Posted October 19, 2009 by Captain Joel
Captain Joel Eve, Senior Captain at FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club reporting from Marina del Rey:
It has been my great pleasure to have worked for FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club since September of 1988. FantaSea owns and operates the best three charter vessels in Southern California. They are M.V. DANDEANA, M.V. REGENTSEA, and M.V. FANTASEA ONE. Each one of these fine vessels has an interesting history and many stories to tell.
I have worked as a charter captain in the Marina since 1976 and watched Marina del Rey emerge as the World’s largest man-made yacht harbor, complete with world class anchorages for 6,000 boats, dozens of fine restaurants, several upscale shopping malls and many more attractions including a picturesque view of the scenic Santa Monica Bay coastline.
While browsing an issue of LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE in July of 1988, I came upon a full page ad featuring FantaSea Yachts displaying their latest vessel, M.V. DANDEANA. I thought she was the most beautiful charter vessel that I had ever seen and knew that I was meant to work aboard the yacht. So I contacted the company and the rest, as it is said, was history.
My position as Senior Captain with FantaSea is multi-faceted. I help to ensure that our vessels are in a high state of readiness for Coast Guard inspections and this includes conducting safety drills for all crew and orientation for new captains. We take pride in having excellent inspections with the U.S. Coast Guard. It has also been my great pleasure to have mentored several of our deckhands so that they could obtain their captains licenses. To date, four of our deckhands have earned their “stripes”.
I have had the honor of playing host to some very famous celebrities aboard our yachts. I took Sir Anthony Hopkins to Catalina Island on the DANDEANA. I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Hopkins about some of his acting work. He was a most gracious gentleman. I also had the honor of performing the marriage ceremony of Snoop Doggy Dogg on REGENTSEA. When I signed his marriage license, he noted that I was left handed; he is also left handed! FantaSea One was one of the venues for the filming of the remake of “Yours, Mine and Ours” with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. I spent some time with Mr. Quaid and found out that he is a licensed private jet pilot. We certainly had lots of time to talk about navigation, boating and flying.
Have a great charter,