This company has been on the international boating scene since the first model—a 49-foot wooden trawler designed by Robert S. Doris—hit blue water in the early 1960s. The brand was built in Hong Kong and began as long-range cruising boats with husky (as in broad beamed), salty styling (think raised pilothouse and Portuguese bridge). In 1966, a 53 was introduced. It was designed by Arthur DeFever, who is often credited with popularizing the concept of trawler-type yachts for pleasure cruising. Decades later, in 1998, a new version of that 53 was launched for a new generation of cruisers. Today’s fiberglass Alaskan fleet is comprised of four models ranging in size from 56 to 80 feet in length. The boats maintain that robust and salty styling, but feature luxury cruising amenities and are constructed with modern technology and equipment to ensure safe passages offshore. With electronic diesel propulsion, Alaskan models are no longer limited to conventional trawler speeds. These motor yachts provide good range when running at 16 to 18 knots, as well as efficiency if throttled back to nine or 10 knots. The company contends tradition and technology go hand in hand in every Alaskan model, and it claims to be a proud steward of that yacht-building philosophy.