Auklet Charter Services est.1995
Custom boat charters throughout
Prince William Sound, Alaska

Whittier - Cordova - Valdez
Chugach National Forest
Alaska Marine Parks

Auklet Charter Services

Specializing in scientific research and natural history cruises
in and around Prince William Sound, Alaska
all photographs © by David Janka

We have retired. Our last full season operating Auklet Charter Services was 2022.
We will no longer be offering commercial charter services. .

Annette and I plan to mess about in our boat in Prince William Sound for 2-3 years, continuing to base ourselves out of Cordova.
Looking forward to having the summers to ourselves and taking visiting friends and relatives on short outings.
We will also use the time and summer weather to get the Auklet looking extra nice for selling. Please get in touch if interested in buying the Auklet and the business at any time.

Thank you to the hundreds of individuals, families, friends, organizations, agencies, universities, media, film and other groups that have chartered with us these past 27 years. And to the nearly 70 folks who have helped with crewing - thank you! Thanks to Carolyn for all the help with keeping this website fresh and running.

An especially big thank you, and an even bigger hug to Annette for all her hard work, patience, companionship, guidance, support and love over the years.

David, Annette and Leena.


David and Annette Janka
Some of our wildlife encounters aboard the Auklet and on our Zodiac skiff excursions in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

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Groups we chartered with include:  
  • Prince William Sound Science Center, Cordova
  • Payne Environmental, CA
  • Research Planning Inc., SC
  • Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward
  • Kinnetic Labs, Anchorage
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage
  • US Geological Survey/Biological Resources, Anchorage
  • Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, Anchorage & Valdez
  • National Marine Fisheries Service/Auke Bay Lab, Juneau
  • US Coast Guard, Valdez
  • Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources/State Parks, Anchorage & Soldotna
  • US Forest Service, Cordova, Girdwood, Anchorage, Juneau & Corvallis
  • USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, Anchorage
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Hazmat, Seattle
  • NOAA/Tides, WA & MD
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Cordova
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs, Anchorage
  • Nuka Research and Planning, Seldovia, AK
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Texas A&M University
  • Boston College
  • Hymet Inc., WA
  • Bristol Environmental, Anchorage
  • C-Core, Newfoundland
  • Michael L. Foster & Associates, AK
  • Littoral Ecological & Environmental Services, CA
  • Marine Research Specialists, CA
  • Tenera Environmental Services, CA
  • Coastal Resources Associates, CA
  • US Geological Survey, CA & VA
  • Sitka Science Center, AK
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research, MD
  • AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Anchorage
  • University of Alaska/Institute of Marine Science, Fairbanks
  • Temple University, PA
  • University of AK Anchorage
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • University of CA, TX & WA
  • Neptune and Co., NM
  • GW Scientific, Fairbanks, AK
  • Northern Land Use Research, Fairbanks
  • ABR Inc., Fairbanks
  • North Gulf Oceanic, Homer
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Washington/Earth and Space Sciences
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Florida International University
  • Golder Associates Inc.

Film and media groups we have worked with:  
  • Anchorage Daily News, AK
  • Storie della Terra, Italy
  • Niebrugge Images, AK
  • Scott Dickerson Photography, Homer
  • Time Magazine, NY
  • Media Arts, WA
  • World Wildlife Fund, AK
  • Radio Canada, Montreal
  • BBC, UK
  • Paladin Invision, VA
  • KTOO TV, Juneau
  • Syntax Productions, Anchorage
  • The Film Crew Inc., CA
  • Daniel Zatz, Homer
  • Equator Creative Media, AZ
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, DC
  • Graphic Films, CA
  • Tokai TV, Japan
  • KTRK-TV, ABC ch. 13, Houston, TX
  • Dava Sobel, NY
  • Finnish Broadcasting Co., Finland
  • Greg Palast & Big Noise Films, NY
  • Deutschlandfunk, Germany
  • Catalog.Earth, New York

Victor Lundquist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA Fisheries has recently posted his work on the history of Alaska fisheries research/agency vessels. Check out this link to the Auklet (originally the Auklet II). What a great history resource. I have a copy of the 1950's era photo of the Auklet II hanging in the galley. This is the first time I have seen a photo of the original Auklet from the early 1900's.


"Images of America - Cordova"  from Arcadia Publishing follows Cordova's history through 200 photographs. Nineteen of the thirty five present day photographs are by David Janka.


Annette and her hiking friend Carol have been hiking together and solo for years. They have put their stories and lessons the bears have taught them into a book.
A Handful of Idiots and a Bunch of Bears: Ursine Adventures and Misadventures in the Alaskan Wilderness by CJ Hernley and Annette Janka. And check out CJ's book describing her raft trip through the Grand Canyon with Annette and others in 2015. "In Over My Head: A Grand Canyon Rafting Adventure on the Colorado River”. Both available on Amazon.

The Auklet is named after a small seabird related to the Puffin.
ocean and mountains
Wildflower meadows and mountain scenery, PWS
Prince William Sound Killer Whales
Prince William Sound research
58' motor vessel Auklet at her homeport slip in Cordova, Alaska
Preparing for kayak and Zodiac skiff excursions from the Auklet in Pr. Wm. Sound.


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