Yacht Sea Star – A Small Ship Cruise Vessel

M/V Sea Star

Sea Star shines as the perfect vessel for your Alaska voyage combining graceful style with personal comfort and safety in mind. With plenty of space to stretch out inside and on deck, there are various places to view wildlife while not feeling cramped.


  • 12 guest passenger capacity
  • 4 guest staterooms each with a private en-suite bathroom (head)
  • Plenty of space above and below decks including a wrap-around covered side teak deck
  • Large open bow and settee for wildlife viewing
  • Ocean going vessel with stabilizers for a smoother ride
  • Twin Caterpillar engines for a cruising speed between 10 and 12 knots, maximum speed 16 knots
  • Ability to safely navigate through the various Alaskan passageways, channels, inlets, and coves that are inaccessible by larger cruise ships
  • Generator turned off at night for a peaceful night’s sleep


This mint condition classic small ship cruise yacht was designed by J.B Hargrave of West Palm Beach and built by the Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1965. Sea Star (originally named Aquarius) was the largest built all-welded aluminum yacht of its time for the rich and famous as a pleasure craft.

The Yacht’s Interior

Main Salon

Main Salon

Relax in the spacious main salon complete with large viewing windows, comfortable couches, and a table with four chairs for morning coffee, card games in the afternoon or evening drinks while reading a book.


** Currently Under Renovation **

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Dining Salon

Dining Salon

The dining salon is well appointed with wrap around windows and a grand teak dining table. Complete with a large settee, wet bar with sink, refrigerator for cold beverages throughout the day, and a coffee/tea station. The dining salon will provide the perfect atmosphere for enjoying conversation, hors d’oeuvres, and all gourmet meals.


** Currently Under Renovation **

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Come visit the captain and sit on the elevated bench seat while enjoying the beautiful scenery and looking out for whales and other exciting Alaska wildlife.


Sea Star’s large commercial grade galley allows our chef to create elegant dishes throughout the day.


Accommodations aboard Sea Star are wonderfully unique for a small ship cruise vessel of this size. Our guest cabin accommodations are comprised of 4 unique staterooms each with a private head (bathroom) and storage drawers.

The lovingly designed cabins and heads feature opening portholes (windows) allowing for the fresh sea breeze to circulate throughout the cabin space while keeping pesky bugs out, should they be present, with fully fitted screens. We are pleased to offer our guests with fully opening portholes, that many other small ship cruise vessels of this size lack, preventing your cabin from becoming “stuffy” during a nights rest in your warm cozy berth .

All fine linens, pillows and towels are provided for your carefree comfort.

~ Private Head (Bathroom) with Shower
~ Opening Portholes (windows) with Screens
~ Fine Linens, Pillows and Towels

The four guest staterooms on Sea Star can accommodate up to a total of 12 guests.


Outside Deck

Sea Star includes a partially covered all-around teak deck with a large forward settee just in front of the pilothouse. Guests can take in the abundant Alaskan wildlife viewing opportunities with this spectacular 240 degree view from the spacious open bow area.

Sea Star – Specifications


Vessel Manufacture: The Burger Boat Company
Vessel Built: 1965
Vessel Designer: Jack Hargrave
Cruise Speed: 13 Kts
Max Speed: 16 Kts
Main Engines: Caterpillar D343
(Twin Engine)
Transmission: Twin Disk Transmissions
Generators: Kohler 11KVa & 17 kVa
Water Capacity: 860 Gallons
Water Maker @ 70 Gal/hr
Fuel Capacity: 3,300 U.S. Gallons (Diesel)


Official Number: 298919
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Gross Registered Tons: 105 GRT
Net Registered Tons: 71 NRT
Length: 78.5
Breadth: 19
Depth: 7.6
USCG Operations Endorsements: Coastwise, Fishery, Registry, Recreation
Restrictions: None

Ship’s Company

Sea Star operates with the following crew company ensuring that our guests experience the best Alaska voyage on this small ship cruise yacht while making safety our top priority.

Captain (Master)

The licensed captain (or master) is in charge of all aspects of the vessel’s safe operation any time while on board at sea or tied to the dock. The captain is also responsible for making sure all the guests are given the highest care and consideration during their sea adventure. The captain of Sea Star is required, by federal law, to hold  a 200 Gross Register Tons (GRT) Master Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) for self-propelled vessels upon near coastal waters issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Mate (Inside Passage Cruise Only)

The USCG licensed mate during the nonstop Inside Passage Cruise (between Washington and Alaska) is responsible for the ship’s operations when the captain has exceeded the 12 hour time limit in a 24 hour period ensuring ship’s safety at sea. During the Inside Passage cruise, Sea Star requires, as directed by federal law, to have a licensed Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) a Mate 200 GRT for self-propelled vessels upon inland or near coastal waters.


The engineer oversees the full maintenance and operation of all the electrical and mechanical systems including the two main propulsion engines and electrical generation systems. The engineer also assists in deck responsibilities during  departures and dockings in addition to supporting the naturalist/guide and the guests ensuring a quality cruise experience.


The chef has the most demanding and challenging task of all. Early mornings and long days, our chef continuously creates delicious and healthy 5 star meals. By using only the finest and freshest ingredients available including organic and local Alaskan seafood, the chef ensures that every meal is a true food connoisseur’s delight and a good way to begin and finish an adventurous day on the high seas. The chef will also make every effort to provide you with a quick snack as well as accommodate those with special dietary needs.


The certified naturalist/guide provides information about the surrounding geology, wildlife, and history of the cruising areas of Alaska as well as offers guided sea kayaking, beachcombing and hiking excursions. The naturalist also provides guided “leave no trace” excursions in an effort to keep the pristine ecosystem in balance for years to come.


Our deckhand does a little bit of everything. From helping out in the engine room, throwing lines, assisting in the galley, or making sure there is enough coffee, snacks or an extra pillow, our deckhand is responsible for safe deck operations and making sure the guests are well cared for throughout the day.