She is a 72 Foot Burger Motor Yacht, built in 1964. Papagallo has a distinguished ownership (read her history below) and has been lovingly maintained in near pristine condition. The vessel is coast guard certified (COI) for operation 20 miles offshore for the majority of the California Coast.
The aft salon is the main dining area and has a window surrounded with beautiful wood detailing. The vessels’ mid-ship salon provides an elegant, intimate Cocktail Lounge with a bar of pomelle sapele topped in copper. The Galley and Wheelhouse are forward of the mid-ship salon. Below decks are a master suite (with a private bathroom suite, including Jacuzzi) and a guest stateroom with twin beds. The vessel is fully wired for sound with Satellite Radio and CD system. Her forward deck is perfect for mingling or seated groups to enjoy water views.
Our Captain has many years of experience along the Central Coast and will be happy to share his aquatic and ecologic knowledge with you. Onboard Nautical’s standard format for private group events offers a three hour harbor and estuary cruise with food and beverage service. Contact our event specialist to discuss your specific needs. We enjoy tailoring ourselves to meet your requirements. To speak with a specialist, please call 805-771-9916.
Papagallo II Ownership History
The yacht Papagallo II started out life in 1964, when she was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin as a ship named Sybarita. Built as hull number 149C, of all-aluminum by the Burger Boat Company, she splashed into the western edge of Lake Michigan in December of that year. Her proud owners were said to be the President and wife of the famous Admiral Shipping Lines.
In November 1969 she was sold to a businessman from Ohio who re-named her as “Wet Ink III”. At that time, she was fitted with a brand new pair of fin stabilizers made in England. She was berthed in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Nearly five years later, in May of 1974, she was sold to a couple from Oregon, and so she made the trip westward through the Panama Canal. She still carries the “guest flags” of Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico aboard ship from that journey. She was then re-named “Ariane”.
Another ownership exchange was made only a year and a half later, when she was sold to a couple from Newport Beach, California. This particular couple, with the yacht in the care of a full-time professional captain, took her to Mexico on a month-long vacation with friends, as they called on the ports of Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan, in the spring of 1976.
By the fall of 1977, the luster had worn off and this fine yacht, now named “Cliche”, was sold to a Northern California businessman named Ernie Gabiati. Mr. Gabiati had grown up in San Francisco, the son of a tough Italian immigrant who had his own salami business.
Born Ercole “Hercules” Gabiati on June 20, 1921, young “Herc” grew up alongside many Italian families who lived in the North Beach neighborhood of Grant Avenue and Filbert Street. He attended San Francisco Middle School and Galileo High School. His father, Louis, operated Roma Sausage at Pacific and Montgomery streets and wanted his only son to take over the business, but Mr. Gabiati had other plans.
In his early 20’s Mr. Gabiati went to work as a shipyard welder, a much-needed skill that kept him at home instead of being drafted into World War II. In 1946, Mr. Gabiati thought again about taking over his father’s business. Fortunately for Mr Gabiati, though his father had closed Roma Sausage, he had not yet leased the factory or sold the equipment. Mr. Gabiati took over the plant, but started an entirely new enterprise.
In creating Gallo Salami Inc., Mr. Gabiati took a modern approach to the business, which had a staggering number of local competitors. Instead of selling huge salamis from a delicatessen, he produced, sliced and then innovatively vacuum-packed the salami at the factory so it could be sold in stores. Safeway picked it up first, and then stores carried it nationwide.
Mr. Gabiati re-named his pride and joy as the Papagallo II. The name refers to his own nick-name “Papa”, and “Gallo” for the Gallo Salami fortune which he created – in addition, “Papagallo” is Italian for Parrot, a theme you will see on the vessel. Because of this double entendre, two pronunciations are often heard for the vessel – Papa gallo and Papa guyo. (Yes, there was a Papagallo I – it was his own private speedboat).
In October 2005, Leonard and Midge Gentieu, of Cambria, California, took ownership of the Papagallo II. Today, she is berthed in Morro Bay and sails California waters under their direction. They have chosen to retain the name Papagallo in honor of Mr. Gabiati, and look forward to enjoying her as much as the Gabiati family did.
Morro Bay Harbor Cruises
The Papagallo II Luxury Yacht is one of the great attractions of San Luis Obispo County, and Morro Bay. Whether you are looking for a cruise with formal dinner service, a celebration with hors d’oeuvres, an intimate Wedding/Reception, or even a Burial at Sea, Onboard Nautical Events offers these events and more aboard the Papagallo II. Onboard Nautical Events is the place to charter this amazing luxury yacht. Contact us here at Onboard Nautical Events for more information today!
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