General Questions

We typically sail from Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland so as we can access the best swimming and sailing locations in Moreton Bay. We may also be able to depart from Dunwich (North Stradbroke Island) or Manly Boat Harbour.

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.

Cleveland is only 40 minutes drive from the Brisbane CBD and is easily accessible by either car or train. We can also recommend a great charter bus company.

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.

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.

Please be reassured that we take the health and safety of our passengers and crew very seriously. You can have peace of mind knowing that we are a COVIDSafe business adhering to the measures put in place by Qld Govt health officials.

These measures are designed to cover:

  • pre-screening crew and passengers to reduce the chance of a COVID-19 carrier being aboard the vessel
  • following social distancing 
  • cleaning and disinfecting 
  • food preparation and service
  • management of unwell crew and passengers

From the 17-Dec-2021 (or when QLD reaches 80% double vaccination), social restrictions come into place. 

On half day public charters:  All passengers aged 16+ must provide proof of double vaccination.

On private charters (e.g. xmas cruise/birthday cruise): passenger limit of 20 PAX if anyone is unvaccinated and 30 PAX if everyone is vaccinated. 

If you have any questions on our COVID-19 safety please don’t hesitate to give one of our team members a call.

From the 17-Dec-2021 (or when QLD reaches 80% double vaccination), government enforced social restrictions come into place.

On half day public charters: All passengers aged 16+ must provide proof of double vaccination.

On private charters (e.g. xmas cruise/birthday cruise): Aristocat is limited to 20 passengers if anyone is unvaccinated and 30 passengers if everyone is vaccinated.

If you have any questions on our COVID-19 safety please don’t hesitate to give one of our team members a call.

Please give us a call asap if you meet any of the following and we can re-schedule your charter free!

  • any passengers who have any cold/flu symptoms to remain at home 
  • require any passengers who have traveled internationally or come from a known COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days to remain at home
  • require any passengers who have come in contact with a confirmed (or suspected) COVID-19 case within the last 14 days to remain at home
  • follow Qld Govt health guidelines while aboard Aristocat i.e. maintaining social distancing where possible and regularly washing hands
  • be double vaccinated by 17-Dec-21 (see QLD 80% Q &A just above)

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 intolerant please let us know beforehand and we’re happy to accommodate.