M/V Adak - Captain's Quarters


Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1.5


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.
The space

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.

Guest access

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

Coffee Maker

Deck / Patio / Balcony

Dishes & Utensils


Events Allowed

Fire Extinguisher


First Aid Kit



Hair Dryer


Laptop Friendly

Linens Provided

Long-Term Renters Welcome

Luggage Dropoff Allowed


Mountain View

No Smoking

Ocean View




Smoke Detector


Street Parking

Towels Provided


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



Specific Rate Details

Rental Policies and Conditions:

Payment Method Accepted:
Credit Card

For more information on how to reserve this property:
Please send an inquiry, email: reservations@sitkatravel.com or call our toll-free number 1-800-750-4712.
Online booking on the Sitka Travel website is not available at this time for this property.

All currencies are shown in USD.

Minimum Stay:
A minimum stay of 3 night required during standard rental dates. Different minimum stays may apply to special rental periods--please see the Special Rental Rates table above for details.

Special rates for two week stays are as follows:
October - April 30: $60 per night/$838 per two weeks
May and September: $87 per night/1229 per two weeks
June - August: $140 per night/$1960 per two weeks

If unit is left excessively dirty, an excessive cleaning cleaning is charged at $35 per hour, plus tax.

Extended Stay Reservations, 30 Nights or longer:
Extended Stays 30 nights or longer, 2 person limit.
Stays 30 days and longer require a Partially Refundable Cleaning Deposit of $100. On departure, your unit is cleaned, and, if needed, carpet shampooed and the costs of these services are deducted from your deposit. The costs varies with each rental and is dependent on size or rental and the status it is left in. The remainder of your deposit will be returned to you within 30 days. Some properties are not available for extended stays during the standard rental period.

To Reserve:
35% deposit required to reserve a rental, with Balance due 60 days prior to arrival.
We Accept Mastercard, VISA and Discover

No charge on cancellations made within 24 hours of booking
10% Cancellation on Stays Cancelled 60 days or greater before arrival, or departure
No Refund for stays cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival or departure

6% Bed Tax Year Round for stays less than 30 nights
6% Sales Tax Summer April 1 - September 30
5% Sales tax Winter Oct 1 - April 30
Stays 30 nights or longer are sales and bed tax exempt

No Smoking Inside Any Rental. Smoking inside will result in a $500 Cleaning Fee Automatically.
No pets allowed
Disturbance of neighbors may result in eviction without a refund.
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
Check-in time is 3PM - 12AM (midnight)
There is no WiFi at this property

You also acknowledge:
Must climb stairs
Potential for noise
Amenity limitations - Engine room and Lazarists available for viewing, but please do not touch the machinery.

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