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Day 20 | Flotilla to Alaska | Ketchikan to Meyers Chuck

We left Ketchikan around 9:00 a.m. and had a beautiful, calm cruise up Clarence Strait: Clarence Strait can be a nasty body of water. It’s 100 nm long and four miles wide. Current runs to several knots. When the wind blows, it gets ugly. Any day of calm water is…

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Day 19 | Flotilla to Alaska | Lay Day in Ketchikan

Today was a lay day in Ketchikan. We figured people could use a day of rest (or chores or exploring) since we’ve been moving swiftly since meeting at Roche Harbor a couple weeks ago. Now that we’re in Alaska we can reset the pace a bit. Yesterday we were lucky enough to see…

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Day 18 | Flotilla to Alaska | Foggy Bay to Ketchikan

This morning in Foggy Bay was still and quiet. We worked on the flotilla plan early, and then took the dinghy out (quietly) to look for bears and explore the bay before meeting with each boat to go over the plan for the next two days.   Kevin took the Mavic up…

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Packing and Provisioning for Extended NW Cruising

Before you embark on an extended cruise in the Pacific Northwest or up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska, you might want some tips about what to pack. This presentation offers helpful advice on what kinds of things to bring along on your boat for a trip up the Inside Passage to…

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The Rapids and Johnstone Strait

Traveling the Inside Passage in British Columbia, Canada by boat? This presentation makes getting through Johnstone Strait and the Rapids easy and stress-free. In this episode of the “Mastering the Inside Passage” series, Sam Landsman and Laura Domela from Slowboat.com share the lessons of numerous crossings – leading flotillas up…

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Nine Boats to Alaska: Failure Analysis

Last summer I took eight boats (nine including mine) from Anacortes to Southeast Alaska. Naturally, we experienced a few failures along the way. Below is an accounting of those failures, how we addressed them, and what lessons can be taken away. Failure: Inverter cabling This “professionally-installed” inverter cabling was woefully…

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