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Images of Canberra – The ‘Party Boat’ under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge

By 20 June 2009 22

Has anyone actually been on this boat, and do they have a tale to tell?

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22 Responses to Images of Canberra – The ‘Party Boat’ under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge
#1
astrojax1:39 pm, 20 Jun 09

what boat? this is blurring the lines on riotous content now, jb… ; )

#2
threepaws1:48 pm, 20 Jun 09

The very brightly lit boat with the skull and crossbones and other assorted tacky stuff all over it that cruises LBG :)

#3
dvaey2:27 pm, 20 Jun 09

Here we go.. http://www.canberralakecruises.com.au/partycharters.html

This is ‘The Pirate Party Boat’ service. Looks like a good setup, surprised I havent heard more about it before.

On a semi-related topic, Ive always wondered what the laws are regarding boats on the lakes? I was under the impression that only electric powered boats were allowed on the lake. During Skyfire I noticed a lot of boats on the lake too, some of which seemed to be engine-powered. While I understand that individual companies such as the ferry or a party boat, could get permission to operate, how does this apply to the general public?

#4
Rawhide Kid No 23:07 pm, 20 Jun 09

dvaey said :

Here we go.. http://www.canberralakecruises.com.au/partycharters.html
During Skyfire I noticed a lot of boats on the lake too, some of which seemed to be engine-powered. While I understand that individual companies such as the ferry or a party boat, could get permission to operate, how does this apply to the general public?

The other boats are probably Police, SES and the company that controls the fireworks.

#5
toriness3:26 pm, 20 Jun 09

wicked photo!

#6
threepaws3:41 pm, 20 Jun 09

Thanks! Not a scrap of photoshop here people :)

#7
grunge_hippy3:48 pm, 20 Jun 09

we had our last 3 xmas parties on it. best time ever! possibly because of the company on said boat… RIP my old place of employment. kareoke, a pole(!) and they will cook the meat you bring on, and you supply the salads etc.

they also offer ‘adult’ cruises apparently, and by the look of the ‘ladies’ who for some reason where on our last cruise for the hell of it, you would need several vodka slushies (which you can bring the ingredients for and they make them) to even consider them somewhat attractive and want to see their ‘goods’.

#8
swamiOFswank3:55 pm, 20 Jun 09

I booked a Christmas party for about 20 people on that Pirate Boat once, and I would never recommend it to anyone. The people attending to our function and driving the boat were extraordinarily rude, the welcome and service was dreadful and while the catering by an outside company they recommended was not too bad, the hot food was unfortunately cold by the time the boat staff had advised us that it was ready for consumption. And all the while, you’re trapped on a boat, having a a not-so-great time for four or five hours. At least if it’s a bad restaurant or club, you’re free to leave. We couldn’t wait to get off the boat.

#9
Hells_Bells744:00 pm, 20 Jun 09

My friend had her 40th on it a couple of years ago, we dressed up like cops and robbers and had an absolute wicked time. Not badly priced either for full satisfaction from the crowd and the freedom and privacy to be yourselves.

Her only complaint was that she couldn’t invite all her friends, it has limits of course.

#10
realityskin4:44 pm, 20 Jun 09
#11
Holden Caulfield5:53 pm, 20 Jun 09

threepaws said :

The very brightly lit boat with the skull and crossbones and other assorted tacky stuff all over it that cruises LBG :)

Yes, a friend had a 30th on it on the night we beat the Kiwis in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Just remember, the taaaawlets are for number ones only.

#12
deye3:50 am, 21 Jun 09

threepaws said :

Thanks! Not a scrap of photoshop here people :)

I had to look twice as I have one very similar of the same boat :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/3411481435/

(Johnboy any chance of allowing replies with images in them sometime ?)

#13
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_8:32 am, 21 Jun 09

That boat must be bloody fast for you to get a shot like that!

#14
threepaws10:02 am, 21 Jun 09

deye said :

threepaws said :

Thanks! Not a scrap of photoshop here people :)

I had to look twice as I have one very similar of the same boat :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/3411481435/

(Johnboy any chance of allowing replies with images in them sometime ?)

