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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Elegant yacht w/3 staterooms for 6, 2.5 bath, great view of MDR Harbor.

BLUE CHIPS, a fully restored 1969 William Garden-designed wooden yacht that was hand-built by the prestigious VicFranck Boatyard in Seattle. She is an extremely rare 65 foot Cockpit Motoryacht with a 20 foot beam. She has been upgraded with state-of-the-art electronics, twin radars, central air/heat throughout, with fully equipped galley to satisfy our Cordon Bleu chef owner and captained by her Emergency Physician/USCG-licensed co-owner. Her galley contains a full-size refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, dishwasher, microwave, trash compactor, 4-burner German Gaggenau gas/electric cooktop and oven, and twin stainless steel sinks with garbage disposal.

BLUE CHIPS has won awards for Best-In-Show at boat shows all over the West Coast. She has been sumptuously refurbished with solid Rosewood flooring , genuine teak cabinetry, and heavily padded faux Ostrich walls throughout. She has custom wine storage racks above & below the large black granite countertop that divides the galley from her spacious main salon which boasts a large horseshoe custom built sofa that also sleeps 2 adults too relaxed to head down to the staterooms. As well, the main salon contains the updated full entertainment center with WiFi and DirectTV access, a bar sink, and controls for exterior speakers in the cockpit and above on the aftdeck and flybridge.

Three private staterooms sleep 6-8 comfortably and each has a large hanging locker and many drawers for ample clothing storage. Each has direct access to in-suite heads (bathrooms) with showers. The master stateroom has a Queen bed, custom teak cabinetry with vanity and disguised valuables safe, in-suite Satellite TV +DVD, and master head with shower. The Guest Stateroom sleeps two in singles bunks with hanging locker and tons of storage drawers, bookshelves, and cabinet. The V-Berth forward has 2 double bed-size berths, curtained for privacy, with huge storage under as well as twin hanging lockers and a large separate forepeak storage locker forward behind a separating bulkhead. Each stateroom has air-conditioning and in-suite heads with showers.

Up on the aftdeck above the main salon, BLUE CHIPS has a large built-in table for alfresco dining for 6-8, optional overhead canopy, and an ingenious custom-built gas grill- in-cabinet that contains a refrigerator, fold out serving table, and storage for utensils, gas canisters, and cooking gear. Stairs from the aftdeck lead down to the sumptuous wheelhouse and also up to the custom built all-weather Flybridge with outdoor speakers, a full twin operating wheel and console w/ twin electronics identical to those in the main wheelhouse. The flybridge will seat 7 and also can sleep 2 adults in comfort, but is more often utilized for afternoon or evening cocktails, while enjoying the view.

The enclosed cockpit aft of the main salon preserves the original teak and holly floor with access to both engine compartments and one of the two electrical generators under. It also provides direct access via stairs to the aftdeck above and has sleeping space for 4 adults with closure of the large surrounding weatherproof soft Bimini cover with window panels that open to the breeze simply. The cockpit makes a wonderful space for alfresco conversation, cocktails, or dining with a view. When the Bimini is dismounted, the cockpit serves as BLUE CHIPS' fishing platform. As well, the cockpit mounts a rear-view camera for security and assistance with Mediterranean-style stern-on mooring. Her stern swim platform is mounted over a stainless steel in-water permanent boarding ladder. When at dockside, access to BLUE CHIPS is via a custom-built teak and stainless steel side-mounted boarding ladder that common sense limits to one adult at a time.

Cruises offshore or Gourmet Cruises for maximum 6 persons or in-harbor cruises for up to 12 can be arranged with sufficient notice, ie 4 weeks in advance. Cruises charged separately and are available at owners' sole discretion: all such cruises must be booked via direct conversation with owners and may not be available at times determined by owners. Owners reserve the right to decline cruise bookings at their sole discretion.

Minimum stay 2 days. $495 per day/$3250 per week/ $12,000 per month. Payment + refundable damage deposit 50% in advance. Signed acceptance of responsibility for any damage to the yacht required for all bookings. ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING AND NO SHOES ONBOARD, PLEASE. As well, all guests aboard BLUE CHIPS must acknowledge responsibility for their own behavior and its consequences. Evidence of same will result in forfeiture of deposit as well as responsibility for repair of any and all resultant damages to BLUE CHIPS. All guests stay on BLUE CHIPS at their own risk; for example: payment for treatment for ANY INJURY occurring to any guest will be the sole responsibility of that guest. Any yacht is unsuitable for persons with limited mobility. BLUE CHIPS has 4 levels, so stairs between levels are required for access.

Come and stay aboard our beautiful BLUE CHIPS to unwind and relax in unique luxury and comfort. BLUE CHIPS is especially ideal for Honeymoons, time away from the kids, anniversaries, special occasions, or for truly elegant and unique romantic interludes. All guests will be given a thorough orientation at the time of initial boarding to familiarize you with operation of all systems aboard including safety features and requirements for usage of all appliances, marine toilets, laundry room, entertainment system, and WiFi. As well, you will be given a contact number for local assistance with any unexpected problems aboard or questions you may have.

