of mouth. Yachtly is a platform that works closely with yacht owners to create a hassle-free booking experience, and we offer some of the cheapest yacht rentals around.
Each yacht has its own dedicated page that gives in-depth information, along with high-quality photos of both the exterior and interior. Details such as what sorts of events the yacht is suitable for, its amenities, and how many people it can accommodate are all available at a glance. All rental includes a captain and a crew. We currently do not provide bareboat charters.
Rent a yacht in under 10 minutes
It used to be that when you wanted to rent a yacht, you’d have to fill up a form, submit it, and wait at least one working day to hear back from the rental company.
Times have changed, with Yachtly’s instant booking approval, you no longer need to wait for a booking confirmation. The availability of the yacht is immediately viewable on the yacht’s page, as are the prices. You can make your decision without waiting.
Simply choose a date, the duration of your event, and how many guests are going. There’s also a live chat function, should you have any questions regarding bookings or additional services.
How do you rent a yacht with Yachtly?
Are you all set to get a booking for your yacht? Here’s how you can go about doing it.
Step 1 – Pick your event
First, you’ll want to determine what you’re renting the yacht for. If you’re not sure what type of yacht best suits your event, that’s okay – you can let our data and experience choose the right yacht specifically for you.
For example, if you want to charter a yacht for a wedding and solemnisation, a catamaran is highly recommended. Catamarans are more stable and have more deck space due to its twin-hull design, making them suitable for the young and elderly.
If you’d like some time to decorate the yacht before your event, up to half an hour can be allotted. If you need more time, you’ll need to book the yacht for a longer period.
Of course, bookings don’t have to be strictly celebratory – you could rent a boat to go fishing in the waters of Singapore if you wanted.
Step 2 – Choose your date and time
The next step is the date of your rental, so that we can ensure the yacht you want is available.
Our yachts usually cruise two to three times a day in pre-determined time slots, and each booking is in 4-hour blocks or more. You’ll also need to specify the duration of your event. Yacht owners give discounts if you rent the yacht for more hours. You can also have an overnight stay if you’d like – subject to availability.
Some tips we have when choosing a time for your rental:
- Mornings are cooling and the waters are usually less busy.
- Afternoons are great for those sun-seekers looking to work on getting their perfect tan.
- Evening charters provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic night out on the yacht. Top it off with a dinner under the stars, and see the lights of Singapore’s skyline.
Step 3 – Indicate the number of guests
The next step is to estimate the number of guests who will be attending your event. Each yacht is certified for a set maximum of people on board – the bigger your party, the bigger the yacht will need to be.
Step 4 – Select Add-Ons
Some yachts have value-added services, like jet-skis or barbeque rentals. You can add these services to your yacht rental if they’re available – for adrenaline seekers, riding a jet-ski is a perfect activity.
When all the details are filled in, the algorithm will generate a list of yachts that meet all the conditions you’ve set. You can then review them and select the one you fancy – that’s all there is to it.
What’s on the sailing itinerary?
The usual itinerary goes something like this:
- Meet the crew 15 minutes before the charter
- Safety briefing before setting course
- Begin sailing towards the Southern Islands
- Anchor at Lazarus Islands for water activities
- Food and beverages will be prepared by the crew (if applicable)
- If city skyline cruise is included, we’ll cruise to the Marina Bay Sands area to enjoy the view before returning
If you’d like to plan your own itinerary, you may do so – however, given the restrictions in Singapore, the destinations we can travel to will be of similar nature.
What can you do onboard a yacht?
Plenty! Every yacht comes equipped with an icebox and fridge so you’ll have cold drinks at the ready. Most of them will also have a sound system for your favourite tunes, and others come equipped with an indoor karaoke setup. For those who simply want to relax, you can always lounge on the sundeck and work your tan.
Once the yacht docks, you can take the fun into the sea – most yachts come equipped with water toys and kayaks, or you can dive into the sea and hone your swimming skills. For those who aren’t terribly keen to get wet, you can opt to explore the Lazarus and St John’s islands. It’s not every day that you can come across pristine, empty beaches.
If you ordered food or barbecue as an add-on for your charter, the crew will prepare it while you and your guests enjoy themselves and relax.
Not renting a yacht for your own event?
No worries – why not join one of ours? We have events such as Whiskey Wednesdays – an all-encompassing whiskey tasting experience onboard the luxury yacht, The Sunreef Supreme. Get a chance to sample premium whiskies from all around the world, and relax away from the rush of the city.
We also host a yacht rental series on special events such as National Day. You take your family and friends out for a leisurely cruise around Sentosa and enjoy the fireworks from an entirely new perspective.
Other events we host include a Mothers’ Day celebration, where you can treat your mother to a special one of a kind experience.
We’re working on expanding our repertoire of events, so stay tuned!
Types of yachts you can rent
Depending on your event, the type of yacht you’ll want to charter will vary. Having a little understanding of the types of yachts will help you make better decisions when booking a yacht.
Each yacht has its own set of features, and some will suit your needs more than others. Certain yachts can accommodate more people on board, making them great for larger gatherings like parties or corporate events. Others are more trimmed down and sleeker in profile, which makes them ideal for long-distance cruising.
On Yachtly, you can get either monohull (single-hull) and catamaran (twin-hull) yachts.
A catamaran yacht consists of two hulls joined by a frame. They can be sail- or engine-powered. They have two engines, one in each hull. This twin-engine configuration makes a catamaran easier to dock, and most modern catamarans can do 360 degree turns within their own length.
