Frequently Asked Questions
Boat Charter Preparation
So you've booked a charter and now need to tell everyone where the Golden Eagle IV departs from and what they need to bring. Forward our walking map and pre-charter checklist to your friends so that they may also be prepared.
Q. What are your rates?
A. Boat rental rates for this year are noted on our Booking Page. Minimum bookings are 3 hours in length to ensure you have time to enjoy the sights and scenery of the downtown Vancouver waterfront. Our rates are the same for weekdays and weekends, days and nights, summer or winter. We keep the rates simple, cheap and consistent. Don't forget the crew does also work for tips.
Q, What kind of boat, how big, and do you have pictures?
A. We can do a maximum of 28 people on our 40ft charter specific vessel. Additional information on the size of the boat and layout is found in the About Us section along with pictures in the Photo Gallery.
Q. Do you have set times as to when the boat goes out?
A. We do prefer to arrange bookings into morning, afternoon or evening charters, but will consider whatever fits into the schedule...so check on the availability calendar and email an inquiry off to us today.
Q. We have an event booked, when should be be at the dock?
A. Have your group arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to ensure you're not waiting at the dock for stragglers to arrive (we know there's always a couple of latecomers... always!). The boat will be ready for loading 15 minutes prior to departure.
Q. Where is the boat and how do we get there?
A. The boat is located at the Plaza of Nations Marina, on the east side of the Edgewater Casino at 750 Pacific Blvd. See the map to our location. If you prefer to use public transit, the Stadium Skytrain station is located only 1.3kms away, about a 5 to 10 minute walk. Check www.translink.bc.ca for route planning.
Q. Is there a bathroom on the boat?
A. Yes, not to worry as there is a full size toilet on the boat. No need to hold it for 3 hours. This is our most frequently asked question!
Q. Is there parking nearby?
A. Pay parking lots are located throughout the Plaza of Nations, as well as at the Edgewater Casino. Street parking may also be available along Pacific Boulevard, or Expo Boulevard and usually requires some extra driving to find and the City has just installed Pay Parking terminals for street parking. Take note of any sporting or concert events at BC Place or Rogers Arena happening during the day of your charter, as these parking spots are usually snapped up early by fans.
Q. Do you have music on board? Do we need a DJ?
A. We have a stereo on board which will connect to the headphone jack of your iPod or MP3 player. We have the necessary cable, so just bring your device. As for a DJ, keep your party simple and minimize the amount of equipment you need to bring. An iPod hooked into the onboard system is sufficient for 98% of groups. This isn't a nightclub after all.
Q. What should we bring?
A. First of all, a great attitude is required before getting on board. Remember that you're about to head out for a few hours with great friends in a unique setting. In addition consider bringing along the following:
- ICE! This is the most commonly forgotten, and essential item for the cruise.
- sunglasses & sunscreen, a must under all conditions...unless it's February
- camera, to capture those memories
- music, mp3 player can be plugged in to the on board system via the headphone jack
- beverages of your choice (preferably in cans, they cool faster and don't tip over as easy)
- cups, plates, napkins and cutlery
- motion-sickness tablets are always a good idea...it sucks to feel sick when you should be having fun
Coordinate amongst yourselves as to who brings what. Temperatures are usually a few degrees cooler on the water than on shore, so dress appropriately. If you do feel chilled, the cabin below is heated and offers respite from the outdoors. For your convenience we have compiled a printable pre-boarding charter checklist that includes a location map.
Q. Where will we go?
A. We like to tour False Creek, Granville Island, English Bay and Stanley Park. The North Shore, West Vancouver and up Indian Arm are also popular day trips because of the sheltered calm waters and because most people haven't experienced those waters. If the seas are too rocky, we won't subject our customers to gutwrenching swells. When on board consult our captain for the best touring options of the day.