Date interviewed: December 2014
You have a terrific reputation in the charter industry, most recently as captain of the 164-foot Trinity motoryacht Amarula Sun. What will that experience help you achieve aboard Excellence?
Well one thing is that Excellence is probably going to be in the Mediterranean this summer. It will be the boat’s first time there, but I have lived there and cruised there with Amarula Sun, so that experience will help guests feel confident that they are going to have a great experience.
What do you like about Excellence for the charter market?
The layout is great, especially for families. The kids can be downstairs playing on the Xbox and the adults can be up in the salon or on deck dining or relaxing. It’s great.
Your chef just prepared an outstanding luncheon–better than what I’ve had aboard some yachts a whole price point up from Excellence.
The chef, Joseph Henningsen, and the crew are the ones who put the show on, and we have a great he and crew. It’s a happy boat. Everybody’s in a great mood and knows how to please the guests.
I remember aboard Amarula Sun, you had one of the first jet-pack flyer toys, called a JetLev. Do you have that on Excellence now?
We do have one JetLev that charter clients can use. There’s also a 37-foot Intrepid tender, two Wave Runners, standup paddle boards, snorkeling gear, all kinds of fun toys for playing in the water.