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The Bear Hunter was built in Sweden in 1938 as an off-shore rescue vessel for the Swedish Coast Guard. Designed to roll over and right herself, she can take on safely the most severe storm conditions. In the 1940's, she went into private ownership and pioneered the charter trade in the Virgin Islands. This lovely lady now plies Alaskan coastal waters looking after hunters and sportsmen from all over the world.


Her hull is full-keeled rivited black iron with an extra layer of ice sheathing is 59 feet in length with a 12 foot, six inch beam. The large portholes speak her charming Old World European design. Ketch-rigged, she is also powered by a 300 HP John Deere turbo-diesel engine. The Bear Hunter is comodious and comfortable. The diesel-fired hot water furnace provides plenty of hot water for bathing and cooking and powers the iron radiators throughout the boat, keeping her guests and crew warm and dry. There is a 7.5kw generator, commercial regrigeration unit, a 2000 watt inverter, 20gph watermaker along with 500 gallon diesel and water tanks which make her quite self-sufficent and capable of long cruises.


The main salon is comfortably spacious and finished with Old World nautical charm, warm wood and brass appointments abounding. You could spend many a happy hour here in rain or heavy weather watching the scenery and ever-changing sea. The generous galley is modern, shipshape and fully equipped to produce sumptious full-course meals.

Each of the three double staterooms is light and airy and has a full private bath and plenty of storage. Not everyone who sets sail on The Bear Hunter is a midget. The berths are extra-long for a good night's sleep. Indeed, there is 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom throughout the boat.

Well fitted and lovingly maintained, lubbers and sailors alike will take constant delight in this great lady. Coupled with the unforgettable seascapes, scenery and wildlife of Alaska, every hunting and fishing experience is all the more special, thanks to The Bear Hunter.


I have been in Alaska over 38 years hunting and fishing every chance I get. My biggest thrill is getting customers close to the bears or hooked to the fish.
- Joe Polanco
"The Bear Hunter"