You don't have to be a millionaire (or an expert seafarer) to party on a yacht.
USA, new york, manhattan, sailing experience with bar aboard the shearwater, a wonderful yacht to rent for a romantic tour at the sunset over the manhattan tip
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There's nothing like a summer party on a boat. Unobstructed sunset views, rosé in hand, and a warm, salty breeze in your hair...

But hosting said boat party is something that feels pretty unobtainable for the average landlubber – we're more accustomed to just waiting hopefully on shore for an invite.

This summer that could change, because boat rental site Sailo just launched a new tool that makes planning your own boat party surprisingly simple, at a wide range of price points. SailoWay lets you create an event, choose the boat (or boats) you'd like to use, plan an itinerary and route, and invite and interact with guests. If you're charging for the event you can also set ticket prices, or if you're just splitting the cost with friends, you can track and manage their payments.

SailoWay boating event invitation
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During the tool's testing phase, co-founder and CEO Adrian Gradinaru told Travel + Leisure users planned everything from birthday parties to month-long trips. As it's released to the public, he expects a mix of private events like bachelor and bachelorette parties, and larger corporate events and sailing flotillas.

“I'm really excited to see what new events people will come up with, maybe ballet on the Hudson, or learn to sail date night, maybe a screening of a classic movie night with the New York skyline in the background,” Gradinaru said.

Sailo has 5,500 available boats, in 40 countries and 260 cities, and plans to increase that number to 15,000 this year. Some of their most popular destinations, according to Gradinaru, are New York City, Miami, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. There are options to rent with or without a captain, depending on your skills.

A nighttime boat party rented through Sailo
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In New York City, for example, prices range from $350 for a quarter day on a boat that fits six people to $40,000 per quarter day on a Spirit Cruises megayacht that fits 600. And if the choices intimidate you (or you're not familiar enough with navigating the open seas to draw out a detailed route yourself), you can ask advice from an online Sailo concierge.

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