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The Alaska Dawn is a sixty five foot expedition trawler designed to take small groups into remote areas with all the comforts of home. Little Hoquiam Shipyard has been building safe and reliable commercial and charter vessels since 1971 These vessels are proven tough in Alaskan waters. In fact, a great many of our commercial fishing vessels in the Kodiak and Homer fleet are made from the same mold as the Alaskan Dawn. In this case, Little Hoquiam made not only a tough and sea worthy vessel, but one with all of the comforts of home.

The interior is well laid-out, and boasts three private staterooms, all with their own heads and showers. Two of which have both a double bed and a single while the forward room has two single beds and its own bath. The living area very is comfortable, and is heated by an oil-fired stove, which keeps the area warm and cozy. It has a great panoramic view for guests to enjoy the sights while traveling with us on this epic adventure.

Safety gear includes top of the line electronics, an EPIRB, satellite phone, life jackets and flares, survival raft, survival suits, and a top of the line fire extinguishing system. The vessel packs 2100 gallons of fuel and 900 gallons of water.

The wheel house on the Alaska Dawn also offers a beautiful leather sitting area, leather Knoedlen helm chairs and a L settle and table in the Pilothouse. There is a day head on the back deck for while fishing. The boat is equipped with trolling valves and down riggers for salmon fishing. On the back deck there is a hydraulic davit with a pot puller set up to retrieve shrimp and crab pots and a large swim step which makes loading and unloading passengers to and from the skiff very easy. On the roof we have smaller skiffs that we launch with a hydraulic crane so that we can then access the rivers and back bays where the big boat cannot go. Everything on board including the engines and equipment is very well maintained and upgraded to keep us safe and running during our trips.

  • Luxury 65 foot expedition trawler

  • Three private staterooms all with their own heads and showers

  • Social room with oil-fired stove

  • Technology packed safety equipment

  • Smaller skiff launch access (for places the boat can’t go)

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Our Alaska specialists are here to help you get the most out of your Alaska bear & wildlife photography cruise.

Dan M Lee Professional Photographer

Dan M Lee

Professional Photographer

Dan has been a professional photographer for many years with experience in many genres of photography, however his real passion is in travel and wildlife. He has been published across the globe and will be there each day to help you get the best shots.

You can order a signed copy Dan’s new book, Creative Photography : The Professional Edge on his website 

Paul Brand

Alaska Dawn Captain & Host

Your guide and host Paul Brand has been running trips through some of Alaska’s most breath taking areas for the last twenty years. Paul has vast knowledge of Alaska and his love for the ocean and mountains that surround the Alaska coastline and is an unbelievable resource. Paul will help us find many of the states untouched areas.


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