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Blake Island Charters

Blake Island Charters

Port Orchard, WA

8 years in service

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About Blake Island Charters

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Sailing lessons are only $55 for 3 hours (we prefer at least 2 passengers for this low price)! You will be able to sail the "Westerly" within the hour! Take the helm! Ready about! Helms alee!

Come sail with me! Enjoy the Sinclair Harbor tour of the naval ships, submarines, pontoon fence with a barking seal on each pontoon, sea birds, and sea life.

Enjoy the architecture in Port Orchard, Bremerton, Manchester, and Bainbridge Island. Visit the Salmon Pens and Buoys, where Bubbles, Nipper, and their baby Honker live.

A 3-hour sail one way to dinner at Blake Island is being served by native royalty. You will enjoy fresh clams in buttery nectar outside Tillicum Village, then a delicious salmon baked on cedar planks in open fire pits.

They have a lovely gift shop, museum, totem garden, and lots of native American artifacts. Enjoy the wonderful and world-renowned Indian Mask Dance Show right after the dinner. And, then a sunset cruise back to Port Orchard.

We also provide pirate treasure hunt birthday parties with costumes, memory photo CD, treasure map and treasure, as well as lunch. Only $75 each.

Sail in the sound for only $55 for three hours and $20 hour thereafter. Your adventure awaits you! Call me today!

Fish with Venture Charters.

Licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer
License number: 276986
Rank: Captain


P O BOX 2002
Port Orchard, WA 98366


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  • 5/5 stars Sailing Lessons Verified Review

    Captain Sherry is a great sailing instructor, she is very knowledgable and patient with the beginners. She made the lesson very fun and enjoyable. I will be using her for all of my sailing instruction needs. Highly recommend

  • 5/5 stars

    Absolutely the best!! Captain Sherry is fun, informative and a very capable captain. It was a great way to spend the day. This will be my go to for entertaining out of town guests who want to get a taste of great Northwest sailing. A great value, too.

  • 5/5 stars

    Had a fabulous sail with Captain Sherry !!! The experience was educationa and fun. Being a part of the crew was too much fun !! Will definitely schedule another sail next time I am in the Puget Sound area.

  • 4/5 stars Verified Review

    Great day sailing, even though there was no wind. Some breakdown in communication as to where the boat needed to go and how the sails needed to be set, but other than that it was a great experience!

  • 5/5 stars Tour Guiding Verified Review

    This was a great experience, especially for two 9 YO girls sailing for the first time. Captain Sherry is wonderful and patient with those of us who have never sailed and those off us who have but have forgotten most of the nuances.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. teaching sailing, making my passengers feel comfortable.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure the person is trained to do what they are going to train you to do...certified, licensed. I am unique in that I give a safety lesson before boarding the boat on Man Over Board, how to operate a fire extinquisher, motor, radio, GPS, where the First Aid Kit is located, etc. And everyone wears a Personal Flotation Device at all times on the boat.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. That sailing is pretty easy...and, that looking up at the sails and wondering what all those lines do is pretty easy to learn and remember!

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Other Charter Companies charge approximately $100 an hour; because of my love of sailing and desire to teach, and my knowledge of the current economy, I charge $55 for THREE hours of sailing.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I love Sailing and to teach others! I have sailed a lot of the world and prefer Puget Sound! So beautiful, fun and full of surprises; like spotting dolphins, whales, fish, and birds. If you sail with me you receive a Photo Memory CD of your sailing adventure! And, you will be at the Tiller!

