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How much do I tip the Crew?

How much do I tip the deckhand?

A lot have people have asked me, “what is appropriate to tip the deckhand”. The deckhand works for tips only. Your deckhand does a lot while you are enjoying yourself, including keeping you safe, baiting hooks, untangling lines, icing down your catch, keeping the deck clean, telling bad jokes, making gourmet coffee for you etc. Most importantly, s/he helps and directs you on how to land your fish and s/he filets your fish on the ride home.  Once we dock, s/he will wheel it up to your car or to Fees Custom Seafoods at the end of the day. S/he ensures your comfort for 11 hours. We strive to be a 5-star outfit.

A standard tip for a deckhand is 20%.  This equates to about $100 per person on a full priced charter. If your captain is running without a deckhand for the day a 20% tip ($100 pp) is still standard.


If for any reason, you feel that s/he is not doing a good job, please inform the Captain as soon as possible, preferably BEFORE THE END OF THE TRIP so we can get things turned around quickly.  If you are not happy with the Captain please contact the owner immediately.  You should have cell phone service on the water 907-360-7975.

The captain unfortunately cannot control the sea state and sometimes it gets a bit rough in certain areas.  The Captain will operate the boat in a manner to make your ride as comfortable as possible while still maintaining a safe speed for the vessel.  Sometimes this will give you a rough ride.

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