Saturday, March 29, 2014

No. 257 Inaugural Sailing of Island Explorer 4


Saturday March 29th Island Adventures newest vessel the Island Explorer 4  joined her bigger sister ship the Island Explorer 3 for her first whale watching tour. In her past IE4  was used as a dive boat in the caribbean and as a sight seeing boat in New York City. Over the 2013/2014 offseason staff and crew of Island Adventures as well as numerous skilled small business in and around Anacortes overhauled IE4 with new deck work, new wood work, upholstery and engines. For the next 2 weeks IE4 will be running gray whale trips from Everett and then in April head to Anacortes for the start of the Orca season. Later this summer Island Explorer 4 will be in Port Angeles, WA for humpback, Orcas, Minkes and Gray whales sightings.
Island Explorer 4 details: She is 85 ft long and 24 ft wide, with a full walk around lower deck, spacious upper viewing deck, galley with hot food and beverage for purchase, his and her restrooms, over 300 sq. ft. of outdoor rail viewing space, and has comfortable booth style seating in her indoor heated cabin.Powered by 2 next generation Cat Marine Diesel engines she is able to maintain 15+ knots all day long while being environmentally friendly, fuel efficient and meet California Marine Environmental Standards. 
Thanks to Owner Shane Aggergaard, Captain Mike & Captain Scott for inviting me down for Island Explorer 4 inaugural sailing. 

Captain Shane and that new boat smell
Captain Shane and that new boat smell 
Naturalist trade microphones for dock lines
Captain Scott secures his new ride 
Island Explorer begins her new life
IE4 ready for passengers 
Harbor Seal investigating the boat
A harbor seal checks out the new paint job on IE4 prior to departure
"Lucky 2" last passengers arrive
The "Lucky 2" make it onboard with the help of Captain Mike 
Big Sis Island Explorer 3
Island Explorer 3 on scene with Gray Whale #53 Little Patch
Gray Whale #53 Little Patch in the water of off Gedney Island, WA
Gray Whale #53 Little Patch near Whidbey Island, WA
Captain and Naturalist Michael Colahan at work
Captain Mike working the microphone and shutter button 
Captain Mike and Captain Scott working as team to find us some whales 
Fare Well Fin Gray Whale #383
Gray Whale #383 spotted in the shallows of hat Island,WA 
Fare Well Fin Gray Whale #383
Gray Whale sends us home with a deep dive fluke wave


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