Amazing!

#15
threepaws10:02 am, 21 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

That boat must be bloody fast for you to get a shot like that!

..Or it’s a 30 second exposure. One of the two :)

#16
Ivan762:28 pm, 21 Jun 09

I was on the party boat a couple years ago for a work xmas party & although the staff were a bit rude & created a standoffish type atmosphere we still had a great time..

Be careful of the climing the ladder up to the top deck, it was as slippery as hell & after a few drinks it becomes an OH & S nightmare..

#17
BerraBoy685:04 pm, 21 Jun 09

threepaws, if you’d taken that pic in the mid 1980′s and had it mass printed and mounted onto plyboard, you’d have made a fortune. I’d have bought it. Top pic.

#18
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_5:11 pm, 21 Jun 09

..Or it’s a 30 second exposure. One of the two :)

This is why I never get tired of this site.

#19
Katietonia11:10 am, 22 Jun 09

swamiOFswank said :

I booked a Christmas party for about 20 people on that Pirate Boat once, and I would never recommend it to anyone. The people attending to our function and driving the boat were extraordinarily rude, the welcome and service was dreadful and while the catering by an outside company they recommended was not too bad, the hot food was unfortunately cold by the time the boat staff had advised us that it was ready for consumption. And all the while, you’re trapped on a boat, having a a not-so-great time for four or five hours. At least if it’s a bad restaurant or club, you’re free to leave. We couldn’t wait to get off the boat.

Wow almost an identical story to my experience on the boat. I remember the feeling of being trapped on there for another few hours. The people that run the boat are very rude, the edge of the dancefloor “came off” and people kept tripping over it. Several people fell down the ladder as it was all slippery. We had to go back to the dock several times because the back of the boat kept flooding. Wouldn’t recommend it.

#20
burkes0811:57 am, 22 Jun 09

I booked a Christmas party for about 20 people on that Pirate Boat once, and I would never recommend it to anyone. The people attending to our function and driving the boat were extraordinarily rude, the welcome and service was dreadful and while the catering by an outside company they recommended was not too bad, the hot food was unfortunately cold by the time the boat staff had advised us that it was ready for consumption. And all the while, you’re trapped on a boat, having a a not-so-great time for four or five hours. At least if it’s a bad restaurant or club, you’re free to leave. We couldn’t wait to get off the boat.

I have been to 3-4 parties on this boat and always had a great time. Ok, so it is a little dodgy and customer service is not their 31 feature, but you get what you pay for.

It is called the Pirate Party boat and has a stripper pole. What sort of party did you think you were going to have. If you wanted a nice sit down dinner you should have booked the Southern Cross boat….. and paid the additional $200 per hour.

If you were having a ‘not so great’ time, you probably have boring workmates or friends.

#21
Jim Jones12:09 pm, 22 Jun 09

burkes08 said :

I booked a Christmas party for about 20 people on that Pirate Boat once, and I would never recommend it to anyone. The people attending to our function and driving the boat were extraordinarily rude, the welcome and service was dreadful and while the catering by an outside company they recommended was not too bad, the hot food was unfortunately cold by the time the boat staff had advised us that it was ready for consumption. And all the while, you’re trapped on a boat, having a a not-so-great time for four or five hours. At least if it’s a bad restaurant or club, you’re free to leave. We couldn’t wait to get off the boat.

I have been to 3-4 parties on this boat and always had a great time. Ok, so it is a little dodgy and customer service is not their 31 feature, but you get what you pay for.

It is called the Pirate Party boat and has a stripper pole. What sort of party did you think you were going to have. If you wanted a nice sit down dinner you should have booked the Southern Cross boat….. and paid the additional $200 per hour.

If you were having a ‘not so great’ time, you probably have boring workmates or friends.

So, if someone experiences rude service, it’s their own fault?

I hope to god that you don’t work in the services industry.

#22
chewy141:31 pm, 22 Jun 09

You get what you pay for Jim,
I wouldn’t expect to get waited on hand and foot if i go to McDonalds.

The guys who run this boat do not have the best manners, but you are not paying for first class service, its extremely cheap.

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