THE PER­FECT BOAT

Mid-May marks the start of junk sea­son: We go be­hind the scenes of the city’s very best in sum­mer­time fun. By HK Staff

HK Magazine - - UPFRONT -

SHARKS

Not a real threat, de­spite yearly re­ports to the con­trary. Hong Kong’s last fa­tal shark at­tack was in 1995.

THE BOW

Ideal on the way out thanks to its prox­im­ity to the wa­ter. Be­comes prime tan­ning zone later in the day.

JEL­LY­FISH

Keep an eye out for these lit­tle stingers. Don’t mess with them and they won’t mess with you. Oh, and pee­ing on a sting doesn’t work. Try fresh wa­ter.

POOL NOO­DLES

Got ‘em? Bring ‘em. These friendly float­ing tubes are an es­sen­tial aid to junk trip sur­vival.

THE ONE GUY NO ONE KNOWS

There’s al­ways one per­son who’s on the junk for rea­sons that are never fully ex­plained. Treat them kindly: next time, it could be you.

NOOKIE COR­NER

The for­ward cabin is stuffy and not very nice at all, but hookups have been known. Our ad­vice: save it for dry land, Romeos.

THE TOP DECK

Tra­di­tion­ally the spot for a lazy, tired jour­ney home into the har­bor sun­set. Jump­ing from the top is both fun and haz­ardous de­pend­ing on how slip­pery it is (and how much al­co­hol you’ve had).

THE BEER SWIM

Per­fect the art of swim­ming with a can of beer held above sea level. This is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial.

TOI­LETS

Junks don’t have sep­tic hold­ing tanks, so they flush straight into the sea. Which means that if you’ve got to drop a num­ber 2, don’t do it when the junk’s sta­tion­ary. If you’re swim­ming around the junk and you see toi­let pa­per in the ocean: get away quick.

ICE

Most boats will sup­ply ice to cool your drinks, but it won’t be safe to drink. Ask for drink­ing ice if you’re plan­ning on any­thing more ad­ven­tur­ous than just cool­ing beer.

COCK­TAIL STA­TION

If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, con­sider set­ting up a cock­tail sta­tion for the higher class junk at­ten­dees to mix up a drink or two. Fine sug­ges­tions in­clude Ne­gro­nis (all you need is Cam­pari, sweet ver­mouth, gin and or­ange) or caipir­in­has (cachaca/white rum, sugar, limes).

GO­PRO

These days, ac­tion cams are an es­sen­tial part of any junk trip. Make sure you have a float­ing selfie stick. This year, though, we’re hop­ing for more junk DRONES. Get on it, cin­e­matog­ra­phers.

SUN­SCREEN

Bring it, use it, or you’ll end up the color of the Hong Kong flag— com­plete with pale bits.

BACK OF THE BOAT

Repos­i­tory for all the food. There are al­ways way too many potato chips. Go fig­ure.

BEER COOLER

Beer is the lifeblood of any junk and the sound of a case of beer tum­bling into a cooler is an es­sen­tial start to your trip. Just make sure you have enough, be­cause a dry junk is a ter­ri­ble fate.

THE SPEED­BOAT

Is rent­ing a speed­boat worth the ex­tra $1,000-3,000? That’s up to how ac­tive you’re feel­ing. Re­mem­ber, there’s al­ways one per­son who’s 20 times bet­ter at wake­board­ing than ev­ery­one else.

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