Pride of the fleet returns home

Published June 21, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

This Cap Sante vantage point pictures the Island Explorer 5 (IE5) returning home to Cap Sante Marina after an evening cruise. The custom-designed, locally built vessel is 98′ long, 30′ wide with a cruise speed of more than 25 knots. She is also incredibly quiet. Twenty+ years of whale watching experience went into the design of the Island Explorer 5. She has three full walk-around outside viewing decks with cathedral bow seating that provides more outside viewing area than any tour boat in the region. There are also two large heated cabins with seating for all guests, state of the art A/V system, and large comfortable bathrooms.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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