About this listing
WE ARE A LUXURY CHARTER YACHT --NOT A "BOATEL". You will come aboard in Channel Islands Harbor at the designated commercial landing and will be whisked away across the water to one of our Magical Destinations.
CHARTER FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE AIRBNB OVERNIGHT RATE. Charter Fees are based on your destination and include USCG Licensed Captain, Crew, Fuel and Countless Wonderful Amenities, INCLUDING DELICIOUS MEALS. Charter to Santa Cruz Island: $1,300 per day PLUS Airbnb Overnight Rates.
WE WERE NAMED COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE'S "BEST AIRBNB LOCATIONS ON THE WATER! -- June 25, 2015! YAY! WE WERE ALSO JUST AWARDED THE 5-STAR SAFETY EXAMINATION RATING FROM THE US COAST GUARD! YAY!!!
WE ALSO OFFER DAY ONLY CHARTERS FOR UP TO 6 PEOPLE @ $295 PER HOUR. ALL OVERNIGHT STAYS MUST BE BOOKED WITH A PRIVATE CHARTER IN ORDER TO BE COMPLIANT WITH HARBOR REGULATIONS. We will customize your adventure to insure an experience you will remember forever. Whales are out and active now!
All Overnight Getaways will be spent anchored out or docked at your destination location. The Captain and Crew will remain on board during your trip. The Charter is payable with Cash on the Day of your trip or with Check received One Week prior to trip. Sunrise or Sunset Cruises and Nature Charters are also available upon request @ $295 per hour.
This One-of-a-Kind, Custom-Designed 50' Luxury Motor Yacht lives in the Calm Sparkling Waters of Channel Islands Harbor. We will create the perfect custom charter for an experience of a lifetime.
Meridian was designed and built in 1986 by a San Diego Indian Casino to entertain High Rollers back in The Day. Now, she is primarily used as the Owner's Retreat and for Spectacular Luxury Channel Islands Charters. Meridian offers a Sophisticated Refuge for the Discerning Adventurer. Meridian is NOT a "Party Boat". She is a Beautiful Jewel floating in a Peaceful, Natural World.
Secret Harbor Charters offers an Awe-Inspiring Experience like no other.
During your stay, you will have your own Master Suite furnished with a large bed and entertainment center. The Captain / Crew will occupy the other Stateroom. We will give you as much privacy as possible but will always be available to assist you.
We will be preparing meals during your stay. We will work with you to customize your menus based on your preferences and dietary needs. You are permitted to bring your own alcohol, though we require responsible imbibing.
Interaction with guests
Vacations should be Well Lived!! We go above and beyond to show you a time you will remember forever. We count our Lucky Stars to Live and Work in this Slice of Heaven and we Feel Blessed to be able to Share it with You. We go to great lengths to pamper you and will do our best to accommodate your special requests.
Other things to note
Meridian does NOT experience much motion. She was custom designed with "stabilizers" and rests calmly in the water and does not bounce around. At dock, she feels and looks more like a luxury apartment than a boat. She is Spacious, Clean, Beautifully Decorated and Meticulously Appointed with all of the Creature Comforts.
Staying on a boat is a unique experience and requires special care and considerations. All guests must be 21 Years of Age or Older.
+++ MERIDIAN IS NOT A PARTY BOAT. Heavy Drinking and Boats don't mix! If you're into partying, this is NOT the place for you. I don't want to cramp anyone's style, but it is what it is.
+++ NEVER, EVER put anything down the Head (toilet), NOT EVEN TOILET PAPER! I know it sounds yucky, but Marine Heads are notoriously sensitive. Most recently, a Paper Towel was flushed and clogged the Head, burning up the motor, rendering it unusable for the rest of the visit. Guests who flush objects down the Head resulting in plumbing problems will be responsible for the cost of repairs. I can't emphasize the importance of this enough. There is a trash receptacle in the cupboard under the sink to dispose of your toilet paper and other items like condoms, tampons, moist towelettes, etc.
+++ NO SMOKING ON BOARD OR ON THE DOCKS. You can light up onshore once you are through the gate. Do not throw butts on the ground! They will end up in the Harbor.
+++ NEVER touch any of the boat electronics or controls. Meridian is not a toy!
+++ NEVER board or disturb other boats, kayaks or dinghy at the Harbor. They are Private Property.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I LOVE my home in sweet little Rio Del Mar!
I work as a Financial Advisor and am a Franchise Owner with offices in Downtown San Jose and at Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. My Aptos Home is equidistant between the two locations and every day I feel lucky to come home to this lovely, quiet place near the sea. It is truly my refuge.
In March 2014, after scouring the West Coast for the perfect boat for some time, I purchased "Meridian", a Custom Built 46' Motor Yacht. She is perfect! Captain Brian Ackerman and I transported her from her previous home in the San Francisco Bay to the Tiny Hidden North Harbor of Moss Landing, California. I had researched Santa Cruz Harbor and Monterey but ultimately fell in love with the gleaming sleepy harbor just 15 minutes from my home in Rio Del Mar. Her slip in Moss Landing overlooks pristine sand dunes. Her neighbors are fat Harbor Seals, playful Sea Otters and thousands of beautiful Sea Birds. Perfectly equidistant between Santa Cruz and Monterey, the mouth of the harbor is teeming with pods of whales. Meridian is a spiritual refuge from the Busy World.
I am fortunate to have traveled to wonderful spots around the world and have stayed in some really good resorts. In the 90's, I had a career as a Director in the Hospitality Industry and designing hotel space -- where form meets function -- was my favorite part of the job. I have high expectations for the traveler's experience, both from a professional's perspective and as a savvy, pretty fussy guest. Before breaking ground on the huge, loft-style space, I really put my thinking cap on to insure that every inch was used for a purpose, making it feel fully contained, super functional, inviting and visually appealing. I had fun with the project and am very pleased with how it turned out. It has good energy and I really enjoy sharing it with such excellent people.
The Secret Garden is so amazing because working in the dirt is one of my favorite things to do in the entire world. Besides a therapy, gardening is an art form with so many wild cards in play and a will all its own. It is alive and breathing, adapting to the seasons. These unruly gardens have been a labor of love since I bought my place back in 2008 and they thrive in the gentle coastal climate. Just about every morning, I hit the beach just down the road with my little dog, BooBoo (the Bad Ass). Life, for the most part, is pretty good.
I have lived in Aptos for 30 years and fully appreciate everything this slice of paradise has to offer and never take it for granted. While I'm a pretty busy person, I'm more than happy to share my know-how of the area so that you will have an experience to remember (in a good way!). Just let me know how I can help.
I hope to meet you soon!
Karen, BooBoo, Angel (aka: Angelina Jolie)