What an Experience!!
We have bid farewell to our noisy, stinky old diesels and replaced them with EPA approved, Tier II, electronically controlled Caterpillar Marine engines and electrical generators. While our old engines gave us years of dependable service, these new state of the art units will drastically reduce emissions of substances which have been shown to be health risks as well as pollutants. In addition, we have added sound suppression which reduces engine noise to a minimum. The result is a much improved whale watch experience for our customers.
In 1981, Atlantic Fleet originated whale watching from Rye Harbor. In those early days, Capt. Brad, together with his former business partner Capt. Ric, relied heavily on their offshore fishing experiences to help them locate the larger concentrations of whales on Jeffrey’s Ledge and Stellwagen Bank. The rest, as they say, is history.
The M/V Atlantic Queen II was custom built for Capt Brad by Gulf Craft, Inc. of Patterson, LA. She is New Hampshire’s only all-aluminum supercruiser in passenger service. Her design includes many features and amenities suggested by years of passenger carrying experience. The 80 foot hull and double chine construction combine for a stable platform, thereby reducing the incidence of motion sickness. She is capable of 20+ knots to get you to the whales quickly. Her upper and lower walk-around decks provide over 300 feet of rail space to ensure all passengers an excellent view of the whales. The comfortable enclosed cabin provides large windows for viewing as well as spacious accommodations in the event of a sudden rain shower. Dinette seating allows families to sit together for a snack in the galley. The restrooms are meticulously clean. (The Capt. cleans them himself between trips!) The M/V Atlantic Queen II is equipped with dual state of the art communication, navigational and computer electronics. In addition, the vessel is inspected twice annually by the US Coast Guard and is licensed for 150 passengers up to 100 miles offshore. However, for our passengers’ comfort, we limit our whale watches to 100 persons. Welcome Aboard!!
Kids! Check out our selection of kid’s books, see real whale baleen, and participate in a scavenger hunt on the way out!
Susan was a great tour guide/naturalist! She taught us well and was seemless transition between background info, description and history! Heather R.-PA We had a great time! We like the educational books for thekids! Haeley M - More talk about birds and surroundings (islands, gulls, etc) This was fantastic! Thanks for making my birthday special! Stephanie D -
Our spacious siderails give
Our comfortable enclosed cabin can give you a break from the beautiful weather, we also have a full galley so you don’t need to be hungry.