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Desolation Sound: An Adventurer's Paradise

Embark on a two-week journey around British Columbia’s stunning Desolation Sound—a place revered by mariners all over the world. This trip boasts some of the world’s most impressive fjords, along with gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and wildlife. September is also the absolute best time to go—enjoy sunny weather, the warmest water in the Pacific Northwest, beautiful fall foliage, and quiet anchorages that beat the hustle and bustle of high season any day.

Experience
the Raw Beauty of Desolation Sound

We’ve mapped out the perfect itinerary—taking you to the best stops and secret hideaways across Desolation Sound. Explore the Princess Louisa Inlet—one of the Sound’s most stunning fjords, navigate a Malibu tidal rapid, snap pictures of the powerful Chatterbox Falls, hike along Sechelt Rapids, and enjoy the calmest waters you’ve ever seen in Prideaux Haven. Your two-week trip takes you to a new place almost every day, including Poet’s Cove, Madeira Park, Princess Louisa Inlet, Egmont, Grace Harbour, Prideaux Haven, Squirrel Cove, Bargain Bay, Telegraph Harbour, Chemainus, Friday Harbor, and Bellingham.

Connect
WITH LOVED ONES

Time and time again we hear that our flotillas are the most romantic experience in a couple’s life. And we don’t doubt it. Nothing does more for a relationship than some fresh ocean air and a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life—no cellphones, no computers, and no rushing around. Whether you book a trip with friends, family, or your partner—this trip offers the peace, laughter, and adventure you need to reconnect with the people you love, and have a fantastic time doing it.

Learn about the
SOUND'S RICH HISTORY

Desolation Sound was given its name by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, who thought the rainy and remote area should be given a “desolate” name. About 200 years later, the Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park was created and today, Desolation Sound is one of the most beloved boating destinations in the Pacific Northwest. While summer months see bring up to about 100 boats at each of the popular anchorages, during the quieter early fall (when we go), you will likely get a spot all to yourself! This area is also rich in Native history: some of the anchorages we’ll stop at were once Native Villages occupied thousands of years ago. One site at Grace Harbour was so secluded, it was one of the few villages that incorporated multiple tribes. Desolation Sound also offers relatively warm water—making it perfect for swimming, scuba diving, and harvesting shellfish.

Captain
Your own Luxury Yacht

Enjoy a pristine, freshly-varnished yacht, with high-quality linens, a professional-grade kitchen, and a private sitting area—complete with all the sunrises and sunsets you can handle. The icing on the cake? You get it all to yourself. Our fleet of Grand Banks and DeFever yachts—which are all at least 42-feet long—are some of the best in the business; each boat undergoes an extensive 18-page checklist that ensures you get to skipper a near-perfect yacht.

Take Advantage
of Your Personal Crew

Whether you’re a seasoned captain or new to the boating world, the NW Explorations team will make your trip seamless. The lead boat—skippered by a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain—travels with you the entire way, giving you tips, training, and keeping your itinerary on track. The NWE team helps with whatever you need: whether it’s finding the best restaurant in town or making sure your boat is stocked with your favorite kitchen gadgets. Lastly, our certified naturalist will narrate key sightseeing spots, explain the history of local cultures and indigenous tribes, and pinpoint unique wildlife.

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CHANGE OF LATITUDE: 42′ GRAND BANKS CLASSIC

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

Change of Latitude is an absolute show-stopper! She’s beautifully equipped with custom upholstery, draperies, hi-lo yacht table, and helm electronic installation. Cruising is made comfortable with extras, such as engine synchronizers, bow thruster, ice maker, and a second refrigerator/freezer. Come enjoy your vacation in luxury and style!

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AQUILA: 42′ GRAND BANKS CLASSIC

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

Aquila boasts beautiful teak cabinetry and ultra-suede upholstery. She has two cabins, a queen island in the master aft with a separate shower and head arrangement. The forward cabin is a v-berth with filler and has a separate forward head shower. This yacht is exceptionally well-maintained and cared for, and we’re excited to have her in our fleet! She even has kayaks for you to enjoy!

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GRAND ADVENTURE: 42′ GRAND BANKS MOTORYACHT

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

Your memorable adventure starts aboard Grand Adventure. This motoryacht accommodates six people, with three beautiful staterooms, custom cabinetry for easy storage in the salon, and XM Satellite radio with surround sound, and DVD and CD player. Grand Adventure has also been recently upgraded with new interior varnish, a new furnace, new 4-stroke dinghy motor, 400-ft high-test anchor chain, freezer on the flybridge, surround sound with a flat panel TV, new Force 10 cook top/oven, new ultra-leather, stainless steel rails, Magnum 2500w inverter, salt water washdown, rudder angle indicator, high-efficiency AC/engine water heater, new lighting in the galley and helm, Tank Tender fuel and fresh water quantity indicating system, and most recently, new MasterFlush heads. We call her “Grand Adventure” for a reason—enjoy your next big adventure on this beautiful yacht!

