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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, he helps and directs you on how to land your fish and he filets your fish on the ride home. Once we dock he will wheel it up to your car or to the processor at the end of the day. He ensures your comfort for 11 hours.

A 20% tip ($90-$100 per person) is the standard tip for a deckhand on a charter boat in Alaska.  If your captain is also your deckhand, a 20% tip ($90-$100 per person) is still appropriate.

If for any reason, you feel that the deckhand 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 unhappy with the Captain, please contact the owner immediately.  You should have cell phone service on the water.  907-360-7975  Please do not wait until you get back to the dock.

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