"the gambler", hand-built in 1989
A tailored wilderness experience, designed for you by our family adventure business.
Alpenglow Charters is a business dreamed up by the Barnwell family. From big seas and crab fishing out of Dutch Harbor, to commercial fishing in Ugashik and kayaking in the Prince William Sound, we have a long record of spending time on Alaskan waters . We are proud to share our beautiful and wild home with our guests.
Alpenglow Charters is grounded in the values of our family; outdoor experience, wilderness, local knowledge, comfort and good food. We offer a unique taste of adventure in beautiful Resurrection Bay, using the 40 ft. vessel M/V Gambler as a home base. A big inspiration for our charter business is to provide an accessible trip option to folks who want a taste of Alaskan water - without having to spend a fortune or a week to do so. We believe that boating, and experiencing Alaska's wilderness, should be experienced by everyone.
M/V Gambler has a unique story of her own (inquire with your crew to learn more), and is finally living her dream: to become a charter boat in Alaska. M/V Gambler is a custom design, hand-built in 1989 by Brad Barker. His original conception of the vessel was to sail it to Alaska and run a kayak business. With our two kayaks on board, we like to think we finally brought to her home (for now at least).
Kenzie and Ian, your crew, as well as the entire Barnwell family, renovated the interior of the boat in 2016 and 2017 - custom woodworking, running fresh water lines, adding to the engine room, installing electrical lines, a new navigation system...the list stretches on. M/V Gambler made the journey from Mt. Vernon, Washington up the Inside Passage and across Gulf of Alaska to it's final destination of Seward.
Many unforseen adventures and hours of hard work went into making M/V Gambler a comfortable, live aboard boat.
We hope you enjoy her as much as we do.
Ian, Kenzie and the Barnwell Family
Mackenzie Barnwell is your captain, and Ian Colegrove as chief engineer and guide.
Mackenzie has grown up on boats, including spending a year on a sailboat in the Caribbean, commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, and crewing private charters in New Zealand. She has worked on over twelve different vessels, including spending 4 years running charters in Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjord National Park. In 2016, Mackenzie obtained her USCG Captain's License and completed a Flagship Maritime OUPV (Operator of Un-inspected Passenger Vessels) Course. She has well over 360 days of experience on the water, and is passionate about sharing boating with others. Mackenzie has a Wilderness First Responder certification. When not found working on M/V Gambler, Mackenzie can be found cooking, and enjoying the gorgeous outdoor playground of Alaska in any way she can.
Ian is talented mechanic and guide. He's spent 5 seasons in Alaska, guiding 2 week backpacking trips in the Wrangells to week-long sea kayak camping expeditions out of Prince William Sound. Ian is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He also works for Catalyst Marine Engineering in Seward, where he works on vessels smaller than the M/V Gambler in size to massive fuel-hauling barges. He loves anything ice or Alaska related, and can often be found with his nose in a climbing book or adventure history novel.
Both Ian and Mackenzie are excited to guide you off the beaten path, and to help you explore the beautiful water around Seward.