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By Dan Rudy 

New boats add heft to Wrangell's charter fleet

 

Dan Rudy

Mark Galla prepares to take clients out on the maiden voyage of Bear Necessity on June 11, as the cruise liner Seabourn Sojourn arrives in Wrangell. The vessel is one of three new additions to Wrangell's charter fleet this year, all coincidentally originating from the same manufacturer in the Idaho Panhandle.

The local tourism sector has seen some logistical gains this season, as a trio of new boats are added to Wrangell's outfitter fleet.

Mark Galla, of Alaska Peak and Seas, launched a newly upgraded craft from the city dock just last week. Galla has been taking visitors up the Stikine River and to Anan Creek since 1987, going into the business full-time from 1990 on.

"It's a 30-foot Bentz jet boat, 18-passenger, two crew," he said of the craft, named Bear Necessity. The aluminum boat was manufactured by Bentz Boats, in Lewiston, Idaho. The make is a popular one among Wrangell guides, and this...



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