Yackatoon is ideal for a casual cruise on Sydney Harbour. It offers a high level of professionalism with a laid back feel.
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Yackatoon is the perfect boat for your deep sea fishing charter! Where else in the world could you experience the thrill of landing a black, blue and striped marlin, tuna, spearfish and a possible broadbill within 30km from the heart of the city? Come and enjoy Sydney’s finest game and sports fishing vessel offshore or simply have a day cruising Sydney’s breathtaking harbour.
If you are new to game fishing we're here to provide friendly, helpful instruction.
Includes skipper, crew and all required equipment
4 hour Reef Fishing Charter
Maximum 12 passengers
8 hour Game Fishing Charter
Maximum 12 passengers
Balmoral pickup preferred
4 hour In-Harbour Fishing Charter
Maximum 27 passengers
4 hour Whale Watching Tours
Maximum 12 Passengers
Champagne Breakfast additional $70 per person
BBQ cleaning charge $150
Pick up and drop off wharf fees apply
BYO Food and Beverages
Gourmet Catering Available
All prices in $AUS. and include GST
Prices are subject to change without notice
50% deposit required to confirm booking
• Length: 15.5 metres
• Up to 11 anglers offshore
• Complete entertainment system
• Private shower and 2 toilets
Builder Precision Marine W.A.
Length 15.35 metres (50 feet)
Beam 5 metres (16 feet)
Power GM6V92TA Diesels - 550hp X 2
Max Speed 26 Knots, Cruising 22 Knots
Navigation GPS with chart plotter Simrad.
Radar 72 Nautical miles
Depth Sounder 1200 fathoms (2,400 metres) Simrad.
Radios HF, VHF, 27MHZ, plus mobile phone and EPIRB.
Comfort Air conditioning, TV/VCR
Facilities Fully equipped galley, health regulation compliant
In 2C, 1E survey under the USL code. Toilets X 2. Enclosed shower. Cockpit showers X 2.
Available fishing equipment:
Custom rods by Jack Erskine and Ian Miller 6kg - 60kg, stand-up and chair
Reels - Penn International
Lines IGFA class 6, 8, 10, 15, 24, 37 & 60kg
Lures by Pakula, Joey Yee, Marlin Parker and MoldCraft
Bait - Live and rigged
Summer - November to March
Marlin - predominantly Stripes and Blacks but there's also the likelihood of a Big Blue
Mahi - plentiful around offshore buoys and fish traps
Wahoo - an infrequent visitor but caught in reasonable numbers during the season
Kingfish - both in the harbour, and off-shore reefs.
Autumn/Fall - April to May
Marlin - numbers starting to dwindle but they can surprise right through winter.
Mahi Mahi - depending on water temperature.
Kingfish - both in the harbour, and off-shore reefs.
Winter - June to October
Yellowfin Tuna - caught trolling and by cubing in a berley trail
Albacore - "chicken of the sea" caught trolling and cubing
Light Tackle - Australian Salmon, Tailor (Bluefish), Yellow Tail Kingfish, smaller Tunas.
Private Charters, Corporate Charters, Game Fishing Charters, In-Harbour Fishing Charters
Yackatoon Fishermans MenuAntipasto platters plus standard beers and wine $70 per person
Fisherpersons lunch with standard beers and wine $95 per person
Premium Fisherpersons lunch with fresh prawns, premium beers and wine $120 per person
Selection of fresh Damper rolls
Home made Sausage rolls
Bacon & egg Tarts
Mussaman beef and rice in Chinese pails
Cheese & fruit platters
Premium package includes market fresh prawns
Yackatoon Harbour Cruise MenusSubstantial 6 course Finger food (2 hot) plus standard beers and wines $105 per person
Substantial 6 Course Finger food (2 hot) plus premium beer and wine $120 per person
Substantial 8 Course Finger food (3 hot), fresh prawns plus premium beer and wine $140 per person
Cold Seafood Platters, 3 finger food (1 hot) plus premium beer and wine $150 per person
All menus include soft drinks and water
Homemade sausage rolls w chunky tomato sauce
Selection of mini quiches
Pumpkin risotto cakes w tomato jam
Italian meatballs w Neapolitan sauce
Tandoori chicken skewers with tzatziki sauce
Moroccan prawns with preserved lemons
Salt & pepper squid w lime aioli on wonton spoon
Rosemary & lamb kebabs brushed w garlic oil
Potato & goat cheese puffs served w sweet chilli sauce
Satay prawns w coconut & lime dipping sauce
Greek style mini pizzas w olives, char-grilled capsicum, fetta and basil
Walnut & goat cheese stuffed mushrooms
Char- grilled swordfish skewers w caponata
Chicken & kaffir lime cakes with Nam Jim sauce
Honey & sesame chipolata pita wraps
Thai fish cakes w cucumber dipping sauce
Beef burgundy mini pies
Sweet potato waffles w chilli lime cream, fraiche & smoked salmon
Lavosh roll ups filled w fetta, roasted capsicum & pesto
Roasted sage, gruyere & caramelised onion tarts
Rare roast beef roestis w horse radish fraiche
Potato, parmesan & zucchini frittatas w chive fraiche
Asian flavoured duck rolls w baby spinach & dipping sauce
Smoked salmon & dill Canapé served on mini toast
Vietnamese vegetarian rice paper rolls w mild spiced dipping sauce
Smoked salmon, dill fraiche & caviar crepes
Prosciutto, asparagus & hollandaise tartlets
Nori rolls w wasabi aioli
Zucchini & bacon roestis w rare roast beef & tomato jam
Noodle boxes or Pail & Spoon
Thai Beef salad w rice noodles
Mussamun beef curry w jasmine rice
Spoons of potato, leek and porcini ravioli w white wine sauce
Buttermilk chicken curry w fragrant jasmine rice
Spicy Moroccan lamb w cous cous
Salmon Carpaccio w pear & fig on wonton spoons
Caprese Salad with baby bocconcini, cherry tomato , basil & optional anchovy
Thai noodle salad w cashews & glass noodles ( beef chicken or vegetarian)
Trio of delicious Italian gelatos
Penne pasta w smoked turkey, bacon, shallots & red sauce w cream infusion
Buffet Menu available on request to suit clients needs.
