NA’WALAK IS A KWAKWAK’WAKW WORD that means “spirit of nature”. She is a comfortable 54 foot pilothouse ketch, comprehensively upgraded using the latest systems with comfort and safety in mind. She is a very stable and stoutly built fiberglass vessel made to offshore standards. The interior incorporates four private staterooms with berthing for six passengers, and three crew. The forward stateroom is a V-berth with two single berths, which can be converted into a double. The starboard aft stateroom has a double berth, and the port aft stateroom is a single berth. There are also two mid-ship cabins each with two single berths, one of which is our crew quarters. There are two heads, each with showers. The galley holds a large refrigerator/freezer, and standard and microwave ovens. Also we can barbecue the catch of the day on deck when the opportunity arises! The entire boat is insulated and fitted with radiant and forced air heat for the occasional chilly morning.

JUST AFT OF THE GALLEY is the bright and roomy pilothouse/salon with comfortable seating for eight (six around the table). Whether gathering for a sumptuous meal, taking a turn at the helm, or ducking in from a rain shower, the pilothouse is a great place to stay out of the weather while enjoying the wraparound view. This special feature enables us to voyage comfortably in the beautifully serene off-season, while staying warm and dry.

When you prefer to be on deck you will find several cozy places to relax. You can find your spot in the sun on the foredeck or sit comfortably in our spacious cockpit, or lounge on the aft deck.

IN KEEPING WITH Emerald Isle’s philosophy of treading as lightly as possible on these delicate environments, we have forgone a noisy diesel generator, and installed a high-output wind and solar charging system, supplying the ship with ample power for your convenience. Our dinghy is charged by this same system and propelled by a silent electric motor.

WE’RE EQUIPPED with a great sailing system. Roller furling and self-tailing winches make the Na’walak easy to sail. If you want to take a turn at the helm, we have a wheel in the cockpit as well as in the pilot house.

TO HELP YOU REST EASILY we want you to know that we care about your safety. We meet or exceed all U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements. In case we need emergency communications, we have VHF radio as well as a cellular phone.


The unique beauty and sunny weather of Washington’s San Juan Islands have been famous for generations. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the nearly 200 unique islands get about half the rainfall of Seattle. The alluring charm of this archipelago is expressed both in its natural landscapes, and its diverse wildlife " above and below the water. Grass and moss carpeted hillsides give way to graceful madronas and sculpted firs. Wildflowers fill the meadows in spring and early summer. The occasional sand or gravel beach is punctuated by whimsically shaped sandstone, beckoning the kids to explore. Rich emerald waters yield fish for the grill, crab and prawns for a shore-side feast. Three groups of orca whales call the islands home during the year, chasing the salmon that migrate through. Eagles perch in shore-side trees, and a variety of seabirds cruise the bays and channels, diving for fish. Protected park land abounds with several islands devoted entirely to the marine explorer. A large variety of trails provide great opportunities for discovery. A sunny overlook, a hidden cove, a quaint one-room school house, or an abandoned lighthouse are among the myriad treasures to be found. Local artist’s galleries, restaurants, and elegant resorts with spas lend variety on the bigger islands.

With a two hour sail to the north, the Canadian Gulf Islands take up where the San Juans leave off. Similarly beautiful in topography and weather, they provide a quieter, even more relaxed experience. Myriad peaceful coves, madrona-clad sandstone bluffs, and mossy woodland trails invite adventurers. As in the San Juans, many sandy beaches lay thickly fringed with white shells; the telltale evidence of ancient village sites of the seafood eating Coast Salish people. Relax with us in a protected anchorage while one of the famous sunsets caps another memorable day.

Highlights of these tours can include:

• mild, sunny weather
• great hiking
• orca whale watching
• salmon fishing
• interesting seaside villages
• restaurants, local artist galleries, shops
• variety of marine parks, protected areas
• whale watching" humpback, orca, and porpoise and dolphins
• visiting ancient native sites
• warm saltwater swimming (Desolation Sound)
• excellent sailing
• hiking
• visiting remote seaside villages

Starting at:
USD $135 per trip
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