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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Bellingham, WA 98225
+1 360-676-1248
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

This was our second charter with Northwest and once again they surpassed our expectations! Great fleet, great support and great team!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BrinkMik
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

We just returned from a 2 week charter of AnamCara, a Grand Banks 46 Classic. We explored the San Juan and Gulf Islands with friends from our Texas yacht club on other boats and our adult children flying in and out via float plane to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HOO75
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

We Chartered Bonum Vitae for a week and just loved the whole process. The NW team is top notch, super helpful, and the boat was in splendid condition. (Of course the San Juans aren’t too bad either!) This was our third bareboat trip - the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DinoTheDiver
Reviewed August 13, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kpbowles
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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank johnsN625RM
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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Stuart M
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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank SCL60
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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank PaulGEL
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

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank F2416ZZkevinm
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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank reeder100
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