Maui's Best Snorkeling Snorkeling in Maui at Molokini or Coral Gardens with Maui Classic Charters

October 7, 2008

Our Fleet of Boats

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The Four Winds II

 

 

Four Winds II

 

The Four Winds II is our more spacious double-deck 55’ catamaran, that’s perfect for the whole family.  Plenty of shade in the large cabin, and an underwater viewing room for those who don’t want to get in the water!  You can read all about her and see pictures at: http://www.fourwindsmaui.com

Maui Magic

The Maui Magic is our speedier, more adventurous catamaran, which takes fewer people, making for a more intimate trip.  While she doesn’t have as much shade as the Four Winds II, the Maui Magic boasts a water-slide and an awesome sound system.  And because she is a speedier boat, the Maui Magic goes to two or more snorkel spots.  For more information about the Maui Magic click: http://www.mauimagicsnorkel.com

The original Four Winds at UH Hilo

The Original Four Winds

Four Winds (retired from our current fleet)

was our original “perfect-for-the-whole-family” snorkel boat.  For years she sailed from Maalaea Harbor to Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens, introducing hundreds of folks to the wondrous underwater world of Maui.

In 1997 Maui Classic Charters replaced her with a new vessel, the current Four Winds II.  Rather than selling the original Four Winds (which was valued at $350,000), Maui Classic Charters donated her to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for their Kalakaua Marine Education Center.

 

They are using the catamaran in their field-oriented undergraduate marine science degree program as well as coral reef monitoring courses and research projects.  Until receiving the Four Winds, they only had a small boat to work with.  Needless to say, the University of Hawaii at Hilo was overjoyed with the donation.

Lavengro

Lavengro (retired from our current fleet)

is a magnificent 60’ wooden gaff-rigged Biloxi Schooner built in 1927 (then named the “Helen”) by noted Biloxi shipwright Jack Covacavich. During her long career, she was used as a personal yacht for a prominent New Orleans family and when World War II broke out, the Coast Guard used her for patrol duty.  Eventually, she ended up doing charter trips in the frigid waters of Alaska, until coming to Hawaii to ply her charter trips in significantly warmer waters!

 

In 2000, frustrated with the maintenance costs of a wooden boat in Hawaii (particularly one that was 73 years young), Maui Classic Charters decided to replace the old sailing beauty with a new aluminum catamaran, the Maui Magic.  Heartbroken at having to find a good home for the Lavengro, Maui Classic Charters was put in touch with the Northwest Schooner Society, located in Seattle, Washington, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and use of classic wooden sailing vessels.

 

Intrigued and encouraged with the Northwest Schooner Society, Maui Classic Charters donated the Lavengro to this organization and one of our former captains sailed her back across the Pacific Ocean, only to find, just on the boat just ahead of him, going through the locks, was a gentleman on his boat, wearing an old Lavengro tshirt!  Talk about a small world!!!

 

Here is a link to the Northwest Schooner Society, in case you find yourself in that part of the country:  http://www.nwschooner.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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