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Allen Marine negotiating deal to buy Four Seasons tour boats

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sitka-based Allen Marine, a day-cruise tour company, is working on a deal to buy tour boats from its competitor, Four Seasons Marine Services Corp.

A spokesman from Allen Marine declined to comment until the deal is finished.

Four Seasons is based in Poulsbo, Wash. Its Auke Bay boats run whale-watching day cruises during the summer season. The company also leases boats in Juneau. Most of its operations are in Alaska, but it also has boats on the West Coast and in Hawaii, said Dave Tougas, chief financial officer for Four Seasons.

In Juneau, Four Seasons owns the 103-foot Admiralty Wind, a 150-passenger boat, and the 72-foot Baranof Wind, a 212-passenger catamaran, according to its Web site.

Allen Marine's Juneau boats include one 88-foot catamaran and seven 78-foot catamarans, designed for 150 passengers. The company has more than 20 boats total in Southeast Alaska, its Web site states.

Allen Marine was founded by Bob and Betty Allen of Sitka in the 1970s, according to its Web site. The business is still run by the Allen family, led by President David Allen, and has expanded its operations.

Allen Marine Tours runs day cruises and charters out of Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. Allen Marine Sales & Service LLC operates marine retail and service stores in Juneau and Sitka. And Allen Marine Inc. builds catamarans, fishing vessels and other boats, and is the largest shipbuilder in Alaska, its Web site says.

• Contact reporter Kate Golden at 523-2276 or kate.golden@juneauempire.com.



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