FAQs: General information/Private yacht hire/Sailing tours

General Questions

Where do you depart from?

We typically sail from Raby Bay harbour, Cleveland so as we can access the best swimming and sailing locations in Moreton Bay. Other alternatives include the Brisbane River and Manly Boat Harbour. If you have a specific pick-up location in mind please let us know.

Where do you normally sail to?

It depends on what length of time your yacht charter is and which direction the breeze is blowing. Generally, we like to spend most of our sailing days in the majestic Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island which offers pristine clear water for swimming and white sandy beaches. This National Park Island is only accessible by private boat. Other destinations include Bird Island, North Stradbroke Island, St Helena Island, King Island and Coochiemudlo Island.

How do I get to Cleveland?

Cleveland is only 35 minutes drive from the Brisbane CBD and is easily accessible by either car or train. Alternatively, we can organise a charter bus for your group.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available either in the Cleveland train station or on Masthead Dv. Please avoid parking in the Hog's Breath Restaurant precinct as vehicles have been towed in the past.

What happens if we have bad weather on our scheduled sailing date?

In the event of bad weather we will re-schedule to another date which suits both parties. it's important for us to give you the best possible experience so you'll join us for future sailing escapes. Generally, the weather in sunny Queensland is excellent, with us only needing to re-scheduling approximately 1 in 25 charters.

Am I likely to get sea sick while sailing?

Aristocat is a large catamaran (two hulls) which boasts great stability. The yacht does not lean over nor roll like single hull vessels so it’s unlikely you’ll feel seasick. In addition, we operate in sheltered waters protected by Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. However, if you would prefer to take precautions, there are plenty of seasickness remedies available from your chemist.

Can we bring alcohol?

Alcohol is BYO and is only permitted in moderation. Bottles of straight spirits and liquors are not permitted onboard. Beer, wine, cidar and pre-mixed cans are welcome. Safety on a sailing yacht is of great importance and we need each guest to be aware of whats happening around themwith the sails and ropes.

Do you have an esky for drinks?

Yes, we provide a large 100L esky with ice. Your welcome to bring one or two additional eskies but please limit them to medium size for ease of storage. Our two fridges are also available for your drink/food storage.

Can we bring glass bottles?

We encourage cans rather than glass where possible as it reduces the chance of broken glass onboard.

Is there drinking water onboard?

Yes, we have plenty on fresh water on board suitable for drinking.

Are children allowed?

Yes, Aristocat is a family friendly experience. All ages and abilities are welcome. For children aged 2-4 we suggest you bring something to entertain them for the sail across to the islands. We have plenty of lifejackets on board for the kids.

Private Yacht Hire Questions

How many guests does your boat carry?

Aristocat is licensed to carry 30 guests for day trips and 9 overnight. For larger groups, we can organise a second catamaran for a group up to 50.

How do I book a boat hire?

To book a yacht hire on Aristocat and reserve your preferred date a $500 holding deposit is required, with the balance payable 3 weeks prior to sailing.

What should I bring on our sailing day?

You should bring sunburn cream, hat, warm wind jacket, swimmers, towel, change of clothes, ipod/CDs, camera, snorkelling equipment (we offer approx. 15 sets onboard), inflatable water toys.

Do you provide snorkelling gear?

Yes, we have approx. 15 pairs of goggles/flippers for your use. You are also welcome to bring your own pair.

Do you have a sound system to play Ipods?

Yes, we have an Kenwood stereo which takes Iphone/Ipod/Ipad via USB (all Iphone models). There are speakers in the back deck lounge area and the front deck. AM/FM radio and CD player are also available.

Can we BYO food and drinks? Yes, groups can choose to either BYO food and drinks or select our catered lunch/canapes freshly prepared by our crew. This removes the hassle of food preperation and clean up.

Do you offer catered food packages?

Yes, Brisbane Yacht Charters offers both a lunch and canapes option. Our lunch includes fresh prawns, roast chicken, leg ham, freshly prepared salads and crusty bread rolls ($25/person). Our canapés option includes cheese and dip platters and seasonal fruit platters ($15/person). If you have something specific in mind, ask us about catering for your tastes.

Is the kitchen equipped with plates, cutlery, champagne flutes?

Yes, the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you’ll need to host a party for 30 guests. The galley has a 3 burner gas stove, 2 medium sized fridges, fresh water, cutlery, crokery, wine glasses, champagne flutes, serving dishes etc. We only ask our guests clean up after they use the kitchen for BYO charters.

Can we use the BBQ?

Yes, your welcome to use the BBQ on the back deck of Aristocat. For larger groups, we suggest sausages/calamari/prawns rather than steaks as it’s not a large BBQ plate.

Sailing Tour Questions

How many guests does your boat carry?

Aristocat is licensed to carry 30 guests. However for guest comfort we limit our sailing tours to 25 guests.

What should I bring sailing?

You should bring sunburn cream, hat, warm wind jacket, swimmers, towel, change of clothes, camera, snorkelling equipment (we offer approx. 15 sets onboard).

Do you provide snorkelling gear?

Yes, You are also welcome to bring your own pair.

Does you lunch cater for vegetarians and celiacs?

Yes, we have two lovely salads - a beetroot, rocket, fetta, walnut with honey soy and the second a avocado, ranch and parmesan salad. Bread rolls are also included. Most of our lunch is gluten free with the exception of roast chicken and the soy sauce in a salad. If you are gluten intollerant please let us know beforehand and we're happy to accomodate.