The majority of Salish’s programs occur aboard Carlyn,a 61-foot yawl built in 1996 according to the U.S. Coast Guard safety standards. Carlyn belongs to Four Winds * Westward Ho Camps and is leased by Salish each year during the spring and fall. Carlyn is designed specifically to meet the unique needs of experiential education programs. Her layout and rig are intended to allow maximum student participation in all sailing and science operations.

Ship Specifications

Displacement: 42,000lbs
Construction: Wood-strip plank with epoxy overlay; built 1995 by Scarano brothers boat building; Albany, NY
Length Overall (LOA): 62ft
Length at Waterline (LWL): 52ft
Draft: 7.5 feet
Beam: 13 feet
Sail Area: 1,450 sq ft.
Auxiliary Engine: 75 horsepower Westerbeke diesel
Crew: 6 persons (with 2 having USCG 100-ton inland masters with sail endorsement licences)
Area of Operation: Salish Sea
Rig: Yawl

Meet Our Full-Time Captain


Ryan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon graduating from college where he studied Northwest history, he fulfilled his life’s dream to sail aboard a square-rigged ship. It was on that vessel that he formed a profound love for the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. He has been sailing from Alaska to Mexico to Maine on many different ships, mostly traditional sailing vessels with an educational mission. Ryan has been working with children for 10 years on the water, and now is excited to combine his joys and talents aboard the S/V Carlyn

Elettra III

elettra from above 6.9.16The Elettra III is an 85-foot steel hulled motor vessel originally commissioned by the Marconi Marine Company as a maritime technology demonstration vessel. The company’s founder, the famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909 for his pioneering work in the development of the wireless technology which led to VHF radio and RADAR systems. Salish acquired Elettra in 2015 at a reduced sale price thanks to a generous in-kind contribution. Salish is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard for permitting as a Subchapter T Small Passenger Vessel.

Supplementing the refit required for compliance and safety, we will be outfitting the vessel with the highest quality scientific and educational instrumentation, creating fully-networked classroom and lab spaces, and deployment arrangements. These modifications will enable us to safely and effectively deliver our unique, hands-on programs for classes a third larger than our current operations allow on a single vessel.

For more information on Elettra III and plans for using the vessel in future programming, please contact Seth Muir at (206) 780-7848 ext. 1 or Seth [at]

Contact Us

Salish Sea Expeditions
1257 Patmos Lane NW
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone: (206) 780-7848
E-Mail: Info@Salish.Org