Captain Randy Chapman
Captain Randy is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain with over 50 years of sailing experience. The Captain holds Coast Guard credentials including: 100 ton Masters Inland, 100 ton Mate Near Coastal, Sailing Endorsement and Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel. In addition to his US Coast Guard credentials, he also has qualified for certifications from the American Sailing Association including: ASA 101, 103, 104 and 106.
Captain Randy’s interest in boating began while lake sailing his Sabot and crewing on his dad's Lido 14 when he was eight years old. While completing his degree in Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara, Captain Randy discovered the excitement of ocean sailing on his 18’ Hobie Cat, which continued until he graduated and had to get a “real job”, requiring him to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area. Shortly after relocating, Captain Randy was invited to crew on larger sailing yachts, thus beginning his passion for ocean cruising. In the late 1990’s, he returned to Santa Barbara and began cruising in the Santa Barbara Channel and around the Channel Islands. “Once I discovered the natural beauty of the Islands, I knew that my goal would be to share that passion with other people”. Since his first visit to the Islands, Captain Randy has continued to explore the many inlets and anchorages that the Channel Islands have to offer in vessels ranging in size from 32’ to 48’ in length. By 2005, he had accumulated enough sea time and experience to obtain his USCG Merchant Mariner credentials and in 2009, purchased the 46’ sailing ketch, “Amazing Grace”. Captain Randy continued to explore the Islands on “Grace” until 2018, when he acquired his 46’ Nordhavn motor yacht, “Blue”, and founded Blue Ocean Charters.
Phone: (805) 896-5454
At 46 feet in length, a 15 foot beam, a displacement over 60,000 pounds, and a cruising speed of 8 knots, BLUE provides an extremely comfortable ride even in severe sea conditions. In addition, she is equipped with hydraulic stabilization, eliminating up to 90% of the roll resulting from rough seas, greatly benefiting our passengers prone to motion sickness.
BLUE will comfortably accommodate 6 passengers and has plenty of room inside the main salon or on her decks for passengers to relax in comfort. If you are interested in an overnight or multi-day excursion, BLUE's two staterooms can accommodate a total of 4 to 6 passengers comfortably. Each of the two staterooms has its own bathroom and shower along with adequate storage space for all your gear.
“BLUE” is a lovely example of the classic Nordhavn 46 layout, with two double staterooms, both with ensuite heads. The saloon is entered from the large sliding door in the aft cockpit, the protected cockpit extends the living area to the outdoors, where there's room for two chairs and a small table. The spacious saloon is full of light from the large opening cabin windows, allowing for a panoramic outside view. The u-shaped settee has room to seat four at the dining table to port, to the starboard side of the saloon are two reclining lounge chairs and entertainment center.
The galley is to port forward of the dining area and is well equipped with a stovetop/oven combination, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and ice maker. Next to the galley a stairway leads below to the two staterooms, the owner’s stateroom is amidships with a double bed and ensuite head with separate shower. The guest stateroom is forward, again with double bed and an ensuite head complete with separate shower stall. Up in the pilothouse, behind the helm, a raised settee with a table and raised berth providing a perfect spot to keep watch. Housed in the pilothouse, the entire suite of navigational, electrical and communication instrumentation has been recently upgraded to the latest technology available helping to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.
Safety Aboard the Vessel
Along with an enjoyable cruise, the safety of our passengers and crew is the primary focus of Blue Ocean Charters. BLUE has recently been upgraded with state of the art electronic, navigational and safety equipment. In addition, BLUE is inspected annually by the US Coast Guard to ensure compliance with all federal regulations related to passenger carrying vessels.