The first wind electric hybrid charter boat on the West Coast

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Providing clients of all ages and abilities a fun and unique outdoor sailing adventure.

Customized boat tours, overnight whale watching, sailing instruction or carefree skippered sailing charters can run from 1.5 hours to seven days aboard our comfortable and efficient 42 foot long catamaran

2023 Season Begins
April 15 for Private
Overnight and Day
Trip Charters

Open Sunset Cruises
available June 1 - Sept 15


We are vaccinated and currently operating at full capacity with all offerings!
If you are too, you can enjoy mask-free cruising on Gato Verde.

Gato Verde is based in Bellingham, Washington at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Historic Fairhaven, the southern terminus of the Alaska Ferry. Bellingham is located just 90 minutes North of Seattle and 60 minutes South of Vancouver, BC. Consider a sunset cruise or hosting an event out on beautiful Bellingham Bay in the shadow of Mount Baker.

Sailing charter group size is limited to six passengers for both day and overnight charters. Anyone on board who desires it will get plenty of hands-on experience and patient multi-disciplinary instruction geared precisely to their skills, needs, and desires.

In addition to sailing skills, you will learn about the area's environment and how to nurture it, natural history, social history and how they all fit together. Because Gato Verde is committed to sustainable development and environmental stewardship, we provide "positive impact" volunteer opportunities on many of our overnight trips.

Day Sailing Charter Options

Open 1.5 hour sunset cruise

The best Sunset Cruise in Bellingham!
Available June 1- Sept 15

Grab the family, guests, your honey, or treat yourself! Never crowded or noisy due to our 6 passenger limit. You are welcome to bring your own food & beverages.

No minimum. $66/person for a 1.5 hour cruise. Departure times vary through the season and are approximately 90 minutes before sunset.

To check availability click booking button below. Reservations available 21 days or fewer before desired charter date.

Private 1.5 hour sunset cruises

1.5 Hour Sunset Cruise for groups of 6 or smaller that would prefer a private trip. Available for $397.50 for up to 6 passengers. Click booking button below or call to check availability. Reservations available 21 days or fewer before desired charter date.

Private day sail trips

Bellingham's exclusive provider of small group skippered day sailing. If you want a longer than normal sunset cruise, use this option. Cost is just $264/hour (2 hour minimum) You are welcome to bring your own food & beverages or they can be provided by special arrangement. 6 Passenger maximum capacity. Click booking button below or call to check availability. Reservations available 21 days or fewer before desired charter date.

Private Overnight Trips

Skippered bareboat

You provide food & beverages and do the cooking & cleaning. Six passenger maximum capacity.


10% Early Booking Discount for overnight trips booked 5 months ahead!

full service private charter

Charter the Gato Verde with a private chef! Everything but alcohol provided. Six passenger maximum capacity.

$530/person/night Double Occupancy (4 person minimum charge)

10% Early Booking Discount for overnight trips booked 5 months ahead!

Join-A-Cruise Overnight Trips

3 night mother ship supported
stand-up-paddleboard (sup) cruise

Sailing and Stand-Up-Paddleboards ( SUP ) make a great combination! Long downwind/downcurrent paddling options on calm days and/or sailing to a destination to explore at your own pace. Finish each evening in a different location on a comfortable vessel to fill your belly and rest your bones before the next days adventure. Discounts available if you have more than 4 in your group or you bring your own SUP. Six passenger maximum capacity. Coming Soon

3 night live-aboard
whale watching trip

Whale watching aboard the Gato Verde is unique because of the combination of sails and virtually silent electric motors. You can observe the Orcas knowing that we are contributing only a small fraction of the noise and pollution that an average whale watching boat creates. We also have the ability to listen to the Killer Whale's underwater world with our amplified hydrophone...hear the orcas hunt, navigate and is amazing. Six passenger maximum capacity. Dates: Check back soon!

2022 peter james
photography workshop

Sail through and around the San Juan islands, photographing the magical land- and sea-scapes from the Gato Verde and from lonely, otherwise-inaccessible island on shore excursions. In the evenings, you'll learn how to bring out the best in your images using Adobe Lightroom digital processing software. SEPTEMBER 9-12, 2023.

Specialty Trips

july 4
fireworks cruise

Sold out for 2022

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