The Catalina 30' is an inductee into the American Sail Boat Hall of Fame(that in it of itself means a lot) and is the most popular sail boat ever built. The Meridian is a large, heavy and very stable sailboat. She weighs over 10,200 lbs and is designed to be a pleasure cruiser but can also handle the blue water. She cuts through the swell very nicely and with vigor when properly balanced. Her cockpit has a courtesy folding table and cup holders for convenience. The Bimini connects to the dodger and creates a really nice shaded cockpit if desired. Her cabin is ample and you can stand upright without hitting your head on the ceiling. Onboard head(toilet(liquids only)) for convenience and excellent v-berth for that after sail nap! The boat comes with a cooler of drinks like water, sodas and a 12 pack of mexican beer as a courtesy.
Catalina 30 is the highest produced 30' sail boat ever made. The vessel is large and heavy with the largest beam (more width means deeper and more spacious cabin) of it's class. The Meridian is wheeled steering, has auto pilot for the longer route courses, onboard microwave, stove, ice box, tv, head (toilet for ladies and liquids only, men go in the water) She is sturdy and reliable and due to her mass, she cuts though the swell like a warm knife through butter.
We rented out Captain Dick's boat for a birthday party and it was even better than advertised. Captain Dick's passion for the sea and sailing was infectious. He took the time to answer every question our group had and explained how sailing actually works. We were able to bring all kinds of snacks and drinks on board, so we felt right at home, not to mention, his awesome sound system that he let us blast as loud as our hearts desired. We had such a blast and couldnt have asked for a better captain to guide the party!
The family and I had a great time out sailing. Was my first charter with boatbound and the positive reviews for Dick are well deserved. He contacted me before the trip and give us helpful tips to make the trip easy and fun for everyone. We had great weather and warm calm seas.
We had an amazing time on the boat with Captain Dick. A few days prior to our trip, Captain Dick contacted me to offer suggestions and tips to ensure that we were fully prepared for the day. He was super knowledgeable about sail boats, ocean and more. We had a surprise party on the boat and he helped us plan for the day to ensure everything went off without a hitch. I would definitely recommend his boat and we will plan on taking another trip on the boat. He also has an amazing sound system on the boat, which was a definite plus for us!
What a fantastic trip! Dick treated us so well, and really gave us a full sailing experience with our own crew jobs and even let us wear the captain's hat. We had a few sailing newbies on the trip, but Dick did a great job of making them feel comfortable. He sailed by some sea lions on the buoys, we stopped in a good spot to jump in the water and relax in the sun a bit and then cruised through the ocean. Really nice guy, and a great guide!
Oh My God!! There are not enough words that can fit in this field to describe the amazing experience Dick gave us. We got to enjoy such a hot day diving in the ocean, swimming, sailing, listening to our favorite music in his boat and being out in the open ocean. A wonderful memory we got to make for my husband's birthday, Dick showed him the ropes and how to steer the boat and keep it on our course! We highly recommend Dick for his playful (role playing and everyone had a position) and laid back attitude but very knowledgable and professional. Exceeded our expectations!
One of the best experiences ever!! Dick really knows how to make you feel comfortable and have a good time. We have 5 people on the boat and it was roomy . We even got to swim in the ocean! I really cannot say enough great things about Dick. It was truly an amazing experience that really topped off my wife bday surprise. Thank you so much and I have a good feeling we will be coming back to sail soon! =)
You wont need wind to have a great time with Dick on this trip! We had hoped for wind but the wind did not come! That did not keep our family from having a REALLY great trip. The boat is awesome, the slip was easy to get to and get on and off the boat and Dick is a great person- he really helped make the day special for our 2 little kids as well as my parents. Because of lack of wind, we motored around, saw seals, caught my sons sneaker that found its way overboard and simply enjoyed the weather and the company. We had an amazing surprise in the afternoon- a humpback whale on our trip feeding that we watched for almost an hour. Thanks again Dick- hope to be boating again with you soon!
Wow!! Too much to put in 500 characters but captain Dick was amazing! Made my girlfriends birthday so much fun! And not only was he professional and nice but he became a friend of ours for sure!!
Definitely going to be a return customer and recommend him to anyone looking for an awesome sailin experience!
We all had a great time and will be sailing with Dick again. Such fun experience for everyone. Had a great time swimming and relaxing on the boat. We even learned a thing or two about sailing as well. Will definitely schedule another trip out with Dick again.
I can't say enough about how awesome this sail was. Dick was very professional and personable. This was my first time sailing and he did everything to make my sail as enjoyable as possible. Dick is very knowledgable about the sea and sailing. His boat was very clean. He is comfortable to let you take the helm while he adjusts the sails. He allows you be as hands on or relaxed as you want to be. Once we were back on shore Dick relaxed with us and wound the day down with beverages and conversation. I am looking forward to another sail with him very soon. I suggest a sail with Captain Dick soon! You won't be disappointed.
Had a wonderful experience with Dick on his Catalina 30. He was great with communication and made sure we had the experience we expected. He was very knowledgeable about the area and sailing to make us feel comfortable on our excursion. Beautiful trip. He also prepare steak, sausage, and salads at the end of the trip and allowed us to use his kayaks around the marina. Great experience! Highly recommended!
Dick was very knowledgable of the local area and handled the Meridian so smoothly, he was alway confident and kept my family and I feeling safe but at the same time having fun. The kids asked to see animals and dolphins and he know to sail down the main channel since the sea lions like to lay on the buoys. I really needed this to help my decision process of buying a sail boat and this really helped the cause. We opted for the barbeque at the slip and his skills put a local steak houses in the back seat, we had a blast on the water and ate well on the same day.