North to Alaska 2022

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising through Canada up to SE Alaska!

10 August 2022 | Todd Inlet, BC, Canada
08 August 2022 | Lesqueti Island, BC, Canada
04 August 2022 | Heriot Bay, BC, Canada
03 August 2022 | Octopus Islands, BC, Canada
03 August 2022 | Octopus Islands, BC, Canada
31 July 2022 | Lagoon Cove, BC, Canada
30 July 2022 | Echo Bay, BC, Canada
28 July 2022 | Port McNeill, BC, Canada
22 July 2022 | Oliver Cove, BC, Canada
22 July 2022 | Windy Bay, BC, Canada
19 July 2022 | Hartley Bay, BC, Canada
18 July 2022 | Kumealon Inlet, BC, Canada
17 July 2022 | Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
16 July 2022 | Foggy Bay, Alaska
15 July 2022 | Meyer's Chuck, Alaska
14 July 2022 | Dora Bay, Alaska
13 July 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
12 July 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
06 July 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
05 July 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska

How to get to Ketchican from Foggy Bay without an engine

28 May 2022 | Foggy Bay, Alaska to Ketchican, Alaska
George Stonecliffe
Having anchored in Foggy Bay, Alaska without an operating engine, we wondered how to get 35 miles to Ketchican. We had our dinghy and 15 hp outboard, but only 5 gallons of gas. We were also concerned about our boat batteries getting too low. We had anchored in 48' of water
not thinking about Alaska tides of 17'. We let out 150' of 3/8" chain weighing alot. When we left Foggy Bay, we were lucky to be able to use our anchor windlass for most of the lift. I had the manual lever available, and used it for 15' only. With the dinghy strapped along side Julia Max,
we were able to move the mother ship as much as 3 knots without over doing it. At least long enough to get out of the reef-protected harbor, and out into the main channel ultimately leading to Ketchican. After mid-day we saw as much as 13 knots of wind which allowed us to go 5-6 knots.
In addition we had a favorable flood tide which gave us an additional 1.3 knots. As we came into the last channel about ten miles from our final dock, the wind was dieing. At a particular constriction in the channel, only one boat could get through at a time. An ocean cruise ship called us
on VHF 16, and asked us to stop, and let them go through first since we weren't sure we could maintain our speed. So we turned into the wind, and hoved to, stopping our boat's meager progress. Losing time and speed, we struck our sails, and dinghy assisted the final four miles to our
dock at North Bar Harbor, on a large square dock used by fisherman to repair their nets. The dock landing was somewhat comical, affected by an unsuspected side current. I was maneuvering from side to side, pointing the bow in the right direction, and finally pushing from the rear to get
the boat in time before being overpowered by the current. 12 hours from portal to portal. Some of the best light air sailing that we have done!
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Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Fully vaccinated, we are positioning ourselves to head north through Canada to Alaska's amazing Glacier Bay NP and back. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers to all!
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