|Questions and Answers
M17639 provides a charter experience that is unique; offering specialty charters for the discerning, seasoned world traveler.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M17639 came into being in 2006 as the continuation under new management of the charter yacht Arianna.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our intention at M17639 is to address the needs of sophisticated, 21st century charter guests. World travelers passionate about travel and experiencing authentic culture while it still can be found.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We're entirely focused on that community of passionate travelers who have an insatiable desire to travel the world, genuinely experience new places, cultures and peoples and to be renewed by that experience.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Søren Stammers, the General Manager of M17639, was born in a small beach community in New Zealand, and makes it a point to always be near the water. When he was 21, he left New Zealand and after living in Sydney and Hong Kong, arrived in San Francisco, where he met and married California girl, Lynne Merrick (see below).
Søren & Lynne bought their first yacht 'Thales' in 1983, and during the mid 1980's and early 1990's, they sailed from San Francisco via Mexico, Hawaii, Samoa and Fiji, to New Zealand. They sold 'Thales' in 1993 but made a pact that their retirement would include another yacht. Arianna signals this retirement and a spiritual return to the sea for them.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
All of our packages are popular.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"There are blessed moments in every life that are so wildly out-of-the-ordinary, it's as if one has floated free from reality. This past summer, I had one of these rare experiences when I woke up one morning aboard a gorgeous 60-foot sailboat, Arianna, which was moored in a secluded cove off the Greek island of Rhenia."
- As reviewed by journalist and travel writer Stephen Henderson, in The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 2007