Baja: Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Whales, Snorkeling, and Sea Kayaking

The Expedition Vessel

We are delighted to invite you aboard this unique and historic 86-foot wooden vessel. A “gentleman’s yacht” designed specifically for exploration, she is ideal for discovering the wonders of Alaska, San Juan Islands, and the Sea of Cortez. You’ll find a lovely wood-paneled salon aboard—a great space where you can unroll the charts and share the route you’ve explored that day and discuss the adventures that lie ahead. There is a spacious covered back deck, the ultimate spot for watching marine life (think whales, seals, and more!) as you relax with a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate. You won’t believe the meals that the on-board chef produces from the galley, including fresh-baked goods and wonderful fish from the bounty of the surrounding seas. There are four cabins, each with a double bunk below and a single bunk above, accommodating either couples or friends traveling together. Each of the cabins has its own private en suite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

With the vessel’s relatively small size, shallow draft, and yet powerful engine, you’ll be able to explore remote coves and islands by day, and at night you can enjoy beautiful secluded anchorages. As you may have guessed, we absolutely love this vessel for the incredible adventures it makes possible, but do keep in mind that she is a relatively small vessel, and set your expectations accordingly. The cabins are well designed but will be far smaller than what you would find on a massive cruise ship. We find her intimate size (just eight passengers!) absolutely perfect.

Launched in 1924 as the flagship of the Alaska Coast Hunting and Cruising Company, the vessel pioneered hunting, fishing, and adventure travel in remote regions of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska for over 20 years (including serving such VIPs as Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, John Wayne, and Marjorie Merriweather Post). During World War II, she served as a patrol boat off the California coast, then post-war was converted to a private yacht and charter vessel. She has benefitted from continuous upgrades to her engine, systems, structure, and accommodations, including an extensive rebuild in 2005-2006 that created the four guest cabins she has today, and full below decks refit in 2015 that added private bathrooms to each cabin. She is listed with the US National Register of Historic Places. Since each double cabin also has both a double and a single bunk, it is possible for a family of three to book a cabin. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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