Repairs on Condor Express are moving foreward !

The above photos show (1) the new wheelhouse aluminum shell and reinforcement beams, and (2) a crane removing the antenna mast from the flybridge en route to the sand and paint shop. Repairs and modifications of the Condor Express are moving ahead under the supervision of Captain Mat Curto. The boat is now hauled out in the boat yard and …

Original Condor Returns To Santa Barbara Harbor

Condor Returns The Condor is back. Due to the recent wheelhouse fire last Saturday afternoon aboard the Condor Express, the “original” Condor, a 90-ft all steel sport fishing boat based in San Diego, is returning this weekend to Sea Landing for a few months to run local whale watching trips. Captain Fred Benko (1938 – 2013) built the original Condor …

Condor Experss Whale Watching Trips Suspended Due To Wheelhouse Fire

An osprey, perched atop a nearby masthead, keeps a watchful eye on the Condor Express clean up operations today. http://www.condorexpressphotos.com/Other/2013-03-10-SB-Harbor A tourist passer-by, who happened to be an off duty San Francisco firefighter, saw the blaze and smoke and grabbed a fire hose from Sea Landing and put out most of the fire before the Harbor Patrol and SB City …

Memorial Celebration of Captain Fred Benko’s Life

Colleagues, There will be a celebration of life memorial service to honor our recently departed Captain Fred Benko of the Condor Express, at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum on Friday, March 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located at the Santa Barbara Harbor, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190 | Santa Barbara | CA 93109 …