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SECRET HARBOR CHARTERS - Channel Islands
SECRET HARBOR CHARTERS - Channel Islands


Entire home/flat

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 Bed


Entire home/flat

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 Bed

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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 1PM
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible

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.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Louisa User Profile
October 2015
The stay at Meridian was the best experience we ever had. We saw Seelions in front of the boat and had a private otter ;) Karen was very nice and gave us the best tips for the days in Monterey. The boat has everything what you need and make you feel like youre at home! We would recomend that to everyone. Thank you so much!!!
Karen User ProfileKaren is a superhost.
Response from Karen:
It was fun to share my favorite Monterey Haunts with you!
October 2015

Christine User Profile
September 2015
The Meridan has transmission trouble and is waiting for a new part so our 2 night stay wasn't quite as expected as she's currently moored in a different marina than Moss Landing, waiting to be fixed. This meant we couldn't take advantage of going out on the whale watching charter which was disappointing. Karen had advised us of the situation well in advance and we were met by one of the crew and shown the boat. On board we found a well stocked fridge with a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates & breakfast items - including a couple of things we'd specifically requested (thanks Karen). We enjoyed sitting out on the deck, relaxing and watching the other boats, sea lions & otters. Karen also provides complimentary passes to the Aquarium, which is well worth a visit.
Karen User ProfileKaren is a superhost.
Response from Karen:
Thanks Christine! I am very frustrated with the slow repairs since the whales are out BIG TIME. I feel so left out on The Show. Thank you for your understanding.
September 2015

Chastity User Profile
August 2015
What a great unique experience. We had a great time. We got to see whales and dolphins up close. My husband kept thanking me for planning such a cool weekend. The accommodations were great. We both slept really good. Thanks Karen!
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Response from Karen:
I can't wait to see the footage of the breaching whales! Thanks for staying with us!
August 2015

Luc User Profile
August 2015
Every year when we travel as a family we select something to thinking: You Only Live Once (y.o.l.o.). A stay on Karen's yacht just elevated the bar for how special these moment will be! Captain Vim and Chris set-up the cruise to perfection, then our stay on Monterey was just pure heaven.
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Response from Karen:
It's so easy to forget this Gift of Time on a Beautiful Planet. I am happy your time on Meridian was special!
August 2015

Craig User Profile
July 2015
We had a wonderful experience on the Meridian, it is everything that the AirBNB ad states and more. Karen and the staff are exceptional and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience.
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Response from Karen:
The Crew loved you! Please post your video on our Fbook!
July 2015

Carolyn User Profile
July 2015
The Meridian is a beautiful boat and Karen is a thoughtful hostess. Wim, the captain, is also delightful. Karen provisioned the galley with a wide variety of treats including wine, fruit and chocolate. Bedding was comfy. Karen and Wim kept in touch to make sure we were comfortable. This is a boat, not a hotel and there are many advantages over a 5 star hotel including privacy, unique atmosphere and a kitchen. But guests should be prepared for a boat experience including small spaces, barking seals and the special care given to a head.(no flushing tp). If you like life on the water or are open to new experiences you will love Karen and The Meridian.
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Response from Karen:
Thanks Carolyn! And the views can't be beat!
July 2015

Jessica User Profile
July 2015
This place is a gem. Probably one of the best weekends I have ever had in my life. (I have travelled a ton and worked in hospitality, so I am no stranger to a really good weekend!) A few things... - We did not do a charter! We spent the entire weekend docked in Monterey, just enjoying the sun, sea, and lovely Meridian. - You are steps away from a full day kayak and stand-up paddle board rental, where hanging out with sea otters and lions, as well as seals is pretty much the norm. - Karen included a Monterey Bay Aquarium pass for us to use. We basically skipped the huge July 4 weekend line. - There is nothing like an ocean breeze while you sip coffee in cozy bed! - There are endless local restaurants to enjoy! A little about Karen... She left us a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and breakfast goodies to make our stay more enjoyable. Karen was also literally just a phone call away for anything we needed! Highly recommend you staying here!
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Response from Karen:
I LOVE TO HEAR THIS! I share Meridian for this very reason! It was a pleasure to meet you!
July 2015

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Rio del Mar, California, United States · Joined in November 2012
Karen User ProfileKaren is a superhost.

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)

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