Jun 4, 2013 2:40 PM by Jeanette Trompeter
We live a pretty relaxed, kick-back lifestyle here on the Central Coast. But do you realize how we also live the lifestyles of the rich and famous simply because of our access to the Pacific ocean? And you can take it even a step further with a little trip to Morro Bay. That's because there's a little vessel out there that offers more spectacular proof There's No Place Like Home.
Sometimes days just start out special and that is definitely the case when you start it out on board the Papagallo II. She's a 72-foot Burger motor yacht, a Rolls Royce of American yachts, and she calls the sleepy little seaside town of Morro Bay, home. "She loves going out in the open see and throwing the throttles to her." says owner Leonard Gentieu. He and his wife Midge own the Papagallo II.
It's the realization of a lifelong dream for Leonard. "I was 10-years-old back east and I always wanted a yacht. And even at age 10, a lot of my buddies were into, you know, comic and sports cars. I always got yachting magazines and just dreamed about a yacht." he says.
After a four year search and a lifetime of being a restaurant owner, manager and chef, his dream came true 8 years ago. Midge wasn't quite as excited about the prospect of being a yacht owner. "No!" Midge laughs. "I was scared to death!" she says. "I didn't know it would work." But it has. Len does the cooking and the maintenance, Midge runs the office. "I book 'em and he cooks 'em!" she says.
The Gentieus offer the lifestyle of the rich and famous to everyday folks, if only for a few hours. "Oh my goodness, I'm having the time of my life!" says first-time passenger Mary Miller. "This is beautiful. I love it!" "I'm ready to move in." says her husband Eric Miller.
Fellow passenger Renee Dobyns says she didn't realize this amazing adventure was right in her own backyard. "I'm having a blast. I had no idea this was available. I like the idea you can bring friends and family out here and just enjoy this beautiful beautiful place we live."
You can book a private dinner cruise , a big party, or tag along on one of their public cruises. "This is just breathtaking just being in this harbor and seeing all these different boats. It's a working port, to see the fisherman and the tug boats. It's just a fun environment to be in, I'm just loving it." says Dobyns. Miller agrees. "I had seen it, but I didn't know. I didn't know all the options we had. I mean, they do anniversaries, birthday parties, business parties, I'm going to have my birthday here, by the way, honey." she chuckles.
The beauty of the bay makes a perfect backdrop for celebrations of any kind. Mel Hansen's daughter's wedding was on the Papagallo II. "It's a great all inclusive. Get married, have the fun, have the music, all in your own backyard."
Creating lifetime memories for others is part of the magic of this retirement adventure for the Leonard and Midge. "It's been great, and I have such a great time and meet such great people." says Midge.
The Papagallo II has two state rooms, two bathrooms, and crew quarters for seven. But with the views from up top, it's hard to spend much time down below. "Lots of times we'll leave the harbor and pick up a little pod of dolphins that will criss cross with us, and get with the whales sometimes." Leonard says.
This 49-year-old "Grand Old Girl" as Leonard calls her, has been all over the world. But lucky for us, this beauty of a boat and her crew like to call Morro Bay home today. "And I said we're going to come to Morro Bay and create great food and great experiences, and I'll do whatever it takes to make it happen." says Leonard. "So here we are."
It's all more proof There's No Place Like Home.
To check out the public cruises on the Papagallo II or to book your own private or group cruise, click here.