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About Aolani Catamaran, San Diego’s Private Yacht Charter

On the beach in Waikiki, Bruno watched as a chartered catamaran pulled up on the beach, smiling passengers onboard with mai tai’s in hand. “Let’s make that our family business,” Bruno said. It was January 26, 2003 when we set sail on our first charter as a business. It was Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego and our guests wanted to go for a sail while watching the game from the 2 interior flatscreen TVs. Since then, we have sailed with over 75% of all Fortune 500 companies.

We are still a family owned business, with both Owner Bruno Schwarz and daughter Lindsay running the company alongside their crew whom they consider family, too. Proud to be the first private catamaran charter to come to San Diego, we have been in business since 2001, sailing with the top Fortune 500 companies, hosting weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries, and even surprise proposals. We have filmed commercials, TV shows, and countless photo shoots, and enjoy whale watching during the seasons. We invite you to come sailing with us, and enjoy what we consider to be the best of life. We are available for any private charter event or occasion, per hour/day.

Catamaran Specifications

Designed by renowned catamaran designer Kurt Hughes in Seattle, WA, Aolani Catamaran is a 58’ Sunchaser American Catamaran. We completed building her in 2003. She is 58’ long with a 32’ beam. Sails are approx.. 1500 sq. ft. without spinnaker. US Coast Guard licensed for 48 people, plus crew. We are certified to sail in the open ocean, most charter boats have to stay within the San Diego Bay.

  • Engines are twin 230 horsepower Yanmar turbo diesels, 10KW generator, full electronics, netting forward, 4 vacuflush heads.
  • Large galley which serves to inside and out, refrigerator and ice-maker, a large interior salon with 360 degree views.
  • 4 standard staterooms: (2 queen and 2 double), and 2 staterooms for captain and crew.
  • Hull is made out of state of the art composite/epoxy, honeycomb and fiberglass, built in a female mold with triaxial woving, light weight vessel for maximum sailing performance.

Originally designed for a capacity of 69 guests, the US Coast Guard certifies these catamarans for 48 guests so there is plenty of space for all guests. You may have all your guests within the cabin interior if it is raining, cold, foggy or windy, or everybody is able to be on the outside. We believe we are the only 48 person sailboat in San Diego where everybody can be on the inside or on the outside at the same time. Aolani is primarily a sailing yacht, however, if you should prefer a motor yacht we will not hoist the sails and then she is a motor yacht.Wouldn’t you rather have the wind in the sails rather than loud, smelly engine interrupt your hours at sea?
San Diego Catamaran Sailing is the number one attraction in Maui, Hawaii and Key West, Florida. Experience the thrill of fast sailing with this lightweight and attractive vessel. When you leave this boat we want you to have experienced a great sailing adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this work?
We only rent out our catamaran for private charters. We have a 2 hour minimum to rent out the catamaran, and a 3 hour minimum for Weddings. You let us know what date you are interested in, and we let you know if we have availability!
What is the maximum capacity?
Coast Guard gives us a maximum capacity of 48 guests. We have a Captain and crew onboard every sail, with room for up to 48 more passengers.
What if it rains?
We go sailing rain or shine, unless the winds are so strong that it is unsafe (which is extremely rare in San Diego). We have a covered interior space with room for all passengers to be indoors, as well as jackets and blankets for our passengers comfort.
Is this a child friendly experience?
Absolutely! We are certified by the Coast Guard, and have netting all around the catamaran. It is stable, and lot’s of fun. Kids love it, there is so much to see! We have plenty of lifejackets onboard for every age. We ask you to hold your child if infant.
Do you have lifejackets/blankets/jackets onboard?
We have all of the above! We have lifejackets for every passenger, every age. We also have blankets and jackets onboard at all times for our guests.
The #1 Question:
Will I get seasick?
The chances that you will get seasick are slim to none! Many are surprised to hear this, however catamarans are known for their stability! The two hulls are 32 feet apart, giving the base of the boat added stability and designed to slice through waves, rather than bouncing over them like most sailboats, therefor making the experience smooth, stable, and comfortable! We are constantly thanked after the charter for having renewed our guests confidence in boating. Also, please don’t forget you are on a private charter. If at any time you wish to turn around from going into the ocean, we will do so right away.