FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How does this work?

Much like a restaurant or banquet room in a hotel, you pick the time, date, number of guests', food and beverage choices and we produce your entire event from start to finish. You just show up and have fun!

How much does it cost?

Cost can range anywhere from $1800 to $6000 or more, depending on various factors. Guest count and food and beverage choices are the main determining factors. All our pricing is on our website. If you add items yourself be sure to include the extra charges like tax, service charge and marina tax.

Can I do this a-la "Cheap"?

Yes and no. The cost of producing an event on a boat makes it difficult to make the charges as cheap as some “land” venues. However, we do allow options like “BYOF” or a cash bar (where guests purchase drinks at the bar), both of which keep the cost lower than what a full service event might be. Also, as far as boats go, we believe we are the most reasonably priced company in Marina del Rey and the only one that lets you bring your own food.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Unfortunately not, we are a licensed facility and no outside drinks are allowed at all.

How do I book?

Booking is easy; you just give us some basic info like the time, date, estimated guest count and food and beverage choices. We forward a proposal, our terms and conditions and a link for you to pay a down payment via credit card. You must make a down-payment to reserve the spot. We don't hold them, its first come, first serve. Final payment is due 3 business days prior to your event after you've given us the final guest count.

How much is the down-payment?

50% of the proposed charter agreement or $1000. Whichever amount is greater.

What if I decide to cancel?

Not a problem, as long as you do it 120 days prior to the event. We'll refund the down-payment less a 3% processing fee for the credit card fee incurred.

If you cancel within the 120 days, you will forfeit the deposit. Canceling within 7 days of the event, you will be liable for the entire amount.

Please remember when you reserve one of our slots we cannot sell it to another party hence the cancelation policy.

What if when I reserve I'm not sure of my guest count yet?

Not a problem, we can go with a tentative count, when we finalize 7 days prior to the event, you can give us your most current count and we will price accordingly. Do note, however, that if you have a prime time slot, you will still be liable to meet your contracted buyout, even if you guest count drops.

What does a minimum buyout mean?

It's the premium amount you will need to spend in order to get a Friday night or Saturday time slot as these are our most popular. Holiday times and dates may also apply. Generally, these range between $2500 and $4500 in the overall cost of your event. Give us a call if this is confusing and we can explain further 😊

How do the Packages work?

The more guests you have, the cheaper we can make the price per person since producing an event costs us very little more if it's larger rather than smaller. We pass these savings on to you. Packages are about 25% off the regular pricing since you will not be paying for the boat rental separately.

If you have over 20 people, you will get the same rate as paying for 25 people at the package rate so you may want to consider going with the package at that point. At 40 people, the per person price drops event lower. You can have up to 62 guests on our larger boat.

You have 2 boats?

Yes, the maximum capacity of the Tiki Too is 49 guests and the Tiki Mermaid is 62 guests. They are both very similar in our “Tiki” themed style and both very popular. Both have bars, lounges, dance floors, outdoor decks, and 2 restrooms each.

Generally we place your event on the boat which is more size appropriate. Your placement may also depend on the minimum buyouts.

You are welcomed to request a specific boat and we will do our best to accommodate the request but we do reserve the right to move your event if necessary since boats do break and unforeseen circumstances do occur.

Where do you cruise?

We cruise around the Marina del Rey harbor and throughout all of the basins but we do not go out into the ocean.

What if my boat breaks during my event?

Although rarely, this does happen. In the event of very high winds this can also prohibit your being able to sail, although also a very rare occurrence.

This will be very unfortunate but your party will go on and be really fun but dockside. Hence, it will be like a waterside restaurant tied to the dock. You'll still have your food, drinks, dance floor, staff, lounge and all the fun stuff we provide you will just not cruise.

We will also refund you ½ of our regular boat rental rate for every hour you don't cruise. Hence at the current rate you will get $250 refund per hour.

We know this may be very disappointing but any vessel is subject to break or subject to the elements which prohibit performance. You take this chance by booking a boat, car, bus, plane etc.

Do you allow smoking on board?

Yes, cigarettes and cigars are allowed but only on our outdoor decks. Please note, however, marijuana smoking is strictly prohibited onboard even if you have a prescription. We are regulated by the US Coast Guard who does not recognize its use as a legal substance. Any illegal substance found to being used on board subjects your event to being closed down early as we risk losing our license to operate.

How does alcohol work onboard?

Much like a regular land bar, you must be 21 to drink alcohol. We serve until 2am and we serve very responsibly. Most events opt for an open unlimited bar where guests can help themselves to as many drinks as they'd like however we reserve the right to cut anyone off who is overly intoxicated at any time.

If you opt to not have an open bar, we can set up a cash bar, where your guests can purchase drinks directly from the bar while on board.

Also, there are different bar prices depending on the quality of the liquor; all inclusive non-alcoholic drinks as well as wine, champagne and beer. Please see our menus for details of what is included in each type of alcohol bar.

What about food?

If you purchase from us, we serve buffet style and unlimited. Guests can help themselves to as much as they want. All our packages are "Party Platter" style hence designed to be bite size but plentiful and available during an entire 3 hour event. Also, we do a very attractive and professional presentation.

If you opt to bring your own food, you will also need to provide basic and service utensils, plates and platters. Everything needs to come plattered and ready as we do not have a kitchen on board. If you need food warmers they must be rented from us at a small charge. We will give you and another person additional pre-party time to set up your food. You will also be incurring an additional fee for cleaning and a server to help clean during your event.

Can I decorate?

Yes! You can bring anything except confetti, streamers or any other décor which causes excessive mess. Also, no candy please or candles. We provide votives on board.

Our boats are already highly decorated so you really don't need very much. Most guests just bring a banner or some flowers.

What about music?

We have an awesome stereo system into which you can plug any device which has a head-jack (where earphones go). You only need to bring in the devise charged. We supply the cord.

We also offer a great DJ who can play any type of music you request at the rate of $175 per hour.

If you'd like to bring in your own entertainment, that's fine too. They must provide ALL their own equipment including speakers and a copy of Liability Insurance at least 3 business days prior to the event or else we will charge them as a guests. This is also the case for any other outside vendor brought on board.

What's the deal with parking?

We validate parking for the first 2 hours, afterwards it's $1 per 20 minutes. Typically you will leave paying $6 but the maximum fee is $15 in case you plan to arrive earlier or stay later.

Please note that the parking booth only accepts cash. If you need to take a cab home for safety purposes, you may pick up your car the following day and pay the maximum fee or you can come back between 1:30am and 8:30am and may be able to drive off for free. If you'd like to make arrangements to pay for parking for your guests you may contact Modern Parking at (310)821-1081.

Where would a bus park?

There are bus parking lanes on the street side of our parking lot next to the exit booth.

What landmark do I look for when trying to find your location?

Look for the restaurant El Torito or Shanghai Reds in Fisherman's Village and park anywhere in that parking lot.

I have a prescription for marijuana. Can I smoke it on board?

No illegal drugs of any kind are permitted onboard (including prescribed marijuana). If any is found the party will be terminated immediately and no refunds will be given.

Are your yachts handicap accessible?

While both docks are handicap accessible, the lounge area on the Tiki Mermaid is not accessible via wheelchair. The Tiki Too, however, does have ample seating on the lower deck.