Surfbird is a custom-built, 115 foot steel-hulled motor yacht designed from the start for expedition travel. She was built with a high bow and high bulwarks, all to keep people on and seas off the decks. She has a hard chine, full displacement hull with rolling chocks to keep the boat from rolling. She proved her sea worthiness on her 6,177 mile delivery voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Petersburg, Alaska.
She offers guests an ample salon and both indoor and outdoor dining areas on the main deck and a sun lounge on the bridge deck. Four guest staterooms offer berths for up to 10 people. All four staterooms offer their own heads, while the luxurious master head provides his and hers sinks, a separate WC, and a double shower. Two crew cabins, a crew lounge, and laundry area are forward on the accommodation deck.
Surfbird was built and refit in American ship yards and is US flagged. She was launched in 2006 and extensively refit in 2011. Her propulsion is provided by twin 475 HP Detroit Diesel engines, giving us a cruising speed of 8 knots. Electric power is produced by 40 KW and 25 KW Northern Lights generators, so feel free to bring the computers, cameras, and other electronics you would plug in at home. Hair dryers are provided in each head, so you need not bring your own. Redundant water makers assure a continuous supply of fresh water. Reverse cycle heating or air conditioning is available throughout the boat.
Surfbird carries two tenders on her foredeck. The larger launch is perfect for running in to the dock, checking out that sea lion haul out, or fishing. The smaller inflatable is our beach boat. With a metal bottom, we can haul her up on the cobble beaches and drag her back into the water when we’re done tide-pooling or hiking.
Your captain, Mike Mills, has a U.S. Coast Guard 200-ton Masterís license, as required by law, but even more importantly an intimate knowledge of Northwest waters gained from decades of experience. Captain Mike has over 35 years of fishing experience in Southeast Alaska. He has lived in and traveled all over the state fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring. Mike uses his years of experience and his knowledge of Southeast Alaska to help you enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the wilderness and itís amazing wildlife. He has also been a commercial float plane pilot for over 20 years.
First Mate Caroline shares her love of the sea through many of her interests which include fishing, kayaking, paddling & boating. She has over a decade of experience chartering the waters of S.E. Alaska and the Inside Passage along with Captain Mike. Caroline will serve as your excursion & kayak guide as well as your hostess to make sure all your needs and comforts are well taken care of while on board the Surfbird.
Please contact Expedition Broker at (877) 406-1320 or by email for a detailed itinerary, rates and current availability
|Passengers||Up to 10|
|Crew||At Least 4|
|Area of Service||Sitka, Petersburg, Juneau, Southeast Alaska, Inside Passage|
|Activities||Kayaking, whale watching, fishing, glacier viewing, hot springs, hiking, exploring shores, beach combing, photography, cruising the Alaska Inside Passage|
|Equipment||Two Powered tenders, Kayaks, Salt and Freshwater Fishing Gear|