The Boat & Crew

Tamarindo’s most meticulously maintained vessel, experienced crew and the finest tackle available.


The Fishing Vessel "Bachata"

"The 31 has become a benchmark both in terms of sea keeping ability and rugged fiberglass construction. It has had a reputation from the start as a boat that will take you out and bring you back." (Soundings, May 1994).

Step aboard “The Bachata,” one of the finest examples of the iconic and highly sought after 31 Bertram. These boats have withstood the test of time and have become unquestionably one of the most prolific pieces of big game fishing legend and lore. Designed by Ray Hunt and Richard Bertram originally as an open-ocean race hull in the late 1960’s and later converted into the cruisers and sportfishing vessels you see today, these boats are consider to be incredibly ahead of their time and it is believed that almost 90% of the legendary “Moppies” still roam the world’s oceans today.

The “Bachata” received a complete refit by Rybovich, one of the most recognized boat yards in the world. She was highly customized, received new Cummins Power, interior,electronics, and a new Bausch/American tower.

This boat will impress the most discerning big game fisherman, as well as accommodate a family looking for an unforgettable day of blue-water action in the Tamarindo, Langosta, Flamingo and surrounding areas.

Without question she is one of the most meticulously maintained vessels in the area.

Fishing Vessel Bachata

Fishing Vessel Bachata
  •   Boat Specs:
  • LOA 30’ft 7”in
    Beam 11’ft 2”in
    Draft 03’ft 1”in
    Fuel 222 U.S. Gal.
  •   Boat Features:
  • Twin 370 Cummins: Fast, Dependable, and Economical
  • USCG Approved Safety equipment with EPIRB
  • Two VHF Radios + Handheld +Cell Phone
  • Autopilot
  • Spacious Restroom
  • Air Conditioned Salon
  • Dinette with seating for four, converts to day bunk
  • Stereo with IPod / Android input
  • Comfortable V-Berth with plenty of room
  • Furuno NavNet 3D navigation suite with Radar
  • Murray Brothers Fighting Chair
  • Tower Release Triple-rigged outriggers with Teasers
  • Generator
  • Windlass
  • Fly bridge with Palm Beach helm pod and single lever controls
  • Bausch-American Marlin Tower with full second Station

Fishing Tackle

We believe that high-end tackle is not a luxury but a necessity. No rusty hooks or chafed cloudy leaders here! Our philosophy is simple… "we cannot control the fishing but we can control how and what we put in front of the fish"....

We utilize every means necessary to ensure a successful day on the water for you and your crew. This includes but is not limited to…

  •   Fishing Resources:
  • Tide / Moon Information
  • SST and Current Charts
  • Chlorophyll levels / Water Color
  • Weather
  • Networking through other fisherman
Fishing Vessel Bachata

Fishing Vessel Bachata
  •   Fishing Equipment:
  • 4x Custom Stand-up rods featuring Shimano Tyrnos 30II reels
  • 2x Lamiglass Stand-up rods featuring Penn Torque reels
  • 1x Lamiglass Stand-up rod featuring Shimano Trinidad 50 reel
  • 1x Penn Bent-Butt Chair Rod featuring Penn International 80 VSW II reel
  • 2x Penn Spinfisher 7’ light/ medium action combos featuring Penn Spinfisher reels
  • 2x Teaser Rods featuring Penn Squall 50II reels
  • 2x Bridge mounted Shimano TLD 30 teaser reels
  • 1x Custom heavy action spinning outfit featuring DiawaSaltist 6500H Reel
  • 2x Stand-up Fighting belts + 1x “T” bar

The Captain & Crew

Captain Lee Keidel and his family boast 13 years of fishing experience in the local area. Lee is the only US Coast Guard Licensed Captain in the Tamarindo Sportfishing fleet as well as the only captain who has worked as a professional mate and skipper in the U.S. and abroad. Born and raised with a love for boats and a passion for fishing, coupled with Carolina and Florida roots, Captain Keidel and his crew will work tirelessly to make sure your day on the water is both successful and enjoyable. You simply will not find a more meticulous, engaging, and fun loving captain in the business.

  •   Captain Lee:
  • Born and raised in South Carolina
  • Graduate of the University of South Carolina
  • Graduate of Chapman’s School of Seamanship (Florida)
  • US Coast Guard Licensed Captain (Only Licensed Captain in Tamarindo)
  • Red Cross CPR Certification / Commercial Towing Endorsement
  • Worked as a professional mate / captain throughout South Carolina, Florida, Bahamas, Galapagos Islands, Caribbean and Costa Rica
  • Commercial fishing experience (Alaska)
  • Bi-Lingual (English, Spanish)
  • Project Manager & Captain for first permitted diesel powered sportfishing operation in Galapagos Islands
  • Rotational Captain for other boats in Tamarindo, Flamingo and surrounding areas
Fishing Vessel Bachata

Fishing Vessel Bachata
  •   Mate / Co-Captain Rudy Rosales Ruiz:
  • Born and Raised in the local waters
  • Lifetime of commercial fishing experience, and over a decade of sportfishing experience
  • Longtime mate, Co-captain, and friend of Capt. Lee
  • Costa Rica Red Cross certified
  • Costa Rica Maritime Information and Safety Certification