ABOUT YOUR SKIPPER
Captain Tom Jacobson has over 28 years of safe experience as captain of commercial vessels on the waters of southeast Alaska. He has additionally spent years successfully sailing his own boat to the far corners of the Pacific, from the Coral Sea to the Bering Sea. An active conservationist with a life-long interest in natural history, he attended University of Chicago and is currently serving an appointment by the Governor to the International Pacific Salmon Commission. He has been a rural resident of Prince of Wales Island since 1975 and knows the local backwaters as few others do. He is fully licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Master Merchant Marine Officer (to 100 tons, 200 miles offshore) and has had additional training and certification in marine safety procedures.
SAIL IN COMFORT AND SAFETY ABOARD 48í STEEL "SCHOONER "LOON"
"Loon", a 48í steel schooner originally designed for world ocean sailing and specially built to additionally withstand the rigors of commercial fishing in the Gulf of Alaska, is now recently remodeled to accommodate eco-adventurers in comfort and safety. Far from being another plastic charter boat, or a cumbersome cruise ship, the "Loon" is a safe, solid vessel uniquely qualified to provide your party comfortable accommodation and safe passage to places otherwise unobtainable. She features a deck-level viewing lounge, a mid-ship main cabin with four, single private sleeping compartments, a commodious commode with a hot shower, and in the foícísle, a queen-size lower double berth and two single upper bunks. (The Captainís quarters are at the opposite end of the vessel behind the engine room, leaving your party undisturbed). Forward, there is a fully equipped galley and dining area. The pilot house features the latest in electronic navigation and communications equipment. First rate safety and survival gear are carried, far in excess of legal requirements. "Loon" is equipped with commercial trolling rigging and licenses, providing exciting and educational commercial fishing demonstrations. Stable kayaks are carried for shore excursions and close-in explorations.
We, as local forest residents, believe it important to provide an opportunity for the outside public to get to know first-hand their wild public lands and waters and to come to appreciate their value as wilderness habitat worthy of protection. To this end, we strive to provide a safe, leave-no-trace wilderness experience that is both fun and educational. AOA is wholly locally owned and operated by rural Alaska village residents. We subscribe to the ecotourism guidelines of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association and contribute to the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council through the Dollar-a-day conservation program.
YOUR VESSEL AND SKIPPER
AK-natural Offshore Adventures
P.O. Box 18
Point Baker, Alaska 99927