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Captain Bry's
sailing charters
offer excitement
amidst the calm

By Sandy Hershelman

There's a certain serenity you get when you combine the sights and sounds of a sailboat on the water. The softness of the waves combine with the power of the wind, creating a symphony between the elements of nature.
"The view from the water is far greater than the view of the water," Captain Bryan Diehl said, as he navigated his sailboat through the peaceful waters of Ludlow Bay. "If you're not on the water, you're missing half of it."

Based at the Port Ludlow, Washington marina, Diehl's Captain Bry's Port Ludlow Charters offers the novice and experienced a chance to sail the usually calm waters of the surrounding areas.
Captain Bry's started up, when the much-repeated question, "Who runs sailboat charters?" kept crossing the bar Diehl was tending.
"Port Ludlow really needed the service," Diehl decided. "A lot of families come here and not everyone golfs. Then again, I've also had a lot of kids learn to sail while their parents golfed."

Diehl already had the boat, the Cygnus, a 26-foot Hunter sloop. Once he got his United States Coast Guard license as a Master of Power and Auxiliary Sail, he was in business.

Diehl chuckled when he recalled his most memorable charter thus far, "We took a family of six from Chicago. Four kids, ages 4 to 10. When the boys showed up, they told me right off the bat, they had wanted to go to Disneyland for vacation." The sail to Friday Harbor was magnificent. Sea lions, herons and other critters played on cue, as the Cygnus sailed by.
"The boys went crazy catching dog fish. They just had a blast," Diehl recalled. The killer whales and the bald eagles had them entranced. "When they got off the boat, the boys all said it was the best trip they ever had. They don't want to go to Disneyland. They're booked again for this year."

Another popular cruise — with Diehl, as well as his clientele — is a Sunday cruise to Pier 66 for a Seattle Mariners game. He's always game for whatever the customer desires.
"It's their cruise completely. I'm totally flexible," Diehl said. "It has to be fun."
Moonlit cruises, spreading cremated remains, crabbing, whatever the customer wants to do.

Diehl offers cruises all year long. In December, he offers a lighted Christmas cruise — which is not for the meek. It's really cold.
A popular Captain Bry cruise is a couple hours around Ludlow Bay, Klas Rocks (aka Seal Rocks), and Admiralty Inlet to the entrance to the Hood Canal. The tour offers amazing views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker, as well as the Olympic Mountains. Lots of submarines cruise these waters, too.
"These are very protected waters," Diehl reassured the wary.
Snacks are available. On longer trips, Diehl's wife Piper demonstrates up her flair for catering.
The Diehls bought the Cygnus for their sailing honeymoon.
They moved here seven years ago to be caretakers of an estate across the bay from the Port Ludlow marina. Every morning, they'd wake up and see the marina. So, when their daughter was born five years ago, they named her Marina.
"She definitely is a water child," Diehl said. "She's my ‘First Matey' and my little tour coordinator."

To arrange a cruise, call 360-437-0602, or e-mail His Web site's at
"When I can have this much fun, share it with other people, and get paid for it, it just made sense," Diehl decided. "Besides, around here you have to be pretty creative with the opportunities, or you're underemployed."
Diehl also scuba dives, offering maintenance and overboard recovery services. "People who do not normally get along, get along on the water. You put people on a boat and they're happy. It stimulates senses that don't normally get stimulated. It's exciting!" Diehl promised. "The whole rest of the world goes away."


Since this was written, in 2000, the Diehls have added the
to their fleet. Built in 1919, she's a cute little wooden
boat that served San Francisco's casino ships during Prohibition.
They've also added another little "Matey" to the family!


Date Last Modified:9/25/19
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