Port Captain – Waikiki Yacht Club Mr Branden Fredrick
So, Branden, tell us a little something about your cruising to date and your most favourite cruising location?
My cruising to date had me on a boat every weekend (when I wasn’t snow skiing), and playing with them after school, as I grew up in a house on the water in the Channel Islands Harbor. I grew up playing on lakes in California, Arizona and Nevada, as well as playing in my back yard of the Channel Islands. When I was 24 I skippered a Tennent designed 56′ powercat “Double Barrel” from Hawaii to Ca. I have also cruised on a N57 “Shaka” in the Pacific Northwest. I have also sailed an 80′ ketch from Hawaii to Fort Lauderdale, Fl in a 3 increment trip. Lastly, I currently cruise my boat around Hawaii. As far as a favorite cruising destination, I don’t really have one, they are all great in their own regard, California has easy day trips with lots of restaurants, the PNW has tons of wildlife and flat water, however cold. Hawaii has some of the best sailing, however it is limited in the destination and resources that it does have.
Tell us more about your time on N57 Shaka?
I was on the Nordhavn two summers ago in Canada. I met the boat in Sidney Harbor and spent about ten days aboard going through the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Princess Louisa Inlet and finally ending the trip back in Victoria. Overall, I was impressed with the build quality of Nordhavn, they are stout boats. However, it was kind of weird being in an ocean going motor yacht doing seven knots on reflecting pond water.
What type of boat do you have?
My boat in Hawaii is a Pre-Beneteau Jeanneau 44. On the mainland I still also have a few High Performance powerboats.
Outrageous, why don’t you have a Nordhavn?
I don’t have a Nordhavn because offshore I prefer to sail, I find it is not as stressful as there are less systems that you have to monitor while making passages. While I’m sailing I don’t need to watch any gauges or worry about my stabilizers going out. More importantly, Nordhavn doesn’t make a boat that can sail.
I understand your yacht has its own canon? What’s the story behind that?
Yes it does! After lusting after a cannon for years during my attendance at Buccaneer Days on Catalina Island, I finally got the perfect excuse to waste money on one. The Parade of Lights in Channel Islands was themed, “A Buccaneer’s Holiday”. My friend and I figured that while on the Yacht “Double Barrel” we ought to have to cannons for such an occasion! I ordered 2 RBG cannons, I am now the cannon rep for RBG cannons in Hawaii, and the rest is history!
I understand she has a rather special inbuilt bar with never ending supply of Mount Gay?
I try to not think of it as a bar but a cannon holder with accompanying liquor cabinet. When designing it I figured nothing says fire a cannon quite like a never ending supply of Mt. Gay!
What has been your cruising highlight so far?
My cruising highlight so far was that on my first ever Pacific crossing, I made land fall on my 25th Birthday! Two days later we had about 120 people over to the house for my quarter-life celebration and I fed everybody with the fish we had caught and processed along the way!
Do you travel with an animal on board?
I do not travel with any pets onboard, but I have been known to travel with fish!
In your past life what did you do?
If you’re talking about reincarnation, I would like to think that I was a Roman Gladiator!
That’s not what I meant Brandon!
I went to high school!!
So I understand you are not a Hawaiian local? When and why did you come to Hawaii?
I moved to Hawaii in August of ’03 to go to the University of Hawaii to get a degree in Accounting.
So how long do you plan to stay in Hawaii for?
I plan to stay in Hawaii till I find something better, so far I am still here. Hawaii has its problems like most places but it is far outweighed by the good!
Now, I have to ask, that flashy black car in the car park that belongs to you right? What is it?
That really practical thing up there? Oh that’s a convertible Corvette and yes it’s all mine.
Would you like to swap my Nissan rental for your Corvette?
Not a chance!!!! LOL!!
Are you sure?
Come on Branden, just for a day?
So as Port Captain for Waikiki Yacht Club (“WYC”) what does your job entail?
What Port Captain entails is making sure the marina is being run to the best of its ability while trying to juggle the satisfaction of members and visiting yachtsmen. It’s a little like juggling six balls in the air at any one time.
How hard is it to get a berth at WYC?
If you want a slip for a 20 footer I can get you one tomorrow! However if you want a slip for a boat of an actual proper size, you are probably looking and 4+ years and longer. Temporary slips of all sizes come and go so always best to contact in advance of arrival
What power options do you provide visiting boats?
We offer 30, 50, and 100 Amp service
Can anyone contact you to find out about berthing availability and if so what is your preferred method of communication?
Anybody can visit WYC and the preferred method of communication is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What costs are involved to be a member vs temporary/visiting yacht?
Regular member rates are $.52 affiliate yacht club members is $1.50 and with no affiliation is $2.00 per foot. All prices are per foot per day.
What other facilities does WYC offer?
We offer internet, a bar, restaurant, salt water pool, paddling, junior sailing, and close proximity to Waikiki, its restaurants and shopping.
How long have you been at WYC?
I have been sailing out of WYC for 12 years
What do you like most about your role as Port Captain?
What I enjoy the most is meeting new people and trying to help them. I especially like showing Aussies how to fillet a fish properly!
What do you like least?
What I like the least is the work and always getting flagged down when I’m trying to do something.
What can visiting yachts do to make your life easier?
They can contact me well in advance and then do follow-ups to keep it fresh and to confirm what their intentions still are, because with boats, plans change and its hard to keep a firm schedule. Like this one time where this Nordhavn 62 was supposed to arrive in early June……
Branden if there is one thing that irritates you while under-way what would that be?
When there are incompetent people that pretend that they aren’t sailing with me.
Onto irritating things, have you ever run out of something while at sea that has caused problems?
I ran out of wasabi one time, it made it hard for the tuna to taste as good.
What about Mount Gay, have you ever run out of that?
James, that would be like forgetting my sails, no!
Would you describe yourself as more hunter or more gather?
I would say that I will take both roles, depending upon the situation and the requirements.
Why did you name your vessel Dusty Cash?
I named my yacht “Dusty Cash” after my twin nephews, plus I figured it made a pretty good play on words.
What other names did you consider?
No other names ever crossed my mind.
There is a rumour you were going to call your boat Rumbles, is there any truth to that?
What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while at sea?
Well the biggest mistake and funniest thing kind of go hand in hand. When I was twelve, I was at the lake with family and friends and I was trying to show off to the seventeen year old girl that I had had a crush on forever. I was riding my jet ski trying to spray the poor innocent girl who was laying on a floating dock, when all of a sudden I had crashed into the dock. NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE!
What’s the biggest mistake you have ever made on the water?
Tell us a little something about Dusty cash?
“Dusty Cash” is known throughout the state as the cannon boat, which is a title that she has earned! It has even earned me a Mt. Gay or two…
Are you scared of spiders?
What’s your favourite photo ever taken while at sea and why?
My favorite photo was taken during the Lahaina Return sailboat race from a helicopter along the north shore of Molokai. It was just a perfect sail with perfect crew and the boat was sailing along nicely in 25+ knots!
What would you never leave behind when heading out to sea?
I would never leave behind FISHING GEAR! Because with it, you are closer to being self-sufficient, not that you would know!!
Branden, tell us something about yourself that nobody knows?
I’m actually a pretty shy person who keeps to myself until you get to know me.
…and finally, what’s next for Branden Inc?
I’m getting into real estate, and would like to sail south for at least a season, other than that, I just want to keep enjoying life.
Thank you very much for your time and thank you for allowing Pendana to stay at your beautiful marina.
Good luck with your travels!
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