Monday, February 10, 2020


In the marina of Cabo San Lucas, you have the chance to ride on the stunning Eco Cat catamaran. It’s the 9th largest sailing catamaran in the world. Its journey started in the French West Indies, when it was purchased by sailing enthusiast Robert Popp 18 years ago.
“I sailed it from St Martens to the Panama Canal and then to Southern California.  I finally ended up here in Cabo San Lucas.”
Robert knows his boats for sure. He started sailing at the age of 18, even raced, and placed, dreaming about owning his own sailing catamaran. Now it has happened, and he shares his passion for sailing by offering excursions on his eco-friendly vessel. It can hold 120 passenger. Not a clunker by any means, it measures 100’ x 50’, and it is ever so quiet. The boat is gorgeously sleek and sails smoothly. It makes its own drinking water from the sea; and for moving, it uses bio-diesel fuel and wind power. The ecological sailing catamaran beautifully brings Eco-Catters (my term) out into the open Sea of Cortes for whale watching, sunset gazing, snorkeling and more.

We sailed out about 9 miles to Santa Maria Beach for snorkeling. The boat has a cute series of steps that end in a small boards leveling with the water, so it’s real easy to get into the sea, and start your snorkeling. I welcomed this small jut-out level to the water, as I did not wish to jump in or navigate metal steps that most boats come with. Once in, I saw amberjacks, pompano and parrot fish, bur the life jacket rode too high up on me, and I left a flipper in the sea; it came off me.  Getting back onto the boat was a breeze. The ladder was not steep, and its steps were close to one another. 

 Then came a fabulous Mexican meal that filled me to the gills. Drinks are free and served right to you. Now this is the life!

The food is freshly prepared at Robert’s Eco Cat restaurant, and then taken to the catamaran just a few steps away from his restaurant.

 I also went whale watching the same day. I couldn't get enough of this boat. 
Once again, it was a thrilling ride. 

Spotting the whales, watching then come up and then breach was remarkable.  They’re Humpbacks, and that day many were to be seen. Thanks to Cutberto, our captain/guide, I learned more about these giants.  Females can weigh up to 42 tons and and are 16 metres long; the males weigh 40 tons and average 14 metres in length. They come all the way from Alaska to mate, stay three months, and then make their way back to Alaska, but they must wait until their young ones weigh 3 tons to make the long journey.
I recommend you take your glorious sailing experience on the Eco Cat.
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1 comment:

  1. Reading this vivid account made me feel like I was actually experiencing it myself.