Cruising on Just Lucky

The travels of the sailboat Just Lucky and the able crew

13 October 2021
13 October 2021 | Avila Beach
22 September 2021
01 September 2021
11 August 2021
18 December 2017 | Sitka, AK
12 December 2017 | Sitka
12 December 2017 | Peril Strait / Appleton Cove
11 December 2017 | Warm Springs, Baranof Island
10 October 2017 | Portage Bay - Kake Village
10 October 2017 | Petersburg, AK
31 August 2017 | Wrangell Narrows to Petersburg
31 August 2017 | Wrangell, Ak - Low tide boat work
30 August 2017 | Anan Bear Observatory
30 August 2017 | Meyers Chuck - Frosty Bay
15 August 2017 | Ketchikan, AK
29 July 2017 | Dixon Entrance / Foggy Bay
29 July 2017 | Prince Rupert
29 July 2017 | Hartley Bay
22 July 2017 | Khutze Inlet

Wrangell Narrows to Petersburg 8/17/ - 8/18/2017

31 August 2017 | Wrangell Narrows to Petersburg
Ron
Our route and current location: [Note - I forgot to turn on tracking for a while - the track is discontinuous but does pick up later]
https://share.garmin.com/RonRisden
For those following along at home - and at work - the Sail Blog app is just a straight line, giving our anchored locations - where we end for the day. The Garmin track linked above, which starts in Powell River, gives a fairly continuous track of our travels; showing the ins and outs (and backtracking) we are doing. Also you will notice that the dates of the writing may seem a little off. Entries get written when there is a good internet connection and may reflect that date. We will try to start putting the date(s) we are at a specific location into the heading.


The stay in Wrangell had been very good. The boat had quite a bit of work done and we had made friends with several local folks there (thanks Bill & Donna for all the rides!). Kirsten had managed to help out our oldest son at his new business and give him a little respite from the daily grind of working for yourself. If you have never been your own boss, it is not an easy thing to do; not my forte` at all.

We were headed towards Petersburg, via Wrangell Narrows. The Narrows is a very small ribbon of water that runs between Mitkof Island and Kupreanof Island (all of you remembered that Alaska was settled by the Russians long before we bought it from them - right? right? 5th grade history :>). This passage is narrow (hence the name) as well as shallow in a lot of spots but is dredged to ensure that the Alaska State Ferry passage is not a problem - unless you happen to meet one coming in the opposite direction in one of the narrow spots!

Our first night out was in Saint John Harbour in Zarembo Island (ok - go look up the naming history yourself; it gets confusing). It has an active log deck - where logs get loaded onto barges - in the SW corner of the harbor so we avoided that area as we circled for a good spot. If you haven't already, zooming into a spot on the Garmin link above shows just how much we circle sometimes before we drop the anchor. We are trying to get a feel for the slope of the land and how much drop low tide will bring. It turned out to be a great anchorage, and so we dropped the hook and turned in early to get a good start on the next day's trip.

A lot of the success, if not most, we have had to date in running any narrows or rapids during our trip has been due to the timing. Going across a constriction, we mostly have tried to time it for high water slack. That is, the highest point in the tide when the water is neither coming out nor going in. In the case of Wrangell Narrows, the current runs both ways. About halfway up the narrows it turns around and runs the opposite direction. This meant that we had to time our entrance to the Narrows when the tide was pushing us in a little, but not too much. As an additional obstacle for us, the current in front of the three harbors in Petersburg are susceptible to strong flows as well and entrance to any of the harbors is best done at slack water.

We weighed anchor by 7:45 and were off. I'd like to say that it was touch and go or that we had several near misses, but our planning group (Kirsten) had done a good job and we got gently pushed along for almost the entire route dropping us gently at the entrance to the harbors with only minimal current to deal with. The Narrows does have many turns in it, with the accompanying channel markers on the right (starboard) or left (port) side. It reminded Kirsten and I of ski racing gates in some instances since the turns were so frequent. Nonetheless we successfully negotiated them and were on the dock at 11:40 am.
Comments
Vessel Name: Just Lucky
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 40
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Ron & Kirsten Risden
About: Retired and seeking new places to travel to and explore. Traveling up the Inside Passage to SE Alaska and exploring the coast along the way.
Just Lucky's Photos - Main
4 Photos
Created 13 October 2021
3 Photos
Created 13 October 2021
4 Photos
Created 22 September 2021
Local highlights
6 Photos
Created 1 September 2021
Photos of the Powell River area and just prior to Desolation Sound proper
5 Photos
Created 29 July 2017
Shots from the trip up and back and in the Inlet
6 Photos
Created 29 July 2017
Pender Harbor photos
4 Photos
Created 29 July 2017
Shots of the Cove and the hike we took
4 Photos
Created 18 May 2017
Various photos along the way
3 Photos
Created 18 May 2017
Shots of the Strait and Bowen Island activities
4 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Places we've eaten or had a drink along the way that we enjoyed
7 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Things we did in Ganges
5 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Boats and other vehicles or mechanical items I've seen along the way that I thought were cool or looked very nice
5 Photos
Created 12 May 2017
Crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca
2 Photos
Created 29 April 2017
Photos of the boat and boat projects
9 Photos
Created 27 April 2017