Between a catamaran yacht and a monohull yacht, a catamaran is much more stable – they don’t rock and roll in the same way monohulls do. This is a big plus for families with younger children or elderly people, since they may not be as steady on their feet.
Since a catamaran is less susceptible to wave actions, it’s easier to walk around the deck and interior of the yacht while it’s moving. Those who are prone to seasickness will feel less of the motion compared to a monohull.
Catamarans generally provide far more living space compared to monohulls of similar sizes. Their cabins are often more spacious, and the galley, main salon and dining areas are usually above water level.
Monohull yachts, as their name implies, are yachts with a single hull. Like catamarans, they can also be sail- or engine-powered. Monohull yachts can tack quickly and are highly manoeuvrable. These yachts also cut through the water effortlessly, leading to a smooth and tranquil sailing experience.
Monohulls are perfect for those who enjoy a more adventurous sailing experience, especially when you get to experience a monohull heeling.
Now that you know more about the types of yachts, it’s time to find out about the do’s and don’ts of chartering one.
Top ten things to note when renting a yacht in Singapore with Yachtly
As with most things in life, renting a yacht doesn’t come without its own set of guidelines and rules. Each yacht will have its own set of rules that guests should follow. The one rule in common across all yachts is: Always listen to the captain, and don’t commit any rash or irresponsible acts.
1. Are there any hidden costs?
No. The price covers everything under “What is Included”. Any add-ons are just that – add-ons, the prices of which will be listed when you make the booking.
2. What happens if I need to cancel my booking?
Each yacht has its own cancellation policy. You can view our cancellation policies here.
3. What happens if I need to change my booking after confirmation?
Get in touch with us and we’ll help you out.
4. How do I know if my booking is confirmed?
You’ll receive a confirmation email with your booking reference, and all details pertaining to the charter.
5. What is the difference between “Instant booking” and “Request to book”?
The difference between the two is whether you’re guaranteed a yacht at the date and time you’ve chosen.
6. Can I cook onboard the yacht?
No – due to insurance policies, all cooking can only be done by the yacht’s crew.
7. Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, of course! We don’t charge corkage fees either. Please bring your food into the Marinas yourself, since external vendors aren’t allowed to enter. We also encourage responsible drinking. If you are planning to bring red wine, be extra careful with it – spillage of red wine will stain the decks of the yachts, and there is a penalty imposed when that occurs.
8. Do I have to bring my own cutlery?
If you’re bringing your own food and drink, you’ll have to bring your own cutlery. If you ordered food through us, then we’ll provide it. Please also bring disposable plastic cups, since the yacht may run out of supplies.
9. Do I need to bring anything else for the charter?
We recommend you bring a spare change of clothes and towels, since a lot of the activities onboard will involve water.
10. What are your terms and conditions?
For all the legal details, check our page here.
Is there mobile phone coverage on the yacht?
Yes; you should have mobile coverage for the entire duration of your itinerary. The signal at Lazarus Island can be intermittent, but it’s generally workable.
Can I have different amenities than the ones listed on the yacht’s page?
Unfortunately, no – these amenities aren’t transferable between yachts.
Can I bring my pets onboard?
Sadly, no – pets are not allowed on board the yachts.
Can I sail non-stop?
No. The yacht rental fee includes fuel only for the itinerary. The yacht also has to anchor in order to prepare water toys and any food you ordered.
Can I stay overnight on the yacht?
What if the weather is bad?
Singapore’s tropical climate means that sometimes, thunderstorms and passing showers occur.
If rain happens, the charter will proceed since there is no impending danger to property or any lives. If the rain develops into a thunderstorm, we’ll delay the charter for up to an hour.
If the weather doesn’t clear up, we’ll reschedule your charter to a mutually agreeable date and time. We recommend contacting your captain to get an onsite assessment of the weather.
Can I ask for more water toys?
At the moment, you can only request for additional water toys if the yacht has them. We’re working on making more water toys available in the future.
What’s included when I have the BBQ service add-on?
The yacht’s BBQ service is a nominal fee for the crew to set up the pit, cook and serve the food, as well as cleaning it up after. This service doesn’t include the actual food for the BBQ, though – you can order it through us, or bring your own.
What kind of food do you provide?
While we don’t prepare food in-house, we’ve partnered with reputable catering companies who are Halal-certified such as Neo Group.
We offer two categories of food: Cooked food, and BBQ food. If you order cooked food, it will be prepared by the catering company and sent to the yacht in takeaway containers.
For BBQ food, the ingredients will be sent to the yacht and cooked onboard. Before ordering BBQ food, check if the yacht you’re renting provides BBQ rentals.
What about safety onboard the yacht?
Prior to setting sail, the captain will give a safety briefing. It is important to listen to this to prevent any accidents. In the event one does occur, you should inform the captain immediately.
What kinds of safety equipment does the yacht come with?
All safety equipment onboard each yacht is regulated by the Maritime Authority of Singapore. They include but are not limited to: life vests, communication and navigational equipment, among others.
Are children and pregnant women allowed onboard?
Yes! For pregnant women, it’s best that you are in good health so that you can enjoy the trip. For children, there are no age limits – let us know how many children there will be so we can prepare the appropriate number of life vests for them.
Is smoking allowed onboard?
Rules regarding smoking are different for each yacht. As a general guideline, smoking is only allowed in the rear of the yacht after it anchors. The captain will cover the do’s and don’ts in their briefing.
If you need more information regarding our policies for renting a yacht, check out our FAQ here.