That’s a Double Wrap!
I noticed his character right away, his swagger. The challenge at the time was to buy a boat and become a Key West charter captain. He wasn’t just looking for the title, he was truly looking to compete and succeed in one of the most competitive charter fishing climates there is. Not only do you need thick skin here, but you also have to produce fish along with a smile and a mechanically sound boat. In your spare time you have to find ways to expose your business to new customers and stay in touch with your repeat customers all the while taking care of permitting, licensing and repairs. A true charter captain has to engage in all of these activities to be authentic. Each mental and physical task adds to the character traits needed to play the part. You’ve got to go through it.
Captain Andrew Desantis came to Key West from west central Florida with a big dream. To make it happen, he had to find a boat that would fit his needs. A sportfish vessel of course, but one with certain characteristics that would help the vessel stand out and fish better. A marlin tower, fighting chair, some classic woodwork and a solid hull with unmistakable lines. The “Double Wrap” had everything he wanted, including very little hours on the Detroit 671’s. The boat he found needed some work but when you’re 21 years old, you have plenty of energy.
Finding a commercial charter boat slip in Key West that isn’t tucked away in an obscure location is tough during the boom times. After a major Key West promotional campaign funded by BP Oil, slips were even harder to come by. This was one of those boom times, the town was buzzing with tourists. A slip became available along the sunset side of Key West at the Westin Resort directly in front of Tony Murphy’s Saltwater Angler. Some hurdles would have to be dealt with when the cruise ships were in port, but the exposure was solid.
At forty-two feet the 1978 Post still looked small with the cruise ship backdrop, but the robust lettering and classic woodwork popped. The anglers started to find the Double Wrap and the Double Wrap started to find fish. Pictures from Andrew and his mate Ryan Conizzo made their way to FishMonster Magazine to be printed and shared on the websites and in social media. Big dolphin and wahoo, sailfish, tuna and a very rare Warsaw grouper perked the interest of FishMonster fans which also helped the bookings aboard the Double Wrap. After the first year, Andrew decided to reach out and ask me for a favor. He wanted to become part of the editorial team.
He pitched the idea that we could work together to expose the trials and tribulations of becoming a successful Key West charter captain at such a young age. This wasn’t your normal fishing captain story. Captain Andrew Desantis wasn’t a normal captain. He was filled with philosophy and a deep need to succeed while doing his best to be fair and deliver a great service. The articles and pictures that we received were proof that he could fish, and the feedback from his guests proved that Captain Andrew Desantis was a solid ambassador for charter fishing in Key West. In a very short time the Double Wrap was at the top of the fleet. Then it happened.....
The Florida Keys and Key West cater to presidents, congressman, celebrities, high net worth individuals and owners of fishing businesses in Alaska. You just never know who’s going to end up on the deck of your Key West charter boat. Politics were never all that interesting to Andrew but fishing in Alaska was. A charter with Alaskan anglers with a “Deadliest Catch” connection opened the door for his next challenge. Having a corporate headhunter trying to steal you away from your own business added to the unique nature of the offer. He had a serious decision to consider.
If he accepted the offer he would be on a salmon boat for four months and leaving Key West behind. The Double Wrap would wait on the hard in a Stock Island boat yard while he was away. A hard decision for him he said, I told him to do it and he did.
Fast forward one year for Captain Andrew and now he has an eight month gig in Alaska that he’s agreed to and he’s not coming back to Key West full time in the near future. His career now revolves around the Bering Sea and Dutch Harbor with those that we see on the Discovery Channel right next to him. The Alaskan fleet also recognized his swagger, his special qualities. This leaves the Double Wrap for sale here in Key West. After touring the boat I realized how passionate he was by how much better it looked and ran after a year in his care. You can tell he loves the boat and he’s not happy about selling it. So, that’s a wrap for the Double Wrap. For $99,000 you can own the 1978 Post that Captain Andrew Desantis left behind. The Double Wrap is now for sale….
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Double Wrap - 1978 Post Sportfish 42’ is for sale for $99,000
Contact Patti DeSantis at (727) 858-8525 or SouthernmostSportfishing@gmail.com[/caption]
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