Explore Nantucket, Whale Watch, Seal Cruises & Harbor Tours on Nantucket Island

About the Crew

Capt. Blair PerkinsCaptain Blair Perkins has been licensed by the US Coast Guard for more than two decades. His experience as a commercial fisherman, boat captain, and as a naturalist spans more than 30 years on Nantucket Island and he compliments each tour with local flavor and extensive knowledge. "I have always been awestruck by the natural beauty of all that is out here surviving day-by- day in every kind of weather, and am amazed at the changes in species and populations as the months and seasons themselves change, " says Perkins. "I am thrilled to be able to offer Nantucket visitors and naturalists the opportunity to see the wild beauty of Nantucket which is rarely observed from the confines of everyday life."

Captain MaxCaptain Max Perkins is the son of Shearwater Excursions' founders, Rachael Perkins and Captain Blair Perkins. Having, literally, grown up crewing on the many boats that his father has owned/operated, Max has evolved into an exceptionally talented and responsible captain. Like his father, he has become fixated on his natural surroundings. His knowlege of Nantucket Island and "gift of the gab" allows for a memorable and entertaining cruise. As are all our captains, Captain Max is licensed by the USCG and certified in CPR and first aid.

The FamilyShearwater Excursions is the first family-run, year-round eco-tour company on Nantucket. We offer customers the opportunity to explore the many ecosystems in and around the shores of Nantucket, as well as those of the undeveloped outer islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget. We also explore the vast domain of the great whales offshore. Our company has close ties with many research organizations which ensures our passengers are provided with exceptionally educational and well narrated tours. Shearwater Excursions provides a memorable and educational experience that has many people returning each season for a “refresher".

Captain Blair Perkins and family: Captain Max, first mates Alex and Renee, and wife, Rachael

Shearwater About the Boats

The vessel, Shearwater , used primarily for the whale and seal tours, is a very comfortable 47' Power Catamaran. Shearwater is a US Coast Guard certified twin-hulled power boat with eco-friendly, clean-burning diesel engines. The very shallow draft of the Shearwater allows shoreline access that most single-hulled boats cannot navigate. In addition, the double hulled design provides a very dry and stable platform from which one can easily observe and photograph. Indoor and outdoor seating offers protection from the elements and there is a clean, private head (toilet) for additional comfort. Snacks and drinks are available for sale. Download the Specification Sheet on the Shearwater.

the MinkeThe vessel, Minke, used for the harbor cruises, is a 26' Classic Crosby Launch with a full canopy top. She is a United States Coast Guard inspected vessel licensed for 25 passengers. She is powered by a quiet, reliable 85 hp Perkins diesel engine. The Minke has saftey netting around all the railing to provide a worry-free environment for parents of young children. As are all our captains, her primary operator is Max Perkins, licensed by the USCG and certified in CPR and first aid.


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