“Extensive recreational boating experience over 35 years in both inland lakes, such as Lake Powell and Lake Mead with large houseboats (50-60ft), speed boats (150-300HP) single and multi engine. Early open water sailing (50ft ketch) and power boat experience in the Mediterranean Sea in and around the waters off the coast of Malta. ASA certified Keelboat and Coastal Cruising. Since 2004, own, maintain and sail a Hunter 41 sloop berthed in Marina Del Rey, CA. Coastal cruising from Marina Del Rey to Ensenada Mexico around the clock in clear/calm to heavy seas and also in limited visibility in fog with radar. Frequent sailing between CA mainland and Catalina Island and other points in between. Also a licensed pilot since 1982, single and multi-engine with over 1200 flight hours. Computer/Electrical/Mechanical engineer. ”
Aboard since 2014
From Hermosa Beach, CA
We had a great time sailing Cariblue. The boat is kept up well and much nicer than any boat I've rented from a rental company fleet. Its rare to find a rental boat where almost all of the features, instruments etc work correctly. Bob did a great job showing us how to use all the features of the boat, and how to maneuver her in and out of the slip.
We recently had a fantastic week-long charter of Cariblue with Bob. This was the third time I've chartered a Hunter for a week-long trip, and of the three (the others being and Hunter 33 and Hunter 45), Bob's Cariblue was the best sailor. Bob keeps Cariblue in great condition, and has included helpful optional features on his boat that I did not have in the other Hunters, such as a feathering prop for improved sailing speed (we hit 8 knots at one point in a 12 knot breeze, speed over ground), and a radar with contact tracking functions that was a comfort to have when navigating through shipping channels. Six of us stayed on the boat throughout our trip to Catalina, where we visited Two Harbors, Avalon and Emerald Bay, having a great time at each port of call. The fresh water tanks were big enough for us to get through the whole week without refiling - with some careful water use and provisioning. We also made good use of the Bose entertainment system for movies and music during evenings. Bob was also very responsive throughout the pre-chartering logistics, and even during the charter when I had a question about returning the boat. He was there to meet us the beginning of our charter and when we returned to LA, and had a wealth of tips for boat operating and on ways to explore Catalina. I would recommend Cariblue for anyone looking to have a great bareboat charter sailing experience around LA and Catalina.
The Cariblue is meticulously maintained and an absolute joy to sail. I took a crew of 6 to Catalina for NYE weekend and the boat was a dream. Meeting with Bob the day before our departure ensured I was comfortable with all parts of the boat and we didn't have any issues on our trip. Looking forward to chartering the Cariblue again over the summer! Highly recommend
Cariblue is a beautifully maintained boat and sails like a dream. We spent 2 nights in Catalina and had no issues. Plenty of water capacity for showers and dishes. She sails like a dream. We hit 8.3 knots in 17 mph wind and maintained an average of 7.5 on the return to MDR.
Bob is very knowledgeable and spends plenty of time going over the handling of Cariblue. I sold my boat a couple years ago and it was great to have a refresher course before I took her out.
It was a great trip!
Another enjoyable charter with Bob Atkins and his exceptional boat "Cariblue". This was our third Cariblue charter and this experience was equally pleasurable as the first two. Cariblue was in tip top shape and Bob was very organized, detailed, responsive to questions and easily reachable when I had questions or needed add'l information. We would definitely charter with Bob and recommend Cariblue.
What an amazing boat! Pristinely maintained, with everything in impeccable working order, we'll definitely be back to rent Bob's boat again. The Cariblue has all the bells and whistles you could want. Electronic charts, radar, autopilot, fridge, freezer, and so much more.
The best part was Bob's instruction at the beginning of the charter. I own a 30ft coronado sailboat, but the handling of a 41 ft Hunter is drastically different. It was a bit intimidating to maneuver this behemoth of a boat through the marina at first, but Bob gave clear instructions with reference points on the boat and on the slip. By the end of his instruction, I could effortlessly get in and our without having a heart attack.
Can't recommend Bob and his boat highly enough!
We had a great weekend spent on the Cariblue! She handles great, is very responsive, and sails beautifully. She's equipped with everything you need for a weekend or a longer voyage. And Bob was great to work with too! We look forward to chartering her again!
My wife and I had a fabulous experience aboard the Cariblue! She's fully loaded, clean, and extremely well maintained. Bob was very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and definitely went the extra mile for us. We highly recommend chartering through Bob!
