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The Babkin

Explore the pristine coastline, forests and glaciers of Prince William Sound aboard the M/V Babkin , a comfortable fifty-eight foot motor yacht and licensed Oceanographic Research Vessel operated by the VonWichman family out of Whittier. It has three cabins each with a lower double and upper single bunk comfortably accommodating 6 adults or more including young children. The Babkin has two heads and one shower. For private departures and family groups the spacious lounge also converts into a comfortable bed for two more persons. The Babkin was built in Tacoma, Washington in 1997 and was christened with a bottle of champagne provided by Wildland Adventures on its inaugural voyage. The M/V Alexandra is a forty two foot fishing and oceanographic research vessel that is also available for small, private parties or for larger groups to charter both yachts. It has one forward cabin with four bunks. In the modest yet comfortable lounge the dining table can be converted to a bunk. We prefer the Alexandra for small groups of three to four persons. Please note the Alexandra does not have a shower.

Captains Alex and Brand Von Wichman were among the first Alaskan vessels on the scene to assist with wildlife recovery during the 1989 Valdez Oil spill. Since then they have are routinely hired out by the US Forest Service, Alaska Fish and Wildlife Service, universities, and the US Geological Survey to support research and conservation programs. They maintain a commercial fishing license on the Alexandria. Their life experience in Alaska, including many trips with research scientists and annual commercial fishing and crab expeditions, has given them a depth of knowledge and unique insights into the wildlife, ecology and way of life in Prince William Sound that they thoroughly enjoy sharing with Wildland travelers.