The life aquatic with Kailyn Provin

Kailyn Provin grew up at sea, revolving her life around the water and spending her summers in Catalina Island. Today, her family passion lives on through Pacific Ocean Charters, a marketing business that showcases charter boats located along the Southern California coast. The business started with her family owned boat, The Por Vida, where her father and brothers work together to maintain the labor of love they owe their fondest memories to. When she’s not leading such treks, you’ll likely find her on her boat anyway. Whether she’s celebrating a special occasion or simply getting off the grid, the water is a place of refuge and solace. It’s also a damn fine place to drink your morning cup of coffee.

Tell us about the entrepreneurial and/or creative background of your childhood.

As a child, my parents always pushed my brothers and I to compete. Whether it was in our sport of choice or during Junior Lifeguards in the summer, we were always up in the morning and participating in activities that kept us engaged both mentally and physically. I think that’s where my entrepreneurial drive comes from.

What experiences/mentors/inputs have shaped your life (and/or business) perspective the most?

June of 2017 was a shifting point of my life and career. With my parents support, I had the opportunity to go on a three month backpacking trip with my best friend and brothers throughout Europe. But in order to go, I had to quit my corporate job and take a leap of faith. 


What’s your favorite thing about being on water?

There is something about being out on the water that makes my stress disappear. Getting offshore puts my mind at ease. There’s no traffic, no noise; just you and the ocean. The water is where I spend quality time with the ones I love most, away from Los Angeles where everyone tends to live too fast. You truly never know what to expect and each outing on the water is an escape.


When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. -Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet

What are the current charter locations/times/details available?

We currently have four boats available for charter: The Por Vida, located in Redondo Beach, the Catallac, located in Avalon, Catalina Island, and two yachts located in Marina Del Rey, The Duchess and The Legend.

The Por Vida is the perfect boat for an intimate experience on the ocean, and comes with a licensed captain.This boat is ideal for whale watching, sunset cruises, harbor cruises, memorials, special celebrations, and much more. The Por Vida specializes in memorials at sea and works closely with Coastal Funeral Center provides a special option that allows you to establish a final resting place on land that also includes a Coastline Memorial Service to celebrate your loved one's life by the sea. I’ve always believed in the ocean’s ability to impact people’s lives for the better, and the Por Vida continuously proves that statement to be true.

The Catallac is a forty-nine-passenger yacht in Avalon, Catalina Island that includes a licensed captain and has countless charter options: private charters, cocktail cruises, weddings, island tours, memorials, fishing charters and the well known flying fish tours! Catalina Island is the secret gem of Southern California. To me, it resembles Positano, Italy. Beautiful, multi-colored homes, crystal clear turquoise water, and countless things to do. It’s the perfect weekend getaway and chartering the Catallac allows you to take in the gorgeous views that can only be fully absorbed by being on the water. In Catalina, you feel as though you’re halfway across the world, but in reality you’re only 25 miles off the California coast.


The Duchess is a luxurious 63ft. motor yacht that comes well equipped with a licensed captain and professional crew. The Duchess can accommodate a variety of charter experiences including, whale watching, sunset tours, overnight destination charters, memorials, deep sea fishing charters, you name it! When you are a passenger on the Duchess you truly feel like royalty.

The Legend is a classic 70ft fully restored vintage yacht that also includes a licensed captain and professional crew. When stepping on The Legend you feel as though you are stepping back into time. The teak and mahogany wood create a warm and inviting ambiance that you don't experience often. The Legend is the ideal yacht for larger parties and like the Duchess, can accommodate just about any type of ocean based experience you are looking for.



Why Ratio?

Coffee is the very first thing I wake up to every morning, and I truly believe that something you use every day is something worth investing in. Ratio’s design is what initially caught my eye—I’ve never seen a coffee machine that had such a unique design. I love the element of the wood; coffee pots these days don’t have that modern feel, and we consider ours to be the centerpiece of our galley and kitchen at home. We chose the walnut wood as it has a nautical feel and fit the interior of our boat. Aside from the design, the brew itself is remarkable. We enjoy a strong cup of coffee, and Ratio is by far the best coffee pot we’ve ever owned on our boat or at home.     



Tell us about Ratio on the boat! We’ve yet to enjoy a brew cycle on the open seas!

Ratio joined us during our Annual Marlin Fishing Tournament. The tournament takes place each year in the waters surrounding Catalina Island.. Each of the 45 boats that entered have the same goal: catch and release the most Marlin, all while dressed up in the tournaments chosen theme: Hawaiin. For the first time, we took first place in the tournament! We caught and released two Marlin back to back shortly after having our second round of coffee. Considering the crew was fueled by Ratio’s brew, it’s safe to say our morning coffee contributed to our success!  



Tell us more about the blog you’ll be launching. What type of content can we expect?

I am ecstatic to launch my personal blog this quarter called The Honest Compass. I’ll blog about everything from products and services I recommend, to hikes, recipes, travel tips, journal entries from my Europe trip, business advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, and much more. I hope to use my personal blog to share my life and hopefully influence others to do more with theirs.  




Kailyn Provin: @kayprovin

Pacific Ocean Charters: @pacificoceancharters |

Photography by Olivia Englsemen: @olivia_jane |