My name is Rand Seaton and I am the owner and operator of the Lady of the Sea. I wanted to start a blog to let everyone know about all the amazing things Kachemak Bay has to offer. In addition I want to share some of my stories of growing up in Alaska, and share the adventures we experience with our trip up the inside passage as we cruise with the Lady of the Sea from Bellingham, WA up to Homer, AK.
A little backstory on me, my family, and why we decided to start Lady of the Sea Adventures. I grew up in Homer and on the coastal waters of Alaska. My first crib was a drawer on a tender called the Georgia Straits. A commercial fishing tender is basically a fish transporter. We take the fish from the fishermen at the fishing grounds, freeze or chill them to keep them fresh, and deliver them back to the processing plant on shore.
My mother is a super sweet lady, but also a certified badass. After my dad broke his back she took me, at less than 6 months old, to go run the Georgia Straits for the summer on her own. That was my life growing up, on boats with my family fishing and tendering. At 7 years old I was allowed to run my first boat, a 6 foot zodiac, until my mom looked out one time to see me surrounded by a pod of beluga whales.
On the water is where most of the defining moments of my life have been. During and after college I worked on and later ran the Georgia Straits on my own. I went back to get my masters degree in teaching in part because I would be able to continue to run a tender during the summer.
Starting this business is a continuation of my passion for being on the water, adventuring in Alaska, and teaching others. I want to show everyone how magical this place is, the water, the land, and the wildlife.
I began thinking about starting an overnight cruise company in Kachemak Bay after running a water taxi in the summer of 2022. Being on the water and also being able to go to all the amazing places in Kachemak Bay that I remembered going to as I was growing up lit a passion in me for introducing others to all the fantastic adventures Kachemak Bay has to offer.
In the fall I started looking at boats. My initial plan was to get an old seiner and spend some time fixing it up, but when I saw the Lady of the Sea I knew she was the one. Recently refit, but with classic lines and old school touches, the Lady of the Sea is built for adventuring in comfort. With most vessels space is at a premium and you either have enough room for a couple of people to be comfortable, or you have to squeeze people in like sardines. The Lady of the Sea, however, manages to be spacious and luxurious even for 6 passengers and 3 crew.
She is virtually perfect for small ship cruises and my family and I can't wait to get started.
Stay tuned for more posts highlighting our trip up the inside passage coming next week!