Food on the fortune will be excellent, whether you are ordering off the open menu on a Spring overnight WSB trip, or being served fully prepared meals on a three day all-inclusive charter. The galley is all-new, and designed to cater to our guests. I am proud to announce that in addition to the standard fare of breakfast burritos and Fortune 'burgers, we will always offer "heart healthy" items.
All inclusive trips will be run Long Range style, with three meals a day plus morning snacks and afternoon hors d’oeuvres, salad, and dessert. Our menu combines the best of old school egg sandwiches with a new, healthier outlook including items such as egg white omelette's with spinach. Dinners entrees can be a perfectly done Prime Rib or a fabulous pecan crusted chicken breast, sweet with a little bit of a spicy bite. One of my most important goals is to provide excellent galley fare to all of our passengers.
Crew members on the long range sportboats out of San Diego are trained to provide an exemplary standard of service all day, every day. Fortune's crew know this, and will always live up to these standards. Friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, experienced, fast, clean, and personable are the words used to describe our crew members. The safety of our passengers is our main concern. If you have a question, just ask the guys. They are there to answer any and all questions, whether it be "what kind of whale is that?" to "how do you hook a squid?". The crew is there for you; it is their purpose to make your fishing trip an enjoyable and learning experience. We all understand that even though this is a dedicated fishing vessel, we are in the service industry. Without our passengers, the boat cannot exist. I tell my crew when they come on board, “if you want to go fishing, get a job on a commercial boat.” For us, the #1 job is to make our passengers feel welcome, keep them safe, and send them home happy. Of course, catching fish makes all of this much, much easier, so we try very hard to do that too!
Fortune is a 65' solid fiberglass vessel that sleeps 24 passengers comfortably. She was built in Westport, Washington in the Kelly boatyard in 1979. The Fortune is powered by a pair of brand new Cummins QMS 11 power plants, alongside a John Deere 35KW generator. The refrigeration is in very good shape, and will be keep your fillets or whole fish in the pristine RSW state that we have all come to insist upon. At deck level the bait tank holds 120 scoops of sardines, anchovies, or squid, along with a below deck slammer that can accommodate an additional 50 scoops of bait. Downstairs in the bunk room, all bunks are outfitted with privacy curtains and individual boot racks. For those who need a little bit more privacy, we have two staterooms all the way forward, each for two people. Of course the entire downstairs area is air conditioned. We have two heads, both on the deck level. They are inboard facing at the aft end of the salon, and one of them has a shower. Fortune carries 400 gallons of freshwater, but also is equipped with a RO freshwater maker to ensure we don't run out on our extended excursions. The salon has just been reupholstered, and is equipped with a large flat screen TV and DVD player. For all intents and purposes, Fortune's galley is brand new. It features new refrigerator(s), a stand-up freezer, a flat grill, two burners, and a beer cooler, all to bring you the finest charter boat cuisine in the fleet.
The wheelhouse is equipped with a new Furuno 48 mile radar, a Furuno GPS plotter, a new Furuno 6000 color video sounder, and a Wesmar side scanning sonar. I was considering getting a new sonar and I brought the idea up in a conversation with Mike Lackey who owns the Vagabond. Mike hemmed and hawed about the idea, and then stated that the sonar on the Fortune has caught a lot of fish over the years, it has found many, many schools of bluefin, albacore, and yellowfin. That did it for me. We are sticking with what works, and this sonar does. Believe me, with these new improvements, this is a top of the line electronics package. Radios include a Single Side Band, three two-meter side band, two VHF, and a KVA dispatch with satellite phone. My philosophy is that service will keep you coming back, but catching fish is why you are here in the first place! With these high-end tools of the trade, we stack the odds more in our favor to find that biting school.
Fisherman's Landing, San Diego
|Trip Type||Season||Passenger||Weekday||Weekend||Departure Time|
|1 Day||Summer||22||$4,500||$4,800||10:00 PM|
|1.5 Day||Summer||22||$6,700||$6,950||10:00 PM|
|2 Day||Summer||22||$8,500||$9,000||10:00 PM|
22st Landing, San Pedro
March - June
|Trip Type||Island||Passenger||Cost||Departure Time|
|1 Day||SCI/SBI||22||$3,400||9:00 PM|
|1.5 Day||Freelance/SNI||22||$4,350||9:00 PM|
|2 Day||Freelance/SNI||22||$5,700||9:00 PM|