What are the different types of boats and which should I hire?

Celebrating your special occasion on the water is one way to make sure that your party will be one to remember! Whether it’s a birthday, wedding or buck’s night, celebrating on a boat is a fun and unique experience. But what type of boats are best for your celebration?

It’s an important question to ask because some boats may be better suited for your particular event. Different boats may also cost different or have different features and amenities. It can get a little confusing but we’re here to help! We’ll give you the lowdown on all the different types of boats that most charter companies offer, so that you can pick the right boat for you and your party crew.

What are the most common types of charter boats?

While there are many types of boats (such as cabin boats, cuddy cabins, personal watercraft PWCs etc.), you’ll find that most charter boat companies offer these common kinds. These are:

  • Power boats
  • Pontoons
  • Catamarans
  • Sailing boats
  • Luxury boats

Power Boats

Power boats is a general term referring to all boats powered by a motor or engine. These boats can come in all shapes and sizes and can have different purposes. They include your typical high-powered speedboats, fishing boats such as bass boats, or your family-styled houseboats.

Power boats are your jack-of-all-trade boats. They can be fast to satisfy thrillseekers, wakeboarders and jet skiers, or more stable for more slower, leisurely cruises. If you haven’t figured the specifics of your event and just want a boat, power boats will give you the widest range of options.


Pontoons or more specifically, pontoon boats are a recreational boat that float on well, pontoons. It’s a little confusing but pontoons are hollow, airtight tubes that are water resistant and relatively unsinkable. The deck is what floats on it, making a pontoon boat. These boats are usually flat and rectangular, with spacious areas for passengers to move about.

Pontoons are perfect for large groups and for various activities, mainly due to its wide, upper decks. While it may not feel exactly like a boat (with sails and all), the open decks of pontoons are perfect for special gatherings such as parties and weddings or more leisurely activities such as day cruising or fishing. If you’ve got a large crew looking for a big space to party the night away, look no further than a pontoon!


Catamarans are large boats which feature two hulls. These separate them from regular sailboats which are ‘monohull’, meaning they only have one hull. Catamarans can be further broken down into ‘sail’ and ‘cruiser’ types.

They are incredibly popular for parties and weddings as they tend to be quite large, have large open areas and are more stable than other types of boats. They are also built to be more stable and not as rocky as other types – perfect for guests who tend to get seasick. Catamarans tend to be more expensive than monohull boats but their unique balance of versatility and luxury make them worth the price tag.

Sailing boats

Sail boats offer up a true boating experience. These boats are also called monohulls as they only have one hull. They may be smaller and not as suitable for larger groups but they can give you a hands on experience of sailing and captaining your own boat. Monohulls are also typically closer to a ‘true boat’ and most agree that sailboats look better than catamarans or pontoons.

Sailboats can offer the best of both worlds. Want to experience slicing across the water at top speeds? Or do you just want to indulge in a cruisy sail around the harbour? Whatever your preference is, sail boats can give it to you!

Luxury boats

If you’re looking to splurge and have the most magnificent time on the water, these types of boats will be right up your alley. Luxury boats are named appropriately – they are luxurious, larger vessels which have a host of features to spoil you and your guests.

Some luxury superyachts have table dining, cocktail bars, buffet areas, jacuzzis and pools. The grandiose of these megayachts make them one step away from a full blown cruise ship. Of course, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to hire one, but if you’re already considering it, then you probably have the means to hire one!

Let us help you pick the right boat for you

There are other things to consider when you decide on a boat to hire. Here are some key things to ask yourself:

  • How many guests do I have?
  • How much am I willing to spend?
  • Do I need any special equipment or amenities?
  • How long do I want the boat for?

Answering these questions will help you make a clearer and better decision on which boat to hire for your special event.

Still having trouble deciding on what types of boats you want to hire? No problem – just contact our team at Charter Boat Sydney! We’ll help you come to a decision and make our own recommendations to make your day out on the water one you’ll never forget! We always respond to all inquiries within the hour so get in touch with us now.


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