The Boat

F/V Tundra Boat & Crew

Koda on the Tundra
The F/V Tundra was designed and built in Juneau Alaska in 1998 as a tough Alaskan fishing and hunting charter vessel. She is 50’ (15.24 meters) long and 15’ (4.572 meters) wide aluminum custom build which makes her an extremely stable & safe boat. The vessel is powered by 3 230 hp Volvo mains with outdrives and has a Kohler 14 kw Genset. There is also a 14 ft. Zodiak skiff with 30 hp Yamaha outboard.

The Tundra offers one private cabin that sleeps 2 adults plus 1 child comfortably. The forward stateroom has four oversized bunk style v-berth sleeping, aft dinette drops down to queen sleeper. There are also 2 beds in pilot house for crew.

There are 2 heads and a shower. There is a large kitchen & dining area for great meals, washer/dryer on board for drying damp gear. TV/DVD and stereo on board as well. Large forward, aft and topside decks provide ample space for sight seeing, fishing, and relaxing. Plenty of room for paddle boards and kayaks. The spacious pilot house has a bunk/sette which is a favorite for guests to comfortably ride along with the captain and view amazing scenery.

The Tundra has the latest electronic equipment including Furuno Color Sounder, Lowrance HDS 10 sounder, Forward and side scanning sonar, weather fax, SEA 225SB, Furuno LS 6000 sounder, SEA Hailer, two VHF radios, Simrod autopilot, Lowrance GPS/plotter, Horizen GPS/chart plotter, Refrigerator / freezer storage below deck, additional refrigerator/freezer in galley, Sea recovery water maker, camera systems, EPIRB(Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), type 1 PFD’s for everyone onboard and all Coast Guard required safety equipment. The Tundra is a 5-Star U.S. Coast Guard Safety Rated Vessel.

The Crew

Owner, Operator, Captain

John Earle

Captain John Earle has been a commercial fisherman in and around Prince William Sound for over 30 years. From long lining halibut and sablefish to seining and gill netting salmon and crabbing & shrimping… John has done it all and loves to share his passion with others.

After the oil spill in Prince William sound in 1989, John became involved in oil spill response. He has supervised training and preparedness of responder vessels and captains and crews both with SERVS and for offshore oil exploration in the Arctic in both the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.

John is a USCG licensed master with towing endorsements, Cold water survival egress, CPR, AED, First Aid certified, HAZWOPER certified, FEMA incident commander.

Captain John is also a master woodworker/builder, avid backcountry skier, fanatic sport fisherman, musician, and gourmet cook.

Professional Instructor & Tour Guide

Karl Mittelstadt

Karl “with a K” Mittelstadt is a lifelong Alaska resident and the most positive, friendly, happy guy you will EVER meet.

Karl’s love of snowboarding and the outdoors made him a natural when stand up paddle boarding was introduced to Alaska. He became the first certified WPA level 1 Paddle Education Instructor in the Anchorage area. His passion is sharing his love of paddle boarding with others and watching them gain confidence and grow. He is available for private lessons for beginners in local lakes or for more advanced lessons such as SUP rescue & recovery techniques, river safety tips and dealing with Alaskan weather conditions. He is certified in CPR & first aid & will always focus his trips on safety first. He is also a rep for HALA boards and has all models available for demo.

Alaska Paddle Board Guru

For an experience of a lifetime book Karl as your personal guide on a Blackstone Bay paddle boarding trip.

Commercial Fisherman & Professional Deck Hand

Oceana Wills

Oceana, a lifelong Alaskan, was born and raised in Homer, Alaska. She thought she could never live in a place that wasn’t next to the ocean but found herself at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and survived (perhaps because the Willamette River runs to the sea).

She studied English literature, played in a bluegrass band, went abroad to Scotland, and learned how to live in a city, but returned to Alaska to commercial fish; her summer job for the last eight years. Like the sockeye salmon, Oceana returned to Bristol Bay and the muddy Egegik river to take part in the unique culture created around fishing and to work on the water.

She loves to write, draw, paint, ski, explore, and play the fiddle, both in solitude and with whoever wants to make music. A lover of learning and the natural world, she wants to explore more of Alaska, especially its coasts, and hopes to travel the world. As a little girl, she spent time in Prince William Sound on her dad’s fishing boat. Now, she is thrilled to be working in this beautiful place.

First Mate, Naturalist & Kayak Guide

Liz Finch

Liz is the Tundra’s first mate. Originally from the coast of North Carolina, Liz found her way to Alaska via New England and Montana. She picked up her degree in Montana in Nature Based Tourism with a focus in Environmental Education. Her past experiences of outdoor adventure jobs has led her to this one.

In her recent years in Alaska she has been working for the Forest Service as an interpretive ranger and enjoys giving guided hikes in the Chugach. National Forest. Liz is a Wilderness First Responder, CPR and First Aid Certified, Swift Water Rescue Technician Certified, trained in Ocean Lifeguard Rescue, and River Guide Certified.

Her passion is sharing the wealth of information she has acquired on glaciers, flora, fauna and all aspects of Alaska with guests from all over the world. In the off season Liz is a ski instructor at Mount Alyeska in Girdwood Alaska.