Beginner’s Guide To Hiring a Junk Boat – The Checklist
By Inge Roggeveen
All That Junk is here to help. For your next or first ever HK junk boat hire, we are sharing a simplified checklist to help you plan and budget your trip.
You’re going to need to hire a boat. To choose the right boat, consider:
• The number of guests
> Boats range from ~20 pax to ~100 pax; most boats will be in the 25-45 pax range. The maximum number – for your own safety – is a strict limit.
• Type of boat
>Hiring a junk boat in Hong Kong comes with a variety of boats. There are traditional Hong Kong wooden boats, slick yachts, three-story boats, boats with Jacuzzis, boats with cooks, boats with slides, or maybe even two boats – you name it.
Most junk boats have a range of catering options, simply ask for food menus. Arranging food through your junk boat simplifies things and also means you don’t have to worry about getting your food on board on the day.
However, menu options may be limited or not to your liking. If this is the case, you’ll need to find an outside caterer and arrange for delivery on the day at the ferry pier. This website is a great resource for finding your catering options.
Ask your junk boat company about available drinks packages. Alternatively, you may wish to save cost and tell your guests to bring their own, or go to a liquor store and negotiate a package with exactly the drinks you want.
Finally: water and soft drinks are easily overlooked. So are cups and ice. Make sure to clarify with your boat provider what they will/will not provide on board.
There are all kinds of add-on features available for junk boats. Inflatable trampolines, on-board masseuses, on-board chefs, cupcakes, ice popsicles, clowns, DJs – the sky is the limit! Browse this website for ideas.
No party without music! Your junk boat company may arrange for music and/or you may want to play your own music. On a lot of boats you can connect your smartphone directly to the sound system, but make sure to check in advance to avoid disappointment.
You’re hosting a party for a good number of people, likely 20 or more! To ensure you don’t forget anyone, and to help check attendance on the day: make a list. Indicate who’s been invited, if they’ve confirmed, and (if you’re charging) whether they’ve paid. A sample guest list can be found here.
On the day
It’s the big day! It might be stressful – hang in there, you can relax as soon as everyone is on board. Make sure to bring:
• Your guest list
• Contact details for your junk captain and other vendors (if any)
• Sun screen, bathing suit, towel and other supplies
And, perhaps most importantly, tell your guests that meeting time is 15 minutes prior to actual departure time. Boats typically only have a few minutes to berth and get everyone on board, a little white lie to ensure nobody misses out, won’t hurt!
Too much work? Gather your friends and join All That Junk‘s Get Down Junk Boat Party. Let us do all the planning for you!