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A series of articles about all facets of event planning with helpful hints, planning ideas, sample schedules and budgeting tips from the B&E Team.

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Boats & Vessels – Organize An Event On Board

You can hold a variety of events on a boat. From a simple cruise to a formal sit-down dinner, a boat offers a wonderful way to see the sights.



Certification: If you decide to hold your function on a boat, make sure it is Coast Guard certified. This not only ensures you and your guests' safety, but also makes sure you avoid all kinds of legal, tax and liability problems.

Capacity: Never plan a function on a boat where more people might attend than the boat can legally accommodate. Coast Guard certified boats have a maximum capacity of passengers allowed on board. Make sure you have an accurate estimate of how many people will be attending --it would be very embarrassing to have to leave someone behind.

Catered events: Many tour and charter boats are known for their fine dining. You'll be surprised by the variety of choices available to you--from formal to informal, even theme parties.

Budget: When reserving a boat, make sure you have a detailed estimate of the time you will be out, and the charges for any additional hours. Remember, if you are holding the boat because someone is late, the clock is ticking, and your budget can be blown.

Boarding and sailing times: Be very clear with your guests about the exact boarding time. It's best to allow at least one-half hour between the boarding and sailing times.

Time: Whether a corporate reception or celebratory event, remember that people will be required to stay the entire time you are underway. A fun and successful event does not last too long, but rather just long enough to leave your guests wanting more!