5.0/5 stars 36 reviews
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About Richard

“I have been boating since I was a todler. I grew up on boats and my childhood memories involve weekends in Catalina. I have been sailing since college and bought my current boat 22 years ago.”

Aboard since 2014

From Laguna Niguel, CA

Reviews of Richard (36)

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 26th

    Always a great time. Rich is very communicative and does everything he can to help the charter go smoothly.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 11th

    Thank you so much Richard for letting us sail your wonderful boat again!

    Windseaker is performant, very well equipped and maintained with love.

    We sailed from Long Beach to Two Harbors, by a good 15-18 Northwest wind. We almost made it in one tack as Windseaker can sail pretty close to the wind :-)

    Richard as usual has been super helpful before, during and after the cruise. Always available by text messages or calls, and super knowledgeable about his boat.

    We hope to be back soon!


  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 23rd

    Great time as always! Rich was very responsive when I had a question about the boat, and always makes sure to communicate right before the trip to make sure the final details are in place.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 21st

    Rich and his boat again fit the bill perfectly for a weekend trip to Catalina. Rich and Chris are always available for last-minute questions to make sure everything is set, and that makes renting the Windseaker a breeze

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 17th

    As always, being aboard Windseaker was a pleasure. Rich has been working consistently to make sure the boat stays in good shape, and has been in the habit of making upgrades as well. Rich was great about meeting us at the boat to give me an intro to the new features and make sure all our questions were answered

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 26th

    Met up with Richard the night before and we went through the boat very thoroughly. He was very helpful and explained things in detail. Even took the boat out a bit so I felt comfortable with the boat.

    The boat was in immaculate condition. I had 8 other people with me, and they were all very impressed. Sailed down the coast to Newport for a night, and then to Two Harbors for 2 nights. Boat was exceptional and handled well. Had to motor a bit, and no problems. The mooring in Two Harbors is in a prime location...about 75 ft away from the dinghy dock.

    Richard was always available for any questions and willing to help out in any way.

    I will definitely be keeping in touch for another weekend outing!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jan. 27th

    Had a great experience with Richard & Windseeker! Already planning another trip with Windseeker!
    Thanks Rich!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Feb. 14th

    Sorry this took so long, just seen this, because we are booking Richard Shulman again, so my review of Captain Shulman is 5 stars out of 5

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 17th

    Sailing on the Catalina 36 was a memory I will never forget. With plenty of space on the Catalina 36 we were able to comfortably fit nine. Music, swimming, celebration, sailing, and even a visit from some dolphins made our trip one-of-a-kind. Rich is an extremely pleasant and professional captain. The next time I sail, it will be with Rich.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 27th

    Fantastic experience!! We've sailed with him twice. Richard is super and we had an awesome time. He's very quick at responding and will accommodate your needs. We had a fun sail to Catalina and back over 2 days and jumped in the water, brought lots of food and drinks, and slept very comfortably in the cabins. The Windseaker is a great boat with lots of room. Would recommend Richard any day :-)

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 12th

    Headed out to Catalina for a 3-day weekend, and had a great time aboard Windseaker. Rich was very flexible in meeting prior to the booking to ensure I was comfortable with the boat, and that made everything easier. Very well set up for the trip we took, and comfortable for the 7 crewmembers on board. Front-row mooring at Two Harbors was icing on the cake. Thanks, Rich!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 18th

    Incredible 3 day Catalina Trip! I sailed with my brother to Catalina Island, leaving Monday morning and back by 5pm Wednesday. The Windseeker is a beautifully maintained boat and a joy to sail; comfortable to relax and sleep aboard. Having the front row mooring at Isthmus is definitely a huge bonus. Richard and Mark met us and went through the boat thoroughly. They were relaxed and easy to work with and got us confident with the boat very quickly. We spent an hour out on the water with them, which was so informative that I would have happily paid for the lesson! They even helped us provision up, as we'd flown in from out of town. This will be my regular LA to Catalina rental from now on. Highly recommended.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 20th

    Rich and Mark were amazing and Rich's boat is immaculate. I proposed to my girlfriend on his boat while we were sailing and it was everything I had hoped and more. Rich was very accomodating to all of my requests and I would without a doubt rent his boat again. I recommend Rich and his boat to anyone interested!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 22nd

