How many times have you crossed over the Yarra River just to see a group of friends—not yours—down below in a boat and thought to yourself, Gee—that looks like fun. But then you’ve kept on walking and forgotten about it because you neither have a boat or a boating license.
Well, no boat and no boating license is no longer a problem!
GoBoat is the newest and easiest way for you and your friends to enjoy time on the water. The boats—constructed from fibreglass, which uses recycled PET bottles instead of virgin glass—are powered by an electric motor and have a top speed of seven kilometres per hour.
This means that you don’t need a license to skipper them and anyone over the age of eighteen can be captain for a day.
Quiet and fitted out with a picnic table in the middle, GoBoats can seat up to eight people as well as your dog. Just keep in mind that if they jump into the river, that’s on you.
Docked at Sandridge Wharf in Southbank, you’ll be able to hit the water for anywhere between one-to-three hours ($129-$289) and travel as far as Hawthorn passing Herring Island on the way as well as Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Southgate, South Wharf, Birrarung Marr, Crown Casino and Alexandra Gardens.
If you do decide to have a picnic, the good news is that you can bring your own food and drink. That’s right, drink too. However, the skipper must remain pretty sober (under 0.05% blood alcohol content) while everyone else is limited to two drinks each or a bottle of wine per two people. Even still, we think that’s pretty sweet for an afternoon out on the water.
For safety purposes, each boat has a GPS tracker on board as well as a remote cut-off switch. So don’t be getting any funny ideas, otherwise, you might be heading home without the security deposit you left behind.
Book a GoBoat today and chart your own course down the Yarra River. Gift cards are also available.