All during the 1980s and 1990s, my business friends and family used to come with me to Belize for scuba diving and fishing vacations. In June 1999, I was fishing off the coast with a business friend when Cotton Ranch motored by in the distance. She was a 110-foot Feadship captained by Phil Richards. At the time, I did not know the boat or who captained it. I did tell my business associate/ best friend that if he did the legwork, I would pay to charter the boat or one like it. I had never entertained chartering, and I did not even know if it was possible. A month later, my business associate called and said he had the details — it was possible. My first charter was a November 1999 cruise from Belize City up the Rio Dulce to Guatemala. We were hooked. Since then, we have chartered 16 or 17 times all over the world.