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OUR CAPTAINS & BOATS

About Our Captains

Eli Strauss your tour captain is a  longtime resident of Bass Harbor, and knows the area and most everyone in it. Eli’s father, Kim Strauss started Island Cruises over thirty years ago out of love and respect for the natural beauty and rich history of the harbor precious to him since childhood. Eli continued the tradition after years in the Navy and Merchant Marines, when he and his young family settled and decided to continue the family business in the place they grew up. Many of our returning long-time customers are overjoyed to find that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to Island Cruises!

Joining us for a private charter?  Captains Sarge and Matt know just where to find elusive fish, and all the best sights including lighthouses and wildlife.  Or take a sail with Micala to enjoy the breeze and make a memory you will never forget!

Learn more about our cruises, and reserve your spot today!

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ABOUT THE R.L. GOTT

The R.L. Gott, named after the man who taught Captain Kim to run a boat, is a 40-foot “lobster” style vessel, with a “Downeast” hull. She was built about ten years ago specifically for Island Cruises, and has never seen commercial fishing or any other duty. Made for comfort, her seating accommodates only 49 passengers, a modest crew for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Her size is also ideal for steering in close to wildlife and other points of interest, a feature missing in larger tour boats. Covered and outdoor seating are both available, with unrestricted views from anywhere on the boat.

ABOUT THE FIFINELLA

The Fifinella is our 6-passenger power boat. This Parker 2320 is a 23′ hull with a 300 horsepower outboard motor. Enclosed cabin, electronics and fishing equipment, prepared to take you on your next adventure. Bring refreshments and Captain Sarge or Matt can take you fishing, sightseeing, or to the island destination of your choice.

ABOUT THE MONTEREY

The Monterey is a 6-passenger power boat. This Parker 2520 is a 25′ hull with a 300 horsepower outboard motor. Enclosed cabin, electronics and fishing equipment, prepared to take you on your next adventure. Bring refreshments and Captain Sarge or Matt can take you fishing, sightseeing, or to the island destination of your choice.

ABOUT THE MOTU ITI

Enjoy one of the finest sailing destinations on Planet Earth aboard our beautiful 36’ sailboat, Motu Iti (“Little Island” in Rapa Nui). When you charter Motu Iti, the boat and our experienced, knowledgeable charter Captain are yours for the duration. Tell the Captain what your ultimate trip is, and he’ll provide ideas and suggestions to do just what you’d like. Whether it’s sightseeing and wildlife, or learning to sail for the first time, we make sure you have the best trip possible, tailored to your interests. Charter the boat for the full day and we’ll tow a new, powered inflatable with which we can land you on a number of islands for picnicking, hiking or beachcombing. This is a rare and unforgettable Maine experience.