The Alaskan Sailing Adventure of a Lifetime

Get off the beaten tourist path, take an active role in you own Alaska adventure vacation. Sail though the famous Inside Passage and smell the ocean breeze.

S/V Arcturus  Vessel Gallery

S/V Arcturus is built to be exceptionally tough -It’s a true expedition sailing vessel, not a luxury yacht. This 60-foot steel-hull expedition sailing ship, built to conduct research, comfortably meets all the challenges of exploring Alaska, including the ability to break through pack ice and push right up to the face of glaciers.

The ship sleeps up to 6 passengers, plus the captain. There are four staterooms; three are double-occupancy rooms with either a full bed or bunks. The vessel also has a sizable great room off the galley for dining, relaxing, playing games, and even enjoying costume parties. (Yes, Captain Hoock will encourage you to pack a costume!)


From the Galley Gallery
It’s all about food

Food aboard S/V Arcturus is always a delight. Expect fresh, delicious, home made meals —Captain Hoock has a reputation as a bit of a gourmet chef! Unlike other charters, group participation with cooking is encouraged, though not required. If you choose, you could help the captain make dinner, which might be some salmon caught during the day’s travels if you so choose.

What’s it like on the boat?

About the Captain

Captain Louis Hoock and S/V Arcturus
Louie Hoock

Captain Louis Hoock started Alaska Adventure Sailing out of a passion for adventure, taking people to places they wouldn't ordinarily have the resources to go. He has taught sailing, and has shared his passion for environmental stewardship, but his strength lies in his enthusiasm and ability to share adventure with others. The New Mexico native got the sailing bug when he moved to Alaska for college and bought a sailboat as his home; though he will claim to have been born on the crest of a wave.

After graduating, he started a successful non-profit organization called Coastal Footprint focused on environmental stewardship and sailed over a quarter of the way around the world doing beach clean-ups.

Captain Hoock then joined the NOAA Corps (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a Commissioned Officer) and served a sea tour on a 224 foot research vessel.

Over the years he has also captained, owed and operated this sail charter business for 8 years. In total Captain Hoock has accrued 1,800 days at sea.

The one thing he has held onto throughout all his own explorations is his love for sharing his adventures with others. All you need is an open heart and an open mind and Captain Hoock will offer you a unique trip of a lifetime.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration– Basic Officer training Class 120, United States Coast Guard Academy, Officer Candidate School (2012)

University of Alaska Southeast. Juneau, AK. -Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (2010), Certificate in Outdoor Skills and Leadership (2008)

Maritime Licenses:

100 Ton Master Captain’s License, Radar Observer (Unlimited), ECDIS, Advanced Firefighting (on USCG license), Basic Safety Training (on USCG license), Security Awareness (on USCG license), TWIC, USCG Medical Certificate, First Aid and CPR (current), ARPA, Bridge Resource Management, Shipboard Environmental Compliance Officer (training and experience), HAZWOPER (24 Hr), Small Boat Operator Training

Captain Hoock Rafting