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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 twenty 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?  Captain Sarge knows just where to find elusive fish, and all the best sights including lighthouses and wildlife.  Growing up on MDI Sarge spent lots of time on the water and his experience will help you make a memory you will never forget!

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

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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.


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 can take you fishing, sightseeing, or to the island destination of your choice.

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