Boats and Pilots

Listed below are commercial charter boats which have escorted previous SBCSA-sanctioned swims.

Notes

Escort Boats & Pilots

Ventura Harbor

Serving Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, and San Nicolas Island.

Boat Contact Email/Phone Capacity Notes
Raptor Jim Smith 805-650-7700, email 32 46 ft.
Scorpio John Farrell 805-276-1383 6 53 ft. No head
Tuna Thumper Bob Andrieux 805-535-8519, email 6 42 ft.

Channel Islands Harbor

Serving Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, and San Nicolas Island.

Boat Contact Email/Phone Capacity Notes
Outrider Tucker McCombs (805) 908-9954 8 50 ft.
Perfect Mistress Sheri Bauer 805-304-4635, email 6 30 ft.
Wavelength Dawn Brooks 805-766-8839, email 6 30’ sailboat.

Santa Barbara Harbor

Serving Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, and San Miguel Island.

Boat Contact Email/Phone Capacity Notes
Truth Glen Fritzler 805-963-3564, email 45 65 ft. Two other boats also available (75 & 80 ft)

Los Angeles Harbor (San Pedro)

Serving Santa Barbara Island, San Nicolas Island, San Clemente Island, and Catalina Island.

Boat Contact Email/Phone Capacity Notes
Bottom Scratcher Greg Elliott 714-963-4378, email 30 60 ft.
Pacific Star   626-716-1796   65-ft dive boat
Great Escape Timothy Burke 310-486-0761, email 125 80 ft.

Considerations in Hiring an Escort Boat

We encourage swimmers to consider the following issues in evaluating different escort boats.

Please bear in mind, the swimmer and the escort boat owner enter into a direct agreement/contract regarding the charter hire. The SBCSA is not involved in this transaction.

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