Since the beginning of the 2023 season, the renowned 33-meter charter yacht, Predator 108 Quantum, embarked on an exhilarating new chapter with the appointment of its new captain. Welcoming aboard the skilled and accomplished Captain Stipe Vuko, Quantum set sail into the season with a fresh perspective and a wealth of expertise. With a profound passion for the yachting industry and extensive experience at the helm, Captain Vuko brings an unparalleled level of professionalism and dedication to the Quantum team. From the moment he assumed his role, his unwavering commitment to excellence has set the stage for an extraordinary charter experience. 

In this interview we talk about his journey to the world of yachting, his thoughts about the yachting industry, and the novelties and enhancements that await guests on board Quantum for the 2023 season.

To begin, what inspired you to enter the yachting industry?

CAPTAIN: It all started during my university years, where I worked as a freelance skipper during my spare time. That experience led me to make the decision to pursue a career in the industry at a higher level, striving to maintain exceptional standards. The inspiring factors for me were not only the great working environment but also the opportunity to be surrounded by diverse individuals and forge meaningful connections with new people.

Captain Stipe Vuko

Could you tell us a little bit about your education and background, and how it has helped you in your current position?

CAPTAIN: My educational background combines mechanical engineering with a deep passion for the sea. I completed the bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, which laid a strong foundation for my understanding of the technical aspects involved in yacht operations. However, it was my experience as a skipper during university days that fueled the desire to pursue a master's degree in Marine Engineering. The combination of academic background and practical experience has been invaluable in shaping my current position and equipping me with the necessary expertise to excel in the industry.

Predator 108 QUANTUM - Master cabin

    What has been one of the most memorable experiences you have had in your career?

    CAPTAIN: Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to encounter numerous memorable experiences. However, the ones that truly stand out are the incredible relationships I have forged with my clients during charter trips. The opportunity to establish a strong bond and witness how these connections evolve into long-lasting friendships is truly priceless. These experiences serve as a constant reminder of the profound impact yachting can have on people's lives.

      In your opinion, what is the most challenging aspect of working in the yachting industry?

      CAPTAIN: The pursuit of perfection is the most challenging aspect in the yachting industry. From ensuring flawless operations and impeccable service to maintaining the vessel's condition and meeting the unique preferences of each client, the demands for perfection are ever-present. It requires attention to detail, continuous learning, and a commitment to excellence.

      Predator 108 QUANTUM - Ideal choice for magic summer sunsets

      How would you describe your crew, and what makes them stand out?

      CAPTAIN: Our crew is an extraordinary group of individuals who embody precision, punctuality, and professionalism. They possess a deep understanding of the balance between providing exceptional service and respecting the privacy of our clients. Their attention to detail, willingness to go above and beyond, and their ability to create a welcoming and enjoyable environment for our clients truly distinguish them as an exceptional team.

      Predator 108 QUANTUM - Aft deck with custom wet bar & BBQ

      Could you tell us a little bit about Quantum and what the novelties are for the season 2023?

      CAPTAIN: For the 2023 season, we have introduced several exciting features to enhance the charter experience. One notable addition is the inclusion of a Ribco Seafarer 36X luxury tender as part of our standard package, unlocking endless possibilities for day trips, and enabling our clients to effortlessly explore hidden beaches and remote locations with enhanced speed and ease.

      A perfect match - 33m Sunseeker Predator 108 QUANTUM & 11m RIBCO Seafarer 36X

        Food experience is a very important part of yacht charter experience. What kind of food is served on board QUANTUM?

        CAPTAIN: Quantum’s cuisine combines modern Mediterranean flavors with traditional Dalmatian influences. Our skilled chef Antonio uses the finest local ingredients to create amazing dishes that delight the palate. From fresh seafood delicacies to regional specialties, our culinary offerings ensure a memorable dining experience for our clients.

        Dining experience on 33m Predator 108 QUANTUM

        Why would you recommend Quantum to someone looking to charter?

        CAPTAIN: I would recommend Quantum for several reasons. Firstly, our exceptional crew sets us apart with their expertise, professionalism, and ability to create a welcoming and enjoyable environment onboard. Additionally, Quantum itself is a stunning sport yacht that seamlessly combines speed and comfort. Whether you're looking for quick transfers between destinations or a leisurely cruise to soak in the scenic beauty of the coastline, Quantum offers the perfect blend of performance and luxury. With its exceptional features and our crew's commitment to exceeding expectations, chartering Quantum guarantees an unforgettable experience.

        What are your top 3 recommendations of what to visit in Croatia?

        CAPTAIN: My top three recommendations for places to visit in Croatia are the Kornati Islands, Krka National Park, and the islands in front of the Split area.

          Predator 108 QUANTUM anchored in front of Budikovac near Vis Island - Croatia

          As someone who has previously held the position of captain on the impressive 23m catamaran Skimmer and achieved notable success at a young age, what advice would you give to someone considering a career in the yachting industry?

          CAPTAIN: For anyone considering a career in the yachting industry, I would offer two essential pieces of advice: patience and responsibility. Patience is crucial in this field, as it takes time to gain the necessary experience and expertise to excel. Additionally, responsibility is of utmost importance. As a captain, you hold the lives of your crew and guests in your hands. Take your role seriously, prioritize safety, and continuously strive for excellence.

            From the inspiration that sparked his love for yachting to the challenges faced and conquered, Captain Vuko's story is a testament to the extraordinary possibilities that await those who dare to navigate the captivating world of the yachting industry. 

            Now, as you prepare to embark on an extraordinary voyage aboard Predator 108 Quantum, Captain Stipe Vuko and his dedicated crew stand ready to provide an unparalleled charter experience in the 2023 season. Be prepared to embark on a luxurious adventure that awaits you on Quantum, where extraordinary memories are waiting to be made.

            To discover further details about chartering the Predator 108 Quantum this summer, feel free to reach out to our Charter Manager, Barbara, at Don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a 10% discount on weekly charters in July!