Cardiff Cruises – the pleasure boat business based in Penarth Marina which operates the “HMS 69” booze cruises aboard its familiar red-painted steel-hulled passenger vessel – is up for sale with a price tag of £150,000 – including the boat itself.
Owner Martyn Driscoll says the sale will include the firm’s website and booking system, all social media accounts and details of how the company runs.
Mr Driscoll says his firm makes about £125,000 a year 60% from on-board parties and 40% from tours of Cardiff Bay.
The business is run by a staff of six – who Martyn says – apart from the boat itself – are “the biggest asset” .
There are plans to install a new upper deck on the existing boat to increase the capacity of the vessel to 80.
The idea for Cardiff Cruises came to Martyn after being part of a travel team promoting “party cruises” in Sydney Harbour. He founded the operation in 2008 – focused on the stag/hen and birthday market but after 9 years has now decided on a “change of scene” .