Sailing Through: How to Plan Your Next Corporate Function on a Boat
For many years during the 1980s and 1990s corporate culture got used to describe a company’s character. That is, how it would behave in a given situation.
If you’re a director in your company, you know that corporate culture positively affects innovation, coordination, and cooperation. It’s the very core of what makes up your company — the employees that make it run. They are a patchwork quilt of different belief systems, training, and societal norms.
One way to integrate them is to hold a corporate function like team-building exercises, an end-of-year function, or a networking event. A corporate function on a boat or a yacht can improve your company culture, but event planning isn’t easy.
Keep reading to find out how to plan your next event on a boat or yacht.
What Kind of Corporate Function Is It?
It’s important to know what kind of corporate function you’re looking to have. Not all of them are created equal. Some need more planning and preparation than others.
Some require a completely different venue, because of the different moods and intentions. Is this a corporate event where employees are letting their hair down, or a more formal affair?
There are a number of different corporate functions you would want to have on a boat or a yacht in either case.
- Part of a corporate retreat
- Team-building exercises
- Christmas party
- End-of-the-year function
- Executive or professional networking
- Company celebration
Eventing On a Yacht or Party Boat?
There’s a marked difference between a party boat or a yacht, beyond the price difference.
Yachts are meant for more intimate soirées. A superyacht (Yachts more than 60 metres in length) can accommodate upwards of a hundred passengers for a day trip. Most of the more reasonably sized yachts (nine to fifteen metres) hold between four and twelve passengers.
What Are Party Boats?
Party boats are meant for large functions such as weddings, Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve parties, costume parties, bachelor parties, dance parties (or even a silent disco), dinner parties for large groups, cocktail parties, anniversaries, and more.
When it comes to party boats, there is seating only on round or banquet tables popped up for the event or a select few installed seats. Generally, maximum seating is half that of the maximum occupancy, which can range in the hundreds.
If you wanted to have a small corporate event where you invited several companies, you could even set up booths and have a mini-conference.
Party boats typically range in size from about 15 meters to 45 meters and have onboard sound systems. You should expect nothing less from a floating event hall. They almost always have a bar built into the aforementioned event halls, too.
It’s the perfect place for raucous music and dancing or sociable intimate groups mingling about. It all depends on the type of corporate event you’re hosting.
What Are Yachts?
Yachts are more compact and not meant for an en masse group, with the exception of superyachts.
Yachts are built to impress onlookers and passengers alike with their opulent luxury. There are cabins on most yachts that can sleep four to 12 people maximum, in most cases.
It might include gourmet meals served in an intimate setting for a limited passenger list. You can even make it an overnight charter because of the available cabins.
Have a Budget in Mind
The most important thing to keep in mind is the budget. Even if you choose not to spare any expense, there’s always a limit to what you can spend.
The options and add-ons are as broad as the ocean is massive. This means that it can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t set limits for yourself.
The luxury of yachts means that there will be a higher cost per person, but the person count will be much smaller than on a party boat. Party boats can likely host your entire organization and their partners (and maybe even some beloved vendors or colleagues), but everyone comes aboard for a price.
If you have 400 people attending, the maximum a boat may hold, it might be a bit crowded but the price will be lower per person. 200 people is a much more reasonable number, but the price per person nearly doubles
The Right Place at the Right Time
Also, an important factor for your corporate event is the location. Will you keep it local or go out of town?
Some prefer to go to a Caribbean beach if they’re from a colder clime. Others may opt for the surreal experience of drifting through Nordic fjords. Still others may prefer the exotic flavour of slipping through Asian karst formations.
Is floating through a historical and lovely city more your thing? It certainly lends a romantic flair to your corporate event. It’s also highly convenient.
We pay a lot for convenience, most of the time — but not so much with a boat party corporate function. As you roll down the Thames river in London, no doubt your organization will smile at the glittering lights, the wondrous Eye of London, and other amazing sights.
Make a List and Check It Twice
Not to be forgotten is the organization part of the event. Like any corporate function, whether aquatically centred or more land-locked, there’s a lot of things to keep track of.
To keep on budget and keep all the details in order, it’s important to make a to-do list and keep referring to it. You won’t enjoy an event if you’re trying to keep track of everything through memory alone.
Making sure to delegate certain event functions to others and making sure they’re ticking off items on your list could seem like a full-time job, but it’s worth it. Trust us.
It’s no fun to forget to confirm the date and location with the DJ or caterer for a four or more hour cruise.
Get Help With Your Event From a Boat Hire Professional
Need help with all the details? Thames boat hire is here to help with your next corporate function boat hire or yacht hire.
We know how important a corporate function is to your company and your employees. We listen to your needs, offer our professional advice without bias, and take care of all of the formal paperwork and permits required.
More than that, we are your guide through each step of the process — A to Z.
We won’t push you beyond your budget or your needs and always find the “Cindarella” fit for your company.
Contact Thames Boat Hire at 0203 551 3943 or send us a message for a free Zoom consultation today. Let’s launch your next corporate function out of the drydock together!