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NW Explorations

Bellingham, WA 98225
+1 360-676-1248
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Well-Managed Charter Operation

Full disclosure—I am a yacht broker on the brokerage side of NW Explorations. That said, we have... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kpbowles
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Seattle, Washington
Bareboat charter in the San Juans

We just completed our third NWE charter with a too-quick week in the San Juan Islands. We’ve done... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2018
john s
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Join us for an experience of a lifetime on your own bareboat charter. Charter one of our luxury trawlers to explore the San Juan and Gulf Islands. If you're feeling more adventurous join us to points beyond: Desolation Sound, Inside Passage, Broughtons, SE Alaska, Haida Gwaii & Prince William Sound.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bellingham, WA 98225
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Full disclosure—I am a yacht broker on the brokerage side of NW Explorations. That said, we have never experienced the charter side from the viewpoint of a client. We chartered Grey Lady, the Sabre 38, with long-time friends from the east coast for a week...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

We just completed our third NWE charter with a too-quick week in the San Juan Islands. We’ve done other bareboat charters in the Caribbean, and own several boats that we use in our home port on the east coast. Nothing tops the experiences we have...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

We chartered Aquila(Grand Banks 42) in June 2018 as part of a Connecticut yacht club cruise. From the initial email contact, to the greeting on arrival, to the thorough checkout with a highly knowledgeable captain, to the return and disembarking process, NW Explorations performed perfectly....More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

We chartered a Grand Banks (Aquila) in September 2017. The boat was clean and well-maintained. The check-in process was thorough and we were very comfortable with the workings of the boat when the checkout was complete. The boat had everything for a comfortable cruise: charts,...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

We just finished a one week bareboat charter in the San Juan Islands aboard Hele Mai and we had a wonderful time. The boat was very well set up and delivered to us in perfect condition with everything that we needed. Because we were just...More

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NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

We are so thrilled to hear you had such a good time! Hele Mai is a beautiful vessel and we are happy top have "Bear" on our team. We look forward to seeing you back cruising with us soon! Perhaps next time on one of...More

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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

We are regular customers and experienced boaters. NWE is in a league of its own. Boats are late model, extremely well maintained, and well provisioned with supplies, equipment, spares, emergency equipment etc. NWE has clear and high standards for the boats they bring into their...More

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

Grand Adventure (Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht) is a great boat and NW Explorations is a great charter outfit. I've bareboated 4 times in the last 5 years (Cape Cod, Maine 2x) and now the San Juans and this experience was clearly the best. The boat...More

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Reviewed July 22, 2017

We have done several bare boat charters in FL, Chesapeake, and Maine. Have dealt with 8 or 9 charter companies over the years. NW Explorations is by far the best charter company we have ever chartered with. They excel in all categories: Reservations, checkout, quality...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2017

3 weeks on the Inside Passage from Bellingham to Ketchikan was a fantastic experience. Service minded and experienced guiding crew, well equipped boat and nice fellows from Australia to South California made it an unforgettable adventure. There is the danger, we will back again! Ulla...More

Thank Michael E
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NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2017

Ulla & Mike, we are so happy you had such a good time! We look forward to having you back soon. Now that you've done the Inside Passage, you need to do the outside of Vancouver Island and then you will have circumnavigated Vancouver Island!...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2017

We have been in the yacht charter business for nearly 40 years, have chartered from Turkey to New Zealand, led flotillas worldwide, and manage a charter fleet of 50 yachts on San Francisco Bay. Our charter aboard the Fleming 55, "Sarah Brooks," exceeded our expectations...More

Thank Don D
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NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2017

Thank you for your kind words! We have a great team and vessel owners who take a lot of pride in making these vessels and your experience the best possible. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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