Bill grew up hunting, fishing and flipping hot rods in Montana. One day a friend invited him to go Sailing on Flathead Lake, Montana and life has never been the same since. Yearning for more, his two young boys and wife headed to the Caribbean to a newly purchased sight unseen sailboat to give the cruising lifestyle a whirl. Turning wrenches, doing marine mechanical repairs supported his family over the next 14 years travelling on various boats, later doing the Pacific side of the USA doing the Columbia River and eventually settled in to San Juan Island, Washington State so the sons’ would be involved in sports and finish high school. Having an established business doing marine repair, Bill also operated the Vessel Assist fleet (Now called Boat US) for the San Juan Island territory working closely with the USCG on search & rescue and salvage operations. You can imagine the tall tales of such operations and miles travelled, Bill is a story teller. Lots of bold moves and close calls in that line of business.
Remarried in 2014 to Chrystal, Bill returned to the Caribbean to operate charter boats together. Hurricanes Irma & Maria steered Bill and Chrystal to return to their roots back to the Pacific Northwest and return to their 57’ sailing ketch. Alaska has always been on the bucket list so they untied the lines in 2019 for Alaska and now call Sitka, Alaska home. Back to the land of hunting and fishing, Alaska has provided and become home under the northern lights. It is customary to raise a drink with good company for sundowner’s and raise a little yee-haw and hell-yah!!! Alaska and the Pacific Northwest lifestyle on a boat is incredible and Bill is keen to share his world with you…..especially on Bear Paw!!
Chrystal spent her youth playing billiards and managing a lighting showroom in Victoria, BC Canada. Her passion for the ocean began with her first 16’ power boat at age 20, to use as a Gulf Island hopper for the weekend get aways, packing a tent to pitch under the apple trees at Port Browning, Pender Island to enjoy the live music. Three upgraded boat later, expanding her cruising grounds, solo handed, she met Bill in Friday Habor, Wa and soon married, on a yacht of course! The shared dream of sailing away in to the sunset on a path to anywhere was the plan!! Chrystal does admit power boats are better……you never miss a happy hour destination that way! Especially when your island hopping!!
Food is Chrystal’s passion. Hands down, the reason for living. Accompanied with good company and fine drink, life doesn’t get any better. Her casual approach to dining is inclusive and your welcome to hang out in the galley!! Chrystal has taken a special interest since being in Alaska in smoking salmon. This is a perfect opportunity for guests to learn how to smoke your own fish if your out there catchin it!! Chrystal is happy to accommodate dietary needs and likes to cook from scratch…….not a box!! Homemade breads, BBQ’, fresh caught fish and smoked meats are Chrystal’s favorite items to share with guests.
Chrystal also holds a USCG license, complimenting Bill’s license which makes them a formidable team. Combined, Bill and Chrystal know the San Juan Islands’ and Gulf Islands’ thoroughly and have spent the last 3 years discovering what SE Alaska has to offer. Thousands of miles covered together and more to discover. Bear Paw is a dream come true and awaits new friends to join.
Caitlyn is a keen calligrapher and has been commissioned to design and draw a number of restaurant chalkboard menus, as well as wedding seating plans and place settings. She also enjoys keeping fit, with weight lifting and boxing being her every day go to. Caitlyn also enjoys cold water
swimming whenever she returns home in Scotland, and now happy to find cold water again in Alaska! Caitlyn finds it's great for
both her physical and mental health. Yacht interior is her main background with experiences from all over the world. She is beyond excited to start his new journey with Bear Paw Charters in Sitka this 2023 Summer Season and serves as stew and deckhand.
**BEAR PAW will operate with a crew of 3, and 4 upon request.
Pick Up Locations
Sitka Harbor or Friday Harbour
Juneau for 6+ nights
2 x 30KW Generators
1 x 12KW Nighttime generator
12kts US Gall/Hr
Alaska, Pacific NW
Alaska, Pacific NW
Starlink will be available
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# Dine In:
2 x 30KW
# Port Hatches:
Yes, aft deck only
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Salads and Soups
Classic Caesar With parmigiano-reggiano and white anchovies
Blue Cheese Wedge Iceberg lettuce wedge with dolcelatte blue cheese and gala apples, sprinkled with candied pecans and smoked Canadian bacon bits
Alaskan Seafood Chowder With clams, black cod, smoked salmon, Yukon Gold potatoes, cream and center cut bacon
Dungeness Crab Bisque
Charcuterie board and Smoked Salmon Platter
French Onion Soup
Halibut Tacos Fresh wild Alaska halibut tacos served avocado aioli, baked sweet potato fries and grilled corn on the cob
Spicy Prawn Mac and Cheese topped with arugula salad
The Alaska Crab Melt
King Crab layered on toasted house-made sourdough bread with artichoke hearts, red bell pepper and grated lemon zest
Wagyu Cheeseburgers in Paradise Need we say more??
Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad Served seared rare with lemon tarragon vinaigrette, Kalmatta olives
Dungeness Crab Fresh Alaska Dungeness crab with drawn butter, yukon golds and corn on cob
Herb-Crusted Lamb Rack of lamb with Dijon and herb crust, red roasted fingerling potatoes and bacon blue brussels.
Lemon-Chive Sockeye Salmon Freshly caught Alaska sockeye salmon, simply grilled with a lemon chive blanc and seasonal grilled veggies.
Filet Mignon USDA dry-aged prime filet mignon with a demi-glace and classic béarnaise, fully loaded mashed potatoes and asparagus
Crab-Stuffed Halibut Crab and macadamia-stuffed Alaska halibut with herbed batsami rice.
Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Jerk Style Served with jasmine rice and seasonal veggies
Wild Blueberry Tart Wild Alaska blueberry tart with lemon zest, served with iced vanilla cream custard
Cherry Chocolate Cake Warm double chocolate cake with port wine and infused cherries, served with French vanilla cream
Baked Peach Puff Puff pastry topped with thin-sliced peaches, baked and served crispy, topped with fresh Alaska berries and vanilla gelato
Crème Brûlée Classic crème brûlée with Alaskan Salmonberries, when in season!
I Love Lemon Parfait Rich lemon pie custard reinvented in champagne flutes
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(15 December -30 April)
Alaska, Pacific NW
(1 May - 14 December)
Alaska, Pacific NW
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