Wild Card is a 60ft/18m, sturdy, steel hulled vessel, meaning she is one of the few boats that will sail the waters between San Blas and Cartagena year round, what ever the weather. Her size and stability often makes her a popular choice for passengers concerned about seasickness.
Three big meals a day are provided plus a mid-morning second breakfast. Also included at no extra charge is one fresh seafood meal.
‘Wild Card’ has a large deck space including a large awning, ideal for lounging while anchored in the islands. 18 passengers can be accommodated so there is normally a good mix of personalities and a fun atmosphere on board. Motorcycles transit can also be arranged.
Wild Card was constructed in Australia for deep ocean cruising in the southern waters of Australia. The vessel is 60ft in length and weighs 40 ton. The hull and topsides are steel. The main saloon and pilot house windows are 10mm plate glass. The pilot house is designed to enable full control of the sails from inside.
The main engine is a 120 HP Ford Lees with approximately 6500 engine hours. There are two generators, an 11 Kva Mitsubishi and a 7.5 Kva Fischer Panda.
The vessel has a 5000 litre fuel capacity.
There are engine driven emergency pumps to four areas of the boat as well as electric bilge pumps and hand pumps.
Fire extinguishers are located in the forward cabin area, the galley and outside the engine room.
Other safety equipment includes two Epirbs (emergency positional beacons) a life raft, HF & VHF radios, a radar, 3 GPS receivers, a sea anchor and life jackets for all on board.
Accomodation & Layout
There are 14 individually mounted fans for personal cooling/sleeping. Passenger accommodation comprise of two double bunks, 9 single bunks, a cabin with a double bed and a cabin with a queen size bed. Two persons can also be accommodation on the floor on mattresses if required.
There are two electric heads (toilets). The galley is large and equipped with a 4 burner gas stove and fridge. The freezer is positioned aft. The fore deck is expansive and can allow many people to party and also securely transport motorcycles.
The deck area is covered with an awning whilst at anchor meaning everyone can socialize and party outside together in the shade.
Sovereign Grace is the second boat in the fleet. She is even bigger at 74ft and 60 ton. Originally commissioned as a custom build in Sweden in the late 60’s, she was completed in Holland a few years later. She has recently undergone an extensive hauling and re-fit.
She is powered by a huge Volvo Penta MD-70A engine with two very large Kohler marine generators capable of producing 8KVA and 20KVA.
She can comfortably take 17 people in shared cabins with space for more in her large saloon area. The fore-deck area is very large for socializing and partying. 3 bathrooms with electric heads (toilets) and an elegant wood finish interior. She also has extensive safety equipment aboard.
Your captain is John Condon (New Zealand) He has a Master of Yachts Ocean. This entitles him to sail/motor any Red Flagged vessel up to 200 tons anywhere in the world.
When both boats are in operation a second captain will be contracted to run ‘Wild Card’. They will be fully licensed, insured and have experience sailing the Panama – San Blas – Colombia route.
Deckhands. Usually young people looking to gain sea time and experience.