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Meeting new people, and hearing their stories...teaching them to sail and seeing there confidence at the helm! Be able to afford my passengers a platform for learning, having fun and creating new happy memories!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Passengers usually ask me how long I have been sailing; 30 + years; and that they haven't seen a Woman Captain before...where did I get my license? U. S. Maritime Academy in Seattle.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I took a quiet family out sailing on a very windy day...they have never been sailing before. Mom, Dad, 6 and 8 year old girls. We had a view of Seattle, Blake Island, and Manchester, when I said at 18 knots I reef my main...we were in 38 knot wind, a gale! I pointed her into the wind and started to reef when Dad said in a quiet voice, so I had to strain my ears to hear above the wind...Capt. Sherry on the back of your card it says " Your Adventure Awaits You!" Well, we would to experience that...so, we sailed with the scuppers in the water, with the 6 year at the helm one hand hanging onto the backstay and the other on the tiller, eyes were huge...she said, Mommy this is fun! When the eight year girl got to the helm she actually corrected the course to keep her sails filled. I will always reef her at 18... a real adventure for all! including the Captain.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. You can sail in ALL kinds of weather, and that means I sail in the rain too! I have rain gear on board for you! Sail ALL year round...so call Capt. Sherry at 360-731-7776 and let's go SAILING TODAY!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. My Father was a Captain of ALL waters in the Merchant Marine, and I was raised on the water...in an aluminum canoe at age 2 while Daddy fished, and I was as quiet as a 2 year old could be, so the fish would bite! Waterskied at 7 yrs. Dad taught me to maneuver a boat in all weather at age 12. I learned to sail on the East Coast 30 years ago Chesapeake Bay on Catermerans and a 29' Herreshoff.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. Sailed in light winds with a family of four, brothers and sisters that came together from different states to be in WA with their brother who has Cancer. He crossed sailing off of his "Bucket List", with happiness and glee in his heart!

The statement cards they left with me, their Capt. said many warm things, but the one that felt best was "it was a wonderful experience! We learned a lot. So glad we were together again it was GREAT! And, watching my brother at the helm...was priceless."

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Always learning, daily, each day the wind is different...one may never master or predict, but one can always be prepared. I have read every book on single circumnavigation, taken countless classes, and taught classes in navigation, sailing, safety, etc. Graduated from the U. S. Maritime Academy in Seattle, WA and am now a Licensed Merchant Marine Officer, a Captain, with a Masters in Sailing, Power Boats and Vessel Assist.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. the latest developments include remote controlled winches...I prefer hands on and self tailing winches. They even have self furling masts...don't want those either...can't imagine what one would do if it ever got stuck inside the mast or boom!

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ALL FARES INCLUDE: service charge, fuel surcharge or taxes
Explosives, weapons, firearms and propane tanks are not permitted
You may pay half the fare on line through PayPal. We cruise year-round, rain or shine

Blake Island State Park was an ancestral campground of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian Tribes believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle. The island was named after Captain George Blake, commander of the US Coast Survey vessel in 1837. Blake Island is located between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island, eight miles west of Seattle in Kitsap County.

Sailing Lessons at Blake Island Charters three (3) hours for $55.00 includes syllabus, you will learn boat parts, standing and running rigging, deck safety, how to save a man overboard, how to work a VHF radio, GPS, motor, raising and furling jib and main sail, tacking, gybing, points of sail, how to read the wind. After two lessons you will receive a Sailing Completion Certificate of Achievement. You will be at the helm the first hour. This includes e-mailed photos, a Platinum Dining Card, and Tour!
Advanced and Heavy Weather Sailing is by appointment and is taught after completing and successfully passing beginning and intermediate sail training.

Raise the Jolly Roger, and Pirate Princess Flag on the “Westerly” learn safety, sailing and be at the Tiller! Includes picnic lunch and costume. Either at Blake Island or Port Orchard Water Park. Receive a Treasure Map from Captain Sherry and take your shovel, follow the signs on your map and dig your Treasure up! Up to Six (6) children at $75 each and one Parent FREE!

GEO-CACHING: Sail to Blake Island, learn deck safety, sailing, be at the Tiller! Includes Memory Photos e-mailed! Tour! Bring your picnic lunch, drinks, and GPS!
Only $60 roundtrip each, includes GEO COIN TREASURE! (If you find it!) Minimum: 6

CHARTERS TO POULSBO: Shop in Poulsbo for six passengers, for the day and tour this Popular Scandinavian City! Don’t forget to stop by the famous Sluy’s Bakery! Takes from 1-1/2 to three hours one way depending on tide and current. $40.00 Roundtrip each
Minimum 6; 6 is full boat.

CAMPING & HIKING BLAKE ISLAND: Blake Island is not only home to Tillicum Village, but it is also the perfect place for hiking, camping and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The island is densely wooded with many forested walking and hiking trails and 5 miles of beaches. There are 15.5 miles of both hiking and biking trails, as well as many recreational options such as diving, fishing, clamming, crabbing, beach combing, bird watching.