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VICTORIA: 42′ GRAND BANKS EUROPA

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

We welcomed Victoria back into our charter fleet in 2016 and are thrilled to have her back! She has a brand-new Garmin suite of electronics, along with interior updates, including new carpet and upholstery throughout. You’ll no doubt be pleased with your luxurious and up-to-date vessel! The Europa style is well known as a great boat for cruising in the Pacific Northwest. With awnings all-around, you’re sure to stay dry, regardless of the weather. The sliding door opens up to a spacious aft deck, offering you the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or an afternoon cocktail. Come cruise in style aboard Victoria!

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HELE MAI: 46′ DEFEVER PILOTHOUSE

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

Hele Mai, (meaning “Let’s Go!” in Hawaiian) is a custom-designed DeFever Pilothouse. Her roomy and open floor plan is warm, inviting, and comfortable—regardless of the weather is outside. This Pilothouse is well-equipped and offers a separate comfortable living area for relaxing inside with friends and family. The exterior boasts a covered aft cockpit and easy walk-around side decks with high bulwarks. With a fly-bridge large enough for your entire crew, you can enjoy sweeping views of the Sound while you cruise through the water or enjoy an evening cocktail. Hele Mai is the perfect yacht for your next adventure!

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PATOS: 46′ GRAND BANKS CLASSIC

September 22nd to October 7th, 2017
Preboard 5 PM September 22nd

Patos, one of Captain Brian’s very own yachts, offers the perfect blend of size and maneuverability. With plenty of room for six passengers, Patos lets you cruise in comfort with new electronics, a roomy salon and galley, and plenty of seating and storage. Patos was recently outfitted with a brand-new diesel furnace and Furuno Navnet 3D navigation system, which displays radar, a navigation plotter, depth sounder/fish finder, and GPS with a repeater unit on the flybridge. If you’re looking to warm up inside, you can also enjoy a new flat panel TV with a DVD player and pivoting wall mount.

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ANAMCARA: 46′ GRAND BANKS CLASSIC

September 22nd to October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM September 22nd

Gaelic for “kindred spirit,” AnamCara’s name reflects her readiness to take you on a Pacific Northwest vacation of a lifetime. Her down-galley layout ensures that you and your guests will have plenty of space in the salon while underway or for an evening dinner at anchor. The stabilizers will make your time at sea even more enjoyable, and getting in and out of the dock will be a breeze with the use of the bow thruster. The twin John Deere 375 hp engines will have you comfortably cruising at 9 knots with a maximum speed of 14 knots when you need it. Take advantage of your BBQ, cooler, and hi-lo yacht table, and relax inside with your DVD player and satellite TV. AnamCara is thoughtfully and warmly appointed to make your time on the water comfortable and luxurious.

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DISCOVERY: 46′ GRAND BANKS CLASSIC

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

We’re excited to welcome Discovery back into our charter fleet! This 46′ Classic feels like home the moment you step aboard. With two staterooms and a down-galley arrangement, her accommodations are comfortable for two couples or a cruising family. The layout offers a spacious salon with the amazing visibility Grand Banks are known. With new carpet and a history of being well-maintained, you’ll be impressed with the luxurious, warm comfort Discovery offers. This beautiful and spacious vessel is perfect for long cruises to remote locations, like Desolation Sound and Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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ELDEAN: 47′ GRAND BANKS EUROPA

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

Eldean is a beautiful Grand Banks Europa with a custom interior and luxury amenities, like a wet bar refrigerator, stabilizers, bow thrusters, granite countertops, two fold-up bikes, flat-screen TV and satellite, and a complete Bose entertainment center. She was built on a semi-planing hull, which allows her to comfortably cruise between 10 and 16 knots. Book Eldean today for the trip of a lifetime!

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BONUM VITAE: 52′ GRAND BANKS MY

September 22nd to October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM September 22nd

Bonum Vitae (meaning the Good Life in Latin) has been lovingly cared for and that devotion shows in every last detail of this exceptional Grand Banks Motoryacht! The interior is extremely spacious, with a large salon, full-beam master stateroom (with full king-size bed), two additional staterooms, each with twin berths, galley down, two private heads with showers and a laundry room. Both flybridge and full-beam covered aft deck offer extensive areas for outdoor relaxation aboard.

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KOA LANAI: 55′ DEFEVER PILOTHOUSE

September 22nd - October 7th, 2017
Orientation 3 PM on September 22nd
Preboard 5 PM on September 22nd

Koa Lanai is a sight to behold! Winner of PassageMaker’s "People’s Choice Award" in 2013, Koa Lanai was newly commissioned by NW Explorations with a custom interior layout, raised TV , custom fabrics, wine cooler, granite countertops, double SS sinks, pantry, separate pilot house, and equal accommodations, making her a perfect cruising vessel for two couples. Other fantastic amenities include a trash compactor, watermaker, icemaker, an outdoor galley on the flybridge, Direct TV, bowthruster, WeatherFax, two 12′ sea kayaks, new shower massaging heads, new 100-lb Ultra anchor, and much more!

