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John Clutter aboard the 180' POLAR SHELL
Bering Sea King Crab Season with Captain Doug Pedersen 1987



EXPRESS 125’ Steel Salmon Tender. Transited from the Seattle ship canal to Port Townsend shipyard August 8 2005. Completed audio gauge/survey hull repairs. Crossed Gulf of Alaska Seattle to Kodiak June 2006 to Bristol Bay. Tender contract with Norquest Seafoods. Finished 2006 season tendering salmon around Kodiak Island for Global Seafoods. Kodiak to Naknek 2007 Bristol Bay season. August 2007 solo trip Kodiak to Westport Washington, winter layup at Port Orchard Washington. April- May Port Townsend Shipyard haulout aft cabin addition, constructed foremast. Transit to Bristol Bay, packed over one million pounds of sockeye salmon for Trident Seafoods. Purchased fish pump at Kodiak, tendered Chignik salmon for International Seafoods in Kodiak. Motorsailed to Port Orchard Washington October 2008. 2009 round trip Port Orchard to Bristol Bay via Kodiak & SE Alaska Salmon tendering for Snopac Products Inc. May 2010: Departed Washington for the herring grounds at Togiak Alaska and Bristol Bay salmon operations for North Pacific Seafoods, return trip early September across Gulf of Alaska for winter repairs at Port Orchard Washington. 2011 season: Haulout at  Port Townsend, Washington, Loaded cargo at Anacortes, transited direct to Chignik Alaska under contract with Trident Seafoods. Post season round trip Chignik to Kodiak salvage tow of f/v BEAR from Chignik to Homer, port call at Seward and Kodiak, cargo run to Chignik Lagoon then direct transit to Port Orchard Washington for winter repair, top rail replacement. 2012: demolished and replaced wheelhouse roof, additional captain stateroom, pilot station and midmast construction. Transited direct from Sequim Bay to Chignik Alaska (6 days) for tender operations. Transited Chignik to Kodiak, then motorsailing on to Port Orchard Washington for winter renovations. 2013: finished interior welding for remodeled wheelhouse, galley and aft cabin. Removed old interior foam insulation and wood framing. Primed & painted all interior steel/replaced with new lumber, new electrical, plumbing, and foam insulation. Transit from Port Orchard to Bristol Bay for tender operations and late summer operations in Cook Inlet and Kodiak island waters. Winter 2013/2014 at Auke Bay Juneau, Alaska for main propulsion repower and repairs. 2014 Bristol Bay and Kodiak salmon tender operations, transited kodiak to Port Orchard, Washington (solo trip) for winter repairs and renovations. 2015 transit from Port Orchard to King Cove and on to Bristol bay for tender operations and return to Sequim Bay from Chignik Lagoon in October for shipyard a November haulout at Port Townsend. Another haulout from late April to early June 2016 was completed at Port Townsend with a  new survey and USCG fishing vessel inspection. Renamed vessel ALEUTIAN EXPRESS combining previous name ALEUTIAN NATIVE with existing name with existing name EXPRESS since 1939.                                           

ALEUTIAN EXPRESS -2016 Transited directly from Port Angeles, Washington to King Cove, Alaska (7 days) for salmon tendering operations Along the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea sides of the western Alaska Peninsula. Solo transit from Kodiak to Sequim, Washington for winter layup and projects. 2017 Departed Port Orchard Washington to Bristol Bay, Alaska directly via Gulf of Alaska operating out of the Naknek River and Egegik River. Departed Bristol Bay for King Cove, Chignik, Kodiak, Valdez operating Prince William Sound, back to Kodiak and return to Washington for winter shipyard projects. 2018: after 5 months of shipyard work and failed Chignik run, vessel was laid up and Captained the f/v REPUBLIC out of Valdez for Icicle Seafoods at Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet and Kodiak Island. 2019 season back working the ALEUTIAN EXPRESS transited from Seattle to Sitka via the Stait of Juan de Fuca operating for Seafood Producers Cooperative (SPC) taking drift, troll and purse sein caught salmon between Sitka and Lynn Canal in Southeast Alaska. Transited the west coast of Vancouver Island to Washington for winter maintenance and repairs. Solo roundtrip from Port Townsend Washington to Chignik June and September 2021 direct between Cape Flattery and Castle Cape.

NESIKA 60’ Sampson ketch Motorsailer; owned and operated as Wind and Sea Adventures and Alaska Peninsula Adventures since 1994. Areas navigated: Seattle Washington to Chignik Alaska (May 1997) to Honolulu Hawaii (October 1997), French Frigate Shoals, Several trips between Honolulu and Kiribati (one solo) transporting fishing supplies. Charter to Palmyra and numerous deep sea charters around the Hawaiian Islands. Non Passenger Charter to Pago Pago Samoa (Solo Return Nov 2000). Final voyage from Honolulu to Dana Point California (1-3-04 to 1-17-04) delivered to San Diego Ca. for new owners. Traded + cash for 38’ steel Josh Slocum Spray replica (EDDIE) now the KELSEY C.

