The 116-foot Holland Jachtbouw Whisper, for the second year in a row, has announced plans to donate a portion of summer charter fees to Project Puffin, which helps seabirds in Maine.
The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an attempt to restore puffin seabird colonies that hunters had destroyed. The puffins have since returned to the region. Back in 1981, the society reported just four pairs of puffins on Eastern Egg Rock. As of 2013, there were about 1,000 pairs nesting on five different islands in Maine.
Whisper will charter this summer in New England at a lowest weekly base rate of $60,000. She accommodates six guests in three staterooms, with a fourth room that can serve as a “nanny cabin” if desired.