M/V Adak - Fo'c's'le
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.
Guest's private quarters are the newly renovated Fo'c's'le on the M/V Adak- large berth in the bow of the boat. This listing currently has a double bed, a mini fridge, and a private sink. This room shines with a number of original features, including original portholes, an antique sink, and the boat's still-functional steering cables which come up from the engine room and through this berth to the wheelhouse, where they direct the boat's steering when underway.
Guests will have access to a common head (it's a marine toilet, so quite small), the salon with its wood burning stove (the only heat source in the common area), and a shared galley.
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 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.
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) The doorway into this berth is quite narrow.
(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 tighten the lines during periods of high wind, but we will tighten the lines as soon as conditons permit. This is a normal hazard of boat life and prospective guests should assess their capabilities before booking. Please do not attempt to tighten the lines yourself.
Other things to note
There may be other guests on the boat during your stay. All M/V Adak lodgings share the boat's salon, galley, and head (very small boat bathroom).
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||$115 / night||$115 / night||$644 / week||$1898 / month||3 nights||29 nights|
|October - AprilOct 01 2018 - Apr 30 2019||$58 / night||$58 / night||$324 / week||$957 / month||1 night||29 nights|
|MayMay 01 2019 - May 31 2019||$72 / night||$72 / night||$403 / week||$1188 / month||3 nights||29 nights|
|SeptemberSep 01 2019 - Sep 30 2019||$72 / night||$72 / night||$403 / week||$1188 / month||3 nights||20 nights|
Can't Wait to Come Back!
We rented out the entire Adak for a dinner party and had just the best time. Brendan was incredibly helpful walking us through the "whole-boat" booking process and working with us to meet our needs. With a fully stocked kitchen and two long tables, we comfortably hosted a sit-down meal for sixteen in the Adak's salon. The ambiance was perfect and we can't wait to come back!
Enjoyed Our Stay!
It's as cool as you'd think it is, staying on a tug boat in the harbor. We really enjoyed checking out the sealife large and small. I think my one regret would be that we did not take enough time to hang out on the Adak itself! Every evening we'd return from the day's adventures and fall into bed and I'd feel a touch guilty that we hadn't returned sooner and taken the time to relax and enjoy harbor life. I guess there will have to be a return trip!