Do you feel that rising sense of optimism and restlessness, the number “2020” echoing in your mind? My friend, you are experiencing adventure-itch, a common side effect when facing a new year full of possibilities. A tried and true cure for this condition is to count those vacation dollars, do some research, and put an exciting trip on the calendar. Behold, the 2019 edition of our annual Northwest Yachting Chartering Guide, our attempt to enable the part of your soul that hungers for the horizon.
While some of us are blessed with a seaworthy boat, weeks if not months of free time, ace mariner skills, and more key attributes that allow you to tear off to Alaska and back, most of us will lean
on chartering a boat to sate our need at one time or another.
The benefits of chartering are widely written about, and they include flexibility of locations, more time experiencing a place and less time worrying about your own boat problems, and using the charter as an educational experience to further equip you to do it all yourself someday.
We’ve completely revamped our guide this year with a new look, expanded charter company listings, and even include small and notable cruise ship company information. From the lovable mom and pop operations sailing their fleet of one around the San Juan Islands to no-expenses spared luxury cruises going to Alaska, there’s something here for everyone. Note that these are all multi-day, cruising-style charters. While fishing trips, whale watching excursions, and the like are all technically charters, the companies listed here are tailored to the extended Pacific Northwest adventure.
Even if a charter just isn’t in the cards this year, what is life without its daydreams and aspirations? Enjoy!
In contrast to the larger megayacht offerings on the previous page, the following charter companies are the more quintessential Cascadian charter experiences. The options are varied from sail to motor and barebones to fully crewed.