Mintaka:Is a custom-built 46ft. aluminum sloop up tp 8 passengers, well maintained, very safe, comfortable, clean and professional operated by a nice German couple: Manfred & Petra. Manfred, the captain and chef engineer, and Petra, the first mate and chef, are married for almost 40 years. They have well over 35 years sailing experience, 21 years alone on MINTAKA, where they live constantly. The Caribbean is their cruising ground for over 8 years, 3 years between Colombia and Panama. They sailed almost 100.000 nautical miles in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean sea, Red Sea, the Indic Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean. They are probably one of the most experienced crew in the backpacker fleet. Their names stand for continuity and reliability. Both have the same sailing license personal safety and the safety of the boat.