Prince Charters, LLC
member since January 2019
Captain Doug and First Mate Donna with their 1968 luxury vintage yacht, Journey
We are pleased to highlight OCFDA member Prince Charters, LLC owned and operated by Doug and Donna Misterly. Their service is impeccable and they are very passionate about caring for the families they serve. Doug is 100 Ton Master U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain and Donna does everything else!
Prince Charters was originally founded in 1965 by Captain Doug's grandfather, Gilbert Prince. In the late 60's Rev. Gilbert Prince, then rector of St. James, South Pasadena, led a group of clergymen in persuading California's legislators to change the state law so that cremated remains of a deceased person could be scattered at sea. Grandpa Prince was featured on 60-Minutes in 1980 and in several articles in the Los Angeles Times.
As a boy, Captain Doug loved to spend time with his grandfather on his boats. By the age of 12, he was given an opportunity to crew on a sea burial in Newport Beach. From that day forward, he had a passion to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. Today Doug continues the Prince family legacy with his wife and First Mate, Donna.
Your newest addition is beautiful! What can you tell us about her?
Journey launched with Prince Charters December 1, 2018. She is a stunning 1968 luxury yacht - vintage to the core. Journey is Coast Guard Inspected for 31 passengers and is fully restored to her original beauty.
She has a spacious enclosed aft deck and plenty of seating on the bow with spectacular views of the harbor. Below deck has new teak floors throughout as you step into a beautiful salon area with a mini bar and gorgeous views.
Continue your journey as you step down to an amazing nautical bar room. Journey is complete with an upgraded galley and two large restrooms.
Most of the cruising time is through a beautiful and peaceful harbor allowing our families to relax both prior to and after the service.
Journey's Salon toward bow
How many guests can you accommodate? We have two U.S. Coast Guard Inspected vessels. Alexandria is our classic wood boat, for up to 11 passengers plus a mate and captain.
Journey is our luxury vintage yacht for up to 31 passengers plus a mate and captain
When did you start serving families with sea scatterings and how many sea scattering services do you conduct in a typical month? We officially started
serving families full time with sea scatterings in early 2017. Prior to that, we provided sea scattering services part-time on our 42' Sailboat.
After adding Journey to the fleet last December, our business continues to grow every month.
What has been one of your most memorable services at sea?
There are many, but one in particular comes to mind for a family who was suffering so much with the loss of their father and husband.
After the scattering, a small group of dolphins followed the boat all the way back through the harbor. Their loved one adored the sea and he especially loved dolphins.
It was a moment of warmth in the midst of sorrow.
Do you have any tips for Funeral Directors coordinating this type of service with you? Anything you have noticed any areas in which we can improve the experience for you and our families?
We have a Q&A that we can send to you and we are happy to come out and meet with your staff to answer any questions. If you prefer, we can also set you up with your own account to book directly on our booking platform. Feel free to call us with any questions or to book a scattering service.
booking platform. Feel free to call us with any questions or to book a scattering service.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? We care deeply for our families and we do all that we can to help them. We regularly receive hugs and notes of appreciation, which mean so much to us.
In addition to scatterings near Huntington Harbour/Seal Beach pier, we can take families to Huntington Beach Pier or Catalina on the Vintage Yacht (additional cost applies) and provide unattended sea scatterings.
We have brochures we would love to deliver to you that do not list our phone numbers so your families book with you. We can also provide catering, white dove release, bagpipes and Military Honors prior to departure.
Thank you Prince Charters for your service and for being an OCFDA Member.
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This month we are highlighting Fred Nalder. Anyone that has attended an OCFDA event knows Fred and his big kind smile.
Fred made his first steps like many of you as a Cypress College Mortuary student. This Idaho native began his embalmer apprenticeship
at his cousin's mortuary in a small mountain town in Idaho,
following the tradition of his uncles and cousins. Fred moved to Orange County and began working with McAulay and Wallace Mortuary in Fullerton. Several years later, he joined Rose Hills Memorial Park Mortuary where arguably his career truly began. He has been with Rose Hills now for 27 years. He currently holds the position of Director, Mortuary Operations for Rose Hills.
Fred has been involved in our association in some capacity for ten years, including past President. He is the current Treasurer for CFDA and board member/past President for LACFDA.
In light of the recent OCFDA scholarship awards, can you offer a piece of advice for mortuary science students entering the field?
This is an exciting time to enter this Profession, this is a time of change, and a time to create new and meaningful services to honor a life lived.
I would encourage the new funeral directors to treat their Profession with respect, be honest in your business dealings and be worthy of a family's trust.
Treat the loved one under care with respect and escort them to the other side with their dignity.
Aside from all the many funeral events and board meetings, what is your favorite pastime?
When I am not working, you will usually find me walking the beaches or mountain trails with my camera and photographing nature