We were in a group of 6 people and we all had a blast!
Bob was very helpful and accomodating. I was new to the experience and had a lot of questions and Bob right away made me feel comfortable and was happy to answer them all in a prompt manner. He found us a great skipper, David.
David was super nice and and just wanted us to have a great time.
The Hunter Hunter 41 had everything we needed and more! It was immaculate.
We did a half day trip to "test the waters" and now we can't wait to go out there again but for a full day this time.
From the moment I first contacted Bob and throughout my entire 5-day sail, Bob provided excellent and attentive service. He promptly responded to email, and he answered all of my questions. His video guide for the boat systems was very informative, and he keeps his boat, Cariblue, in excellent condition. Cariblue was a pleasure to sail and to live aboard. Every conceivable amenity from radar and chart plotter to Bose sound system was provided. I hope to charter Cariblue from Bob again in the future!
We had a great experience on this boat. Very professional captain and the owner responded promptly when setting up the reservation. Beautiful and clean sail boat. Highly recommend this charter. You can sail down towards Palos Verdes or up to Malibu.
We had a terrific experience bareboat chartering Cariblue . The boat and equipment were in excellent condition and Bob's (owner) overview and instruction was very thorough. In addition, he was very responsive and reliable when I had questions during our week of sailing. This was my fifth bareboat charter this season (on both coasts) and one of the best. I highly recommend chartering Cariblue!
I celebrated my 40th birthday by renting out Cariblue with a couple families with kids. It was a special day and totally exceeded my expectations. Everyone had an amazing time.
The boat was such a treat to sail. It is well-appointed and meticulously cared for.
Bob was a great host providing the right degree of hands-on guidance to acquaint me with the boat.
I would love to take the Cariblue for a sail again someday.
Three friends and I spent a great weekend sailing on Cariblue in mid August.
Prior to leaving, Bob explained all the systems and I felt very well informed by the time we left. The boat was very clean and well maintained.
We headed for Catalina Island on Friday morning and spent two nights on separate moorings approximately 5 miles north of Avalon. The hunter sailed very well in light winds, achieving 8 knots at times. Features on the boat we especially liked were the hot water heater, entertainment system, and even the dish drying rack in an exhausted cabinet behind the sink.
Overall we had a nice boat, warm weather, clear water for snorkeling, and a great weekend.
I chartered Bob's boat for 4 hours for my birthday with 7 of my friends, and it was a wonderful experience. Bob was very responsive from the beginning and made the entire process so simple. Mike, our captain, was a pleasure as well. He just told us to "sit back and relax", and that's just what we did. I have already told others about our awesome experience and would definitely charter Bob's boat again!
The boat is clean and well equipped. Additionally, Bob went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable with all the electronics and any specific nuances so that my family would have an enjoyable and safe trip to Catalina. Looking froward to chartering this boat again.
David - Manhattan Beach.
Working with Bob was like working with a professional charter company.. He personally greeted me at the boat the morning of the charter, accommodating my schedule and we completed a thorough overview of the boat and systems. He even gave me some tips on spending the night over in Catalina. His boat is get is pristine condition, has all the little extras you could ask for and was a pleasure and ease to sail. I look forward to chartering with Bob again.
What a wonderful experience. Both Bob AND his boat Cariblue are top-notch -- a great combo!
To start Bob was a perfect host from beginning to end. Timely and useful communication throughout the pre-rental process, quick to answer any questions or concerns I had. He's a very knowledgeable sailor, and knows his boat top to bottom. He clearly puts in a lot of time keeping it maintained.
The boat is in a great location with easy parking. We met up beforehand and he thoroughly explained everything I'd need to know about the boat, and getting in and out of the slip, so that when my party arrived for sailing time, I was fully confident and ready to go.
Cariblue is a joy to sail, and was easy to do so even with my wife as sole crew member (the rest of my party just sat back and enjoyed the sail ). It has a comprehensive nav/electronics suite, furling main, powered main winch, autopilot with remote, sound system both down below and in the cockpit, etc.
We were out just for a daysail, with winds about 12-14 knots. We were just shy of 7.5 knots at times, which should be right near hull speed.
Anyway, if you can't tell, I highly recommend Bob and Cariblue. We're now excited to plan a Catalina trip in the not-too-distant future.
We took Bob's Hunter for a company team build and had a great time. Very comfortable boat for everyone from an experienced sailor to a novice sailor. Bob keeps the boat well maintained and even has me considering one for a round the world boat.
