About Us

Marsha Million


Red Mountain Marine originally began as the Jakolof Ferry Service in 1990 when Marsha Million saw a need for transportation services and responded by having Dave Seaman build the M/V Harlequin. The business expanded in 1991 when Tom Hopkins joined Marsha with his own vessel, the M/V Nautical Son. They later replaced the Harlequin and Nautical Son with two Seaman boats, the M/V Mainstay and the M/V Beowulf. These vessels increased passenger capacity while assuring safe, reliable and professional water taxi services to destinations throughout Kachemak Bay. When Marsha became ill in 2003, the Mainstay was sold, and Jakolof Ferry Service became Red Mountain Marine, Inc. under Tom’s capable leadership and direction. The six passenger M/V Portlock was later added to bring Red Mountain Marine’s water taxi capacity to a total of 21 passengers. Although Marsha passed away in 2010, her legacy lives on!

Today Red Mountain Marine’s licensed captains are here to provide reliable water taxi services to individuals, small parties and large groups. Our knowledgeable skippers also offer personalized fjord and wildlife tours. Adventure is awaiting your arrival in Kachemak Bay! We look forward to welcoming you aboard our USCG inspected boat, M/V Beowulf in Homer, Alaska!

Tom & Tammy


As a youngster, Tom Hopkins moved from Northern California to Seldovia with his family in 1970. Tom has worked on the water all of his adult life. His occupations include commercial fishing, crew on towboats, the State ferry M/V Tustumena and oil platform support vessels in Cook Inlet. He currently serves as captain of the water taxis M/V Beowulf and M/V Portlock. Tom’s nautical experience spans 42 years. Oh the stories he can tell! Tom is a true mariner with a love for water and the lifestyle it affords!


Tammy (Barnett) Hopkins came to Homer from Colorado in 1983. This cowgirl turned captain found her niche in 1986 when she went to work on the pilot boat, Mary Dele. She received her captain’s license in 1988 and has worked out on the water for the past 26 years. Tammy came to Red Mountain Marine as a vessel captain in 2003. Her summers are full as she schedules her time between running Marian Beck’s M/V Danny J to Halibut Cove, and Red Mountain Marine’s M/V Beowulf, and the M/V Portlock. Winters find Tammy providing loving care as a nurse’s aid at the hospital in Homer. Tammy will be happy to share her knowledge of Kachemak Bay’s history and abundant wildlife en route to your destination.

Captain Ellie


Elata Huffstutler (Ellie) was born and raised in Homer and began working in Kachemak Bay at the age of 16. She obtained her captain’s license within 5 years and has been operating the M/V Beowulf since 2004. In the off-season, you will find Ellie serving others as she travels to Nicaragua and beyond. Like so many of Alaska’s residents, she always returns to spend her summers with family in Homer.

The Beowulf


The Beowulf was built as the improved sistership to a vessel previously built for the same water taxi business. The traditional lines and lapstrake look were retained, while instead of spruce the planking is plywood/epoxy/fiberglass composite, or stitch-and-glue like the rest of the boat.

Both are among, if not the first, stitch and glue vessels to be inspected and approved by the US Coast Guard as small passenger-carrying vessels, or “T” boats.

Its construction is light, flexible, and strong and contributes to its ease of handling and excellent fuel efficiency. It has been designed for Kachemak Bay conditions, with its variety of conditions, tide rips, and moderate fetch.

We are here to help you make a summer of memories on Kachemak Bay; to share the history, wildlife, nature and marine life.

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