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Paradise Bound Yacht Charters

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If you hear a trumpet playing near the Ritz, it’s probably Captain Alex Balian from Paradise Bound Yacht Charters!  You can find Capt. Alex, his wife Marlene, the Silver Eagle (his 42’ sailing yacht), and his trumpet docked right outside the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey. 

Captain Alex served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, 4 commands, 15 Navy ships, and 22 countries worldwide. He knows the sea! After retiring from the Navy with a silver star for being shot at, sunk, and escaping with his crew in Vietnam, he returned to southern CA. He knew his passion was on the water and moved from military service to “paradise.”

Founded in 1990, Paradise Bound Yacht Charters has about one thousand charters a year. The 42’ sailing yacht holds six people plus Capt. Alex, who skippers, and his wife, Marlene, who is the “hostess with the mostess”!  They own the business and do all the work themselves, so they know it’s done right! “With the wind in their sails,” they mostly sail the coast from Marina del Rey to Venice, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, and Malibu. They are a full-service company and can host weddings (Capt. Alex is licensed minister), burials at sea, corporate events, romantic cruises, sailing trips, fishing trips, etc…. Capt. Alex says if it’s legal, they do it! And if you have more than six and up to 300 people, he can accommodate you with access to larger yachts too. 

Not to toot his own horn, but Capt. Alex says, “there’s no better way to see the coast than on a sailing yacht with Captain Alex.” And after 32 years, they have no plans of retiring; they love what they do and want to share it with everyone. So, “come sail with the best!” Capt. Alex will even play his trumpet for you…when appropriate!  

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