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New territory: The essential expedition charter list

New territory: The essential expedition charter list

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America’s last wild frontier, Alaska may be only 500 miles from the rest of the country but it feels a world away. This sparsely populated northern state offers more coastline than all the other US states combined. Cruise the Inside Passage to go whale watching and glacier spotting. Alternatively, venture on land for dog sledding, guided bear tours and visits to traditional local villages. Fishing enthusiasts can troll, fly- fish or set traps for Dungeness crab and spot prawns. “Guests love to have their fresh catch cooked up in any number of ways and incorporated into our chef ’s specialities,” says Captain Chris Fagan, of charter yacht Serengeti.

Charter lowdown: According to Yacht Services of Alaska: “The State of Alaska requires yachts more than 400GT to have a current Alaskan COFR and Oil Spill Response Plan in effect prior to arrival in Alaskan waters. And permits are required to enter Glacier Bay National Park, Anan Creek Bear Observatory and Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary.” Beyond this, there are various pilotage rules depending on the yacht’s length, though vessels larger than 19 metres and under 53 metres are eligible for exemptions (apply at least 30 days in advance).

Choose your yacht: The 39.6 metre Westport 130 Serengeti stands out with her enclosed, heated aft deck that lets guests enjoy the views. The yacht, available from $120,000 per week, has three trained sport fishing guides on board at all times.

The 48 metre Rebel boasts a crew who know Alaska well and she is outfitted with everything needed for outdoor adventures, from mountain bikes to sea kayaks (from $165,000 per week).

I Love This Boat will be in Alaska in summer 2019, from $150,000 per week. The 44.2 metre Christensen yacht offers a tender for fishing trips and a spa tub for relaxing after a long day of adventures.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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