As lifelong Alaskans, our philosophy has always been to safely explore the coasts of Alaska, with a grateful heart to returning all wild species. We look at continuing those explorations with our clients.
Captain Dave and wife Patty Hamre, with their kids Kate and Peter, have spent 25 years exploring the Alaskan coastal waters of Prince William Sound, lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. The Hamre family has spent glorious days together in Southcentral Alaska, skiing and hiking mountain tops, exploring wild beaches, fishing, and watching migrating whales and birds.
Captain Dave obtained his six-pack captain’s license in 2016 and has 36 years of experience in Prince William Sound. His favorite place to anchor is Twin Bay for its sheer cliffs and proximity to the outer coast. It’s a prime location for a Prince William Sound cruise, for fishing, and for watching humpback whales and orcas. Dave was the Alaska Railroad avalanche expert for years, and founder of the heli-ski company, Chugach Powder Guides.
Patty’s favorite thing is motoring up College Fjord, anchoring POKI overnight in the spectacular Harriman Fjord, and kayaking with majestic Mount Muir towering above Ivy League tidewater glaciers. Patty loves hiking, kayaking and cooking locally harvested seafood. She works as a first grade teacher at Campbell STEM science school in Anchorage.
Deckhand Kate, daughter of Patty and Dave, grew up in remote Aurora Lagoon, Kachemak Bay, on the family Boston Whaler. Kate loves running around Prince William Sound on POKI’s comfort and warmth. This will be her first year as deckhand, and she is working on her captain’s license. Kate is a first/second grade teacher at Inlet View School.
Built in 2001, F/V Poki is a 40’ Pacific Trawler built in the state of Washington. The design hull by Blaine Seeley was inspired by Japanese fishing boats which have significant sheer, particularly in the bow. The interior design of the vessel was by Lynn Seynour of Nordic Tug fame.
Poki was built with exceptional production quality. From the Diamond Sea Glaze windows, to the 330 H.P. Cummins engine, to the fit and finish of the cabinetry, the quality of the build is evident throughout.
Poki is built for comfort, with a single stateroom with head forward, to the raised pilothouse, to the ample main head with shower, and aft to the combination galley/settee. Best suited as a charter for a couple, two friends, or a small family, the F/V Poki has served well over the years as a solid and comfortable expedition vessel. The aft cockpit does double duty by occasionally commercial fishing for shrimp in the spring, and serving as a platform for sport fishing and launching shore expeditions in the summer.
Typical cruising speed is in the 7-8 knot range with a lower fuel burn rate, but she is capable of higher speeds up to 12 knots, when needed. With 435 gallons of fuel and 265 gallons of water on board, Poki has both good range and endurance. She comes equipped with two kayaks, a powered dinghy, fishing gear, and other equipment that facilitate most forms of water-based recreation. She’s the perfect vessel for Prince William Sound tours.