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This summer, from Chicago to NYC, Los Angles and everywhere in between people are looking to head to a Yacht party.  If you are like me you may have a few questions on how to yacht party right. Well don’t worry my friend, we put together this quick list to set you straight next time you find yourself at a boat party. 


 Doing a Yacht Party RIght

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor was once quoted as saying, “Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.” Going on a yacht trip with friends is something many men can only dream of. Whether your yacht party forms part of a birthday celebration, doubles as a stag party, or is merely an escape from everyday life, there are a few rules you need to follow to ensure you get invited along on the next trip as well. While ‘being yourself’ is ultimately the reason you were invited in the first place, you may want to follow a few simple guidelines that will help make your yacht trip as enjoyable as possible.


How to dress – Yacht Classy or Boat Trashy? 

This may all depending on what kind of boat you are going on, if there is a theme, and really importantly, what’s the weather going to be like.  Whatever you do, don’t show up with out checking that days weather report, and in places that have funny microclimates like Los Angeles in the Summer, I would use an app like Weather Underground that lets you pick a weather station closest to where you are going to be. Anyways, more on what to dress like at a yacht party.  

Like we mentioned earlier, how to dress depends on a few factors, we talked about weather which is a no brainer, but things can get a little bit more tricky from here.  How you dress is going to depend on A – what type of boat you are on? and B – What kind of Party is it?


Classy Yacht Party on Large Boat

  • Look at that invite hard, if it is classy it should suggest what to wear which is normally business casual or full on white tie


Informal or themed party on Large Yacht / Boat

  • Once again always double check the invite to make sure there is not a dress code listes
  • If its a theme dress to theme lamo, and do you best, you do not have to spend an arm and a leg since most thrift stores have some dope options
  • If its more friends / casual then dress how ever you feel like, its a big nice boat so its like a floating ball room


Medium Sides Boat / Pontoon Boat Party (Are there classy versions of these?!)

  • The boat is smaller and you are probably amongst friends or at least acquaintances, dress to theme if it has one and/or wear your swim trunks under your stuff or incorporate some “walkers” into your outfit so you have taking a dip as a cool down option.  Also make sure to bring a water resistant jacket or some kind, you might get wet or cold when you are cruising on the lake and especially the ocean. 
  • Ladies – I would skip the heels and go for something sturdy, medium and small boats can get rockin and rolling so its best to have something to help keep your balance and not slip.  Also no big hats, in the wind and/or when the boat picks up some speed that thing is gonna fly. 
  • Men – Sandals for low key affairs and boat shoes for classier ones.  Having a good grip is 
  • Pro Tip – Having trouble with grip or balance?  Kick off your shoes, bare feet are great for grip and balance – nature always has a way 


Smaller Boat / Ski Boat Parties 

  • Most of the tips for medium sized boats are also applicable here with one exception, you will probably get wet at some point so dress accordingly and don’t get mad when you do.  
  • Solid footwear is a must, smaller boats will be rockin and rolling a lot so be prepared for that. 
  • Pro Tip – Sit closer to the front if you are trying to not get wet, once the wake kicks up its going to splash you more and more the further back you are  


How to Eat – Don’t eat all the food 

If you’re invited to go on a yacht party with the guys, don’t expect someone else to feed you when you’re hungry. Offer to contribute towards the food for your trip, either by offering cash or buying supplies that can be used at mealtimes. If you fancy yourself a bit of a chef, you can bring along the ingredients for a dish you know the guys will enjoy. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with bringing along a couple of bags of potato chips or pretzels, a few club sandwiches, granola bars, cheese, crackers, and cookies. Remember not to drink on an empty stomach, or you may very well spend your entire yacht party clinging to the rails, retching as if your life depended on it.

Of course all of this goes out of the window if that bad boy is catered, all you need to bring is an empty stomach. 


How to Handle Yourself – Treat it like your own

Regardless of whose boat you’re on, remember to respect it as if it was your own. Keep your feet off the seats, and don’t handle any equipment that didn’t ask you to handle – including paddles, boards and floating devices – with the utmost of care. Don’t flick any switches or turn any knobs unless you know what you’re doing, as you never know what you may start up or shut down. Try not to put your dirty feet on any upholstered surfaces, and where possible, keep your drink firmly in your hand to avoid any nasty spills, or better yet, find a cup holder or get an old school beer koozi. Avoid fiddling with anything motor related, especially when the boat’s moving: this is what’s keeping you propelled forward in the water. Not only are these motors expensive but they can also cause grave injury if handled incorrectly.


How to Act – Remember your manners

It’s very easy to get carried away on a yacht party with your first mates, especially if it is your first time on the water. Try to behave in a civil manner at all times, taking special care to be courteous towards your host. While no one will expect you to come bearing gifts, it may be a nice gesture to present your host with a small gift as a token of your appreciation. A Craft Beer Sampler Bucket or a Crystal Head Vodka Gift are both bound to impress, and will definitely see you earn a few brownie points before you even leave the shore.  Plus you can drink those bad boys right then and there, you’re welcome! 


How to Drink – Don’t drink everyone else’s booze

If its a boat party where you are hanging out with the guys, you will more than likely need to contribute towards the alcohol stash. Always bring more booze than you think you can drink by yourself, as this will not only make you look like the sharing type, but will also prevent you from running out of alcohol and attempting to drink everyone else’s. Apart from alcohol, also consider bringing along a couple of bottles of soda, a box or two of fruit juice, and even a few liters of bottled water. The latter is bound to come in handy, especially when you have to spend a day out in the sun after a night of heavy drinking with your mates.

Of course if it is a larger affair on a nice yacht, they are probably proving the booze.  So the best thing you can do is not get too drunk and if you are, stay away from the edge. 


How to Close it Out – Clean up after yourself

When you’re at your yacht party, remember that no one likes a litterbug. If you make a mess, whether it’s spilling a drink or dropping a piece of paper, clean up after yourself instead of sitting around waiting for someone else to do it. Don’t ever throw anything overboard, as the oceans, rivers and lakes of the world are already polluted enough. Instead, take extra care to throw away small items like beer bottle caps, sweet wrappers, cigarette buds, straws, cans and potato chip packets, and empty the bin before it overflows with garbage.


Going to a yacht party with the boys and gals is bound to be a lot of fun. As long as you remember your manners and don’t make a nuisance of yourself, you should land yourself an invitation for the next trip as well.

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