    Rich was great! Gave us a thorough briefing on all the boat functions and inventory, and took us out to be sure we were comfortable with Windseeker's handling qualities. He was always available via phone if we had questions. The boat handled great and was a pleasure to sail. I would love to rent from Rich again! Thanks for a great time!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Mar. 26th

    Richard was a great captain, he was very accommodating and mindful of any of the passengers getting motion sickness. I reached out to him regarding a surprise bday for my GF and he was very organized and kept in constant communication with me. Everything went smoothly and I would definitely use Richard and Catalina 36 again for future sailing events.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jan. 01st

    Had a fantastic experience renting this Catalina 36 from Richard. He's very knowledgable, professional, and has taken great care of this boat and it shows.

    We were a crew of two and sailed the boat on a three day trip to Catalina. I'd very gladly rent from Rich again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 03rd

    Rich's Cat 36 was in great shape (meticulous) and it sailed wonderfully. I sailed across to Avalon with three friends--a nice cruise on a comfortable boat. Everything went smoothly and communication was a breeze. If I head back to LA, I will charter this one again...

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 13th

    We were 8 people overall and took a three day trip to Catalina. The boat is in great condition and fit all of us easily. It was easy to operate and the dingy was a great way to get all of us from the mooring to the shore once we were on the island. The sleeping cabins are very spacious and the layout overall is much better than many bigger boats that we've been on before.

    The best part about the trip though was Rich. He went above and beyond to get us acquainted with the boat and to make sure we had a great time. He took the time to show us where everything was and was constantly available throughout the trip.

    He really took care of us and from beginning to end was always there to make sure we had a great time.

    I'd recommend the boat and rich as a host wholeheartedly and we'll definitely do it again soon!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 01st

    Excellent day on the water. We sailed with a captain, but still got to participate in sailing the boat. Chris was very personable and made sure that we were well taken care of.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 17th

    I had a fantastic time on Richard's Catalina! Richard was a great teacher and gave us an opportunity to sail the boat the entire day. Richard is awesome, super accommodating and fun to be around. I highly recommend sailing with Richard and would love to go again!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 29th

    I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Richard from August 29-August 30, 2015. Richard served as my escort boat captain for the Catalina Classic paddleboard race, from Two Harbors to the mainland. He not only handled the boat beautifully, but also was a great addition to our group throughout the entire weekend. It honestly felt as if we were sailing amongst friends we had known for years. The next time I plan to do any sailing, I will absolutely be contacting Richard. My highest recommendation.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 21st

    I contacted Richard regarding a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend. He made me feel really comfortable over the phone and helped me plan the surprise. It was my first time sailing so I really had no idea what to expect. We met up with him around 5pm after work on a Friday! He hosted us while we waited for everyone to show up. Plenty of room on the boat for us 8, Music and speakers around the boat, Inside and bathroom is in great shape.
    Set sail around 6:30pm - saw some sea lions, beautiful sunset then a harbor cruise around 8pm to slow down the tempo of the night.
    We brought BBQ stuff and used his gas grill to make food. Richard was extremely respectful and knew exactly when to be part of the conversation and when to give us space. Overall we had a blast - everyone was safe - charming night overall. Side Note: his wife accompanied us - must have helped us with 100 things! thank you so much

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 09th

    We had an amazing experience, charted Richard for a company outing, from the start Richard reached out and was very helpful with getting everything figured out for the trip. He checked in regularly months before the trip and leading up to it. Richard had Chris take us out as he was busy that day and we had a great time with Chris. He was very informative with everything on the boat and pretty much catered to all of our needs. He took the boat out around the harbor, and then into the open waters before docking back and we all had a great time the entire trip. Thank you Richard and Chris for taking us out, will definitely recommend you guys to friends and family.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 08th

    This was absolutely the best boating experience I have ever had. I chartered this boat to celebrate my 30th birthday, 10 guests are allowed on the boat. Rich was very attentive and accommodating from the very beginning; he asked me what I was celebrating and if he could do anything to make the day more special. We were probably out on the boat for about 6 hours and they flew by. I hope to use Rich for future trips as well. I highly recommend him!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 04th

