Refits and Upgrades Continue

Captain Neil has completed the installment of the Oak finishing and Oak cabinets. A great compliment to the scotch locker!


Great Weather is Finally Here!

Finally - warmer weather and awesome views. Humpbacks are around as are dolpins, sea lions and orcas.


The Kraken is booked up July and through to the middle of August however we expect some good weather through to October. There are also a few spots in June. Contact us soon if you have a date in mind!!

Surrendering to Social Media

We have avoided it for years - probably because we feared it. But after much pressure from friends, clients and our industry network we are going down that rabbit hole. Remarkable considering has been up and running since the dawn of the World Wide Web  

Clearly its way to help get our message out, stay in touch with everyone and stay in tuned with changes in the business. As such we are slowly learning what a tweet is, how to share interests and promote the Ocean Sciences through picture sharing and basically swap virtual postcards with portals like Facebook. 

Be patient with us, it's still a learning process but help support our efforts to emerge from the dark ages by connecting, linking, liking, and joining our social media accounts. We promise to not abuse or post stuff we ourselves would likely avoid reading. 

We are already on board with Twitter (@MVKraken) and Pinterest, soon to follow will be Facebook and Instagram (baby steps). Look for the social media icons at the footer on all of the pages on this site and our sister site

Thinking About Buying a Boat?


Boats - of any size - are expensive and require a lot of maintenance. And quite frankly until you actually own a boat you can never really grasp how much we are talking about, just ask any boat owner. Here is a short list of just some of the expenses boat owners inevitably face:

  • Moorage ($3000-7000 /yr depending on length)
  • Insurance ($700-2000 /yr)
  • General Maintenance (average $1500-2000)
  • Fuel
  • Vessel Depreciation (about 30% a year)

There is also the unavoidable repair and restorative work which is above and beyond general maintenance costs - I say unavoidable because salt water is one of the most corrosive elements on the planet. That and the fact all mariners will at some point hit, rub, ground, bump or abuse (intentional or not) their vessel - it's not a matter of if, just when. Count on putting away a minimum 10-15% of the value of your vessel every year for repair and restorative work.

Occasionally people comment that chartering a vessel seems pricey, at least compared to renting a condo, hotel or car for a week. Boat costs are part of the reason. If on average you expect to get out on a boat 3-4 weeks a year and an occasional weekend - chartering a vessel is still a far less expensive option. For example - on average a boat owner and his family may get out on their boat 3-4 weeks of the year (consider a 2 week vacation in the summer and a few weekends). To charter a small yacht similar to the Kraken for that time would cost much less than the annual maintenance, repair and general costs of owning a vessel. Not too mention you are not paying for the depreciation of a vessel nor are you mandated into committing the time and energy required to keeping a vessel up.

My intention is not to discourage anyone from purchasing a boat - just be realistic about what you are getting into. Consider chartering a vessel first - and specifically booking our ShipMasters Excursion - we will give you a comprehensive introduction to every aspect of not only owning and maintaining a large pleasure craft or small yacht, but how to run one competently as well.

Captain Bill

Kraken Crew Gear

Soon we will be offering Kraken Crew Gear - comfy yachting apparel branded with our stylish logos. Check back soon to order your favourite gear.

Another Scotch Fest

The Wiser Boys are back this month to begin their fourth year of monthly Parting Glass tours. Every meeting has been an honour to host for these scotch aficionados while they sample the finest of single malts. As the grand poobah of the group put it - a wiser time has never been had.

CYA Friday night.

Kraken Crew

The 2017 Season Begins!

An All Season Vessel

To begin - would like to mention that the MV Kraken cruises year round. By October we install our canvas walls to enclose the lower and upper decks. The high end 40 Gauge Strataglass Vinyl windows maintain optimal viewing for our passengers whilst keeping the heat in. Both outside decks and cabins are heated so you stay warm and dry for your adventure.

2017 Season Starts Soon!

The 2016 is quickly coming to a close as are the prime tour times for 2017. With new trips and great destinations coming online reserve your trip early.