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Address: Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98243
Phone Number: +1 866-714-6611
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Discover the hidden side of the Pacific Northwest coast while sailing the...

Discover the hidden side of the Pacific Northwest coast while sailing the San Juans, or Inside Passage with your naturalist captain as he guides your small group in an intimate exploration of wildlife and natural splendor. Enjoy feasting on gourmet northwest cuisine and relaxing aboard our warm and comfortable 54' sailing yacht. Luxuriate in an effortless letting go of stress and worry as our attentive service, in an enchanting environment join to bring you a deep relaxation of the soul.


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Sailing for 5 days with Captain Dave and Chef Katie

Captain Dave never disappoints, our request for an instructional trip on sailing was granted and amazing. We learned terms, and were able to fill the sails, gliding through the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dottie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Dave never disappoints, our request for an instructional trip on sailing was granted and amazing. We learned terms, and were able to fill the sails, gliding through the water of the San Juan Islands. We could be as involved in sailing as we wanted and we absolutely loved every minute. We were sad to have to leave the boat,... More 

Thank Dottie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

One of the most enjoyable part of our visit to San Juan islands (Orcas). Thank you captain Dave for your trust in letting me and my daughter navigate the sail.

Thank Namdar M
Lake Zurich, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Captain Dave always had something interesting to tell us about local history and culture, the plants and animals on the islands, and sailing in the area. Katy took great care of us with delicious food - from creative dishes to comfort food. The boat is very comfortable ( in our case, 5 people at the table) with good views from... More 

Thank SDKP16
Waring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We immediately were at home with Captain Dave and Katie- an awesome team who provided us with awesome knowl edge and food. The boat was the perfect size for the 3 of us and we celebrated my husband and sisters birthday with walks, sails and quiet time observing Nature. One of the evenings when we went ashore for a walk... More 

Thank Dean H
Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Although we ended up with probably the worst week of weather this summer in the Northwest, we had good wind for sailing and a really fun time, with great people and great food. We were able to sail everyday. We hiked on Stuart, Sucia and Matia Islands, off the normal paths of most tourist since these islands are not served... More 

Thank Rick C
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My wife and two teenage daughters spent five days sailing the northern San Juan's with Dave and Katie the first week of August, 2015. Overall, it was an excellent trip and I would recommend it to other families. Dave and Katie are very relaxed, have excellent knowledge of the area and tell interesting stories about the history, flora and fauna.... More 

Thank RFamilyTravel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We took a day sail with Captain Dave and another family. No wind that day, so we motored the whole time, which was too bad, but still a gorgeous day. Dave had great knowledge of the islands and the wildlife. A highlight was falling asleep on the deck in the sun, gently rocking. Beautiful and well-appointed boat!

Thank trainer5740
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Dave has an amazing boat and provides an excellent, relaxing day of sailing. Dave is knowledgeable of the area and wildlife which just adds to the experience! Definitely recommend!

Thank conleya
Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I celebrated my 40th birthday aboard Dave' ship. We had an amazing time, as we sailed around various islands. My son and his buddy dressed as pirates, and my friends and I were able to relax and take in the beauty. Dave did an excellent job talking with us about the natural history, the various wildlife that we saw, and... More 

Thank Michele C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Our group (adults and two children, ages 6 and 7 1/2) had a wonderful, amazing day sailing around the San Juan Islands! Dave was great- calm, peaceful, extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and islands and passages; he was so patient with the kids and involved them in what he was doing (my son got to raise one of the sails).... More 

Thank Piper H

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