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Bear Paw 90.00ft/27.00m

From $36,000 pw
Motor Yacht
Custom 1967
6 Guests
3 Crew
3 Cabin(s)
3 King(s)

Welcome aboard our 90’ steel hull custom built expedition Charter Yacht M/Y Bear Paw serving the San Juan Islands, Washington State to the South East Alaskan waters. M/Y Bear is launching for service spring of 2023.M/Y Bear Paw is focused on showcasing all that the Pacific Northwest and South East Alaska has to offer. Spring brings in the herring run which attracts hundreds of whales and thousands of birds to the Sitka area and beyond, appropriately known as a photographer’s paradise. Early summer brings out the waking Brown Bears and the King and Chum salmon runs begins. Sitka, Alaska, boasts to have one of the strongest King Salmon runs in the state. Late summer leading in to fall, the bears are fluffy and well fed with the continuation of King, Sockeye, Chum and Coho salmon runs that attract various other species whom all capitalize on this annual event. There is no set schedule and the vessel can go in to places that large cruse ships cannot go. This is a personalized experience depending on the guests needs, interests and activity level. An elevator is available to serve all three decks on board for any guests with limited mobilities. A wide range of activities like hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, fishing and setting shrimp and crab pots for the daily catch is a way of life. To sit back, relax and enjoy a book, or watch the shorelines go by while underway……you will birdwatch and find countless species like sea and river otters, humpback whales, orcas whales, porpoises’, stellar sealions, harbor seals, bald eagles, hummingbirds and we will discover some local natural hot springs too!

Accommodation Details
This is a luxury expedition charter vessel like no other. Spacious king size walk around staterooms with luxury cotton linens and ensuite heads with stand-up showers is an eyebrow raiser to say the least. No one stateroom outshines the other and are fairly equal. A two-person elevator is available for guests whom have limited mobility. There is no off-limit area for guests who have limited mobilities. Ceiling height is 7’ throughout and the interior is immaculately adorned with mahogany woodwork and high-end furnishings. Relax and allow your crew to take care of you

All walk around king staterooms with dry heads.
7' head room throughout
Bar, electric recliners + electric sofa
20' Boston Whaler Outrage tender
Cruising Area of Bear Paw
Pref. Pick-up Sitka Harbor or Roche Harbour
Other Pick-up Inquire
Summer Port Sitka Harbor, Alaska
Summer Operations Alaska,Pacific NW
Winter Port Roche Harbor, Washington
Winter Operations Alaska,Pacific NW

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $36,000
High price: $45,000

The high and low prices of this yacht depend on both the number of guests and the traveling season. Contact us for exact pricing.

Yacht terms: Inclusive

Contact us for specific pricing for Bear Paw.


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Crew Number 3
Crew Smoke Inq
Captain Bill West
Nationality USA
Born 1968
Speaks English, American Sign Language
License USCG 200T
Crew Chrystal Rozander
Nationality USA
License USCG 200T

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.


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


Lunch Options

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

Length 90 Feet
Beam 21.6 Feet
Draft 10 Feet
Built 1967
Refit 2011
A/C Full
A/C Night Yes
Nude Charters Yes
Hairdryer Yes
Guest Smoke Yes, aft deck only
Children Allowed Yes
Inverter yes
Voltages 120v
Jacuzzi Yes
Water Maker yes
Water Capacity 1400 Gallons
Ice Maker Yes
Internet Access Onboard WIFI
Generator 2 x 30KW
Turnaround 24
Engines D343 Cat 2 x 30KW Generators 1 x 12KW Nighttime generator
Guests 6
Cabins 3
Crew 3
King 3
Showers 6
Wash Basins 7
Heads 7
Electric Heads 7
Salon Tv/Dvd Yes
Salon Stereo Yes
DVDs yes
CDs bluetooth
Board Games Yes
Books library
Other Entertain
Yacht is wheelchair accessible, but does not meet ADA requirements. Please inquire for more info.
Special Diets Yes
Kosher No
Dinghy (Feet) 21'
Dinghy Hp 150HP
Dinghy Pax 16
Standup Paddle Yes
Boarding Ladder Swim Step
Fishing Gear Yes
Gear Type Inquire
Fishing Rods 12
1-Man Kayak 2
2-Man Kayak 2
Other Toys
Kayaks, hobie kayaks, paddle boards, fishing, crabbing, shrimping. Guests must purchase fishing license in advance.
Rods and reels will be provided, guests are encouraged to bring lures. Crab and shrimp pots are provided. Inquire for more details.
Scuba Yacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air Compressor Not Onboard

Sept 2023 Alaskan Charter

My family had the most amazing Alaskan charter experience aboard Bear Paw! Captain Bill and Chrystal's expertise was far far beyond my expectation. They made my family feel comfortable, safe, fulfilled and loved. A thousand "thank you's"! would not scratch the surface of expressing my gratitude. We are truly blessed to have connected with you.

What a blast!

Thank you for opening up your home to us and showing us this beautiful part of the world! The paddle boarding was a blast!! Thank you for your efforts and it was truly enjoyed and appreciated. The food was delicious and plentiful. Thank you for the hard work you put in on the boat. I am sue there were challenges, but we certainly did not see them Your generosity and hospitality provided a great example of boat life!

All the best,
Matt, Melanie & Katherine

Amazing Vacation!

After I booked 6 nights, I began to have questions. Could we spend 6 nights in tight quarters with these two strangers and all get along? Could just the five of us (including 2 teen boys) all get along?? Would we get seasick? All my fears and apprehensiveness melted away as soon as we stepped foot on the boat and met Bill and Chrystal. From start to finish, Bill and Chrystal couldn't have been more gracious or accommodating.

