Built with purpose.

Designed by marine architect Ed Monk to cruise the Inside Passage, the Snow Goose was built in Ketchikan Alaska in 1973 by the owner of a shipyard as his private yacht. She was modified in 1983 to be a United States Coastguard inspected passenger vessel. Captain Dan Liden bought the Snow Goose in 2006 and has been putting her to work in a variety of ways since.
  • Summer
    Summers are spent in Alaska working as a excursion vessel taking guests on 7-10 day trips; kayaking, whale watch-ing, glacier touring, site seeing, you get it…
  • Fall
    In the fall and spring she acts as a science lab for public school students near her home port of Bellingham, WA.
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  • Winter
    During the winter she is dry-docked so we can clean her up, make improvements and address anything that needs attention.
  • Spring
    We cater to public school students and environ-mental education train-ing for local universities. We also host research expeditions. In fact, we recently hosted film-maker MacGillivray Freeman and his crew as they shot an IMAX movie about Humpback Whales.

Rooms & interior

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The Snow Goose sleeps twelve guests and four crew members per trip. Each stateroom has quarters for two guests in bunk beds with a head across the hall – two with showers. All berths are below deck, each with portholes that open for additional ventilation. They are small (we like to call them cozy) and carefully detailed to make the most of the space. But as quaint as they are, you probably won’t spend much time in your cabin, as there is always something to do or see on deck. If you are traveling solo, we’ll be sure to bunk you with someone of the same gender.

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Whatever mode of transportation, we pride ourself on the quality of equipment we provide. Our custom aluminum inflatable skiff was built locally, specifically for operating in Alaska. The deep “V” hull and 90 hp outboard not only gets us to shore, but also opens the door to exploration when on the anchor. The ‘Gosling’ to the ‘Goose’, the skiff is extremely stable, reliable and a vital link to accessing the remote trails, rivers, and beaches we visit.

As a prior kayak guide, I know how a quality kayak paddles, so we’ve spared no expense on our six Carbonlite 2000 Eddyline Whisper double kayaks. They are great for beginners and advanced kayakers alike and provide the perfect way to peacefully explore remote areas on your own. We provide all the necessary equipment to make your kayaking experience the most comfortable and awe inspiring.

Safety first

The Snow Goose is one of the few United States Coast Guard Inspected Vessels of its size. To carry a USCG Certificate of Inspections, the Snow Goose is required to pass annual inspections and follow stringent guidelines to ensure the safety of all passengers. This added insurance goes beyond non-inspected vessels, allowing us to carry up to 42 passengers with the added protocol required.

Safety Equipment

One 50 passenger self inflating life raft
16 USGS approved Solas Survival Immersion Suits
3 life rings
1 horseshoe life ring
42 Type I Personal Flotation Devices
16 Type III Personal Flotation Devices
Halon fire suppression system
Coast Guard Approved First Aid Kit
4 hand held VHF radios
2 FCC certified VHF radios

Vessel Specifications

Snow Goose
Official Number
Call Sign
Passenger (Inspected and certified for 42)
Hailing Port
Bellingham, Washington
Hull Material
400, diesel
Place Built
Ketchikan Alaska
Built Date
Gross tons
Net tons
Cruising speed
8.3 knots

Machinery specifications

Fuel Capacity
2000 gallons (diesel)
Fresh Water
600 gallons with reverse osmosis water maker capable of 60 gallons/hr
Hot water
55 gallons
18kw and 10 kw
110v, 220v

Galley/salon/other amenities

Two 5 cubic foot freezers
16 cubic foot all-fridge
The galley of the Snow Goose is open to the main salon
The salon has ample outlets and seating for 16
The wheelhouse has a table and seating for 4 passengers
She has a swim step for easy loading/offloading