Commercial Charters 2016-12-30T17:31:41+00:00

Commercial Charters

Rates are varied depending upon job task, duration, and season.

Please contact Captain Bob for more information.
907 617-6814
Alaska Yacht Guides, LLC of Ketchikan, AK
DUNS# 133883707


General business

Alaska Yacht Guides will make available the vessel Sumdum and crew that meets or exceeds the job requirements.  Alaska Yacht Guides maintains year round P&I insurance as a 12 passenger 136 ton vessel. The combination owner/operator  better ensures a successful contract due to vested interest. Both the captain/owner and cook/deckhand have a long history with the vessel. Both crew members have served aboard this vessel for hundreds of days over a period of years for the cook/deckhand and 30 years for the captain/owner. The proposed crew has worked a majority of 12hr days in this capacity. The crew is highly trained in shipboard safety (see crew licenses and certificates). Other considerations are the both the crew and the Sumdum have lived and operated in the Alaska region extensively (30+yrs) and have an intimate knowledge of weather ,tides, terrain and other critical factors for safe operations in Alaska. Crew members have also worked towing vessels in the winter months in Alaska. The vessel is based year-round in Ketchikan and has routinely traveled throughout all of Southeast, South Central, PWS and the gulf regions around Kodiak.


Vessel characteristics, configuration and capabilities:

Sumdum is a 80’ LOA vessel primarily engaged in the passenger carrying/adventure sightseeing/camp logistics business. Sumdum was originally designed and constructed for multiple day charters in Southeast Alaska. Her hull is of fiberglass with aluminum deck and superstructure. Powered by twin 3406 Caterpillar diesels, Sumdum has two auxiliary diesel generators (17kw) in sound shields and has a 2000 gallon fuel capacity. She can travel and stay at sea for multiple day trips (approx. range 1600 nm). Potable water tanks total 1200 gallons with an additional 600 gpd water maker. A large 1750A battery bank with inverter power can sustain long periods of usage without need for running an auxiliary generator. Sumdum is economical to operate as her mains easily push along at 9 knots at about 10 gph. She can travel at continuous speeds of up to 12knts.

The cabin deck has 4 separate staterooms with sleeping quarters for 8 passengers plus 2 guest heads w/showers and 3 crew bunks + 1 crew head w/shower. The sleeping quarters are in 2 separate compartments with each stateroom having its own carbon monoxide detector. A large salon with dining and relaxing is on the main deck open to the galley. A Large table for office/map work is in the salon area as well one in the pilot house area. There is a day head on main deck as well. The galley is all electric with full size range, refrigerator, dishwasher, trash compactor and microwave. There are two 15 c.f. deck freezers and 2 additional 10c.f. refrigerators topside. Topside on the boat deck is a covered seating area and BBQ. Two outboard powered rigid inflatable boats (17’ and 10’) are complimented by 4 double kayaks. Sumdum is equipped with a 10 man SOLAS “A” survival canister raft with hydrostatic release and a CAT 1 EPIRB. A 2000# hydraulic davit with pennant controls launches the skiffs as well as loads heavy equipment on deck. The walk-in engine room serves as a gear drying room for damp clothing and equipment. A washer and dryer are on board as well. Sumdum is comfortable and well appointed with safety features for offshore work and is veteran of such. She and her captain have traveled from Kodiak to Mexico and have been a work platform for National Geographic (offshore pub. 11/96), Scripps Aquarium (species collections), U.S. Navy (hydro acoustical surveys), Federal Aviation Administration (logistic support), Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and the University of Alaska. Deck and equipment configurations are customized for the voyage – consult Captain Bob for more information.


  • Capacity to sleep 8 personnel in twin XL size beds with day capacity up to 12
  • USCG Stability letter
  • 6 watertight compartments with alarms and pumps
  • Communications -3 vhf radios, 3 hand held vhf, SSB w/weather fax, satellite phone w/data (Iridium), wifi ATTcellular
  • 2 radars, 2 gps, 2 depth sounders, chart plotter w/ AIS
  • Fixed Halon fire suppression system in Engine compartment and lazarette
  • 1 ½” fire pump w/ hose
  • Separate 1750A house battery bank for emergency use 10+ hrs, plus back-up emergency battery for VHF and emergency  lights
  • SOLAS “A” pack 10 person life raft with float free bracket and hydrostatic release
  • Survival suits for 10 persons
  • automated external defibrillator, BP cuff and medical oxygen tank
  • Crew – captain and cook/deckhand both licensed (1600 & 100 respectively) and certified in many other marine aspects (see resume’ section).
  • 2 RIB skiffs (17’ & 10’)carried aboard
  • 2000# hydraulic crane davit with wireless pennant controls
  • Crow’s nest with mounted Fujinon 25×150 binoculars for spotting/observations
  • Several hundred square feet of deck space for cargo with additional dry cargo capacity
  • Full size washer and dryer

Contact Information

Capt. Bob Widness

(907) 617-6814

Postal address
P.O. Box 7462, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Electronic mail

Captain Bob Widness
M/V Sumdum Telephone : (907) 617-6814