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British Columbia, Canada

The Pacific Yellowfin is owned and operated by Captain Colin Griffinson with his crew of four. Each of them have a real savoir faire which makes our experience so special. They are all dedicated to offering guests the cruise they have dreamed of, and even beyond. In 8 years running, he has only had one crew change, which he did not have to look for. The crew members leaving all referred one of their friends.

Colin is highly entertaining and makes guests feel relaxed and safe, Our engineer, the curator of the 1920s Twin Atlas Imperial engines recounts zany stories from years at sea. Guests also benefit from the expertise of the even more local people: local artisans, local wildlife scientists and First Nations guides.


Our crew endeavors to go above & beyond our guests’ wishes. Their knowledge of the coast, experience on the water and incredible personalities are great assets of the journey aboard the Pacific Yellowfin. However, though always keen on sharing travel anecdotes or out of the ordinary happenings, they know when to vanish and let our guests relax, regenerate themselves and make the most of these magnificent landscapes.If you would like to speak to the Captain, please don't hesitate to call.

"Every detail was perfect. Each and every crew member was outstanding in their unique, yet all encompassing expertise. Hats off to you Colin for having good karma and management style that attracts people of that caliber."      


Susan Campbell, California, Desolation Sound 2011



Colin Griffinson


Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

As the Captain and co-owner of the Pacific Yellowfin with his wife, Colin delivers unique luxurious private yacht cruises along the BC coast. As a long-time sufferer of “wooden boat disease”, his love of the water started in childhood in Dublin’s busy Dun Laoghaire Harbour. From his early experience on boats, his passion for boats has spanned more than five decades.

Colin has cruised the BC coast for more than twenty years and his love of the sea and interest in people make him incredibly knowledgeable of all fishing hot spots, beautiful hikes and secret waterfalls. Numerous guests have commented on Colin’s sense of humour and storytelling abilities, with “kids” of all ages enjoying his tales. His mastery over the 140ft long Pacific Yellowfin makes our guests feel utterly safe.

When he’s not working in Colin Griffinson Inc., his Vancouver-based master painters and decorating company, Colin can often be found tinkering aboard the Pacific Yellowfin, exploring new routes for his adventures.

Ben Barter 


• @nfa.barter

Hometown: Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Meet Ben, our charismatic Chef, sommelier, and local Island boy. Growing up on Salt Spring Island on the coast of BC, Ben has always been surrounded by the ocean, farms and amazing wildlife. These three things have influenced all aspects of his life, from becoming a Chef to travelling the world. Having spent over 10 years in the restaurant and catering businesses, Ben has found his niche at the Pacific Yellowfin and is finally able to indulge of his, local, farm-to-table passions. 2019 will be Ben's 5th year aboard the Pacific Yellowfin.

Nikolai Coutinho

Guide, Deckhand

and Operations 


• @PNWgodzilla

Birthplace: Boonton, NJ, USA 

Meet Nik, our Deckhand, and Wilderness Guide. 2019 is his 4th year aboard the Pacific Yellowfin. Nik has worked in the coastal waters of BC for the last 7 years as a wilderness guide, kayak guide, deckhand and mate. Along with his passion for sharing his knowledge and the wilderness of the BC coast (especially Whales) he brings a great sense of humor and an all-day smile. He comes fully certified to take care of you, safely and enjoyably through interpretation by land and sea. An absolute treat to be around and will keep you smiling throughout your whole journey.

Erin Kerr


Hometown: Canmore, Alberta


This is Erin’s second season with the Pacific Yellowfin. She has worked for backcountry lodges and yachts for 8 years and spends her offseasons traveling the world. Erin’s love of nature and working closely with a team is what drew her to working aboard the Pacific Yellowfin. She looks forward to another season of beautiful coastlines and breathtaking wildlife.