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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

WoodenBoat magazine of Maine features three Southeast Alaska vessels in its issue for May and June.

``Wilderness In Style -- The Wooden Tour Boats of Southeast Alaska'' has descriptions and photographs of three locally operated boats, the motor-driven Liseron and Catalyst, and the sailing vessel Maple Leaf, owned by Washington state and British Columbia companies.

The article describes Southeast as ``an area of relatively unspoiled waters lined with hauntingly beautiful coniferous forests,'' and the writers cite chartered wooden boat tours as an increasingly popular eco-tourism alternative to cruise ship travel.

About 20 wooden tour boats serve customers in Southeast, often with naturalists on board, offering trips of one to three weeks. The vessels, some historic, are 50 feet to 145 feet long, and can accommodate six to 20 passengers each.

The article was written by Bruce M. Carr, owner of Juneau Charter Support, and his sister, former Ketchikan resident Alansa C. Bates.

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