Chris Haden

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Guests on Ursa Major enjoy close encounters with wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and fresh-caught evening meals.   When we first spotted Ursa Major in Sitka's New Thomsen Harbor, we knew we were in for a special week. At 65ft in length and 20ft in beam, the trawler gave the impression of a small ship. She looked like she could girdle the globe on a whim. All we wanted of her was to carry us gently through the maze of waterways typical of southeast Alaska and wind up in Juneau at week's end. Good food, good companionship, and unequaled scenery were on our list of expectations. Ursa delivered on all counts.  We were doubly excited to be on this trip because not only was it our first time in Alaska, it was also our first crewed yacht charter. Although we had bareboated through the San Juan Islands and had lived aboard our own Grand Banks 48 for a number of years, we ha... (more)