I got on the "Wild Horses" with captain Black Bart via reccomendation of someone that worked for the Sitka visitors organization. The tour was fantastic. Mitch got us up close and personal with almost every animal in the sound - whales, otters, eagles, puffins... too many to list here. His boat., the "Wild Horses" is a beauty - clean, sharp lines, well organized and FAST (hold on to your hats folks!). But what really made the tour was Captain Black Bart himself. He was as enthusiastic as if he were running the tour for the first time. Full of humor and quick wit, and always with a great, honest smile. When we weren't staring at some great wildlife, we were all rolling on the deck laughing our hearts out at something Mitch was telling us about the Alaska lifestyle. You could tell he was not only the operator, but the owner too. The only disappointment I had regarding the whole experience was that he did not offer full week trips to explore outside the sound. If he did, I'd be the first to sign up!
- Paul Casadio