The United States is experiencing a major uptick in boat sales. If this year turns out to be anything like the last few years, there will probably be a few hundred thousand sold.

It’s not surprising that boats are becoming more popular, given the number of things you can do with a boat. Plus, we all need to get away from the world occasionally.

If you want, you can even have a boating party, and entertain your friends while on the water. Boating parties can get complicated, at least in the planning phases. We’ll discuss how to plan for a boating party in the paragraphs below.

1. Choose a Boat

Whether you own a boat, are buying a boat, or would prefer to book a party boat, finding the right boat should be your first priority. The boat you decide to use will affect the party to some extent. For instance, you can’t throw a large party on a small boat.

However, it’s not just about the guest list. Choosing the right boat will also depend on other factors, like where you are, when the party is, and how much money you can spend.

2. Set a Budget

You’ll need to consider more than just the price of the boat for your party. It wouldn’t be much of a party without food, drinks, or something to do. Even if you’re just talking over pizza and soda while docked on the water somewhere, you will have to pay for a few things.

Setting a budget ahead of time allows you to determine what kind of party you can have. Look into all of your options for all aspects of the party and run a few numbers. This will help you narrow down your choices so you can throw the best party possible without getting into money trouble.

3. Consider the Food

Take time to think about your boat party guests and what their needs are. For instance, how old are they? Are any of them diabetic or have any food allergies?

It’s estimated that one in every six Americans has some kind of allergy. Severe allergies are known as anaphylaxis, and about 2% of people have them. It’s especially important to avoid anything that triggers anaphylaxis because that can be deadly.

We encourage you to call up your guests ahead of time and ask if there’s anything they can’t eat or drink. This might help narrow down your choices and make it that much easier to decide what to serve.

How to Plan a Boating Party

Throwing a boating party can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Planning a boating party takes quite a bit of work, though. The good news is that we can help.

We’ve offered a few tips to help you plan the perfect boating party in this article, but there isn’t one right way to go about it. 

You can learn more about boats and how to sail in them by looking around our site. You can always contact us if you have any questions or concerns about boating.