KELSEY SEA 38’ Steel Joshua Slocum Spray; Took delivery at Sausalito, Ca. sailed to Dana point Ca. Currently own, now moored in Honolulu, Hawaii. Named for Daughter Kelsey.

ITA 30’ Rawson sloop; operated since 1990 sailing day sails and inter-island charters throughout the Hawaiian islands. Contracted with MWR Services at Hickam Air Force Base dba Hickam Harbor Sailing Charters, also had a permit with the U.S. Navy to operate in Pearl Harbor. Docked at La Mariana yacht Club Honolulu. (sold may 2007)

LE PRIX 22’ Pearson Ensign sloop; Owned from 1983 to 1990, Sailed southern California to Peuget Sound waters.

KLAUS WYRTKI 57’ Bruno Stillman Research Vessel; on as needed basis Captain for the University of Hawaii Marine Center 2001 to 2004

KING DIAMOND II 90’ Rodriguez Fishing Vessel; Delivered from Ensenada Mexico to Bluefeilds Nicaragua via the Panama Canal (2-2003) with 1 crewman (Dad)

MAKALII 51’ Benetau Oceanis, GAUGAN 43’ benetau, and ESCAPADE 54’ Hunter; Have operated for Honolulu Sailing Company periodically since 1997 sailing charter guests in Hawaiian waters.

VIDA MIA 62’ Stephens Bros. ; Relief Captain for charters in Honolulu 1997 to 2001.

ALEUTIAN VENTURE 60’ Modified LCM; Chignik Alaska Salmon Tender, (packed over 2,000,000 pounds of Sockeye Salmon) 1999 season.

DIANA 42’ Delta; Chignik Alaska Purse seiner; 1998 season.

NICOLE DANIELLE 42’ DELTA; Chignik Alaska Salmon Tender 1997 Season.

ROXANNE 32’ Sternpicker; Dutch Harbor 1995, Searched for unexploded Japanese torpedo for UXB int.

MISS PEGGY 38’ Leclerqe; Chignik Alaska Salmon Tender 1994,1995,1996 Seasons

SOCKEYE 56’ LCM; Chignik Alaska Salmon Tender 1990,1991,1992 Seasons

CREWED: since 1978 Salmon, Herring, Halibut, Black Cod, Cod, Shrimp, 10 winters Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska Crab

OTHER INTERESTS, SKILLS, EDUCATION; Private Pilot since 1990, RedBlack Belt Martial Art of Hapkido, Hawaii Big Wave Surfer (appeared in 4 scenes of Bruce Brown's surf movie the ENDLESS SUMMER II (Newline Cinema) surfing Waimea Bay Hawaii 1992). Studies included Physical Oceanography, Geology, Marine Biology and attended the Scripps Institution of Oceanography studying Ichthyology (1988).

On occasion land jobs: ALL AMERICAN A-Z HANDYMAN working alone all trades . North San Diego and Orange County California and Hawaii .

Johns' first boat (Blue sail) at laJolla, Ca. 1984
22.5' Pearson Ensign LE PRIX (John on surfboard mid photo)

Rawson 30 sloop ITA
Copperpoxy Bottom with Awl-Grip 10-22-95 Honolulu

Aproaching KIRIBATI (Christmas Island) 2001
Bringing supplies to the Island near the Equator


The "ALASKAN" ferro cement ketch NESIKA
NESIKA at Keehi Marine Center, Honolulu 1998

Nesika at Honolulu loading for Christmas Island.
Jim Clutter (John's Dad as crew) secures car tires for Kiribati

Photo of Surf Movie "Endless Summer II" 12 14 1992
John Clutter at bottom of the wave turning to outrun it. Last scene before opening credits.


Waimea Bay Dec14, 1992. Surfer Magazine May 93
John Clutter hangs in an aborted takeoff as Kelly Slater drops in. Devine photo


Motorsailing Nesika to Kiribati and Palmyra10-99
Coming up for air after repairing the engine

John with NESIKA on Palmyra 10-1999
Ham radio charter: Honolulu to Kiribati and Palmyra

Palmyra 10-1999

Flying a Cessna 152 around the Hawaiian Islands
1991 near Honolulu

Express haul out at Port Townsend 5-2008
John Clutter and Express

Loading cargo at Anacortes, Washington 6 14 11
New Chignik Lagoon skiffs for Frank and Clem Grunert

John and Kelsey Clutter 12-2009
At Laguna Beach, Ca

KELSEY SEA at Lahaina, Maui 2-14-2008
Steel Joshua Slocum Spray

King & Winge rescued the survivors of the Karluk in 1914

the ALEUTIAN NATIVE circa 1929 Seattle

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