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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Jet boat operators look to ride growing wave of tourism


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Brenda Schwartz-Yeager, co-owner of Alaska Charters and Adventures, prepares one of her vessels for a tour last Friday. Schwartz-Yeager has been guiding tours around Wrangell for 33 years. She believes jet boat tourism is a major part of Wrangell's diverse economic future, provided it's handled correctly.

Michael Hicks has something to shout about. It's Wrangell.

"I'm loud about Wrangell right now," said the senior director of marketing for American Queen Voyages. The company operates the 342-foot Ocean Victory cruise ship, which last month made its first of 14 scheduled visits to Wrangell this summer. One of the reasons the cruise line comes to town is jet boat tours.

"Wrangell and the jet boats fit so well into what we're doing," Hicks said. "Ocean Victory is only 186 guests. A lot of our guests have sailed on the larger ships, and they want to come back and see Alaska up close. The most a...

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