You can also take advantage of the newly-installed Raymarine I-70 wind, speed, depth and rudder instruments in the pilothouse, flybridge, and master cabin.

Book this award-winning yacht today!

Memorable

QUOTATIONS

Your efforts to keep the boats running smoothly, surprising us every day with a walk, and taking the time out to buy us a beer in the local pub, give us a car tour in the larger towns, and deliver us with bags to the airport made the adventure really enjoyable.

DON HOWELL & LIZ VENNING Returning client for 10 years

We have chartered with NWE nine times now and Change of Latitude is the best equipped boat we’ve used. Kirk was impressed by the spotless engine room and premium navigation equipment. I appreciated the quality cookware and little touches like hooks in all the right places.

CAROLYN & KIRK FRITZ Returning client for 10 years

I can say without exception we have never had an experience that came close to matching our adventure. You and your staff were accommodating and gracious at every step of our arrangements. The NW Explorations staff operates at a Ritz Carlton level of service.

JEREMY Returning client for 8 years
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Featured

MAGAZINE REVIEWS

The trip of a lifetime. That’s how everyone described my upcoming assignment to Alaska on a 10-day charter with NW Explorations. After returning I have to say, it was that and so much more… I can now say without a doubt that I wouldn’t have wanted to experience Alaska any other way. The flotilla allows clients to visit the immensely beautiful Alaskan coast independently on a chartered boat, while providing the comfort of guidance from a lead vessel (hence the name Mother Goose) and the camaraderie of fellow charterers doing the same thing.

- PassageMaker Magazine

By joining NW Explorations on one of the company’s guided flotillas, you will be embarking on an adventure with fellow cruisers–and have the comfort of knowing an experienced captain is aboard the lead vessel. Along the way, you’ll hear from the lead boat regarding native culture, local history, and wildlife. Once the flotilla arrives at an anchorage, you have the option of participating in guided on-shore and dinghy explorations, or relaxing in your chartered Grand Banks yacht. NW Explorations is a first-class operation, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Consider the fact that 70% of their charters are taken by repeat customers.

- Lakeland Boating Magazine
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Common

QUESTIONS

1 ARE THERE PLACES WHERE MY GUESTS CAN JOIN ME AND/OR DEPART, OTHER THAN AT THE BEGINNING OR END OF THE CRUISE?

Especially for some of the longer legs we offer, guests often fly in and out to join our charter clients for portions of their trip. There are certainly locations along the way where scheduled flights facilitate this happening. In other cases, we must employ the assistance of chartered float planes. There is always a way to make “crew changes” happen along the way!

2 WHERE CAN I EXPECT TO HAVE INTERNET?

Each of our legs has a detailed itinerary which will specify areas that have cellular and/or Internet service to help our clients plan ahead if they will need to check in with family or business while away.

3 WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP? IS FUEL EXTRA?

The flotilla price includes the rental of the vessel, insurance, moorage fees, and the support of the lead vessel, Deception. The lead vessel has a USCG licensed captain, a marine technician, and a naturalist. Our crew will be there to catch your lines, assist with any maneuvering needs, communicate over VHF on wildlife sightings/important sites, and even collect your garbage & recycling at the end of each day! Fuel and provisions are at the expense of the client as well as transportation costs getting to and from the specific port of call in which your vessel is moored.

4 HOW DO I PROVISION?

Each leg has a detailed itinerary which will specify locations where provisioning opportunities will be available. We do recommend for those legs that originate in Washington or Alaska and cross into Canada shortly thereafter to wait and purchase their fruits and vegetables until they have crossed into Canada. Certain restrictions apply and can change regarding these items.

5 WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

CANCELLATION FEES: (1) All cancellations must be received in writing. (2) Final payment is due 120 days prior to your departure date. If you must cancel your charter, the following terms shall apply:

Greater than 365 days: Cancellation fee of $150 per week, no proration
- 120 – 365 days: 50% of reservation deposit
- 119 – 90 days: Entire reservation deposit
- 89 – 0 days: Entire charter fee

6 WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?

Each flotilla participant is asked to fill out a Medical & Emergency Form. The purpose of this form is to provide the crew on the lead boat with valuable information to use in the case of an emergency. To the extent that the crew is able to assist, they will make every effort to do so. For those situations that are outside our level of training, we have VHF radios and a satellite phone that allow us to be in constant communication with the US Coast Guard. Although it is not a situation that we anticipate or hope for our clients to have, we are prepared to make arrangements to have guests flown out to receive medical treatment if needed.

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