I rented Bob's boat last Saturday for a bachelorette party. We had an amazing sail from noon until about 7pm.... it could not have been more fun! Bob was very thorough and transparent in his explanation of boating procedures; he took it very seriously while also not overwhelming me and the girls with sailing details. In addition, he allowed my 2 friends to captain the boat as they had boating experience. It made for a spectacular day. I would recommend his boat to anyone!
Bob and the boat were great. Bob was very thorough and the boat nicely complete, working well, and with many extras. Really enjoyed everything on it, including the stereo, which was a nice extra. If I would recommend anything, it would be two new bed mattresses. Other than that, completely perfect.
Bob was an excellent host. He was very thorough and took time to go over all of the systems and provided all the bedding I requested, and even gave us extra blankets for 3 couples. After going over the systems and doing a check out sail around the marina Bob also took time to give advice to make our sail to Two Harbors more enjoyable. Bob was also easy to reach by phone and very helpful during our charter.
As for the boat, Cariblue was great for us! We had 3 couples for 3 nights sleeping in both cabins and the salon. We had enough space, and enjoyed great features such as the water heater, electric heads, and the dinghy with outboard. The boat sailed very fast and was also very easy allowing us to do everything from the cockpit with just 2 people. We were easily doing over 7 knots in 10-15 knots of wind!
Overall we had a great time and we would definitely charter Cariblue again in the future.
Chartering Cariblue from Bob was very easy. We took the boat day sailing, and it was very simple to park cars, get the boat out of the marina, do some sightseeing under sail, and then put everything away. Bob keeps the boat in excellent condition and provides and thorough overview of her systems and layout. We would definitely take Cariblue out for a long weekend to Catalina with two couples.
Highly recommended - Cariblue and Bob should be your 1st choice for sail charter !
Bob is a service oriented Owner and a pleasure to work with. He’s very responsive - excellent communication and accommodating with pickup from LAX. He provides a detailed orientation of all systems and safety equipment. Also a checkout sail for familiarization underway and to confirm captaining abilities – this is welcome to establish mutual confidence and promote safety prior to departure.
Cariblue is Bristol – clean, meticulously maintained with excellent mechanical and electrical systems, easy sailing with furling main and jib with electric winch, outstanding electronics with easy to use autopilot and nav chartplotter w/ Radar. Galley has everything you need for a long cruising weekend – in comfort.
Logistics at MDR are excellent. Easy access -parking by slip, restroom/showers, close by groceries, supplies and fuel - Just provision and GO enjoy !
We were 2 couples - chartered 3 day trip to Catalina – outbound beam reach to Avalon, (day 2) cruised around Catalina south to peaceful Cat Harbor and explored Two Harbors (Pirates Village) during Buccaneer Days weekend - then (day 3) motorsail home around west end encountering a few distant whale spouts crossing San Pedro Channel and dolphin pods in Santa Monica Bay.
We’ll be back - looking forward to another relaxing experience on Cariblue and fantastic service with Bob !
Bob and the Hunter 41 Cariblue are top-notch!!!
The boat is pristine and sails like a dream. Easy and automated enough to sail solo. Bob keeps his craft clean and well maintained. Everything worked great for us on our day sail from MDR to Malibu and back.
Bob took the time to do a checkout of my sailing abilities while giving me a very detailed tour / explanation of the boats capabilities and features. I felt very confident I knew where everything was and how everything worked prior to setting sail on my own.
Highly recommend sailing with Bob and the Cariblue !!!
Cariblue is a wonderful boat!
We chartered Cariblue for a three day trip to Catalina. Our crew was two adults and four kids, plenty of room for everyone. Cariblue is in great shape, clean, and has everything necessary for a great trip. All systems, mechanical and electrical, worked great. The galley is fully stocked with utensils and cookware, including a French press that got plenty of use. The offshore hot water heater was a big hit for everyone on board. The trip out was a nice beam reach with the autopilot on most of the way. The trip home included a run in with a pod of dolphins that kept the kids bouncing around the boat for 20 minutes.
Bob was awesome to work with. He gave me a thorough introduction to the boat before the trip. He spent time going through all the systems and answering all my questions. He takes great care of the boat and genuinely wanted us to enjoy her on our trip. Additionally he was very accommodating to the fact that we were coming from San Diego for the charter. I really appreciated that, it made the trip even more enjoyable and relaxing.
Our charter on Cariblue was simply a fantastic all around experience.