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A Day in Dispatch

A typical day for the office crew at Baranof starts late the night before.  We allocate a certain number of seats for salmon, halibut, and our culinary fishing excursions to each cruise ship that will call in Ketchikan on a given day.  Based off how many cruise ships will be visiting, the size of the ships, time of year, our relationship with each ship’s sales staff and their previous sales, and a magic 8-ball, we determine an expected number of guests from each.  While the number for a specific ship is rarely exactly what we predict, when taken as an average we are very close at predicting a passenger load for each day.  Typically, however, we don’t receive those numbers until the end of preceding workday, which is when Bonnie starts working her magic.  Organizing our 20 odd boats, with 4-6 passengers on each, over three unique Ketchikan fishing excursions (let alone the customized private charters), while keeping family’s and parties together is an impressive feat accomplished by Bonnie and her crew.  Once the plan for the next day is set, they’re ready to hit the ground running in the morning as soon as the cruise ships hit the pier.

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