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General Information

Meticulously fitted to combine the finest blend of luxury, comfort and utility, the 65-foot classic working yacht gently sails you into one of the world’s richest marine environments. Named after one of Captain Cook’s ships, the Discovery’s atmosphere is one of charm and style.

The Discovery is fully Certified and inspected by the US Coast Guard. Powered by twin diesel engines and two generator sets, safe travel and reliable electrical power are ensured. Captain Dean Rand and his experienced crew are concerned with your safety and trained to ensure it.

Considered by many to be one of the most knowledgeable mariners in Prince William Sound, Captain Dean Rand’s extensive involvement with a broad range of scientific research conducted throughout the Sound have provided him with a well-rounded background in the region’s natural history. Dean is a master shipwright and marine mechanic with more than 30 years of full-time service in the marine trades on the Alaska coast. The past 17 years have been exclusively in Prince William Sound.

The friendly crew were hand-picked and are dedicated to enriching your Alaska experience. The Discovery crew typically includes one to three canine members that are also seasoned veterans of Prince William Sound.


The lower deck includes sleeping accommodations for up to twelve guests in six cabins, plus crew quarters, two bathrooms with hot showers, and stowage space. Guests can readily view and photograph the panoramic scenery and marine life from the ship’s complete walk-around deck and expansive windows. Unlike the cumbersome cruise ship giants, the Discovery’s size enables access to Alaska’s lesser traveled, more intimate inside passages. Well equipped for travel in Alaska’s wilderness, the Discovery safely charts the Sound’s remote waterways.

The Discovery provides 110-volt Type B outlets for recharging camera batteries, etc.

A tantalizing menu of carefully prepared, home-cooked meals await you on the Discovery. The upper deck salon is surrounded by large windows creating a magnificent natural dinner theater. Depending on the season, meals feature fresh local seafood such as Copper River king salmon, sockeye salmon and or halibut, oysters, shrimp, and rockfish. The tastefully prepared main courses are served with fresh quality vegetables, home made breads and rolls, soups, and fruit (organically grown ingredients are used whenever possible). Beverages include fine wines, quality beer, juice and milk.

Deck Plan

Each of the six cabins has an upper and lower single berth, a small clothing closet, and drawers for your personal belongings. The two shared bathrooms located on the lower deck provide complete facilities including a hot shower.

Note: Deck plan, cabin arrangements, and cabin amenities are subject to change by ship operator. Deck plan diagrams are not drawn to scale.