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Meet Kenny Manzoni and Heather McDonald of Adventuress Luxury Catamaran

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenny Manzoni and Heather McDonald.

Kenny and Heather, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Having worked in the yacht charter industry in San Diego for many years we realized the market’s desire for a beautiful high-end yacht which could gain Coast Guard Certification to carry up to 48 guests.

Ken had worked on a couple of other catamarans (including Jack O’neill’s Team O’Neill Catamaran while attending University in Santa Cruz — the first charter catamaran on the West Coast) and recognized how superior the catamaran is for entertaining: stable (nobody spills their wine, let alone gets seasick), and roomy (the typical catamaran has three times the space of a similar sized monohull yacht.

We learned quite a bit about the charter business having started Adventure RiB Rides about 15 years ago; the first R.I.B. (Rigid Inflatable Boat) charter company in California) to augment our on-the-water film production company, Premiere Yacht Charters, and with the additional idea that we could do whale watching. After our first season of whale watching with Adventure R.I.B. Rides, we found blue whales feeding offshore San Diego during the Spring and Summer months.

Nobody had really documented the blue whale’s livelihood off of San Diego — indeed we collaborated with Nat Geo and others on this reality and launched the first blue whale watching experience in Southern California.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Hah, great question. Well, first of all, I will say we have been very blessed, overall, in having the greatest clients imaginable. And, our job of taking people out on a beautiful yacht to celebrate and have a great time is really quite possibly the best job in the world. Now that being said, on a rare occasion, we have had a guest or two (generally after a couple drinks) who like to push the limits…

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Adventuress Luxury Catamaran – what should we know?
The Adventuress Luxury Catamaran is the finest Coast Guard Certified yacht available for charter and we are privileged to provide top-shelf service on this beautiful yacht.

Whether it’s a family reunion, company retreat, a private wedding, or a client appreciation event we pride ourselves in providing the best experience for our guests that we possibly can.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being honest, nice and treating clients as well as employees with the respect that they deserve. Our guests also really appreciate the cleanliness of our yacht.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1450 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, California 92101
  • Website: AdventuressLuxuryCatamaran.com
  • Phone: (619)781-7100
  • Email: Sailing@Adventuress.us
  • Instagram: Adventuress.us
  • Facebook: AdventuressLuxuryCatamaran
  • Yelp: Adventuress Luxury Catamaran
  • Other: Tripadvisor Adventuress Catamaran

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1 Comment

  1. Terry Kruth

    August 2, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    A very interesting and informative article. Kenny and Heather Manzoni are both very professional and personable. They go the extra “knot” to make their guests comfortable; the yacht is beautiful and the food delicious.
    I highly recommend Adventuress.

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