There are 51 campsites for overnight campers at Blake Island State Park. This is a first-come, first-served park. No reservations are available. For camping information, call (360) 731-8330. For group camping requests, please contact Washington State parks at (888) 226-7688 or visit them online at http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Blake+Island.

. Wildlife on the island includes deer, chipmunks, otter, squirrels, mink and many types of birds. KEEP YOUR FOOD HOISTED IN TIGHT BAGS safe from camp robbing raccoons and crows! By Appointment. Roundtrip transportation on sailboat includes Deck Safety Additional $50 to raise sails, then it would include sail instruction, deck safety and Memory Photos e-mailed, $80 overnight transportation each.

BURIALS AT SEA: Groups of six (6) $365. includes prayer, and Certificate of Burial. Three Hours, includes sailing, instruction, deck safety, Memory Photos e-mailed, and Tour.

TOUR, LUNCH, OR DINNER: As the Police patrol in front of us bearing there Gatling Guns you will view the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range behind the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and we will tour the Mothball Fleet, including Submarines, Carriers, and the Oldest and Biggest Crane ever! See and hear the barking Seals and Sea Lions taking there place on pontoons of the security fence.

Pass the Bremerton Ferry, Foot Ferry Docks, and the new Bremerton Marina with 300 slips; See the Manette Bridge being built; beautiful downtown Port Orchard, the sweetest family City in the world! Enjoy Waterfront Architecture in Port Orchard, Bremerton, Manchester and Bainbridge Island. You will get to meet Bubbles, Nipper and their baby Honker on Buoy 6, as we stop by and watch the large farmed salmon jump as the eagles try to catch them!

Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain in the U.S and The Exciting Emerald City comes into sight as we exit Rich’s Passage and head towards Blake Island! We enter the channel for our slip, you disembark, and are greeted by Royalty!

Native American greeting is made up of West Coast Tribal Royalty at arrival of Blake Island and with hot fresh, nourishing clams and nectar; crush the shells into the walkway and leave your mark!

Visit the beautiful Totem Garden, the wonderful Native Art Museum in Tillicum Longhouse, shop at a first class gift shop with prices and original gifts for everyone! Walk a trail from ¼ mile to 5 mile perimeter of the Island; enjoy the beach, and spectacular views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Partake in the most amazing Native American dinner west of the Pecos!

You will be amazed at the world renowned Indian Mask Dance and Show that has a NEW twist and is the most unique native culture experience in the United States!

The Catered Lunch From Amy’s on the Bay AND Native American Dinner/Show, includes Sailing instruction, deck safety, Memory Photo CD, Platinum Dining Card & Tour for only $150.00 each. 8 – 10 Hours.

Cruise over and no sails, for only $95.00, include tour, Dinner/Show, Memory Photo CD, & Platinum Dining Card! 6 Hours

CHARTERED SAN JUAN CRUISES WITH CAPTAIN: For four (4) passengers on the “Westerly”; Sailboat measures 30’ stem to stern. One to Two Weeks. By Appointment.

GROUPS UP TO 28: Cruise Yacht to Blake Island by Appointment. Dinner/Show Seniors $75.00. Adults $79.00, Kids $30 - Roundtrip takes about 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back.

Special Family Reunion Rates with Horseshoes, Badminton, Volley and Baseball, Geo-Caching, Treasure Hunts and picnic lunches/BBQ Group rates, call for appointment.
WHAT TO BRING SAILING: Jacket, hat, non-marking shoes (no flip-flops), sunglasses, sun screen, camera, wear glasses & phone on halyard *lost a few so I know better!), only soft bags. Long hair tied back, no dangling earrings, bracelets, or large rings. Dress according to the weather in layers to be most comfortable sailing.

WHAT’S ON BOARD: On sailboat ice box, head (toilet), there are Pirate Treasure Books, Pirate Coloring Books and Crayons, Plastic Shovels and Buckets; Bird books, whale books, treasure and treasure maps!

WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE: All kinds of water fowl and birds, including eagles, cormorants, Alaska barrow eye, which you can look up and identify with books on board; Seals, Sea-Lions, Pilot and Orca Whales,

We are partnered with the #1 Fundraiser serving No. Mason and Kitsap Counties: Washington State Fundraisers – PLATINUM DINING CARD!
Call 360-731-7776 for your fabulous fundraiser and scholarships – serving our community for 25 years!