Bill and Chrystal have a true gift of being able to read their guests. They truly want to please you and make this a trip of a lifetime. As I look to returning home, I know I will miss waking up on this amazing boat and being taken care of by Bill and Chrystal. We had an amazing vacation. Thank you with all of our hearts!!

Best vacation of our lives

We have been planning this trip for so long, and you both have made it a dream come true!! From the moment we got on the boat, we knew we had the best crew ever!! All the food and drinks were amazing - Chrystal made everything look effortless. I love watching Bill and Chrystal's teamwork. You can tell they truly love what they do and are good at it! We went to so many memorable places and we love all the recommendation and fly by the seat of your pants changes due to the weather.

Thank you for making this experience better than we could have imagined. You two truly made this the best vacation of our lives!!

Until we see you again!!
Krista and Clay

Dynamite Duo

Bill and Chrystal...what a wonderful trip!!! It was the adventure of a lifetime for the four of us. We loved everything about this week and the wildlife delighted us! Chrystal's fantastic cooking kept us happy, full, and marveling how she could create such culinary deliciousness in a the galley of a boat. Bill's masterful captaining kept us on-course and successfully finding the most beautiful anchorages.

Thank you Bill and Chrystal for taking such good care of us - for inviting us into your home with such warm hospitality and custom tailoring our itinerary to perfection. You are a dynamite duo!!
With love & gratitude,
Cynthia, Erich, Devin and Annika


Thank you for such and amazing vacation. We enjoyed everyday of our stay. The food, excursions and scenery were fantastic. Would love to do it all over again!
Meredith, Hunter, Grace, Alexander & Caroline

Fancy Nancy

Just wow!! My day trip experience on Bear Paw was amazing! Fabulous food and the yacht was over the top!! Loved the firepit area and my friends loved it!


Amazing! Can't speak enough of how amazing this trip is and how wonderful Bear Paw is! Thank you for showing us your world Bill and Chrystal!


Unforgettable Experience in the San Juan Islands

For those who have never charted a yacht, Bear Paw is a great place to start. After you’ve cruised with Bear Paw, you’ll likely want to charter them again. I chartered Bear Paw for a three-night, four-day cruise of the San Juan Islands. Most people who visit the San Juans see only the islands accessible by the Washington State Ferry system—Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Shaw. Yet, there are more than 172 named islands and reefs and, in low tide, the number rises to 450 if you include exposed rocks and small islands. Many of the islands not accessible by public ferry have public parks that can be reached by private boat, such as Stuart, Jones, Lucia, Clark, Patos, and Matia. Having been to the San Juans by public ferry many times, I wanted to experience more of the San Juans.

Bear Paw can get to these places but it also offers an amazing on-board experience. Bill and Chrystal are both seasoned Captains. Between them you’ll hear true stories of life on the sea. Bill has worked in many capacities at sea, including many years rescuing mariners who ran their vessels onto rocks. With him at the helm, there is no need to worry as he knows all rocks in the Salish Sea! Chrystal serves are First Mate, Chief Hospitality Officer, and Head Cook. (She too has Captain credentials and crewed her own boat for many years.) Chrystal strives to ensure guests never go hungry. The meals are creative, colorfully plated, and plentiful. Our group loves seafood, and seafood we had! Fresh crab, spotted prawns, black cod, salmon smoked by Chrystal, and halibut were some of the delectables we were served.

The yacht is very comfortable, with only 3 guest cabins. For a 90 foot yacht, having so few guest cabins means lots of space. Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom with a marine-size shower, conventional flush toilet, and small sink. There was plenty of closet and drawer space for two of us. The king-size bed was super comfortable. Each guest cabin has a king-size bed, so the yacht is ideally suited for couples or friends who don’t mind sharing a bed.

Bill and Chrystal anchor the yacht every night. This ensures a quiet sleep. Commercial small boat cruises often cruise during the night or start out at sunrise, which means engine noise. Bear Paw favors the slower paced cruise life over cranking out the miles.

Most of the main deck is devoted to the dining and living space. If the weather is cool, this is a great place to sit, sip on coffee, and gaze out the many windows. The upper deck has a seating area with an outdoor fire pit. At night, I enjoyed sipping on wine and gazing at the full moon and its reflection on the water.

I consulted with Chrystal to put together the itinerary. One of my party had never been to the San Juans. Another only once, and the rest of us had been there numerous times. We decided to include a standard stop, a new stop, and a unique experience. In between, we cruised past islands looking for wildlife and whales.

On our first evening, we tendered ashore at Roche Harbor to view the Colors Ceremony, a tradition since 1957. The next morning we tendered back to Roche to hike to Afterglow Vista and then on to the outdoor sculpture garden. In the afternoon we stopped at Stuart Island for a rigorous hike to the old schoolhouse and then on to the lighthouse. The last full day Bill ran us out to the Smith and Minor Island Aquatic Reserve in the “rib” (a fast, inflatable, double-hulled boat with GPS instruments). Few people ever get to these exposed islands. With a flat sea that day, we were able to visit. It was a truly special experience! We saw seals, cormorants, eagles, gulls, and guillemots. (Other times of the year puffins and rhinoceros auklets nest there.) On the return, we went through Deception Pass and then on to our night moorage off Lopez Island. On our fourth day it was drizzling, so we opted for a leisurely cruise back to Friday Harbor. On the way we looked for whales, seals, and eagles.

We were sad to disembark! The next stop for Bear Paw was Alaska. One day I hope to travel with Bill and Chrystal to see bears and experience the beauty of Alaska. They both know Southeast Alaska quite well, having worked in many capacities (including the fishery) prior to starting their charter business. I can’t imagine any better people to travel to Alaska with.