Rod Hughes- Tico Times

Over the years, the Calypso Pacific Island Cruise has evolved into then Number One day tour in Costa Rica. The venerable Calypso herself has been retired to another route to make way for the Manta Raya, the vessel built especially to satisfy every request made by Calypso passengers over the years, Manta Raya has been described as "an ocean-going spaceship," built of space-age materials in accord with a wholly new technology with a heart of high density, closed cell PVC (not only water tight but the material itself is actually WATERPROOF, $30,000 worth of NASA-type electronic navigation instruments, bows made of Kevlar (used to make lightweight bullet proof vests and aircraft armor), tri-and bi-axial fabric impregnated by epoxy resin... well, you get the idea.
Her catamaran design gives you a chance to lie between the twin bows and know how leaping dolphins feel swimming the ocean. With two Jacuzzi pools, an open cabin with full bar, an ability to drive right up on the beach like a landing craft, she's everything a generation of passengers has asked for. The Manta Ray was designed by world famous multihull marine architect Paul Linden burg & built with 100% Costa Rican labor.


Calypso Cruises Catamaran Manta Raya leaves from the pacific port of Puntarenas. Passengers have an opportunity to see first hand the hustle and bustle of the oldest fishing port city in Costa Rica. Puntarenas is also where international cruise ships dock for the day.
Manta Raya is 71 feet long and 32 feet wide. It is equipped with two giant hammocks stretched between twin hulls and two fresh water pools, perfect for sightseeing and sunbathing on her expansive forward deck. Manta Raya also has a bow ramp to quickly and safely disembark her passengers directly onto the beach.
Calypso Cruises extends the tour by taking her passengers on a cruise through the islands in the Gulf of Nicoya on the return trip from Tortuga Island.
Manta Raya glides past more than seven islands. These include Biological Reserves, National Parks and the maximum prison island of San Lucas (now closed). There are two smaller islands that are nesting grounds for the Magnificent Frigate and Brown Pelican.
Calypso Cruises is more than just a boat ride to a beautiful white sand beach. A day with Calypso is a unique opportunity to explore more of this beautiful country from the comfortable deck of a super yacht built just for you.



  • Home Port: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Official Number: P-006262
  • Length Overall : 21.84 M
  • Breath: 9.84M
  • Class: Power Catamaran
  • Builder: Windmar Industries
  • Designer: Paul Lindenberg
  • Owners: Calypso Tours SA



Laid up in female molds using epoxy resin biaxial and triaxial cloth with 4-cm high-density PVC core. Kevlar was added in the bow for impact resistance.

Structural bulkhead

The main structural bulkheads are clear fir and end grain balsa in a 3cm Fiberglass sandwich construction and end grain balsa in a 3-cm sandwich construction. Other bulkheads- high-density PVC cores.

Engine beds

Engine beds are Fiberglass foam filled. Full engine compartment sound insulation.

Cabin and decks

The deck and deck house were hand laid up in female molds with a laminate of epoxy, glass cloth, high-density PVC and honeycomb core. Upper bridge deck extended cabin roof for the life raft and rear-seating platform were custom built using one-off construction methods.

Exterior finish

Linear Polyurethane
Polyurethane-non skid-decking
Z spar Neptune black anti-fouling


Running Lights: configured to International Rules. Magnetic Compass: one Constellation Magnetic compass mounted in wheelhouse. Radar: one 36-miles Furuno Radar. Fathometers: one (1) Furuno color depth sounder Model FCV 663. Radios: two Icom VHF radios model IC m57 Custom built control console with system monitoring lights; diffused floor lighting curved seating for 20 people and rubbish receptacles built into center seating.


Stainless steel hand-railing at bow, side rails to transom, guard rails Two deck pools molded into wing deck 4.60 Mt. bow ramp for dry beach landing Two 4 x2.85 x2.50 Mts. trampolines Bow Tubes The bow tubes are custom made by Lefiell Marine products, painted black anodized aluminum and fitter with stainless steel fittings. Hatches and openings ports Four 19 inch Lewmar Marine square trim line hatches Two- 24 inch Lewmar Marine square trim line hatches Ten Bomar ports lights.

puntacoralcuisine1COCKPIT SALOON AND BAR

Curved seating, fully upholstered for 60 people, retractable deck washdown-dual sea water and fresh water, full bar with two stainless steel sinks, 4 cubic meters built refrigeration room behind bar.


The hulls are entered by way of teak steps in the salon. One head with electric Ravitan toilet and sink in each hull and the space from steps forward to the main bulkhead is an open space available for changing and storage of garments. Engine rooms are aft with access through the heads.


One Selftacking Lewmar stern mounted hand winch, anchor rollers, 7 x 10'' cleats, 1 Fortress FX 55 Aluminum Anchor, 1 Danforth galvanized 65 anchor, 30 Mts. Samson line, 30 Mts. nylon line,3 fenders24'' x 57'', four SS Chain Plates and eye-hook two forward and two aft.


Two Lugger Model L6108ABT 300-HP diesel engines Steering Gear Single wheelhouse station, 2 Hamilton 291 Waterjets. Ceramic was applied to Water Jets to avoid waste due to cavitation. Electrical And Auxiliaries One Northern Lights diesel generator Model 843 N. Ac wiring with BASS distribution panel with magnetic circuit breakers and volt meters. Dual voltage 220/110 shore power transformer. 110 volt receptacles for connection of appliances BASS 12 V Dc distribution panel with magnetic circuit breakers and volt meters 12 volt lighting throughout 4-12 volt heavy duty engine starting batteries 1-12 volt heavy duty generator starting battery 1-12 volt heavy duty electronic battery 1-12 volt heavy duty winch battery 1 Raritan crown ll. Automatic Marine Converter Electrolysis Protection: Zinc anodes bonded to all underwater metallic parts with emphasis on the Hamilton jets. Single side band ground fitted in the hull.

Sea Valves Pumps Four electric bilge pumps, 2" emergency gasoline sump pump Tanks Four fuel tanks constructed in epoxy giving a total capacity of 600 gallons. Two Racor, fuel filters/water separators. Two fresh water tanks constructed in epoxy giving a total capacity of 120 gallons. Star Rite pressurized fresh water system.


Engine rooms are provided with 4 Halon 1301 Models 200 cg and 35 cg. Accommodation spaces are provided with 3 portable, fire dry chemical extinguishers. Manta Raya is provided with 100 approved life jackets, 3 life rings, 2 U type rings and 6 life rafts with a total capacity of 20 person each.