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Waterfront Charters at a glance...
Welcome to the Waterfront Charters, one of the greatest attractions in the V&A Waterfront.
A Boat Trip with Waterfront Charters connects you to the Ocean. So if you are looking to have UNIQUE and FUN FILLED experience on the Water during your stay in Cape Town, or you are looking for a platform for a product launch or staff function.
And you want an affordable an enjoyable experience with a reputable boat operator with years of experience and a proven safety record.
Our Company was the first tenant of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and also the first attraction, and one of the original owners Craig Girdlestone still runs the business after all these years!Then book an Exclusive Charter or join a Scheduled hop-on hop-off cruise with the Waterfront Boating Company!
Try the Boat Trips tab (BLUE tab on Top) if you are looking for a list of Daily Scheduled Cruises , look at the Charter Rates if you want exclusive use of a vessel. Next is the list of Special Cruises for a great combination of excursions.
We update our rates yearly , and the rate sheets are valid from January to December.
Look at the Our fleet section (Top Left) is you want to learn more about the choice of vessels available.
We also offer a range of Sailing Holidays for those that would like to Charter a Yacht in a foreign destination. Skippered, Crewed, Bareboat and Flotilla options are available.
23.5m Luxury High-Speed Catamaran
Looking for a Liquid Venue, we have the one and only for you. Space, comfort and all the modern conveniences are on board.
In fact no other Charter boat has as much space!!
She is 23,5 meters in length and is licensed for 140 passengers and 8 crew, but do not let the fact that she is South Africa’s largest day passenger boat fool you. We can offer groups of 12 and more in comfort and luxury surroundings.
We welcome you aboard our teak aft deck, leading to a Granite top bar area to quench your thirst, the two aft doors lead into a fully air-conditioned saloon area with 2 TV monitors.
The saloon area has comfortable couches with side tables and a buffet area .
We have 2 large stainless steel Gas BBQ’s on the back deck
as well as hot and cold showers on two swimming platforms on the stern deck so you can rinse of after a dip at Clifton 4th Beach.
Launched in December 1998, she was already ahead of her time, and she still has a state of the art Tandem Foil-Assisted System.
This means that when she moves at speed she becomes even more stable as the weight of the boat is spread over 2 underwater foils.
She has up to two Rib’s as Vessel tenders to take you and your guests on High speed or slow rides to see up close the abundant marine and bird life, and maybe the odd seal colony ,whilst the rest of your guests enjoy a BBQ at anchor at Clifton.
Sea Princess was built by the late Nelson Girdlestone of Waterfront Charters.
Passenger Capacity is up to 140 and 8 crew members
Cruise Duration 1 hour to full day
Route: Around Table Bay including Clifton & Hout Bay
Catering: Dinner cruises and full catering on request
Bar fully licensed
Air Conditioning: Yes. inside and fresh air on top deck
Mooring: Quay 5 , V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Marconi Rigged Schooner
The Sailing Yacht Esperance is a Dudley Dix Designed Marconi Rigged Schooner.
The new Esperance was launched in December 2002 and commenced trips in January 2003.
She is similar in design to the Spirit of Victoria . She had a well deck forward and aft allowing two separate seating areas . She has ample space for those fun-filled summer days at Clifton.
Dive overboard and relax while the crew on board prepares a BBQ for you and your guests.
Passenger Capacity is up to 45 ( 35 Recommended on Charters )
Cruise Duration Half day, full day & weekly skippered charters
Route: Around Table Bay and the surrounding coastline
Catering: Full live-aboard and barbeque facilities available
Bar Fully licensed
Air Conditioning: No, wind in your hair
Mooring Pierhead: In front of Hilderbrand Rest , V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Fun Cruise Boat
Southern Cross is a 45ft double deck fun motor cruiser that undertakes scheduled cruises out into the bay and down the coast towards Green Point.
She is designed by Angelo Lavranos and is based on a Cape Trawler Hull Design. Her distinctive Turquoise and White hull follows the lines of the tadional blue boat fishing fleet moored on the Collier Jetty .Her signal flags on her hull spell out her name .
She is ideally suited for the family and young groups. Her top deck offers uninterupted viewing of the harbour scenes . She also has a GPS based commentary .
She has full on board bar facilities
Passenger Capacity: Upto 85 (60 Recommened on Charters)
Cruise Duration: from 30 minutes to Whole Day
Route: Around Table Bay and along the coastline
Catering: BBQ cruises and full catering on request
Bar Fully licensed
Air Conditioning: No
Mooring: Quay 5,opposite Sevruga, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
High Speed Adventure Boat
These boats are renowned for their speed, safety and efficiency on the water. Each Boat is powered by twin Yamaha 200hp offering sophistication and speed in challenging conditions. The JetBoat’s are sure to provide you with hours of fun and exhilaration.
We have SAMSA and RYA trained skippers and crew to let you Experience the many wonders of our bay…LOOK OUT FOR whales, seals, sharks,dolphins & pelagic birds on any of our exciting trips .
We can seat up to 10 passengers on jockey style seats. Life-jackets are compulsory and should be worn at all times.
We also offer yellow rain suites to keep you dry on windy days. We operate from Cape Town, Hout Bay and Simons Town throughout the year .
All Passengers recieve a SAFETY briefing at our Quay 5 offices BEFORE they proceed down to the Boat on Quay 5.
The briefing is important see if any prospective passengers have a history of back problems, are pregnant or have been consuming alcohol , if these conditions exist we cannot have them aboard . There is a release and indemnity form to be completed , then tickets are issued and passengers are taken down to the boat where life-jackets are fitted along with a life jacket drill . Once on-board the skipper and crew show the passengers how to sit on the seats to ensure comfort during the cruise .
Typical trips on offer are:
Charter Sea Princess to Clifton and drops anchors in the beautiful bay. Guests are then taken on short rides in the Jet Boat. Typically we can take 10 at a time. Esperance can do a “Pirate Attack” where we “attack” the Boats with a Jet Boat and the crew all dress up like pirates. After the attack we then take the guests on rides. We transfer the passengers at sea.
We also offer a Power Sail that includes a Jet Boat Ride and a Sail, followed by an optional Helicopter flip with one of the Waterfront Helicopter Operators
Why “Jet Boat” when we have outboards? Our original Jet Boat did indeed have a Hamilton Water Jet coupled to a large turbocharged 455hp diesel. She became unavailable for charter in November 2007 and we needed a suitable vessel for our summer seasons bookings so an off the shelf production boat seemed the only solution. The Ballistic 7.8 is in use by the SA Water police and various charter operators on cape town, Dubai and the UK. This model has been tried and tested and used by experienced powerboat racers and took home three of the top 5 places in the 2003/2004 Trans Agulhas 1000km event. The choice was easy, and we have not looked back, so the Boat was changed but the name and reputation remained the same.
Passenger Capacity up to 10 for fast trips (12 for other uses)
Cruise Duration 30 Minutes , One Hour and Longer
Route: Around Table Bay including Clifton (Weather Permitting) or to Hout Bay on Private Charter
Catering: On request as part of a Charter
Bar On Request as part of a Charter
Climate Control: No , feel the wind in your hair !
Mooring: On Quay 5, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town in Front of Shop 5
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