(Closed) Anyone charter a boat for their wedding ceremony? What things should I know?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The only charter I’ve done was with friends who’d chartered and sailed in the area before, they handled most of the details… the only concern I can think of is an alternate weather plan?

ETA – also… awesome idea. ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve chartered a boat with friends for a day sail.  My parents have chartered boats when we were kids for week long trips.  I think this idea is lovely.  A friend of mine (avid former professional sailor) had the bachelor party on a sailboat and I’ve spoken with a couple that got married on a Maine Wind Jammer.

This may be obvious, but can anyone sail?  Some places will require proof of experience, although others do not, so ask beforehand.  Or do you intend to charter a boat with a paid captain?

Will the ceremony be on board the boat?  If so, either you’ll have to have 1) one person sailing the boat during the ceremony, 2) drop anchor, or 3) sail into the wind (but be aware the luffing sails – sails flapping in the wind – will make it noisy) so the captain can participate somewhat, but s/he will still need to be aware of the boat.

Choose a simple dress suitable for a bit of climbing ladders/clambering about, and know that it can get colder out on the water, so if you can figure out a way to have layers in your dress, that’s best.  Also, have a backup plan for bad weather (including rain, storm, or just plain cold).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@nickels:  Captain and crew makes allll the difference, so I’m glad you’re going that route!  Much more stress-free that way.  (No need to worry about getting charts, figuring out route, etc.) 

Clothes: If you can, stay away from cotton.  If it gets wet from spray, you’ll be cold all day.  Bring extra water – you get thirsty out there.  (Try try to limit the alcohol or caffeine for the same reason.)  Sunscreen even if it looks cloudy!  Don’t want to spend your honeymoon sunburnt.  You can bring a camera, just keep it in a plastic bag just in case.  (You can create a quasi dry bag by putting it in a plastic bag, twisting the top of the plastic a number of times, then taking the top part and reversing it back in on itself over the camera…then repeat with the twisting…)  Remember “bathrooms” are inelegant affairs called the head.

Let me know if you want additional suggestions!  As you can tell from my avatar, I like to sail!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We looked into chartering a boat as the venue. We found there were extra costs not included in the original estimate–a fuel fee, docking fee, and mandatory event permit (which you’d probably avoid given your plan involves just six people).  Boats had different rules regarding alcohol and none allowed candles.  Be sure to find all this out up front before signing the contract.

Boats are awesome! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@nickels:  Make sure to check on local laws regarding getting married on the water.  We looked into this a little, and there was an issue where we would have either had to get married at the courthouse ahead of time and had a “fake” ceremony on the boat, or have the ceremony at the dock before the boat sailed, as the wedding wouldn’t have been legal/official if we did it on open water.  It would suck to get everything set up and realize that legally you can’t get married on the water. 

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