A yacht charter and club business and a spokesman for a boat show/community event in Marina del Rey provided an overview of services and activities during a presentation to the Marina Affairs Committee Wednesday, May 18th at the Marina del Rey Hotel.


Steve Curran presented information on MarinaFest 2010, a boat show and community event he has put together with local individuals and members of the marine industry, in conjunction with the Southern California Marine Association, Inc.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 12th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, June 13th (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the corner of Admiralty Way and Bali Way, at the Catalina Yacht Anchorage and Pier 44 in Marina del Rey.

Curran said 32 people have committed to renting a booth and participating in the event, including new and brokerage motor yacht and sailboats in-water, more boats on land, marine accessory exhibitors and community business vendors.

“We really want this to be a community event, and we’ll have the U.S. Coast Guard participating with a demonstration of a rescue at sea from a helicopter on (June 12th), and the Coast Guard cutter Halibut will be on display (June 13th),” said Curran.

The Westchester High School band will be one of the Westside school bands performing on June 13th.

“The community needs to pull together. We are a boating industry and that industry is in dire straits,” said Curran.

Admission price is $10 per adult, or free for children age 12 and under.

Curran said he remembers how the Marina del Rey Boat Show started about 25 years ago. “It was a huge show and community event put on by the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce. It was very important to the community, and many boats were sold,” he recalled.

He said the state of the Marina boat industry is pretty poor, and a lot of boat brokers have gone out of business. Curran recalls that a major boat manufacturer told him recently that boat sales were down as low as 78 percent, noting that a lot of people are getting out of the industry and a lot of businesses are closing down.

“I’ve been a member of the California Yacht Club for over 40 years, and I don’t recall a new member being able to get a boat slip immediately, and you can do that now,” said Curran.

He said he was contacted two months ago by Dave Geoffroy, executive director of the Southern California Marina Association, Inc. —the industry association that puts on a lot of the boat shows — and the group is also trying to adapt and support its industry in a way that’s consistent with the times by putting on economical shows and realizing that the boat brokers don’t have a lot of money.

“Some people put $35,000 into participating in a boat show, and that’s a huge amount of money in today’s environment, with much less return,” Curran pointed out.

Information on the event,



Stephanie Ginzburg presented information on the family-owned and operated FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club, based in Marina del Rey for over 30 years.

Ginzburg said there are three yachts geared toward private events and the yacht club, a custom-designed waterfront facility that accommodates up to 250 guests.

The FantaSea Yacht Club, located at 4215 Admiralty Way — once the Red Onion — is a private entertaining and banquet facility that opened in April 1996 after many years of remodeling, custom work and complete aesthetic enhancements in an effort to make it “a dream for brides and party planners alike,” said Ginzburg.

The FantaSea yachts cruise inside the harbor and are available for any event — dinner cruises, weddings, mitzvahs, engagements, corporate, anniversaries, and other special occasions, Ginzburg said.

Ginzburg told the audience that the company has worked together for three generations and tries to treat every guest like a member of the family.

She said that each event is considered a special and important life moment, and that the company has extensive resources to find the best deal for all event needs, handling every step with expertise and welcoming preferred vendors of its clients.

Dandeana is a 110-foot, custom-built, tri-level luxury yacht that is the flagship of the Fantasea fleet. It accommodates up to 150 guests.

The RegentSea, also a tri-level luxury yacht, is 115 feet and also accommodates up to 150 guests.

The FantaSea One is an ultra-modern mega, quad-level yacht that accommodates up to 350 guests, according to Ginzburg.

Ginzburg said FantaSea is committed to being green, which is reflected in their in-house recycling program of glass, plastic and paper, as well as in catering menus utilizing sustainable and local ingredients.