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Reservation & Contact Information

Your Alaskan Adventure will be greatly enhanced by the quality and caliber of the craft you select. The Sumdum is designed to offer you an incredible experience: action, solitude, and luxury. Custom itineraries are expected and every effort is made to accommodate individual requests. Each night a new anchorage is selected in a quiet bay with other boats rarely in sight to disturb the overwhelming wilderness of Alaska.


$41,500.00 per week up to 9 guests, all inclusive.
Discounts for additional days.

$31,000 for 5 days charters
5 day charters typically are a concentrated voyage begin and end in the same port

$56,500 for 10 day charters
10 charters are customized inside passage trips including Misty Fjords, Ketchikan, Anan,  Petersburg,  Tracy/Endicott, Sumdum, and Juneau

Longer  term rates are negotiable – see commercial charters page

Not included: rain gear, fly fishing equipment, satellite, cellular or radio telephone charges and gratuities.

Contact Information

Capt. Bob Widness

(907) 617-6814

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


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

Reservation & Payment

Reservations should be made as early as possible due to the popularity of summer charters. Your space aboard SUMDUM is confirmed upon receipt of a 50% deposit. The balance is due 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

If notice of cancellation is received at least 1 year prior to departure, 100% of the charter fees will be refunded.  If notice of cancellation is received at least 90 days prior to departure, 75% of the charter fees collected will be refunded.  If notice of cancellation is received less than 90 days prior to departure, 50% of the collected charter fees will be refunded. All charter fees collected become non-refundable if notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of departure, even if full payment has been made.  We will reschedule your trip on a space available basis; however only 90% of any fees collected can be applied toward the balance due for the rescheduled charter dates.

Yacht Details

Yacht Information

  • Length:80′
  • Beam: 20′
  • Draft: 7′
  • Builder:Nelson Yacht / Delta Hull
  • Year Built: 1987
  • Designer:Howard Appolonio


  • Maximum # of guests allowed onboard: 9
  • Aft Guest Cabin # 1: King or 2 singles
  • Aft Guest Cabin # 2: King or 2 singles
  • Fwd Guest Cabin # 3: Queen and 1 Single
  • Fwd Guest Cabin # 4: upper/lower singles
  • Heads: 3 (electric) Showers: 2
  • Crew Berth Location: Fwd Compartment,
    which includes 1 head and 1 shower
  • Other: smoking allowed on outside decks only
    no pets.

Extras/Special Equipment

  • Skiffs available for land excursions and fishing
  • Fishing tackle for salmon, halibut & trout (limited fly fishing tackle)
  • Rubber boots in common sizes
  • Crab & shrimp pots
  • 4 double sea kayaks and 2 standup paddle boards
  • gas barbecue
  • CD stereo and satellite radio
  • TV with DVD
  • Cellular and Satellite phones
  • Hot tub
  • Water maker
  • Ice maker
  • Toiletries and hair dryers on board


  • June 1 through September 15

Dinghy Information

(We offer 2 dinghies on board)

  • Size: 17′ Type: Avon HP: 100 / 4 stroke
  • Size: 10′ Type: Avon HP: 15

 Captain and Crew

Captain: Bob Widness

  • License: 1600 Ton
  • Nationality: US Citizen


  • Three crew members consisting of the captain, first
    mate and cook
  • Languages spoken fluently: English
  • All crew members are non smoking

Yacht Specification

  • Flag: United States
  • Call Sign: WTT9518 (SUMDUM monitors VHF channel 16)
  • Engine: 2-CAT 46O HP
  • Cruise speed: 10 knots
  • Auxiliary generators: 2- ONAN 17kw
  • Water Capacity: 1200 gallons + water maker
  • Fuel Capacity: 2000 gallons
  • Diesel hot water heater
  • 2 – 15 cubic foot freezers
  • 23 cubic foot refrigerator


  • Company: St. Paul Fire and Marine
  • Area covered: Puget Sound to Yakutat Bay


  • Home port: Ketchikan
  • Other ports: Juneau, Petersburg, Sitka & Wrangell, however a dead head fee may apply and determined on cruising time and mileage
  • Boarding is 0800 on first day of charter and disembark 1700 on the last day.
  • Airport pickup: one per charter allowed on arrival and
    one for departure

Information for Guests & What to bring

Information for SUMDUM Guests

Most everything you will need is provided aboard SUMDUM, but following are some personal items you may want to bring, especially if you plan to go ashore. Temperature ranges from 45ºF to 70ºF and you should plan on some rain during your trip. Please use duffel or canvas bags that can be stuffed in the bottom of a closet, since closet and drawer space in staterooms is quite limited. Empty suitcases are difficult to store.


  • Footwear:
    While aboard: a pair of comfortable deck shoes, loafers or tennis shoes with non-marking soles, or something similar is recommended – Crocs work great for this. For going ashore it is strongly recommended that you do not bring hiking boots. Rather, we will provide a pair of waterproof, knee high boots to use during your charter (please specify size on the guest preference sheet). Should you prefer to purchase a pair, rather than use what is aboard, you can order them from Tongass Trading Company (800-235-5102). They are offered in men’s sizes only, sizes 3 and up and come in a 16” or a 13 ½” top. Insoles are also available for a better fit. The brand name is “Xtra-Tuf”.
  • Clothing: cotton or wool shirts, trousers or jeans and fleece sweaters with a light windbreaker are usually sufficient. Long underwear is generally not necessary; however some people like lightweight silk or polypro layers under their outerwear.
  • Raingear and outerwear: a coat with a hood and pants out of a breathable, waterproof material (such as Gore-Tex) is suggested.
  • Swim and summer wear: swimsuits are suggested for the hot tub and days are sometimes warm enough for a pair of shorts while fishing.

Toilet Articles

  • Hairdryers are provided on board as well as bath towels and hand soap. You should bring personal soaps and shampoos.

Fishing Gear

  • Salt-water tackle is on board along with spinning rods for fresh water. You should bring fly-fishing equipment if desired or any special lures. Fishing licenses are provided on board.


  • SUMDUM has a great library but you may want to bring reading material for spare time and cameras too. Several pairs of binoculars are available as well as a IPOD input, CD player, DVD and VHS video player if you want to bring any special tapes or discs.
  • Captain Bob Widness’ cell phone number is (907) 617-6814

Travel Arrangements

  • Flight reservations and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of our guests and should be made as soon as possible, as Alaska’s summer season is quite busy. Alaska Airlines (800) 252-7522 and Delta Airlines (800)221-1212 are the primary carriers.
  • Suggested Hotels:
    In Ketchikan: West Coast Cape Fox Lodge (907) 225-8001 toll free  (866) 225-8001
    In Juneau: Baranoff Hotel (907) 586-2660
    In Sitka: Westmark (907) 747-6241 
  • Ground transportation: One van pick up and one delivery per charter is provided. We can suggest ground transportation alternatives in Alaska’s ports. Please call Bob (907) 617-6814 for further information.
  • Float planes can be arranged for flight seeing and fly in fishing. A float plane can also be arranged to transport directly to or from the Sumdum for guests with a limited schedule.


  • A cellular phone is provided aboard SUMDUM for both outgoing and incoming calls. The cell phone number is (907)617-6814. Please note that while the phone is activated at all times, certain cruising areas where SUMDUM travels cannot receive a signal. A satellite phone is also available for use (ask Capt. Bob about details). Internet is only available through cellular service.