The Nauti Side
We believe you should have the freedom to roam our waterways
Nauti Picnics offer Perth’s only unique opportunity to captain a deluxe electric boat without a skippers ticket on the upper reaches of the Swan River.
The self-skippered picnic boat is easy and accessible for everyone, and you are in control of your own adventure. We invite you to experience the freedom to roam whilst encouraging socialising, connection and indulging in a BYO or locally made picnic platters whilst cruising the river. Get to know Perth from the water!
Nauti is designed as an alternative to having your own river boat or sharing the space on your local cruise or ferry with strangers.
At Nauti Picnics, we believe we can change how people interact and use the river in a sustainable way via electric boating, community involvement and place activation. It’s our mission to inform and help people to get out on our waterways in a safe and eco-friendly way.
Good times are in the offing
It was late 2014 when I, Yvonne – founder of Nauti, came across an award-winning eco boat design from my Viking heritage and decided that this would suit Perth perfectly. It was going to be my lega-sea for my kids.
It was not until July 2016 that the boat finally arrived in Perth and in August 2017 it was on the water taking customers. I had every approval in order to operate, except some minor important issues – there was no jetty to operate from nor any electricity to set up a proper boat hire business. I had to do what every other recreational boatie was doing.
I had never driven a boat, nor launched and retrieved one. It wasn’t the plan having to do this, no one else in the world running a boating business had to launch and retrieve the boat every day. But I didn’t look back and have learnt every aspect of the operation and I launch every day from a public boat ramp.
Nauti started out with Saturday hires every second weekend as I had a part time job and kids in school back then, to now running full time, 7 days a week on demand.
I wouldn’t be able to do this without my partner, Adam, and my daughters Hayley and Teagan, who volunteer their time to help out when it’s busy.
I never stop learning. I have written my first kids activity booklet about boat safety with my daughters, I have designed an activity app for the river with my partner, I am a member of AEVA (Australian Electrical Vehicle Association) and in the process of designing my first boat. Look out for a new lounging boat coming soon.
I also try to be active in the river clean up in our community.
I hope you enjoy the service we provide and being able to be on the river without a skipper’s ticket. If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact me within business hours and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.
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I have been going against the current for nearly 5 years now, but I work hard to one day be able to offer several boats and a location where you can walk-in and jump on a boat whenever you feel like it.
The perfect boating life!
Fun fact 1: I cannot have loads of water in my face so I am petrified of falling into the river. Oh yeah! No joke! So what did I do, I started a boat hire business that forces me to be close to the water every day. I love the waterways by the way, just not being consumed by it.
Fun Fact 2: There’s nothing naughty about this business. Nauti is short for Nautical which means ‘everything to do with sailors and the sea’, so basically, our name Nauti Pincics means a “sailors picnic”. It couldn’t be more suitable!
My name is Yvonne. I am the owner operator of Nauti Picnics and the one behind every text, email and phone call. I am also the one you meet on the jetty. My priority is your safety and I can sometimes come across a bit blunt and straight forward because of this, but also because English is my second language.
I am originally from Oslo, Norway but I have called Perth home since 2004.
I arrived with my then Australian husband and young daughter, and was introduced to the Swan River on a passenger ferry with lots of strangers. It wasn’t my idea of a great way to spend my day.
I do not come from a boating background, but I have heaps of great memories from sailing the shores in Norway and Sweden on board family friends cabin cruisers in the odd summers. In Norway, we call them green winters. Our fjords are deep and picturesque and I love watching the water from a safe distance.
Fun fact: I have a fear of getting water in my face. Oh yeah, no joke! My head is always above water.
In 2014 I came across an electric boating concept from my corner of the world and decided to bring it to Perth. It was an uphill battle, and still is. But I am pushing through because I believe that this will help others enjoy and create beautiful memories on the calming waters of the Swan River in a sustainable way.
Nauti Picnics has changed a lot for me. I had to learn about boating, not just the enjoyment of being a passenger, but the actual boat and operation of it; fibreglassing, electrics, driving with trailer boat, launching and retrieving, all the rules and regulations, even politics. And I made it.
Nauti has grown organically and it’s now time to step into the next phase and build purpose built boats locally in Perth; made for WA’s lifestyle and weather and with you, my wonderful customers, in mind. You have taught me so much in the last 4 years.
With me on most weekends are my daughters, Hayley and Teagan, and my partner, Adam. They help me get the boat out on time and make sure we have all the features ready for you. They have been my biggest supporters and I couldn’t have done this without them. I am forever grateful for them sacrificing their weekends to spend their time on the foreshore with me.
I am a member of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association and a board member of Bayswater and Beyond Chamber of Commerce. Most days you will find me in deep thoughts planning new activities around the boat hire or finding interesting facts about WA’s history.