Saturday, September 28th, 2013 is our 5th annual:

"Banjo Day"

aboard the semi-submarine "Looking Glass"

Show up with a banjo and you are Free! Jamming encouraged!

We will be running trips each hour from 11-6


We are looking for a banjo Player to spend the day aboard the Sub as "Banjo Leader" call Lloyd (805)441-7463 if you are interested.

Why a Banjo Day?

(1) In 2006 tenor banjo player Cornelis "Kees" saw 15 year old Molly Reeves (the captains daughter) play at the Pismo Jazz Jubliee as a guest artist on a Goodtime. After the event he came up to her and told her she was out classing her banjo and gave her the 1920's Majestic you see her playing in the above photo. Cornelis was invited on a cruise with us but never made it so we are extending the invite to all banjo players!

(2) September 26th is Captain Lloyd's Birthday and the banjo is his favorite instrument. He made the switch from 4 string to 5 and is loving finger picks so both 4 and 5 strings are most welcome. Can you think of a better way to spend your working birthday?


What is the boat like?

The "Looking Glass" is a 19 passenger USCG inspected semi-submersible underwater viewing boat. It has over 6 tons of lead to sink the lower viewing area which has two seven foot long underwater picture windows. Built by "Sub Sea Systems" in Sacramento, California and launched in 1995 under the name "Ava Mahalo Lani" the vessel spent the first part of her life in Hawaii. From Hawaii she traveled to Catalina and was renamed "Looking Glass". In early 2005 she was purchased by Chaffin & Reeves Inc. After a refit she was put into service to replace the submarine replica "S44" in Redondo Beach. "S44" was a popular attraction in Redondo Beach but as a uninspected vessel it was only allowed to carry 6 passengers. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a map to find us.

September we are seeing lots of small rays, Opal Eyes, Smelt and Calico Bass!


Note: The Red Star is the entrance of our parking lot (181 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277). If you park in this lot (not the parking structure) bring your ticket stub and we can get you 2 free hours of parking. We are south of the parking lot next to where the sub arrow is pointing. For dirrections from your house to us on Map Quest click here.

Need more info: Captain Lloyd (805)441-7463 or email