The "Grizzly Ship"
We use one of two small ships for this itinerary, the M/V Waters or the M/V Kittiwake. Both vessels were built for the U.S. Army for patrol work in the Aleutian Islands and later transferred to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for use in research and monitoring. Each has since been converted and comfortably appointed for custom marine charter use, and they remain ideal vessels that are perfectly designed for exploring these waters. Both ships are 73 feet long with deep displacement hulls, a very seaworthy design with a high bow and a fine horseshoe stern. Each carries a full complement of modern, state-of-the-art navigation and safety equipment.
Inside, the boats are intimate and simple yet offer ample space and facilities for our activities. Each vessel accommodates just six travelers in three guest cabins with upper/lower bunks. There are two toilets and showers on board (one for crew and one for guests). A well-lit galley and dining space are the site for convivial conversation over excellent meals, and each ship also has a small library, computer, DVD and CD player on board.
A central element of this adventure is our shore excursions that take place in Zodiac rafts carried on board. We frequently make wet landings (just offshore, where your feet may get wet), but tall rubber boats are provided to keep your feet dry.
*Please note: On occasion we may use a different, but similar, vessel for our grizzly trips.