M/V Ursa Major

M/V Ursa Major

The vessel is available for crewed charter for 6-8 passengers in Southeast Alaska and Pacific Northwest. She has an expansive foredeck and well covered side walkways, a glorious upper sun deck, salon and separate breakfast nook, and congenial wheelhouse. Her warm and inviting interior light is made possible by skylight hatches in each stateroom and bright interior lighting. Her heavy displacement hull, high bulwarks, and stabilizer systems make her a comfortable and safe vessel in fair or foul weather. She combines the tradition and beauty of wood with the comfort of home for your adventures in Puget Sound and Southeast Alaska. The Ursa Major is a true trawler yacht with a rich history including some times in the hands of the Mafia in Florida. Come share her colorful history and enjoy one of the finest passage making yachts in the world.

Crewed Yacht Charters in Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest offering custom tailored itineraries and sumptuous gourmet menus. Ursa Major was launched and outfitted in 1972 at the Malahide shipyards in Dublin, Ireland on a rock solid wooden hull built in Norway . With her classic Old World charm, solid North Sea Construction and warm European ambiance she is the perfect “little ship” for Alaska charter cruising and epitomizes the True Trawler Yacht as described by Bob Lane in Passagemaker Magazine ( February 2002 and April 2002 ).

Captain and Crew

The Crew of the Ursa Major is experienced, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Captain Josh Haury has years of nautical experience, interest in wildlife, fishing, photography, and wealth of stories. First Mate Emily Waschak has been working in Alaskan waters as a scientist, naturalist, and chef, and her enthusiasm for this area is infectious. The Ursa Major’s classic accommodations and fine cuisine make her a wonderful platform to experience Alaska. You will be happy and well fed aboard the finest classic trawler in Alaska serving up some of the finest local seafood, we often catch our own crab and shrimp.

Vessel Specifications

Launched at the Malahide shipyard just outside of Dublin Ireland in 1972, Ursa Major is a magnificent example of ” Old World ” craftsmanship. Ursa Major is 65 feet long almost 20 feet wide and displaces over 100 tons and powered by a heavy-duty Caterpillar Diesel Engine with two diesel auxiliary generators. She was built to the rugged “Det Norske Veritas” construction standards certifying her to operate year round in the extreme conditions of the North Sea . All of this guarantees Ursa Major’s guest of a comfortable and safe cruise while in Alaska’s Inside Passage .

Guest accommodations include a full-width master suite with queen-sized berth and private head/shower. There are also two guest staterooms with double berths (both can also deploy additional single berths if needed). The two guest cabins share an adjacent head and shower. Crew quarters are separate and have their own head/shower facilities.

  • Heat Pump heating System Throughout
  • Reverse Osmosis Desalinater/Watermaker
  • Fully Equipped Galley with Adjacent Dinette
  • Luxurious Main Saloon
  • Three Guest Staterooms
  • Two Guest Heads with showers
  • Gyro Controlled Stabilizers
  • Full Covered Side Decks
  • Spacious Sun Deck
  • Crab and Shrimp traps
  • Entertainment System- TV – CD/Stereo
  • Fishing Equipment for Salmon & Halibut
  • 12 Foot Aluminum Skiff With Outboard
  • 1 double and 4 single, ruddered sea kayaks by Perception
  • Full Safety Equipment


  • Gourmet meals- customized to your tastes & preferences
  • Whale-watching & other wildlife viewing
  • Fishing tackle – bait for crab & shrimp traps
  • Sea-kayaks- Nature hikes & Natural hot springs
  • Fine wines and local micro-brews
  • Fuel, dock fees, transfers to and from the boat

Why Go?

1. “Friends don’t let friends see Alaska from a cruise ship!”

2. The finest classic trawler in Alaska captained by folks with a wealth of nautical and wilderness adventures

3. Gourmet meals, fine wines and local micro-brews customized to your tastes

4. See Alaska the way you’ve dreamed with flexible itineraries based solely on your interests and desires


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Passengers 6 to 8
Length 65'
Staterooms 3
Crew Captain, Chef, Kayak Guide/naturalist
Area of Service SE Alaska, Inside Passage, Puget Sound
Activities Whale and Wildlife Watching, Kayaking, Trawler Training, Fishing and Birding
Equipment 12' Aluminum Skiff, Fishing Gear, 8 sea kayaks (6 singles and 2 doubles)

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