USCG 100 Ton Master Captain
Andy Kurtz has been Sailing since 1966. He grew up in the Bay Area sailing first on Tomales Bay and then on San Francisco Bay. While living in the Bay Area, Andy had a marine repair business based in Sausalito for eight years. In 1994 he sailed his Ericson 32 to Hawaii and continued fixing boats in the charter fleet on Maui until 1998 when the South Pacific's call was to much... He went sailing...
Two years and 20,000 miles later he returned to Hawaii, and, not wanting to grind fiberglass anymore Andy decided to use his Captains License and started driving boats in the charter industry. Four years later, wanting to be his own boss again, Andy found Angelique in Florida, purchased and sailed her back to Hawaii and started his charter business. Time passed and Andy decided to move back to the Bay Area in order to pursue a long time dream of ocean adventure passages and ocean passage instruction.
Andy has been a licensed 100 ton master/captain for over 20 years. He has accrued 30+ ocean crossings and over 85,000 miles as vessel master and/or owner in both sail and power boats. Andy has sailed as the master on vessels ranging from 8' prams to 151' to square rigged ships. In addition to his captain license, Andy has a Sailing and Towing endorsement. He enjoys working with students through the NauticEd program, where he is a level V instructor.
Today you will find him blasting around San Francisco Bay or somewhere "out there" with groups of up to six guests on Angelique, sharing his love of sailing and entertaining with his easygoing style.
Andy's Columbia 57, Angelique, has an interesting history: the 1969 design from Bill Tripp, Jr was sold as a kit to a boatyard in the Pacific Northwest. After assembly and launching, the first owner sailed her once, ran aground, and never sailed her again. Since then she has had two other owners before Kurtz found her in Ft Lauderdale 13 years ago, from where he sailed the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexico, and then to Hawaii where he ran her for charters for a year before coming to her current home in the San Francisco Bay area.
“After arriving here I discovered that the fore-deck was a termite nest and so proceeded to completely reconstruct the boat,” said Kurtz, “with a new deck, bulkheads, tanks, engine, and electrics. The project isn’t really completely finished yet, but it’s about 95% complete at this point.”
Boom damage to Angelique in the Pacific Cup in 2018 kept them out of contention in that race, and some collision damage forced him to drop out of the Honolulu Transpac 50 this year, so Kurtz will do the Transpac Tahiti race in 2020 in his quest to do this race and all the other great Pacific ocean races as well, including those mentioned along with the Victoria-Maui Race too.
Andy has modified Angelique to include an additional staysail, as well as a hard dodger for those cold nights with rough waves.
Angelique is a big, roomy boat. Her hull speed is around 13 knots.
Angelique features the latest and greatest in sailing tech. She has an autopilot, B&G Zeus 3 plotter, redundant GPS, Expedition routing software, radar and top of the line instruments.
Angelique's cabin features plenty of room.
Angelique can accommodate up to 6 guests overnight.
The galley aboard Angelique is spacious and has every modern convenience.
The crew of Angelique loves to be out on the water, but more important than going out is coming back home safe. Safety is always the first priority on board, and that's why Angelique is fitted with every possible safety feature and helmed by a captain with over 80,000 ocean miles under his belt.
But just because we're safe doesn't mean we don't have fun. We like to have an easy-going, fun and adaptable attitude about sailing. We appreciate guests who go with the flow, step up when needed, and have a casual and friendly approach to sailing. For us, sailing is about having a good time with good people.
We believe everyone is a life long learner, and so we welcome you aboard regardless of your expertise.
Angelique has a state of the art B&G 4G radar and sonar systems integrated with the Zues chart plotters both in the cockpit and the nav station
Angelique has an 8 man raft with auto launching capability should the vessel sink too quickly to manually deploy the raft.
Equipped with VHF, SSB and satellite communications, guests & crew onboard can take advantage of unlimited texts with their friend and family at home .
EPIRB - the Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon - auto deploys in the event of a sudden sinking or can be manually turned on.
Angelique has class B AIS that sends and receives vessel position reports from other ships to a radius of up to 50 miles. All the safety harnesses onboard are also equipped with automatic AIS signaling devices so we are assured of quickly finding a crew member that has fallen overboard.
Our medical kit is as complete as is possible for a boat with a commercial licensed Captain in command.