Mothership Trips

Quick Details

Calendar Availability: May 19th through September 7th

Phone Booking: Call to book only

Boat-based Multi-day Kayak Adventure

We’ve partnered up with local captain Mike Brittain and his boats, the Dora and the Starr, to put together an incredible adventure package. You’ll motor or sail out to the fjords, and then live in the comfort the STARR / DORA provides for the duration of the kayaking adventure. Hot shower, flush toilet, warm beds, and a comfortable living/dining area bring the comforts of home to your trip. The advantage of this package is that you can move around in the fjords while living on board the boat and kayak in the most impressive areas. Mike won’t just zoom you out there like most water taxis… but will take you along the coastline and share the most wonderful highlights of the area along the way. Mike teams up with our guides to bring you great Alaskan stories and information, to truly teach you about the area you’re visiting. This trip by far offers the greatest versatility, and maneuverability within the fjords, at the highest level of comfort.

Captain Mike

Captain Mike Brittain on the bridge of his ship near Seward, AK

Mike Brittain came up the Alaska Highway on his Triumph Bonneville motorcycle for a two-week stay – in 1970. Alaska has been his home ever since, and the Kenai Fjords have been his backyard beginning in 1975. A Seward resident since 1982, and a licensed captain since 1987, Mike has been a sailor (he lived on his 35′ wooden ketch for 8 years in Seward), tugboat captain, killer whale researcher, tour boat captain, commercial diver, and kayaker.

He is a trained naturalist, an avid environmentalist, and most of all: a lover of Alaska. He has worked Alaskan waters from Southeast to the Bering Sea in both summer and winter. Experienced, personable, knowledgeable, and conscientious, Mike is certainly one of the most experienced mariners in the Kenai Fjords area, and has been sailing the park since before it was a park.

Vessels

Man loading kayaks onto ship near Seward, AK

The Starr

Built of steel, the Starr was constructed in Portland, Oregon and launched in 1988. Designed for travel to Alaska with a fully enclosed pilothouse as well as outside helms, she is well suited for traveling in any weather. Sixty-two feet in length overall and seventeen feet wide, the Starr has hosted months-long vacations in Southeast Alaska for her original owners, and is now being offered to carry adventurous sea kayakers into the wilds of South Central Alaska. Strong, reliable, and comfortable, you’ll live on the Starr during your excursion into Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound. The Starr features such amenities as a full galley, washer/dryer, dedicated shower, three heads (bathrooms), and a huge driftwood-paneled main saloon for relaxing and dining. She also carries an inflatable dinghy for both shore excursions as well as to help expedite entrance/exit to your kayak.

Kayakers and ship on water near Seward, AK

The Dora

Though constructed in Tacoma, WA, the Dora is truly Alaskan tough. Built in 1990 for the lower Cook Inlet salmon fishery, she has sailed Alaskan waters as a commercial gillnetter from Cook Inlet to Bristol Bay and the Shumagin Islands. Forty-five feet in length and fourteen feet wide, she has served most recently as a research boat for killer whale scientists in the Aleutians and the Pribilof Islands and is now being offered to carry adventurous kayakers into Kenai Fjords National Park & Prince William Sound. A real Alaskan workboat, the Dora is not luxurious, but she is strong, and comfortable. She has a huge back deck, a commodious flybridge, walk-around decks, twin-engine reliability, and ample interior space for passengers and crew. A 12.5′ rigid hull inflatable with a 30 hp engine complements the Dora for shore excursions or short cruises from the mothership.

Destinations

We offer Mothership trips to Aialik Bay and Northwestern Fjord. These two fjords are in Kenai Fjords National Park, are relatively close to Seward, and have incredible glaciers and wildlife with easy access. If you’re looking for a short 3 or 4-day trip, then Aialik is the best location. On a 5 or 6 day trip, you can probably see the highlights of both Aialik and Northwestern. Just let us know your interests and timeframe, and we’ll do our best to figure out the right destination for you.

Pricing

The pricing for these trips becomes cheaper as more people add on. Our group minimum is 2 people, and our maximum is 6. We can bump this cap by adding another guide, if you have a large group that would like to book together. These prices are PER PERSON.

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