Our Story

At Funcats, we’ve been committed to customer satisfaction since the moment we opened in 1976. Originally the business used 'Go Cat' catamarans but over time switched to the boats we still use today, the 'Windrush 14' and the 'Hobie Wave' catamarans.

Over many years the business grew in size and popularity to the point where today it has become the largest catamaran hire business in Australia. It is not uncommon to have the entire fleet of 40 catamarans sailing on the Swan River in front of the city from 10 am-6.00 pm on weekends and holidays.

In more recent times Funcats has introduced both stand up paddle boards (SUPs) and kayaks into the hire fleet.

Funcats really has something for everyone!

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Andrew

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Rob

Sailing Expert

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Instructor

FAQs

Answers You Need

Do you have a question? Looking for more information about the rental process, the services we offer, or the brands we carry? Check out our list of frequently asked questions below for some quick answers. If you still have something on your mind, please reach out to a member of our team. We’ll be more than happy to get you the answers you need.

Do I need to book before I come to Funcats?


For anything less than 3 catamarans there is no need for you to book. Even if all of our catamarans are being hired we have on average around 10 catamarans returning to the beach every 15 minutes. For the kayaks and stand up paddleboards it is worth calling us to book as we do not have as many of these craft. Or book online here




Is there parking available at Funcats?


Just behind us is a large car park. Parking is $2 per hour up to a maximum of $8 per day. During the Summer School Holidays free parking is provided on the grassed area off Coode Street. We do urge hirers to avoid leaving valuables in their car. If you do not have someone to look after your gear we can safely store it for you.




How many people can I take on a catamaran?


Our catamarans are licensed for 3 or 4 people in total, depending on which boat you choose. Going beyond this number is a breach of our licence agreement. However, it is possible to swap people on and off the beach as many times as you would like.




Do I have to stay in one area or can I sail wherever I like?


Our staff will advise you on the day as to where it is best to sail. This changes from day to day with changes in wind direction and strength. What is most important is that you listen carefully to staff regarding areas of the river to avoid, and do all you can to stay within our sailing boundaries. Our sailing area is designed to make it easier for us to assist you in an emergency. Our sailing areas are devised to keep you and your crew safe.




Do I have to pay per person or just for the boat?


All of our rates are for the hire of the boat. The catamarans are licensed to carry 3 or 4 people at a time and we have no issue with you swapping people on and off the beach.




If I want to learn more and start racing can I do this at funcats.


Funcats has regular race nights throughout the season. We have races for both individuals and pairs. Ask our staff about racing at Funcats, without the hassle of owning your own catamaran.




Do I need to wear a life jacket?


Life jackets are supplied free with every hire. It is compulsory for every person to wear a life jacket whenever they are using one of our hire craft. To assist with this we have easy to fit life jackets for both adults and children.




Do I need experience sailing before I can take one of the catamarans out?


No experience is required. We will have you out sailing after a few minutes of easy to understand tuition.




Do I need a boating licence to take one of the boats out?


No licence is required to take any of our boats out. Within minutes you will be enjoying your day on the beautiful Swan River.




How do I know if the conditions are okay for me to enjoy a day’s sailing at Funcats?


For first time sailors we suggest that the perfect wind speed is anywhere from 8 knots to 14 knots, especially if you are taking children out with you. In the range between 15 knots and 23 knots the catamarans become quite powerful and the risk of capsize increases. Beyond 24 knots of wind speed we are generally thinking about suspending sailing, or restricting the area of sailing to a part of the river protected from the wind . To assist you, click here to visit the Seabreeze Website, and scroll down and view "Melville Water Live Wind Report". If you are still unsure just give us a call on 0408 926 003




At what age is it safe to take children on a catamaran?


5 years of age is the youngest age we will allow children on the catamarans. If you wish to take young children on a catamaran we suggest that you discuss this with us on the day. Factors such as sailing experience of the person in charge of the catamaran and the conditions on the day very much influence the advice we give to hirers.




Do you sell Stand Up Paddle Boards?


Yes we do! We now stock a range of Red PaddleCo Stand Up Paddle Boards which are available for hire and purchase. Our team can help you find the exact boards to suit your height, weight, fitness level and specific requirements eg: where you want to paddle, how fast etc. Visit our Shop for more information




Which payment methods do you accept?


We accept all major credit and debit cards, and cash.




Do you offer Gift Vouchers?


Yes we do! You can purchase a gift voucher through our website or pick one up at Funcats in South Perth




Is there a minimum age for the boats?


Yes, the minimum age for a person to be on our catamaran boats is 5 years of age. This is part of our licence agreement and is therefore a requirement we must uphold.





Our Team

Great service begins with great people. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to rentals.

We’re a team of dedicated professionals with a genuine desire to ensure that your experience with us is easy, convenient, and satisfying.

Still have questions? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

 

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