|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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SAIL the SALISH SEA
Bareboat charter for qualified skippers and their crew. Fully equipped for extended cruising with full galley, fresh water, refrigeration and more. Just bring your provisions and sail away for the vacation of a lifetime!
The San Juan/Gulf Island Archipelago is consistently rated as top 3 in the world for cruisers! Extensive services, accessible marine parks, and endless gunkholing opportunities!
Pristine waters are filled with evergreen covered islands. Secluded anchorages are complimented by easy access to full service marinas and offer something for everyone! Pools and activities for kids, spas and bars for adults, dining for all!
Enjoy glorious sunrises, sunsets and snow capped mountains. Stroll secluded beaches. Take in the wildlife; eagles, seals, porpoises, whales and the mighty Orca!
Our Catalina 34 is one of the most popular cruising sailboats ever produced! Plenty of room for a family and enough privacy for cruising couples. Stable in all conditions with all lines led aft for short handed sailing.
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We live and work in the beautiful Northwest and get out on the water and into the islands whenever we can. Truly one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth!
Imagine sailing along and finding yourself in the middle of a pod of Orca whales!! Or the experience of letting your mind, body and soul settle into the rhythm of the surrounding nature.
Some of the most invigorating hikes and breathtaking views anywhere are to be found in these unique islands!
Bill Zingarelli purchased this boat in 2011
This is the best cruising in the US and Canada and should not be missed! The opportunities to relax and/or adventure are truly endless. Something for everyone!
Our best family vacations have been cruising the San Juan and Gulf islands. From beach combing to fine dining, remote anchorages to lazing at the marina, the joys are varied and endless!
The routine maintenance may seem like work: Checking fluid levels, topping off the fresh water tank, pumping out the holding tank, and remembering to drain the bottom of the fridge while waiting for the morning coffee by hitting the foot pump a few times are all necessary chores. All things considered, however, Etosha didn't ask a lot. No additional oil or coolant needed. Keeping an eye on the raw water strainer was important but it’s hard to blame Etosha for driving through kelp beds and sea grass. She kept us moving and warm on about 8 gal of diesel a week and never once took the last beer out of the fridge without replacing it.
In a short time Etosha becomes a true and trusted member of the crew. Her easy going nature in making standing turns and soft landings, her reliable standing rigging, lines and diesel engine and no nonsense heating, cooking, water, electrical systems are all a testament to Bill Z’s hard work in keeping Etosha well fitted and fit.
Bill Z, the owner, personifies all of Etosha’s most valued characteristics: Trustworthy, prepared and easygoing. Leading up to our charter we talked on the phone, emailed and texted several times. He knows Etosha from the tip of the mast to the keel. The checkout is thorough and informative. And when you are underway, he becomes your onshore tactician and cheerleader. He’s a phone call or text away. I was skeptical at first but I’m convinced his work is a labor of love. Fair wind and smooth sailing!
Bill Z thank you for sharing Etosha and your enthusiasm for sailing in the San Juans. A tip of the hat to the State of Washington for its stewardship of its multiple marine parks and waterways. Your backyard is truly transcendent. Sometimes even 5 knots feels too fast when amongst the islands and passages.
Someone once asked me, "Sailing? That's a lot of work isn't it?" Point taken but after our recent 12 days onboard Etosha I know what my reply would be, “The effort is well rewarded on many levels.”
First and foremost a live aboard bareboat charter is about people. Kathy and I were most fortunate to spend the first 5 days on Etosha swapping stories with our friend Paul. He was apprehensive about motion sickness, feeling miserable and not being able to sleep on the water. One morning he emerged from the aft cabin and confessed he’d read the same page of the same article for the last three nights because he kept falling asleep. He called when he got back to Portland and we talked about planning another trip with his son.
Our daughter, Chelsea, and her sister-in-law, Angie, joined us on Etosha the second week. Angie was an excellent late add to the crew. She was the first to spot multiple bald eagles AND a pod of orcas – as she reminded us more than once. Her keen eyesight was most welcome crossing Rosario Strait when visibility dropped to less than 500 yards. Chelsea brought her adventurous spirit and joy in discovering, well, almost anything from "the biggest raccoon ever" on a trail near Pelican Beach to her getting the feel for the dinghy which was accompanied by her and Angie's hoots and giggles echoing over Echo Bay. Chelsea and Angie opted for the forward cabin. It must have worked since there was a debate each morning who snored the loudest.
Kathy became our primary navigator and go to person on using Bill Z ‘s ipad and excellent navigation program along with Capt Jack's Current Atlas. We spent an entire evening calculating a 5 day float plan using favorable currents. I suppose that was work but we enjoyed it and the result was we rarely felt pushed and could afford to make a few tacks and still reach our waypoints with time to spare. It also helped with provisioning and menu planning. The truth: We still had enough provisions for another week. Kathy enjoys cooking and brought many of her favorite spices but other than that everything you need to prepare meals is available onboard including an oven that works!
A really clean well kept boat, well rigged in the middle of world class cruising area. The owner is great.to work with. We had a wonderful time and are coming back.
SALISH SEA archipelago BEST in N. America and rated top 3 cruising ground worldwide!! Orcas, seals, porpoises, eagles, herons, egrets and more! Pristine protected waters, marine services, gunkholing galore, natural surroundings. Endless activities include crabbing, fishing, shopping, swimming, dining, exploring.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
All captains must satisfy experience requirments and demonstrate boat handling abilities prior to start of charter.