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NW Explorations

Bellingham, WA, USA
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About NW Explorations
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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Ronah W wrote a review Oct 22
15 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I chartered Exact for a week, while getting away from the demo of our quest bathroom . We traveled south this time since the Canadian Border was closed. When we arrived, we were greeted with enthusiasm for our upcoming adventure and they did everything possible to get us checked out and aboard in a timely manner. We added an extra night so we could leave as soon as the weather permitted. It could get foggy. Exact was a dream! It was beautifully appointed and had everything you could need or want in the galley. The whole experience was WONDERFUL! The staff at NW Explorations are professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. We look forward to future charters and highly recommend them for beautifully maintained Grand Banks.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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kiffieh wrote a review Sep 2020
Belleair Beach, Florida17 contributions5 helpful votes
Thank you so much NW Explorations for the 2nd year in a row of a perfect experience. The boat Northstream was perfect for 4 of us, and we didn't have any issues or want for anything. We are highly recommending you to our friends.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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SeattleSkater wrote a review Aug 2020
Seattle, Washington16 contributions2 helpful votes
The people who work at NW Exploration are very nice and helpful. We contacted them 4 months ahead of time to rent a boat for 2 1/2 weeks and our two main requirements were (1) have a water maker and (2) have an ice maker. These were MUST HAVES in order for us to rent the boat since we were not going to port the entire time. We emailed a month before our trip to confirm that everything was good to go. A week ahead of our trip we contacted them once again to be sure that the water maker and ice maker were working. They replied by email that yes, everything was working fine and that they would take additional steps to be sure that the water maker and ice maker were working well before our arrival. A week into our trip we ran out of water even though the water counter said we had 180 gallons remaining. We spent a day trouble shooting by phone and even changed the a part--still no water. We went to Roche and filled up, the water tanks were empty, which means we left with halfway full water tanks. When we turned on the water maker we kept getting error messages. We spent several hours trouble shooting this error, another day wasted working on boat issues. Eventually NW Exploration sent a mechanic to see what the problem was. He was very nice! However he couldn't fix it and said he needed to order parts but wouldn't have them in time to have it fixed for the rest of our trip. The remainder of our trip we were concerned about our water usage, the one thing we didn't want to worry about! SIDENOTE: Also, the grill did not work on the first day. We called and they told us where to find a spare valve, the suspected problem, and we changed it. It went out again the last three days of our trip. This was disappointing since this was our main method of cooking. For $1,000 a day we expected the water maker to work. We asked what "extra steps" were taken (per there email) to make sure it was working before we left and we were told "I'm not sure". Unacceptable. After our trip, and our complaints, we were only offered 10 percent off our next trip. We assumed they would take $$ off our bill for THIS trip. It is highly doubtful we will book again with NW Exploration. Oh, it was our honeymoon too.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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kiffieh wrote a review Sep 2019
Belleair Beach, Florida17 contributions5 helpful votes
We loved the experience with NW Explorations and our boat Northstream. Island hopping in this wonderful boat is unlike our typical boating experience in Florida where we live. We highly recommend this experience to all boaters and will definitely come back again! Thank you Alexis and Emmelina for your thoroughness and welcoming attitudes.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from alexispemberton, Administrative Assistant at NW Explorations
Responded Dec 6, 2019
Thank you so much for the review! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself on this trip! We are so excited to have you back in September, 2020! Happy Holidays!
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Erin Y wrote a review Sep 2019
San Francisco6 contributions
We just completed a week long charter of the AnamCara through the San Juan islands and had a marvelous experience. Boat was top notch and the staff at NW Explorations made every effort to insure that we had an outstanding trip. Highly recommend this outfit and vessel to anyone wanting an exceptional experience!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations
Responded Dec 17, 2019
Thanks for your review, Erin! We're so glad that you had enjoyed your time on AnamCara out in the San Juan Islands. We hope to charter with you again in the future!
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