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Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2018


Dr. Frank Rivers and Cordon Bleu chef, Denese Rivers invite you to enjoy their magnificent vintage yacht, BLUE CHIPS, for an experience you'll always remember with delight. Frank is an Emergency Physician and inventor of SeaShell®, a marine eco-friendly antifouling coating for boat hulls. Denese is an accomplished chef who designed the galley aboard our yacht. We lived aboard her for 5 years until the advent of multiple grandchildren mandated our move back onto dry land in San Antonio, Texas. We have made BLUE CHIPS available to guests from all over the world as a way to be able to keep her and ensure that she will always be kept in the condition which she deserves. BLUE CHIPS is one of the last remaining hand-built wooden yachts left on the West Coast, launched at the prestigious VicFranck yard in Seattle in 1970. She has won BEST IN SHOW at many boat shows up and down the West Coast. She has voyaged from Baja's Sea of Cortez to the upper islands of Canada's British Columbia. The cover photo is of BLUE CHIPS in the Sea of Cortez on a whale watching trip that included lots of Scuba diving, fishing, and generally having lots of fun. Diving for fresh oysters in the Canadian fjords was also one of life's grand experiences.

Growing up in Texas, Frank had a charity clinic in Belize for 17 years, having also trained at the US Military hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, and Denese is from Shreveport, Louisiana where she learned all about Cajun cooking along with the Creole style of New Orleans. Already an outstanding chef, her Cordon Bleu training simply polished her flair for French cuisine as well as several other ethnic styles.

We are sure you will enjoy your stay aboard BLUE CHIPS, whether it is for only a few days or for a few months.

FRANKLIN M RIVERS JR MD purchased this yacht in 2008

Why FRANKLIN M RIVERS JR MD chose Marina del Rey

We spent over 5 years meticulously restoring BLUE CHIPS and upgrading to current standards all her onboard systems. BLUE CHIPS is a spacious yacht aboard which we lived with pleasure for over 5 years. She is fully capable of crossing oceans or coastal cruising. She has hosted a few Gourmet charters for carefully selected parties of up to 6 adults at a time. She remains our favorite place to be, and we return to enjoy her as often as possible with our busy lives. Frank is still actively practicing Emergency Medicine, so those opportunities are regrettably rare these days. It's just a shame to let BLUE CHIPS sit idle at her dock, and we enjoy hosting others who can enjoy her comfort and genuine vintage ambience. She is incomparable in her class, and we are confident that you will feel the same.

What makes this yacht unique

Staying aboard BLUE CHIPS on the main channel of Marina Del Rey Harbor is an experience like nothing you have ever known: You will be immersed in an elegance that can never be found on modern yachts. BLUE CHIPS affords a truly incomparable glimpse into the vanished world of handmade stunning woodwork, almost decadent comfort, and nostalgia for craftsmanship virtually never seen anymore. She is a very rare period beauty unmatched by all but 2 or 3 famous yachts on the West Coast. While aboard, enjoy the loveliness of the view across the main channel and the surrounding big yachts. Luxuriate in her seductive comfort, and enjoy yourself in an ambience never to be seen again. Really outstanding idea for a Honeymoon or a romantic interlude with a complementary bottle of Champagne.

BLUE CHIPS can be booked for a cruise to Catalina or down the coast to San Diego or Baja and the Sea of Cortez with sufficient notice, subject to the approval by owner. No Smokers Welcome .aboard a wooden antique yacht ! NO EXCEPTIONS ! Gourmet charters also possible with owner approval and minimum 6 weeks notice. All cruises limited to 6 adults with no exceptions. Pricing of cruise options provided upon approval by owner. Hint: They are expensive and strictly subject to owners' sole discretion. If worried about the budget, don't bother to inquire about Gourmet Charters or extended cruises, all captained by USCG licensed 200T Master Mariner with 25+ years experience or Owner USCG-100 T-licensed Captain with 30 years' experience (also a Board Certified Emergency Physician) and Cordon Bleu Chef Co-Owner wife...To our knowledge, nothing like this has ever been available on the US West Coast, though we stand to be corrected perhaps. To be honest,, we prefer no more than 4 guests for serious Gourmet Charters or extended cruises, though we occasionally will accommodate 6. So, if you can afford it, great ! It's what we love to do. ENJOY!


Marina del Rey Yacht Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • yacht
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Any smoking will result in immediate eviction and forfeiture of damage deposit and rental payments. You may smoke on the dock, if you wish
  • Rubber sole boat shoes, bare feet permitted. Please no street shoes on our Rosewood floors. Please treat our vintage yacht as you would your own home.
  • You'll be staying in a marina with other yachts. Excessively loud or drunken behavior will cause expulsion of any offender by Dockmaster + No refunds.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2.7 Miles
CATALINA ISLAND Ferry boarding is 2.7 miles away
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
CA 405 and US I 10
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

On board washer and dryer




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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