Yacht Length: 112 Feet

Crew Size: 4

Yacht Passengers: 10

Cabins: 5

King: 1

Queen: 3

Twin: 1

Pullman: 2

About this Yacht


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Crew Info:

Captain - Bill Kurtz

Nationality: American
Languages Spoken: English
Bill was born in Illinois between the cornfield and the beanfield. His parents moved to south Florida when he was 10 years old. He hit the ocean running. Fishing, surfing, at first. Then sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, scuba diving were daily activities while growing up.

He was first offered a mates job on a 56' Hatteras and obtained his Captain license. He was the build Captain on the 116' Margaux, which was a very popular charter yacht. He chartered Margaux for several years throughout the Bahamas, and Caribbean in the winter, and New England in the summer. When his family started to grow (wife plus three children) he left the Charter side of yachting for private motor yachts: 118' Alcor, 112' Ubiquitous, 96' Ches Soirée, 112' Attitude. He loves the Bahamas and all it has to offer, but most of all enjoys showing guest's all the treasures and his secret favorite spots. Captain Bill welcomes you and your guests to a fun, active vacation aboard 112' BELLA CONTESSA.

Chef - Melinda Meaney

Nationality: American
Education/Certifications: Culinary School Graduate 2003, STCW 95, ENG1, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Degree Level One - Court of Master of Sommeliers, Raw Food Chef Training
Languages Spoken: English

Melinda has been a chef in the yachting industry for over ten years, with experience on both motor and sailing yachts. She has worked on vessels of all sizes and thoroughly enjoys diverse boat experiences. Prior to her career in yachting, in 2008 Melinda was a contestant on Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen. She was one of sixteen selected out of 30,000 people to compete on the cooking television show. This experience tested her ability to perform under extreme pressure while following precise instructions. Melinda brought the speed and precision that this experience required into the yachting industry to create a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Melinda believes that organization and cleanliness are of utmost importance for the galley. She has the ability to cater to guest dietary restrictions and will work diligently to ensure everyone’s needs are met. She is keen on creating a warm and approachable environment in the galley for guests that are interested in food, so don’t be shy if you want to pay Melinda a visit. Her passion for food comes alive with every meal that is served and she can’t wait welcome guests aboard her table on 112’ BELLA CONTESSA.

Stew - Sarah Diaz

Nationality: American
Languages: English
Education/Certificates: STCW PYA Yacht Interior PYA Yacht Interior Basic Food PYA Wine & Cocktail VPSD/Vessel Personnel w/designated Security Duties

Sarah has been active in the yachting industry for the past four years. Her genuine, enthusiastic, consistent personality has proven to foster an amazing charter experience. Sarah prides herself on executing high quality to service that is detailed oriented. During her yachting career, Sarah has held the positions of Sole Stew, Cook Stew, Service Stew, and Deck Stew. Her creativity and proactive thinking ensure guest satisfaction during their time onboard. Aside from 112’ BELLA CONTESSA, Sarah has also worked on 130’ PLAN A, 124’ HAVEN, 118’ ARTHURS WAY and 117’ HAPPY HOUR. With her fun personality and dedication to high level service, Sara is sure to make your time onboard BELLA CONTESSA one to remember!

Mate - John Thompson

Nationality: Bahamian
Languages Spoken: English
Education/Certificates: Bahamian Captain's License

John was born in Nassau, Bahamas, his family lives in Deep Creek, Eleuthera, a small coastal settlement, which farming and fishing are the mainstays of the area. John has 9 brothers and 2 sisters Growing up around the sea, fishing and diving was always and still is, his main interests. By the time he was 16, he was working as a mate on a fishing boat. After winning a few local tournaments, he had proved himself as a mate. Through his 20's John fished all over the Bahamas and got his Bahamian Captain's License at 25 years old. He started running sport fishing boats for various yachts between 40' to 100'. John is interested in all sports, but basketball and the Miami Heat will always be his favorite. John's passion is fishing and loves to teach people about the fish, diving and boating. His best qualities are honesty, patience, knowledge of the ocean and his outlook on life. His motto is "One day at a time". John truly considers the Bahamas as the best place on earth and brings a wealth of knowledge to 112' BELLA CONTESSA.