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

Peril Strait / Appleton Cove 8/23/ - 8/24/2017

12 December 2017 | Peril Strait / Appleton Cove
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.


We made our way up Chatham Strait to Peril Strait where we turned west and headed towards Appleton Cove for the night. As we went along, we noticed many whales bubble fishing; something we had not seen a lot of during our earlier stretches. Bubble fishing is when the whales (humpback whales) make a lot of circles around a school of fish and blow bubbles out which confuses the fish. The whales are then able to dart in and feast on them quite effectively. It was very interesting to watch, as we saw a couple of whale pods as well as the 'odd whale out' not a member of any pod. The teamwork of the pods definitely made feeding easier and more efficient than feeding as a single individual.

We saw several fishing boats - trollers and purse seiners - out working towards the end of the season. It had been a pretty good season so far and the fishing fleet in SE Alaska was making the most of it. Trollers are the ones that catch fish (salmon) individually on hooks and take great care to not mar the fish so the appearance is good and the price stays up. Other types of fishing like purse seiners catch large amounts of fish at once. Generally these are destined for cut filets or steaks or canning.

We pulled into Appleton Cove fairly early and found only one other boat in the anchorage. It is a very protected anchorage in all but severe northwest blows. We still had a good amount of daylight left, but couldn't go any farther because of the very narrow Sergius Channel that lies between Appleton Cove and Sitka. Sergius is only about 400 feet wide, which seems like a lot until you understand that the current can run at up to 8 knots through this narrow passage and make transiting it very difficult for most boats. As usual in the travels we had this season, it was wait until slack in order to transit transit, so that is what we did in Appleton.
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