About Our Boat & Crew

Our Boat — Ranger

“Ranger” is a 33-foot (10m) RIB, or Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (rigid fiberglass hull, inflatable pontoons) with two EPA-certified low-emission four-stroke Mercury 250HP engines. The boat was designed for military use and is built to the highest standards of safety and reliability. Ranger is the only civilian owned PT1000 in the country.

Capacity: Six Passengers
Number of Boats: One

“Ranger” allows for a truly intimate experience of the ocean. She’s nimble for exploring near shore where bigger boats can’t go. She’s fast, so we get to the best areas quickly. Yet when we slow down to soak up the ambiance, the engines are so quiet you can whisper about how incredible it is being this low to the water and close to the wildlife.

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Captain & Naturalist Kate Spencer

Captain Kate Spencer has guided tours for Fast Raft since 2014. She has led whale watching tours on Monterey Bay since 2001. Her enthusiasm and unique perspective as both a trained biologist and accomplished wildlife artist will enrich your trip.

As a naturalist, Kate has guided small boat encounters with the friendly gray whales of Baja California, lectured on cruise ships on the Inside Passage, and driven Zodiacs on Antarctic tour expeditions.

Kate has participated in humpback whale field research with the Alaska Whale Foundation and is one of the early users whose photographic data was instrumental in building the Happywhale.com citizen science whale tracking site. She is on the advisory board of California Whale Rescue and a first responder for entangled whales.

Before moving to Monterey, Kate was a scientific illustrator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. She holds a degree in organismal biology with a studio art minor from Smith College in Massachusetts.

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Captain Laurence Henry

Captain Laurence Henry owns Fast Raft LLC. He has lived in Monterey County for over 20 years. As a local resident, he has developed a deep respect for the ocean and a passion and concern for the protection of our local marine environment and resources.

Laurence graduated from California Maritime Academy in 2009 and holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited Ton license, and a 200 Ton Masters license.

Laurence is a PADI certified dive master and has worked on whale watch and dive boats in Monterey and Hawaii. In the summer of 2009 he worked on a NOAA research vessel in Honolulu as relief third mate and recently worked on container ships out of the Port of Oakland. He has voyaged to the Sea of Cortez as an officer on the research vessels of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, MBARI. He is well versed in all the regulations related to boats operating in and around Marine Sanctuaries.

Book by phone: (408) 659-3900
Fast Raft Office: (831) 324-4883
1. Moss Landing (Spring, Summer, Fall)

North Harbor Public Boat Launch Ramp — near  Sea Harvest Restaurant

and Monterey Bay Kayaks

(2486 Highway One, Moss Landing, CA)

 

2. Monterey Harbor (Winter)

Breakwater Cove Marina — near Coast Guard Pier

and Monterey Bay Boatworks

(32 Cannery Row, Monterey CA)