Large variety of sides, side salads and vegetables available with buffet menu.
Yackatoon Champagne Breakfast MenuChoose any three:
$70 per person
Ham & cheese croissants
Corn cakes w crispy bacon & avocado salsa
Mini bacon & egg rolls w BBQ sauce
French toast topped w bacon & gruyere, blueberries or maple syrup & bananas
Zucchini & potato frittatas
Selection of Savoury Breakfast tarts( bacon & egg, smoked salmon & shallot, corn & bacon or zucchini & mushroom)
Breakfast pizza with tomato jam, Italian sausage, bacon, egg and cheese
Yoghurt pots with passionfruit or muesli
All menus are interchangeable
Safety and Equipment
Is the boat safe and in good condition?
Yes, the vessel is currently in survey with the NSW Roads and Maritime, which requires comprehensive safety equipment standards and regular safety checks. A safety briefing is given to the charter passengers before embarkation and safety gear will be provided if required. All vessels in our fleet are selected for safety, comfort, quality and cleanliness. We are proud to keep them this way.
What is the maximum capacity of the boat?
35 passengers is the maximum surveyed number allowed on this vessel.
Please note - an infant, regardless of age is considered a passenger.
Is the boat suitable for children?
Yes, the vessel has safety rails all the way around the boat and children's lifejackets are available on request. Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
Is there sun and wind protection on the boat?
Yackatoon’s covered cockpit area provides ample shade from the sun and wind.
What toilet facilities are on board?
Yackatoon is equipped with 2 modern, spacious marine toilets with easy access for charter.
Catered Food and Beverage Options
Can we organize a meal on board?
Yes, we can recommend some excellent local caterers for you to design and deliver the perfect menu to suit your budget and taste.
Are we allowed to bring our own food and drinks?
Yes, we suggest that you bring boat friendly food that requires minimum preparation i.e. platter-style cold foods.
Is there a BBQ on board?
An Electric BBQ can be bought onboard for you to use on your charter for an additional $150.
Can we have music on board?
Yes, the vessel is equipped with a sound system which is mp3 compatible. Please ensure your mp3 player is fully charged and you bring a connector with you. Yackatoon is equipped with both indoor and outdoor speakers.
Where can we go during our charter?
Your skipper can take you most places within Sydney Harbour, providing it is within the surveyed boundaries. Should your guests wish to go to a specific location within Sydney Harbour please let us know at time of briefing.
Can we extend our charter time during the charter?
Yes, although this is subject to availability and up to the skippers discretion.
Please note - payment will be charged to the authorised bond post charter.
Booking and Payment
How do I secure my booking?
A minimum 50% deposit is required to confirm booking, with the balance payable 14 days prior to commencement of the charter. Upon payment of your deposit, a Skippered Charter Contract will be faxed or emailed to you, confirming details relevant to your charter, which must be signed and returned. Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa, EFTPOS, Electronic Funds Transfer or Cash. Diners Card, Bankcard and Cheques are not accepted.
Is there any paperwork to complete before we go on our Charter?
Yes, we require your signed contract and authorised bond form prior to your charter.
If I cancel the charter, can I get a refund?
See General Booking Information button below for details.
What happens in the event of rain?
Yackatoon provides excellent protection from the elements.
We cannot offer a 'Blue Sky Guarantee'. If boating conditions are unsafe, as determined by the management of Sydney Harbour Escapes, we will offer a six month voucher where you can reschedule your charter based on availability.
Preparations and Arrival
What do you advise we bring along for our charter?
As conditions can vary on the water, it is suggested that you bring along a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimmers, and seasonal jumper or jacket. Please wear white-soled shoes or non-marking boating shoes. Strictly no black soled shoes or stiletto-heeled shoes, as this will damage the decking.
Does our party need to get there before the set time of the charter?
All your party should be at the designated pick up point at least 15 minutes prior to your charter time to allow loading of passengers and gear and to enable enough time for the skipper's safety briefing.
Please note - your charter will start and finish at the times on your contract.
Can one of our guests be picked up late and dropped off early from another wharf?
Multiple pick up and drop off points are not recommended as this will shorten your charter time significantly. We suggest that guests wishing to join the charter late or leave early should arrange alternative transportation via water taxi at their own cost. Please ask one of the Sydney Harbour Escapes team members for a Water Taxi contact.
6 hour charter
$1400 - $1700
Up to 7 hour Reef Fishing Charter
5 hour Fishing Charter