Not affliated with, but hightly recommend: CALL CAPT. RANDY JONES FOR THE BEST HALIBUT/SALMON FISHING! 360-895-5424


Captain Sherry Barnhart
P. O. BOX 2002
Port Orchard, WA 98366

LICENSE #2769686
U. S. Merchant Marine MASTER, Power, Sailing, & Towing,
Near Coastal.


Steamed Clams in Nectar
As you disembark the boat join other guests for a welcoming mug of steamed clams in broth with a touch of butter and onions – delicious! As is tradition at Tillicum, the used shells are crushed under foot to create the beautiful pathway.
Traditional Alder Baked Salmon
Savor this centuries-old treat! Our salmon, baked around alder wood fires on cedar stakes, is unlike anything you have ever tasted. Taking approximately one hour to bake slowly to perfection, the salmon retains moisture and takes on a wonderful mild flavor unique to this style of cooking. Served with our signature Juniper Berry Seasoning.
Signature Northwest Stew
This thick meaty stew is full of flavors married together in a rich veal stock, combined with root vegetables and potatoes for a mouth-watering dish.

Wild Grain Harvest Rice Try this wonderful combination of wild and regular rice, cooked to perfection with onions, garlic and a fragrant vegetable stock.
Warm Whole Grain Tillicum Bread This rich, dark, slightly-sweet bread is made with a hint of molasses – our own private recipe, served warm with butter. So popular, in fact, you can even purchase loaves to take home!

Field Greens Salad
Seasonal greens, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, Oregon blue cheese, with stone ground rosemary dressing or raspberry vinaigrette served on the side.
Tri-Colored Bean Salad
A colorful display of marinated creamy-white cannellini beans and bright, fresh green beans
tossed with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and shallots in a red-wine vinaigrette

Fresh Fruit Salad
Assorted Melons, Grapes, Strawberries and Pineapple, served with a Strawberry Honey Dipping Sauce
Northwest Dessert Treat
( Note: Vegetarian entree available with advanced request)

Drinks: Coffee, Tea, Water, and Lemonade are served with your dinner; good wine is available!

Just call 360-731-7776 and tell us the day you want to go on your ADVENTURE!

March 19- June 3, 2011
June 4-June 30, 2011
Wednesday through Saturday:
9am-5pm July 1 –Sept. 5
Monday through Friday:
2pm-10pm Sept. 6 – Oct. 30, 2011
March 19- June 3, 2011
June 4-June 30, 2011
Wednesday through Saturday:
9am-5pm July 1 –Sept. 5
Monday through Friday:
2pm-10pm Sept. 6 – Oct. 30, 2011

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. To sail, dock, and anchor in all kinds of weather and feel proficient at the helm. To read sailing books, view sailing videos, take sailing lessons and get certified. You might want to purchase a trailerable sailboat at first, as moorage is pricey. If you can sail a small boat proficiently you can sail a large boat. Talk and meet with other professionals; share ideas, and advice. If you are a documented certified boat you will be able to join WA State Charter Associations and be recognized by the state as a Charter. Having a documented certified boat also allows you to take more passengers, thus earning more money. The CFR46 is the manual you want for more clarification and delination of what a State recognized "charter" is; with a documented certified boat it takes 6 months for your boat to meet the inspection required by the State. Or, you can get an OUPV license from the Coast Guard and buy a smaller boat taking out only 6 passengers, however, you will not be recognized in the State of WA as a charter, thus you will not receive the benefits that go with this recognition.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Do you want to learn to sail? Then call me at 360-731-7776 I can usually take you the next day and sometimes even the same day.

Do you want to have an a positive adventure that will bring you joy recalling? Then call Capt. Sherry 360-731-7776

Do you want to go on a Treasure Hunt?
Do you want to go to Blake Island Camping, Hiking, Beach Combing? Then call Capt. Sherry at 360-371-7776

Do you want to Sail to Seattle, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Manchester, Bainbridge Island, Manchester? Port Townsend? Then call Capt. Sherry at 360-731-7776.

Do you want to go to Blake Island and experience a memory of a lifetime?...Salmon dinner cooked on open pit cedar stakes, served by Native Royalty, and enjoy the world reknown Mask Dance Show, Totem Gardens and Museum?
Then call Capt. Sherry at 360-731-7776

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