CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2010 |
The Catalina Flyer, a 500-passenger catamaran that makes daily trips to Santa Catalina Island from the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, may halt operations for a few months so its owner can buy and install engines that comply with a state environmental law. Bob Black, general manager for the tour boat company, said that unless he's able to find a catamaran to lease, he may suspend service to Avalon as early as Sept. 12. "I'm not thrilled about having to do this, but it's something we've got to do," said Black, referring to the purchase of two engines that will cost him nearly $1 million.
April 18, 2010 |
As with many adventure stories, this one started in a bar. Sipping a post-work CoCoNut Porter at the Yard House in Waikiki with Jim — a family friend who's well connected in the sailing world — I imposed the request that led to the story. "You've got to get me on a sail to Maui," I said to Jim. "You want to go to Kauai this weekend?" he replied. Lucky for me, Capt. Jon Jepson was sailing Makani, a 65-foot catamaran, to Port Allen, Kauai, for a private charter bound for the Na Pali Coast.
April 18, 2010
Cruise on a Catamaran Makani , Kewalo Basin, Honolulu; (808) 591-9000, sailmakani.com. Morning, afternoon and evening sails, from $35. Private charters also available. Holo Holo Charters , Port Allen Marina Center, Eleele, Kauai; (808) 335-0815, holoholokauaiboattours.com. Operates a sailing catamaran and power catamaran for excursions to the Na Pali Coast and Niihau. Trips from $99.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2010 |
David de Rothschild is talking trash, lots and lots of trash. "There were 25 billion Styrofoam cups used last year. How do you even get your head around what 25 billion Styrofoam cups looks like?" he said. "Eighty-odd percent of what's purchased by Americans is thrown out within six months." On this day, though, the British banking heir is focused on some very particular refuse as he skims along the San Francisco Bay in a catamaran called Plastiki: The 12,000 or so recycled soda bottles lashed together to build his clunky vessel, and the growing heap of plastic fragments called the Eastern Garbage Patch floating in the Pacific.
September 6, 2009 |
Budget travelers, if you avoid looking for hotels on the beach because you think you can't afford them, think again. Hotwire Travel-Ticker has the skinny on a San Diego beachfront deal that's hard to pass up -- especially if you have kids. The deal: The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, right on Mission Bay and only 3 1/2 miles from Sea World, has rooms starting at $129 a night. This special is good every day of the week for the rest of the year. A spa and water sports rental facility are on site.
April 21, 2007 |
Forensic police today began examining a catamaran found drifting off Australia's Great Barrier Reef with its sails up, engine running and food on the table -- but with no one aboard. Its three crewmen were last seen Sunday leaving the northeastern town of Airlie Beach. A patrol plane spotted the 40-foot catamaran drifting Wednesday, its headsail battered and torn, about 90 miles offshore. When rescue crews boarded the vessel, the Kaz II, early Friday, they found it deserted.