Ahoy, my boaties! Want to cruise the Swan River without a skipper’s ticket?
Nauti Picnics is electric driven and will give you the freedom to see Perth from a different view, in your own time and pace.
It is a self-skippered boat hire, so anyone over 20 years of age can enjoy this experience.
You have full control of your adventure, just pack your picnic, choose your tribe and jump on board.
The Swan River is beautiful all year round, and with Perth’s 300 days of sun every year, you’ll have plenty of sunny days to choose from. Check out our Weather Policy further down.
Yes, adult life jackets are available in the boat. Life jackets for children are available on land and will need to be reserved when booking, please let us know the weight of the children attending and how many. We do not have life vests for dogs unfortunately
There is room for 8 passengers, which is also the max legal passenger number by authorities.
This include children and dogs. No exception!
Yes, you can BYO. We encourage you to bring what you enjoy. There is a large picnic table in the middle of the boat.
We can also recommend a picnic made by local shops. Please do not overlad the boat with eskies. Only bring soft coolers.
No, anyone over the age of 20 can hire and drive the boat due to the low horsepower. It is important, however, that you follow our Induction given on the jetty, and obey the maritime laws that apply on the water, These can also be found on the website and in a folder on the boat.
The battery has the capacity to last for 6.5 hours, but this also depends on current, tide, weather, wind and the weight onboard. It is important to keep an eye on the weather and the digital display in the boat, and sail accordingly.
We have one boat at the moment, but are working on including more in our fleet. The maximum people in the boat, are 8 people. Keep up to date with further progress via our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
No, at this time only online booking 48 hours prior to hire is available. We are not moored at any jetty and will need to take the boat to the boat ramp for you.
Weekends and special occacions book out pretty quickly, so plan ahead.
Yes, there is a huge Bimini roof that covers the seating are. But, in the Western Australian summer, you will need to put on sunscreen and /or bring a light jacket as the sun will come in from the sides.
Top speed is 4 knots (8km/h) or a brisk walking pace. It also depends on the weather and current, and how many people are in the boat.
No, due to being a picnic boat, the people after you might be on there to enjoy their food and drinks and a fishy smell is not very pleasant.
Firstly, it is your responsibility to make sure you are back on time Weather and tide has to be taken into consideration. Sometimes you won’t make it to your planned destination and you have to return earlier. These things are normal in boating. If you are 15 min late, a $50 fee applies and it will keep counting in 15min intervals.
If you running late interferes with another persons booking, and they choose to cancel their booking due to this, we reserve the right to charge you for their booking as well.
Where cancellation notice is provided more than 48 hours prior to reservation time, Nauti Picnics will refund the hire charge.
Cancellations notice provided 48- 24 hours prior to reservation time will result in a credit of the hire charges to use towards future bookings.
Rescheduling within 24 hours is not permitted.
A no-show 15 minutes after scheduled departure has commenced shall result in full rental payment and the boat will be retrieved from water, unless notice has been given to Nauti Picnics prior.
No extension of hire is permitted if customer is running late
Yes, anyone over the age of 20 can drive the boat whilst you are out on the water. The other skipper will have to be there during the induction. The original hirer/ skipper will be responsible for any damage and fees if anything should go wrong.
Rain and wind are no fun when enjoying a floating picnic. So, if it is deemed unsafe by BOM or by Nauti, we will reschedule the booking on the day of the hire. No extra fees.
Winter is unpredictable, and we want to you experience the river in winter, so this is where the flexibility comes in. Check the weather, book a boat and if the weather changes, we’ll follow the sun for your convenience.
You will need to have a valid ID and be over 20 years of age. Reason is that you are responsible for everyone onboard and the boat whilst on the river.
Yes. The skipper of the boat must remain under the legal alcohol limit of .05 during the sailing.
The rest of the guest may consume alcohol, but we are encouraging moderation and good behaviour. Nauti can stop the hire early and/or refuse hire of the boat if the crew are intoxicated.
Unfortunately we cannot organise a skipper/captain for you due to rules and regulation around skippered vessels for hire. The boat is easy to drive and we promise to teach you everything you need to know.
Well, we then have to fix it. As the skipper of the boat, you are responsible for the boat and everyone on board, and we expect you to look after our assets.
Should an accident occur and you damage the boat, the engine and/or other equipment you are liable for the cost of the damage or the insurance excess of $1,000.
And if Nauti is losing money due to long repair times, you might be liable for missed income too.
No, you can moor on public jetties, but for a maximum of 15 min. Some jetties allow up to 4 hour mooring, please see signs at jetty or use our map as guide. There are also red courtesy moorings/buoys available on the river for up to 4 hours.
Do keep in mind that you should never leave the boat unattended.
No. What we do instead is to keep your credit card encrypted and if you do damage the boat, return late from hire or lose any equipment, we will charge the cc with the cost. You will be notified when you return the boat and will receive an invoice. The boat does cost more than an Audi A3, so please take care of it.