For most of my life I have lived and worked with boats here in Alaska around the Kodiak Island Archipelago. Growing up commercially fishing for salmon and herring, I started in an aluminum jitney the last year one could trap seine at 6 years old working for my parents. I was skiff man at 11 years old, and I remember running our family’s 42’ Delta home by myself at 13 years old. Eventually, I tested for my USCG captain’s license at 18, bought a 25’ charter boat, and started guiding saltwater sport fishermen. In 1999 my parents built a 36’ catamaran for their lodge, one of the first catamaran charter boats in Alaska, and hired me as captain. Since then my wife and I have purchased the lodge www.KodiakAlaskaLodge.com and operate it with our two kids.
Alaskan Aluminum Power Catamarans, LLC, is a result of years of research and need for the ideal boat for our wilderness lodge, guests, and lifestyle. Owning, operating, and/or enjoying some of the catamarans produced by today’s fine cat builders since that first one in ’99, I have been searching for the next evolution in a catamaran hull that we could apply to our specific circumstances here on Kodiak and Raspberry Island.
In my search, I communicated with a variety of boat builders and architects over the years, and eventually came across Noah Thompson, a New Zealand based Naval Architect with thirty years of experience and specializing in aluminum welded hydrofoil assist catamarans. His designs and boats are currently in use all over the Pacific and are perfect for our water type and usage. They are exactly what we were looking for. We outlined our application to Noah and we worked together to design two new boats (our Thirty Six/Fourteen) for us.
Once we had a design worked out; who was going to build the boat for us? We inquired from the West Coast up into Alaska. Building the boats up here was attractive to me in that we would remove or at least reduce the cost of shipping up to Kodiak from the West Coast, and the idea of supporting local Alaskans is also a goal. We were referred to Delbert Henry, whose shop and team have been involved in the marine fabrication business since 2009, largely featuring commercial bow pickers for Bristol Bay and Copper River. Further, Delbert offered us an agreeable quote, especially considering his experience and the quality of his end product, AND minimized shipping costs for us since he’s already in Alaska!
Working with both Noah and Delbert surpassed our goals for our boats. Noah, with his overwhelming experience with this style hull, design and construction, and Delbert’s hands-on familiarity and experience with building aluminum boats for Alaska’s commercial fleet has taken our specific outline and added the details only experience can provide.
As we move forward with your boat, know you have a team who will look at your project from three angles. Know it will be professionally designed and computer cut. Know it will be built to the standards Alaska’s commercial fishermen expect. And know my input will include actual day to day use of these boats accumulated as we use them at our remote lodge every day.
Alaskan Aluminum Power Catamarans, LLC, is the result of our search for the perfect boats for our application here on Kodiak. We are here to help you achieve the same results.