switchfoot is a 52 ft Fiberglass Powercat

switchfoot is a 52 ft Fiberglass Powercat

Group Size: Max 10 guests
Number of Cabins: 4 × twin cabins & 1 bunk room
Length of Stay: 10 days surfing, 11 nights on board
Destination: Mentawai islands “or” Telos
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
A/C: All interior & cabins
Photos: Price on request
Beers: 24 beers per person / trip
Tender (2) 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6m aluminium centre console tinny 60hp
Port: Padang, Mentawai Islands

Switchfoot is a 52′ power catamaran that caters for up to 10 guests. Like Tengirri & Wild Cat, she’s one of the quicker boats operating in the Mentawai region (with day time cruising of 12 knots) offering comfortable sleeping quarters & ample space to relax in between surfs.

One of the newer vessels in the region, Switch Foot was built in 2017 & comes complete with all the mod cons and safety features you’d expect. She also boasts 4 private twin share sleeping cabins (plus 1 bunk room) for her guests, which means extra privacy & the promise of a quality nights sleep. Catamarans like Switchfoot are also more stable at night (than single hulls) meaning less swaying, less sea sickness and a better experience on board, especially when you’re trying to sleep! Mod cons include; flat screen TV, extensive range of movies, blue tooth stereo system, library with board games, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, medical kit, 2 tenders & 2 SUP’s. You can also expect three large and delicious meals served every day, as well complimentary snacks, tea, coffee and water.

One of the biggest draws of this impressive boat is her speed and safety. Day time cruising speeds will be in excess of 10-12 knots (the average for charter boats in the region are 7-8 knots). She can also reach a whopping 24 knots! The boat is fully equipped with satellite phone, lift rafts, GPS, radar, sounder, autopilot as well as all the latest safety & navigation specs you’d expect on a tier 1 charter boat.

The majority of trips will be to the Mentawai Islands, although surf trips further north to the Telo islands are also possible.

  • Fully air conditioned interior and guest cabins
  • 2 bathrooms (toilet/shower)
  • Interior saloon/lounge – with flat screen TV, hard drive with an extensive range of movies, Bluetooth stereo system, library with board games.

Exterior areas include a shaded front deck, which tends to be the main place for guests to relax, as well as 2 small shaded back decks. The lower back deck is ideal for trawling. Panoramic views can be accessed from just about anywhere on the boat. Guests will have plenty of opportunity to relax, enjoy their meals and of course savor a few cold Bintangs after a surf.

The interior provides a modern fully air conditioned saloon/dining area for those looking to cool off & escape the tropical sun, to watch a movie or read a book.

There are bigger surf charter boats than Switchfoot but she still offers an impressive 4 twin guest cabins (all with a/c) as well as 1 bunk room for 10 guests. Many of the boats operating in the region have fewer guest cabins which means less privacy and an increased chance of sharing with a resident snorer! It’s worth noting that cats are more stable than mono hulls, equating to less swaying when anchored, meaning that you’re also likely to get a better nights sleep! Each berth has a fan and a reading light too.

Like just about every mentawai boat trip, you’ll also be well fed aboard Switchfoot. Meals typically consist of Indonesian and Western cuisine. All are cooked by their experienced charter boat chef, Erik Wau, using the highest quality ingredients available. Expect plenty of healthy & delicious options including fresh fish, chicken, imported steak, and curries.

There are no set times for meals, giving you ultimate flexibility to surf when you like!


Early breakfast will consist of fresh fruit, cereal, bread, coffee, tea & juices. Hot breakfast / brunch; bacon, eggs, pancakes, jaffles and more.

Lunch & dinner

For lunch & dinner you can expect anything from; Imported steaks, chicken curry’s, burgers, nasi goreng, fish tacos, fajitas, chicken satay to fish and chips.

Snacks, sashimi, crackers, cheese, nuts, fruit will be available anytime!

Exclusive private boat charters available,this is a set price for up to 10 guests max
Non-exclusive charters cater to individual bookings or smaller groups that do not wish to book the boat for themselves
We require a minimum of 7-8 guests to guarantee departure
We reserve the right to fill any available berths

Pricing Inclusions
Return airport/boat. Transfers in Padang
10 days / 11 nights accommodation aboard Switchfoot
All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
All snacks and fruits included.
Unlimited water, soft drinks, juices, electrolyte drinks and hot beverages.
Use of all equipment onboard, SUP boards, fishing, snorkelling gear etc
Zodiac / Speedboat for surf transfers, fishing trips
All necessary clearances, zone permits
10 cases of Bintang beer for guests to share

Pricing Exclusions
Mentawai Tax (AUD$ 100/pax) *payable prior to departure
Photography package
Airfares/hotel or visa costs
Any cost resulting from late arrival or the need for early departure
Any other alcoholic beverages exceeding the 10 cases of beer included
Extra beers can be purchased prior to departure
Guests are welcome to bring their own duty-free alcohol

Starlink Satellite 24/7 internet available onboard
2 tenders: 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6 mtr aluminium centre console speedboat powered by a Suzuki 90hp 4 stroke
Ample deck space to relax /watch the surf
Fully air-conditioned comfortable sleeping accommodation for up to 10 guests
Four 2-berth cabins
2 separate bunks on the starboard side
Two toilets / washrooms on boar
Fully equipped galley leading onto our large seated dining area
Flat screen smart TV, hard drive with 700 movies

Boat Specs
Switchfoot: Indonesian flagged
Length OA: 15.8 Metres
Beam: 7.1 Metres
Draft: 0.66 Metres
Fuel Capacity: 5200 Litres
F/W Capacity: 620 Litres
Construction: Fiberglass
Hull Type: Symmetrical Hard Chine
Main Engines: YANMAR 6LPA-STP2 315Hp @ 3800/rpm
Transmissions: KMH50A Ratio 1.67
Max Speed: 12 Knots
Cruise Speed: 10 Knots
Genset: 2x Yanmar 21KVA
Watermaker: 120 Litres p/hour
Steering: Hydrive Power Assisted
Controls: TELEFLEX KE4+ Electronic
LOWRANCE Electronics, Navigation & Communication Equipment
Radar: LOWRANCE 4G Radar 36nm
Sounder: LOWRANCE Elite 7 x HDI
Compass: PLASIMO
VHF Radio: ICOM IC-M504A
Sat phone / EPIRB
All required safety / Life raft equipment
2 tenders: 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6 mtr aluminium centre console speedboat powered by a Suzuki 90hp 4 stroke

Note: Satellite phone is available for emergency use only. If guests want to use it for any other reason, you will be charged. Please note, some areas of the region have mobile signal. Furthermore, some surf resorts have internet access and occasionally it will be possible to use their facilities.

Freqeuntly Asked Questions

When are the Mentawai waves at their best?

  • March and April: glassy conditions, a few more rights, less people but smaller waves.
  • May, June, July and September: Big surf – high season.
  • Late September and October: glassy conditions, a few more rights, less people but smaller waves.
  • November, December, January and February: Rainy but still good surface conditions and smaller waves with no one around. Clean waves.

How to get there?
Simply book a flight to Padang (PDG)  with airlines like Emirates/Singapore Airlines/Etihad/ Sri Lankan/ Qatar ( free surf boards ) or Turkish Airlines / Tiger Airlines/ Air Berlin / Condor

Don’t forget your:

  • Surf equipment (+ repair kit)
  • Passport (at least 6 months valid upon date of return)
  • Visas. For Indonesia you get a 30 day free visa upon arrival.
  • Travel insurance
  • Board shorts, sunscreen and slippers
  • Music
  • Books

Contact me

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Kepulauan Mentawai, Sumatra Barat

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