Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter celebrates 20 years on Sydney Harbour
The most experienced luxury charter boat company in Sydney – Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter – has this month celebrated its 20th year of operation on Sydney Harbour.
The company has been designing and facilitating boutique events for two decades on two vessels – the 92 foot A.Q.A. and 65 foot State of the Art – with both recently refurbished to provide guests with a luxurious, contemporary experience.
Simon Loneragan, General Manager and Senior Captain, said the organisation was proud of the calibre of clients and events hosted over the last 20 years.
“We have built our reputation on our experience in luxury yacht charters, plus our knowledge of Sydney Harbour,” he said. “This expertise has enabled us to provide event services for the likes of HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Richard Branson, the Invictus Games, and ROLEX. With two vessels available that adapt for numerous styles of events, we believe we provide unequalled versatility for event hosting on Sydney Harbour.”
The company has welcomed numerous local and international celebrity clientele, including HRH The Prince of Wales, President George W Bush, Sir Richard Branson, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Vince Vaughn, Michael Buble, Ashton Kutcher, John Travolta, the late Whitney Houston, the late Michael Jackson and the late Robin Williams.
It has also been the venue for a number of high-end corporate events, including five consecutive years hosting ROLEX VIPs during the ROLEX Sydney to Hobart, Australian movie premieres for American Pie 2, Battleship, High School Musical, and Johnny English, and corporate events for the GWS Giants, NOVA Entertainment, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Virgin Money, the Invictus Games, and United Airlines and THALES.
Extensive refurbishments recently completed
The 20th year of Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter’s operations has seen extensive refurbishments completed for both vessels. The 92 foot A.Q.A. has had refurbishments costing nearly $500,000, including:
Entire navigation equipment upgrade by Garmin Australia, valued at $140,000;
Main fly bridge and helm redesign and refurbishment including leather finishes and timber panels;
Fly bridge lounge refit;
Main aft deck lounge refit, with the addition of a 10-seat teak dining setting;
Fly bridge aft deck 12 person lounge suite;
White wash oak timber flooring throughout the boat;
Galley upgrades including BOSCH double commercial ovens;
Reverse cycle air conditioning system upgrade to the value of $150,000;
Full rebuild of the bow sunbed and lounge furnishings;
Installation of draft beer facilities, serving award-winning Hope Estate pale ale;
All soft furnishings updated;
A major international class survey was completed by DNV GL, the highest possible international safety and quality inspection.
The 65 foot State of the Art recently completed the following refurbishments, which totalled around $250,000:
Timber floor and panelling resurfacing throughout the boat;
Complete stainless steel engine piping replaced;
New air conditioning system;
Major engine servicing and quality tested;
Bow sunbed custom-designed and built;
Full lounge suite upgrade.
“This significant investment in the quality finishes, structures and safety of both vessels demonstrates our commitment to providing a contemporary, world-class corporate and private event venue for both local and international guests to enjoy,” said Captain Loneragan.
Unequalled versatility for event hosting
The 92 foot Warren Motor Yacht A.Q.A. is one of Sydney’s finest luxury vessels, offering a six star cruising experience. Renowned in Sydney for her class, superior service and stunning design, it is an ideal Sydney Harbour venue for high-end corporate and private events. It comprises a main lounge, Sky lounge, large top deck and three large bedrooms with ensuites, and can accommodate up to 65 for cocktails, casual buffet dining for 45 people, or up to 40 people for formal dining.
State of the Art is a custom 65 foot Motor Vessel and one of Sydney Harbour’s most sought after private charter vessels. It is designed specifically for relaxing luxury day or night cruising and can accommodate 35 people for cocktail cruising, casual buffet dining for 25, and formal dining for up to 20 people.
20 years in numbers
In its 20 years of operations, Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter has seen:
2,800 parties hosted (140 each year)
75,000 champagne corks popped (3,700 each year)
112,000 passengers boarded (5,600 each year)
900,000 canapes served (45,000 each year)