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Welcome Aboard the Island Caper

Step aboard the LARGEST whale watching boat in the Pacific Northwest.

The P/V Island Caper is the largest and most comfortable boat dedicated to whale watching in the Pacific Northwest. She is also one of the most comfortable tour boats on the West Coast. That is why PAC 95 "Young America" team hired us to be their VIP boat during the America's Cup sailboat races held in San Diego in 1995. We took thousands of their corporate sponsors & guests out to watch the races.

The Island Caper can handle groups up to 133. Anywhere from 20 to 120 passengers is ideal for day trips. She is an extremely stable vessel and all of our cruises are within the calm, protected waters of the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

The Island Caper features:

    • More rail space per person
    • Stability for viewing and photo taking
    • Comfortable seating both inside and outside
    • Covered upper deck (front third) for bad weather or sun shade
    • Fully carpeted throughout
    • Two large, clean restrooms located on the main deck
    • Superb sound system with 34 speakers throughout
    • Plenty of room inside and outdoors for ceremonies or entertainment
    • Wheelchair accessible with no stairs getting on or off the boat
    • Tour buses can load and unload 50 feet from the boat
    • FREE PARKING for cars and buses

The Island Caper has lots of heated inside seating for our guests. The aft cabin has tables with padded chairs, the forward cabin has davenports, arm chairs and coffee tables.

At 110 feet long and 22 feet wide, the Island Caper is a very stable cruising ship. Traveling at her normal cruise of 13.5 knots, a lot of water can be covered in a day. She has a complete galley that includes two refrigerators, two freezers, trash compactor, oven and range, two microwaves, and plenty of storage and counter space.

For overnight cruises, the Island Caper has 7 two-passenger bunkrooms and two additional heads (restrooms) below deck - one with a shower and the other with a tub/shower combination. There is also a washer and dryer.

The main deck has full walk around decks and two enclosed cabins. Both cabins have excellent outside viewing. One cabin has sofas, easy chairs, and an entertainment center (iPod, CD player, stereo cassette deck, top quality speakers, big screen color TV , DVD player and VCR) . The other cabin has tables and chairs for dining. The upper deck has plenty of seating and the forward 1/3 is covered with a sunshade offering outdoor viewing of some of the most spectacular scenes to be found.

The Caper and crew are licensed by the United States Coast Guard and fully insured. We have been cruising the waters of Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska since 1962 and would love to share our world with you.

Island Caper Details and Specifications:

• Purchased 1990 Glouster, Massachusetts. Brought to Bellingham on it's own keel thru the Panama Canal. It took thirty two 24 hour days.
• 110 feet long, built entirely out of aluminum
• 22 feet of beam, 6 feet of draft
• main power 3-12v.71 G.M.C. diesel engines, 750 horsepower each
• 3 generators-1-371-30kw 3 phase, 1 northern lights 20kw 3 phase and 1 onan 8kw
• main engines air start --- generators electric start
• top speed 21 knots, cruise speed 13.5 knots
• propellers 3- 34" by 32" – 4 blade
• air controls – 2 stations, one in pilot house, one topside
• 4 air compressors 1 driven off center main engine, 3 electric compressors
• 8,600 gallons fuel capacity
• 1,600 gallons potable water capacity
• 65 gallons lube capacity
• 50 gallons hydraulic oil capacity
• 2 horse power salt water pump, 2 horse power fresh water pump
• 5 horse power fire pump, 5 horse power main bilge pump
• anchor tackle, 100 feet of 5/8" chain, 600 feet 1/2" cable, 350 lb. navy anchor
• 1 - 600 foot 1" amstel emergency line
• power capstan aft deck
• 1 -16 foot telescopic crane (for lifting skiffs topside on northern trips)
• electric heat and hotwater heat throughout boat
• potable hot water capacity 135 gallons
• washer-dryer
• complete galley
• 60 cubic feet of refrigeration, 35 cubic feet freezer capacity
• 7 guest bunk rooms, 2 beds each, 1 crew bunk room 3 beds
• 4 heads (2 topside with toilet and basin, 2 heads below deck, one with toilet, basin and shower, one with toilet, basin, shower and bathtub)
• 132 valves throughout vessel, 128 switches throughout vessel
• 4' by 18' boarding step at stern with stair to aft deck
• 1 - 16' loading ramp
• TV, VCR, CD, tape player, DVD player and AM/FM radio
• U.S.C.G Licensed 149 capacity
• front half upper deck covered with bimini top
• ENGINE AND GENERATOR ROOM TOURS AVAILABLE
• Navigational equipment

If you have questions, please contact us at mariner@orcawatch.com or call (360) 734-8866 or 1-877-734-8866.

Island Caper Photo

Island Caper forward cabin

Island Caper aft cabin 1

Island Caper aft cabin 2

Island Caper pilot house

Island Caper bunkroom

Island Caper galley

Island Caper engine room

Island Caper generator room

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