    I had an absolutely wonderful time with Rich and Shannon on their beautiful boat! I'll definitely be back next time I come to Cali! Thanks for a wonderful day!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 23rd

    We had a great day out on the water with Richard! Started out with a short cruise around the harbor then headed out to the ocean for a day of sailing. We saw seals and a school of dolphins. Richard was great, friendly and informative. The boat fit the eight of us comfortably.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 20th

    We had the best time on Richard's boat for my husband's 34th birthday. Richard was so great to work with from the start and helped me plan a surprise outing with good friends. We went out to sea and even saw some sea lions. Everybody loved it! The boat is beautiful too. We could not have asked for a better experience. Five stars all around. I highly recommend this boat and captain. Thank you, Richard!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 13th

    I went out with a group of 8 total, including myself, and we all had a great time. Rich was really helpful and took us wherever the group wanted to go. We brought some food and drinks with and had an awesome afternoon out on the water. Hoping to make it out again sometime soon!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 23rd

    Fantastic experience !!

    Super friendly and well skilled owner. Richard knows and loves his boat, and you can feel it the moment you step in. Richard was also available every time we had technical questions about the equipment.

    We sailed to Catalina Island for 3 days and everything went nice and smoothly. We were 7 on board and we all slept well! The boat has a nice bathroom with warm showers that work with the inboard engine when no available 110V current.

    The boat is in perfect shape, well equipped, well rigged. We first had light wind (< 5kts), then stronger (15+ kts) and the boat was nice and easy to steer in both weather conditions. Interestingly, the Catalina responds well in super light winds when flattening the main sail with the (hydraulic) back stay.

    The boat is also easy to maneuver in the marina and between close moorings.

    The pluses:

    - Dinghy with motor
    - GPS, auto-pilot, inboard and portable VHFs
    - Blankets and pillows
    - Everything you need for cooking: gas stove, plates, glasses, cutlery, kettle, even a blender and a microwave (on 110V)!
    - Gas barbecue
    - Generator to enjoy 110V when mooring or anchoring

    Also, the boat is located in a particularly convenient and nice marina in Long Beach. Richard provides you with overnight passes for 2 cars, so you don't even have to worry about parking. The boat also comes with a pass for bathrooms with clean and warm showers. Great before and after sailing!

    So again, thank so much Richard, we'll be back!


  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 16th

    Awesome experience. We were taken to Two Harbors for the weekend and had several guys for a bachelor party. Chris and Rich thought of everything. We were certainly catered during the entire time. What's more...they know the waters and are super familiar with the accommodations at Catalina. The boat was spotless and comfortable. Hope to do it again!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 09th

    Richard was an awesome host. He took my friends and I on an epic bachelor party trip to Catalina for a night of camping. His boat had plenty of room for all are gear and food. He was a really fun guy and even partied with us most of the time. While boating he taught us the basics of sailing and let us steer and tie knots.
    Had a great time!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 10th

    The Boat is in great shape, well taken care of. Rich was very knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 05th

    Great boat & great captain. Enjoyed our time out in the water, made some BBQ on the boat. Getting ready for a Catalina trip. Will be booking again soon hopefully!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Feb. 14th

    Richard is the perfect Host & very knowledgeable Captain, he is very friendly & funny, which made the trip that much more enjoyable & we look forward to going out with him again.
    Thomas Donovan.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 28th

    I highly recommend booking your next sailing adventure with Richard! The entire experience was perfect. Communication prior to booking was quick and easy. He was more than accommodating during our sail and made the trip stress free.

    We left the trip wanting to book another getaway with Richard! Five stars.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 01st

    Hey guys, I had a great experience with Richard and his boat. We booked him for a single day with a captained boat. The boat was beautiful and spacious, and Rich actually provided a second captain as well. They were both passionate and experienced, even taking the time to show one of our party the ropes and let him steer. These guys know the best way to have a blast out on the water and it was a pleasure riding with them.

    Logistically, communicating with Rich was simple both via the telephone and the website messaging service.