Crew

Our Boat, Ranger

Ranger is a 33ft RIB, or Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (rigid fiberglass hull, inflatable pontoons) with two new EPA-certified low-emission four-stroke Mercury 250HP engines. The boat was designed for military use and is made to the highest standards of safety and reliability. Ranger is the only civilian owned PT1000 in the country.

CAPACITY: Six Passengers

Ranger allows for a truly intimate experience of the ocean. She's nimble for exploring near shore where bigger boats can't go. She's fast, so we get to the best areas quickly. Yet when we slow down to soak up the ambiance, the engines are so quiet you can whisper about how incredible it is being so low to the water and close to the wildlife.

 

Captain Laurence Henry

Captain Laurence Henry has lived in Monterey County for over 20 years. As a local resident, he has developed a deep respect for the ocean and a passion and concern for the protection of our local marine environment and resources.

Laurence graduated fom California Maritime Academy in 2009 and holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited Ton license, and a 200 Ton Masters license.

Laurence is a PADI certified dive master and has worked on whale watch and dive boats in Monterey and Hawaii. In the summer of 2009 he worked on a NOAA research vessel in Honolulu as relief third mate and recently worked on container ships out of the Port of Oakland. He is well versed in all the regulations related to boats operating in and around Marine Sanctuaries.

Captain & Naturalist Kate Spencer

Captain Kate Spencer has guided whale watching tours on Monterey Bay since 2001, and acquired her 100 Ton Masters license in 2014. Her enthusiasm and unique perspective as both a trained biologist and accomplished wildlife artist will enrich your trip. 

As a naturalist, Kate has guided small boat encounters with the friendly gray whales of Baja California, lectured on cruise ships on the Inside Passage, and driven Zodiacs on Antarctic tour expeditions. She holds a degree in organismal biology with a studio art minor from Smith College in Massachusetts and has participated in humpback whale field research with the Alaska Whale Foundation.

Before moving to Monterey, Kate was a scientific illustrator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. She is active in the American Cetacean Society's Monterey Bay Chapter, working to protect marine life and reduce human impacts on the oceans.