Come aboard Zephyr for an educational 4 hour tour on this unique working expedition ship. Based in Pleasant Harbor marina, this small ship tour will take us out into picturesque Hood Canal fjord with a backdrop of snow capped Olympic mountains. We'll start with a tour of the vessel, its living spaces, engine room, and the equipment on deck. We'll do a safety brief with instruction on how to don lifejackets, describe line handling, and with help from volunteers, depart the dock for a cruise in the fjord. Captain Ron will invite you into the pilothouse to share the workings of the marine electronics - VHF Radios, RADAR and navigation software. First Mate Ashley will spread out snacks and refreshments prepared in the galley. Bring your camera, binoculars, all-weather clothing, sunglasses and a sense of adventure; you never know what you might run into.
The 25 mile cruise will take us into Dabob Bay, then across to the Toandos Peninsula and then North up to the Kitsap Naval base. Our tour route may change due to Navy vessel activity and submarine movement. From Kitsap we will travel down to Seabeck, and then back across the canal to Pleasant Harbor.
Come away with knowledge about ways marine scientists are studying the Salish Sea and stories of Zephyr's adventures operating in the open Pacific and Alaska. Zephyr is a working research vessel and guests are expected to take care with respect to the working environment, wear proper footwear, warm clothing and a learning attitude.
Pricing starts at $600 for a group of up to 4 people. We can take up to a maximum of twelve guests. Cruises can also be upgraded to include a delicious dinner.