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NW Explorations

Bellingham, WA 98225
+1 360-676-1248
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Wonderful Boat in Outstanding Setting

We chartered a Grand Banks (Aquila) in September 2017. The boat was clean and well-maintained... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Terrific Experience

We just finished a one week bareboat charter in the San Juan Islands aboard Hele Mai and we had a... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Sydney, Australia
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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, Broughtons, SE Alaska, Haida Gwaii & Prince William Sound.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bellingham, WA 98225
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Reviewed 12 October 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

Thank SCL60
Reviewed 22 August 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

Thank PaulGEL
NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 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 8 August 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

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 8 August 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

Thank reeder100
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We have done several bare boat charters in FL, Chesapeake, and Maine. Have dealt with 8 or 9 charter companies over the years. NW Explorations is by far the best charter company we have ever chartered with. They excel in all categories: Reservations, checkout, quality...More

Thank 409markmason
Reviewed 6 July 2017

3 weeks on the Inside Passage from Bellingham to Ketchikan was a fantastic experience. Service minded and experienced guiding crew, well equipped boat and nice fellows from Australia to South California made it an unforgettable adventure. There is the danger, we will back again! Ulla...More

Thank Michael E
NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Ulla & Mike, we are so happy you had such a good time! We look forward to having you back soon. Now that you've done the Inside Passage, you need to do the outside of Vancouver Island and then you will have circumnavigated Vancouver Island!...More

Reviewed 28 June 2017

We have been in the yacht charter business for nearly 40 years, have chartered from Turkey to New Zealand, led flotillas worldwide, and manage a charter fleet of 50 yachts on San Francisco Bay. Our charter aboard the Fleming 55, "Sarah Brooks," exceeded our expectations...More

Thank Don D
NWExplorations, Manager at NW Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you for your kind words! We have a great team and vessel owners who take a lot of pride in making these vessels and your experience the best possible. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 25 October 2016

What an exciting experience it was for four North Queenslanders to join NW Explorations flotilla to Desolation Sound. We swapped our usual Palm-fringed tropical islands and Great Barrier Reef for the soaring mountains, fjords and mist shrouded islands of British Columbia and Desolation Sound. What...More

Thank ralmcp
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We had the most amazing trip. NW Explorations are so organised, friendly and professional I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Thank Celia S
Reviewed 30 August 2016

You will absolutely love this charter operator! First off, service is over the top. From arrival having crew greet you and assist you with loading your charter boat, to a meticulous briefing on all of the systems, to a boat where everything actually worked, well...More

Thank HBrown137
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