M/V Adak - Captain's Quarters
Want to spend your vacation like a local? Experience Sitka, voted Alaska’s most beautiful town, aboard the Adak, profiled in Smithsonian Magazine, and owned and renovated by Brendan Jones, author of the award-winning book The Alaskan Laundry.
All proceeds from boat rentals are reinvested into this historic World War II Army Harbor Tug - the last remaining vessel of its kind still above water.
Guests will have the entire topside stateroom, complete with woodstove and private half-bath (shower is downstairs and shared with other guests), and access to the charming galley for morning tea or coffee. Start your day on the rooftop deck, the volcano visible in the distance, with otters and sea lions hanging out below, and the parade of fishing boats and floatplanes on Sitka Channel. The space was recently profiled in Ozy Magazine - check it out by searching for "Waking Up on an Alaskan Novelist's WWII Tugboat."
During the day explore Alaska’s most picturesque town (downtown is about a mile walk from the harbor and the boat is .7 miles from the entrance to the docks), take a hike, kayak, or just fish off the boat. (One of our clients caught a 30-lb. king salmon from the stern - conveniently right next to the barbecue.)
Whatever your adventure may be, rest assured there will be instant hot water, a warm fire, and a cozy memory foam bed awaiting your return.
The period galley on the Adak is outfitted with a cast-iron wood-burning cookstove, freshwater sink, gas stove, range oven, and full-sized refrigerator. Guests will also have their own mini-fridge topside. A washer dryer, and shower are also aboard.
Please note that a wooden vessel of this size and age requires constant attention and maintenance. We ask that guests notify us promptly of any problems that arise, or even anything that just seems strange, so we can make sure the M/V Adak is shipshape for the duration of your stay. Prospective guests should note that maintenance crew may board the board during the day to address guest and vessel needs as they arise.
The M/V Adak is located on the transient dock of Eliason Harbor - a 0.7 mile walk from the harbor parking lot. Our location on the outer edge of the docks provides guests with a stay in the beating heat of an active salmon trolling fleet - our neighbors include an ever-shifting array of trollers, seiners, gill-netters and long-liners, and fish processing tenders are often parked out in the channel. However, the long walk is not for everyone. Those unable or unwilling to walk the 0.7 miles down sometimes slippery docks, may better served by one of our more traditional, land based-listings: Finn Alley Stowaway or Finn Alley Raven's Nest.
The M/V Adak has passed all Coast Guard safety requirements for a sea-faring vessel as a well as review by the City and Borough of Sitka's Ports and Harbors Commission. However there are a number of quirks to be aware of as this is an antique vessel in a working harbor:
(1) This accomodation is only accessible by ladder, through a hatch from the first level to the upper level. Guests who are uncomfortable climbing a ladder and lifting their luggage through the hatch may prefer to condiser our land based listings, mentioned above.
(2) Getting on to the boat requires stepping up about 18 inches from the dock's bullrail to the ship's deck. The Harbor Master has allowed us to build steps to help guests climb aboard, but we are not permitted to fix them (or any other items) to the bullrail or dock.
(3) Depending upon the direction the wind blows, the vessel may occassionally be pushed away from the docks, creating a gap between the bullrail and the deck. Under windy conditions, this gap could require a large step outward to get on to the deck. This is due to the natural tightening of the lines from having a 300 ton vessel pulling and stretching them. Please notify us as soon as you notice a large gap. Unfortunately, is not safe for us to untie lines during periods of high wind, but we will tighten them as soon as conditons permit. This is a normal hazard of boat life and prospective guests should assess their capabilities before booking. For booked guests - please do not attempt to tighten the lines yourself.
Interaction with guests
We will be available to answer any questions you might have during your stay. We'll give you the rundown on local spots to visit, fishing holes, and best places to get fresh crab, salmon, whatever you're in the mood for. And if you're tempted to catch your own dinner, a fishing pole will be available. When we lived on the boat we routinely caught rockfish for grilled cheese sandwiches and egg frittatas in the morning.
Other things to note
There may be other guests on the boat downstairs during your stay. All M/V Lodgings share the boat's salon and galley.
Additionally, this listing contains a private half-bath (head and sink). A shared shower is located on-board.
If you are interested in booking this rental please email an inquiry or call 1-800-750-4712.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Deck / Patio / Balcony
Dishes & Utensils
First Aid Kit
Long-Term Renters Welcome
Luggage Dropoff Allowed
Rates and Availability
|Weeknight||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay||Max Stay|
|Standard Rate||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1204 / week||$3548 / month||3 nights||29 nights|
|October - AprilOct 01 2018 - Apr 30 2019||$92 / night||$92 / night||$515 / week||$1530 / month||1 night||N/A|
|MayMay 01 2019 - May 31 2019||$135 / night||$135 / night||$756 / week||$2227 / month||1 night||N/A|
|SeptemberSep 01 2019 - Sep 30 2019||$135 / night||$135 / night||$756 / week||$2227 / month||1 night||N/A|
What a memorable trip made by our stay on the Adak! The views from the boat are the best in town. By far. We caught rock fish of the top deck, as Brendan was nice enough to lend us his personal gear, and we loved watching the harbor activities (passing boats, sea lions, and about 101 bald eagles). We were privileged enough to experience all of Sitka's weather patterns. The first two days, although rainy, were magical made by the wood burning stove, quiet atmosphere, and the sound of the rain from inside the boat. The second half of our trip was sunny and beautiful so we enjoyed dinner on the patio, and the most amazing sunset I've ever seen. We both joked we never slept better then on this tugboat. The bedding was extremely comfortable, and the gentle rocking knocked us out. It was nice to have the separate quarters as we did have additional passengers with us on the lower level. My husband is 6' 4'', and had no issues with space. Obviously it's a boat bathroom so things are a little tight, but this just added to the experience for us. Sometimes its nice to be a little out of your comfort zone. Victoria was our point of contact during our stay- and was amazing! She let us check-in early as our flight arrived before the original check in, was easy to communicate with, and super sweet. The boat is located in walking distance to an adorable little coffee shack. We walked into town several times a day (about a 15ish minute walk), and enjoyed all of the best restaurants and activities that Sitka had to offer. This is a trip we will remember forever, and I truly believe it wouldn't have been nearly the experience without this quaint, authentic tugboat. Thank you so much for an amazing stay, and getting me hooked on those little caramels. :) xoxo, Brittany
Our stay on the Adak was the most unique and wonderful experience. Our host provided us with everything we needed right down to the bathrobes and slippers. Sitting on the deck in view of Mt. Edgecumbe and beautiful sunsets was therapeutic. The occasional gentle rocking of the boat as ships of various sizes came by was calming and soothing to the soul. Staying here was an experience you just can't get in a hotel room. Our visit to Sitka was enhanced by our stay in the Adak's Captain's quarters. We loved every moment of our time here.
The Adak is fantastic; truly a very special spot. It's wonderful being at the end of the dock. Beautiful views. Beautiful sunsets. We spent a lot of time just hanging out on the deck reading and playing chess (when it was warm) and in front of the cozy stove on the nights that were cold. I plan to return!
Rustic amenities (it IS a boat), but you have a shower and a toilet. You won't find a better view of Edgecumbe anywhere. Literally, sea otters and sea lions right in your front yard!
Best Place to Experience
We had a wonderful time on the tug. Best place to experience the beauty of Sitka. I’ll be back.