AVALON ― Capt. John King of Afishinados has added another boat to his fleet of charters which provides more price flexibility for those wanting to book a tour or fishing excursion in Catalina Island.
Gusto, a 30-foot long sportfisher, accommodates up to six passengers for cruising around the island.
“She is large enough to do the circumnavigation in comfort and small enough to get in close to really see the detail of the island,” King wrote in an email to The Log.
Gusto’s first booked tour around the island was for a major production company scouting a location to film, King noted.
“This was a nice start to what looks like an excellent addition to the Afishinados fleet of private charter boats for fishing or touring the isle in style,” King commented.
Back in February, Avalon City Council approved a waterside permit for a smaller boat, a 14-foot skiff, for Afishinados to offer couple cruises around the island. Catallac is a high-end private charter for large groups of people. The sportfisher Afishinados is the same size as Gusto; however, Gusto is a simpler, single-engine boat.
“This boat allows us to carry six passengers at the lowest rate in the harbor at a per person cost,” King stated.
With more cruise ships stopping in Avalon, more visitors are coming to Catalina Island; therefore, a more extensive range of charter services and prices were needed, according to King.
“The type of person that has come here has broadened over the last maybe five years,” King said. “We are trying to fill a spot where we feel there is an opportunity.”