Surfbird is a custom-built, 115 foot steel-hulled motor yacht designed from the start for expedition travel. She was built with a high bow and high bulwarks, all to keep people on and seas off the decks. She has a hard chine, full displacement hull with rolling chocks to keep the boat from rolling. She proved her sea worthiness on her 6,177 mile delivery voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Petersburg, Alaska.
She offers guests an ample salon and both indoor and outdoor dining areas on the main deck and a sun lounge on the bridge deck. Four guest staterooms offer berths for 10 people. All four offer their own heads, while the luxurious master head provides his and hers sinks, a separate WC, and a double shower. Two crew cabins, a crew lounge, and laundry area are forward on the accomodation deck. Learn more and see photos of the interior on the Accomodations page.
Surfbird was built and refit in American ship yards and is US flagged. She was launched in 2006 and extensively refit in 2011. Her propulsion is provided by twin 475 HP Detroit Diesel engines, giving us a cruising speed of 8 knots. Electric power is produced by 40 KW and 25 KW Northern Lights generators, so feel free to bring the computers, cameras, and other electronics you would plug in at home. Hair dryers are provided in each head, so you need not bring your own. Redundant water makers assure a continuous supply of fresh water. Reverse cycle heating or air conditioning is available throughout the boat.
Surfbird carries two tenders on her foredeck. The larger launch is perfect for running in to the dock, checking out that sea lion haul out, or fishing. The smaller inflatable is our beach boat. With a metal bottom, we can haul her up on the cobble beaches and drag her back into the water when we’re done tide-pooling or hiking.
Safety at sea is all about avoiding an accident. It is provided by a sound ship which is well maintained, sailing under the command of good mariners. Nonetheless, both prudence and US Coast Guard regulations require us to have extensive safety gear is on board in the unlikely event of a problem. Each cabin is provided with life jackets, as are the two tenders. The vessel has two 10-person life rafts, life rings, flares, an emergency radio beacon, satellite and single-sideband radio communications, and other safety equipment.