Alaskan Story New Crew Captain Greg Payne and “stew” Megan Belair

We at Alaska Yacht Charters are busy getting the Alaskan Story ready to cruise north for this coming 2019 season. This has been the winter of “hydraulic hoses” with over 150 feet of hoses replaced: Not exciting but essential. We hauled the Story out in Port Townsend in October and will be going into Seattle for engine work and some cosmetics in early April.

We did have one cancellation for 2019 which leaves us with an opening for the second week of the season; May 28 through June 3. May and June are the driest weeks of the summer with often clear skies. And of course June has the longest days of the year which means more for your money.

Debbie and I will be returning to Puerto Vallarta for two weeks March 23. Our good friends David and Susan from Spokane will be joining us and I do look forward to some golf with Margarito, a long time friend and owner of the truly great restaurant “River Cafe” on the river in downtown Puerto Vallarta. We have been spending about a month each winter in “PV” for the last 15 years at the Lindo Mar in Conchis Chinas. Anyone visiting PV should eat at our favorite restaurant, “The Red Cabbage.”

But back to business. Our plan is to cruise north starting May 5 with our new crew Captain Greg Payne and our “stew” Megan Belair.

Megan grew up in a sleepy town in Massachusetts where she developed her love of outdoor adventures. Her formative years were spent at university in Boston where she studied marketing and spent many years in the service industry. She left her cubicle career in Boston in 2012 and has never looked back. She came to Alaska by way of Colorado where she enjoyed time skiing with her best girlfriends. Since living in Alaska, Megan has worked in Tourism Management and has honed her skills in customer service. She enjoys spending time in nature, fishing, boating, yoga and has a passion for food. She never turns down a good book recommendation and knows how to mix a wicked cocktail. She is excited to join the Alaskan Story and can’t wait for the adventures ahead.

Having grown up on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Greg has always had a connection with the water. He developed a love of travel at a young age and brought the two together with a near 4,000 mile move to Alaska in 2007. Engaging with and teaching visitors about the wildlife of Alaska was his first maritime job – one that he would revisit time and time again. After a few years crewing on luxury yachts in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, Greg found himself back in Alaska, again on the water. He earned a Captain’s license in 2011 and has been advancing since. From charter fishing and wildlife tours to running private yachts, Greg has become a confident and proficient mariner. He still enjoys travelling but he and Megan have made a home in Juneau, AK. He enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, running, ice hockey, and remodeling his new home. He is excited to show you around his backyard

We are excited to revisit our many returning clients and to meet a few new ones on the Alaskan Story.

Geoff, Debbie, Greg, Megan and of course “Westie” Dill