Boat

“Miami Vice” Sailboat Available For Private Charters

April 10, 2019

Visitors who want to experience a unique adventure in Thailand can hire a private boat in Phuket to take them to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands. The stunning natural beauty of the islands with its white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and interesting rock formations is like a glimpse into paradise. Maya Bay on Phi Phi Ley is the spot where the “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed.

Meanwhile, St. Vitus Dance, a 42-foot Endeavour Sailboat owned by Key West couple is also available for private charters. What makes the sailboat very special? Sonny Crokett, the famous Miami Vice character played by Don Johnson slept in the boat. Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series that is largely remembered by the world due to the pastel suits of the detectives.

The sailboat is now docked at the Key West Historic Seaport as part of the 3-boat charter company, Key West Sailing Adventure owned by Albert Tropea and Ronda Rinald. They bought the Miami Vice boat from an old couple for $39,000. The price was $100,000 before the hurricane Irma ravaged the nearby Stock Island. Thousands of dollars were invested to repair the damages resulting from the hurricane.

Rinald was familiar with the boat because she rented it for a week 4 years ago. The way that the boat is shaped makes it look sexy. Rinald was also a fan of Miami Vice. Tropea is a resident of Key West who used to work in psychiatric hospitals in Boston. A friend suggested sailing for a living and soon enough Tropea was working on a 103-foot schooner. Tropea now sails with his first mate Rinald.

St. Vitus Dance is now in good shape. The generator only has 15 hours on it and the motor with 15,000 hours on it. It was only used as a prop in Miami Vice.

There is so much you can see and do when you hire a private boat in Phuket to explore the islands. There is always a sense of pride and achievement in sailing that cannot be experienced in other activities. There is always a different experience depending on where you will sail.