September 7th 2012. By Neil Rabinowitz.

Senses Into the Wild: Alaska, from the deck of a Yacht

Megayachts are the ultimate exploration platform when outfitted with the right toys and operated by a competent crew. A bonus is when the owner has the ambition for voyaging to the most remote and rewarding outposts of the planet, like the owner of Senses. Photographer Neil Rabinowitz recently cruised to remote areas of Alaska on this steel exploration motoryacht.


Senses looking up at bow

Senses has an arsenal of on-deck toys: 2 windsurfers, 4 jet skis, 4 sea kayaks, 2 sailing dinghies, a pedal powered cat, a 28' Herreshoff sloop, a 42' Nelson Pilot Boat, a 24' Halmatic RIB capable of 40 knots, and an Augusta Helicopter.


Alaska glacier

Endicott Arm in Alaska's Southeast region offers access to the notorious inlet of Ford's Terror. Only reached by float plane, helicopter, or boat, it is a destination rimmed by steeped granite walls and towering waterfalls, a great place to watch seals, orcas, salmon, mountain goats, grizzles and moose.


Senses from helicopter

Senses, designed by Martin Francis and Jacque Setton, is a 194 foot steel explorer that is no timid cruiser. Built by Claus Kusch at SBN and Schweers Shipyards in Germany, the boat often travels more than 25,000 miles a year.


Senses bow on with seals

Senses noses gently through a parade of blue icebergs populated with seals, an area John Muir described as "surpassing Yosemite." The seals hope to avoid hungry Orcas on the prowl.


Senses bridge

A row of observation windows form panoramic vantage points above the wheelhouse. Senses has a range of 6,500 miles, offering the chance for true exploration and discovery.


glacier and kayakers

Accessibility to intimate waterways is sometimes limited by a megayacht's inability to approach the most remote anchorages. Senses has an on-deck flotilla of small boats, providing owner and guests with close encounters.


Senses deck and toys

Launching the 42' Nelson down its own railway allows the versatile pilot boat to be conveniently boarded in place and deployed in almost any weather.


Senses tender and iceberg

The Nelson, designed for the British Navy, slips past icebergs with the operator and guest driving from topside, savoring the sunshine and cabin top view.


Senses next to glacier

Among the turbulence of calving glaciers, icebergs and rocks, Senses threads the narrow glacial inlets and uses its helicopter for a bird's eye view of the route.


Senses and fishing

A passionate fly fisherman, the owner of Senses seeks out the most remote and exhilarating fishing spots around the globe. Then Senses and the helicopter team up to bring him right to the fish.

Neil Rabinowitz
YachtWorld Senior Photographer Neil Rabinowitz has photographed and written about all ends of the yachting world—racing, cruising and chartering—from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest where he lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Recognized as one of the best, Neil has produced more than 2000 magazine covers and numerous feature stories. He continues to write and photograph for both editorial and advertising clients and has been a contributor to since its inception in 1995. View more of his photos on the Neil Rabinowitz website (