Holed yacht to lose 2 weeks on water

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Repairs to the Alaskan Song, the charter yacht that ran onto submerged rocks and started flooding May 24 south of Angoon, will run between $40,000 and $80,000.

"We have a $16,000 deductible, so it will be a considerable cost to us, but one that we will manage," said Capt. Geoff Wilson. "We look at that as being history."

Wilson intentionally beached the 96-foot charter yacht, which sustained propeller, rudder and hull damage. It was temporarily patched and towed to Ketchikan, where it is being repaired.

Wilson and his wife Debbie Bennett operate as Alaska Yacht Charters out of Bainbridge Island, Wash. They hope to have the Alaskan Song operating again June 6.

"We have been chartering in Alaska for 12 years. The good news is that we have lots of business. The bad news is that these weeks would have been full. So we will have lost at least two and a half weeks of operation," he said.

He did not have business interruption insurance, he said.

Alternative arrangements have been made for passengers booked on the ship on the 24th and during the repair period, he said.



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