Timberline To Sea Outfitters is owned and operated by Bill Bondietti. Bill moved to the Kenai peninsula 1980. He has commercial fished, transported hunters, outfitted and guided wildlife enthusiasts and eco tours for over 3 decades. These tours have been by horse and boat throughout Cook Inlet, Gulf Coast, Kenai National Wild Life Refuge, Prince William Sound, and Kachemak Bay regions, these are just a few types of adventures that Bill offers to you now. Bill's passion for adventure and desire to avoid crowds and the “Coney Island atmosphere” that is all to common in the more popular areas of Alaska, led him to areas where plane and motorized access was limited or not allowed at all. Timberline To Sea Outfitters is fully licensed and insured. We are not a high volume charter service, we offer “private” charters for small groups up to 4 people. We can also accommodate up to 6 people depending on the type of trip. So please contact me and let’s see if we can work something out.
Our goal is to get are clients into areas not so heavily used and to keep the groups small, usually family and friends. It is not uncommon in some of the more popular bear viewing areas to see 6 to 8 airplanes sharing the same beaches and a couple in the air above looking for a place to land! These outfits “show” people bears and great scenery, but the atmosphere is definitely not pristine or wild when you listen to the steady buzz of aircraft taking off and landing in the back ground as you shoot your pictures! That being said I will do my best to keep you away from these kind of areas as much as possible. The areas we will visit are more difficult to reach, but you will be rewarded with a much nicer atmosphere. I cannot guarantee I will get to an area and nobody will be there, as there are other outfits similar to mine who are trying to provide a quality trip away from the crowd. At sometimes there can be overlap because there are only so many of these areas left.
I will do my best to customize each trip to the particular group’s interests and priorities. People in these groups should be reasonably fit, as these are very active trips where you will be loading in and out of a skiff or zodiac to access areas the “SeaGal” is too large to access.
The “Sea Gal” is a 42’ Leclercq seiner that is still active in the commercial fishing fleet fishing for shrimp, salmon and cod. Between seasons she is converted over for fishing and hunting. There is a custom built living quarters that slips into the fish hold. It sleeps 3 has AC/DC lighting plus heat. She still retains her seine mast and boom which come in handy for dressing game and towing tender vessels. Sea Gal has range of 1000 to 1200 miles which means that refueling mid trip is not usually an issue. She carries 200 gallons Fresh h20, hot and cold running water, and a electric flush toilet. Sorry there is not a shower on board, but a portable shower can be rigged on the back deck off the boom if so desired. A/C power is via 9kw generator and 2800 watt inverter system. The wheel house can sleep 4 in v-berths but usually limited to 2 for comfort. There’s a flat screen tv, dvd player, microwave oven and all the usual amenities that are standard on work boats of this class. For Safety Sea Gal carries the latest in marine electronics, navigation, and sounding plus communication equipment. She is Coast inspected for commercial and charter service and carries in excess of all required lifesaving equipment including life raft, e.p.i.r.b. and personal rescue devices. Sea Gal was designed to work in Alaska’s demanding marine environment, she has rolling chalks and stabilizers for when things get a little ruff. There is a barbecue on the back deck for cooking up the catch of the day, freezer, insulated fish tote, assorted coolers and other amenities whose configuration will change according to the needs of each specific group or charter.
The “WilloWah” is a 22’ tolman skiff with twin 60 h.p. Hondas, she is nimble and fast. She is used for tendering the Sea Gal on Bear viewing, hunting transport trips and is also handy for trolling for King Salmon. Willowah has a range of 250 miles without refueling, has duel batteries and bilge pumps. She can run in 10” of water under power, yet can still handle the rough water Alaska can dish out. Bill has taken the Willowah on solo trips from Homer to Whittier, throughout Prince William Sound and most North Gulf Coast waters. Bottom line, she is as safe and sea worthy as a vessel of this size can be.
The Sea Gal also carries a 12’ zodiac on board powered by 15 h.p. Yamaha, also handy for tendering.