Blake Island Charters

Port Orchard, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

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!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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!


Port Orchard, WA 98366

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6 Reviews
  • Jennifer S. Aug 6, 2015
    Captain Sherry was very knowledgable and capable with handling the Westerly and providing excellent clear instruction to a newbie sailor like myself. Patient, tolerant and graceful we had an excellent day out on the Sound. God willing we will meet again!
  • Joseph H. Jun 5, 2015
    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
  • Brian N. Aug 18, 2014
    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.
  • Linda W. Oct 6, 2012
    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.
  • Guy M. Sep 17, 2012
    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!
  • Lisa P. Jul 16, 2012
    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.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
BLAKE ISLAND CHARTERS OFFERS: CALL TODAY 360-731-7776! “ YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU!” ALL FARES INCLUDE: service charge, fuel surcharge or taxes Explosives, weapons, firearms and propane tanks are not permitted NO SMOKING 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: 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. PIRATE TREASURE HUNT: 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 . 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 THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING BLAKE ISLAND CHARTERS! “YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU!” Captain Sherry Barnhart BLAKE ISLAND CHARTERS P. O. BOX 2002 Port Orchard, WA 98366 360-731-7776 LICENSE #2769686 U. S. Merchant Marine MASTER, Power, Sailing, & Towing, Near Coastal. MENU AT TILLCUM VILLAGE BLAKE ISLAND: 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! LEAVE PORT ORCHARD OR BREMERTON BY APPOINTMENT! Just call 360-731-7776 and tell us the day you want to go on your ADVENTURE! LUNCH SERVED AT NOON; DINNER SERVED AT 5PM: March 19- June 3, 2011 Saturdays: 9am-5pm 2pm-9pm Sundays: 9am-5pm June 4-June 30, 2011 Wednesday through Saturday: 9am-5pm 2pm-9pm Sundays: 9am-5pm July 1 –Sept. 5 Monday through Friday: 9am-5pm 3:30PM-11:30PM Saturdays: 9am-5pm 2pm-10pm 4pm-11pm Sundays: 9am-5pm 2pm-10pm Sept. 6 – Oct. 30, 2011 Saturdays: 9am-4pm 2pm-10pm Sundays: 9am-5pm March 19- June 3, 2011 Saturdays: 9am-5pm 2pm-9pm Sundays: 9am-5pm June 4-June 30, 2011 Wednesday through Saturday: 9am-5pm 2pm-10pm Sundays: 9am-5pm July 1 –Sept. 5 Monday through Friday: 9am-5pm 4pm-11pm Saturdays: 9am-5pm 2pm-10pm 4pm-10pm Sundays: 9am-5pm 2pm-10pm Sept. 6 – Oct. 30, 2011 Saturdays: 9am-5pm 2pm-10pm Sundays: 9am-5pm
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Always learning, daily, each day the wind is 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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My Father was a Captain of ALL waters in the Merchant Marine, and I was raised on the 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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
teaching sailing, making my passengers feel comfortable.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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."
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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 call Capt. Sherry at 360-731-7776 and let's go SAILING TODAY!