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    Yearly trip to Alaska from Florida!

    Headed back to Seward, Alaska in the morning, 7 days ride, getting older maybe 8 days.
    Going to install my tunnels on my 3870 gas boat, and a set on a 3870 diesel.
    At 74 the 4800 mile ride is getting old, time to think about selling my gas 3870 next year now that I have it the way I want it, all the comforts of home.
    Time to think about a summer home in northern North Carolina or the border with southern Tennessee.
    I have often wondered about getting old, but life is good1
    Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

    Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
    Twin 350 GM power
    Located in Seward, AK
    Retired marine surveyor

    #2
    Howdy
    your trips caught my attention.
    By the way,74 is no excuse😆!!!!😈
    I turning 79 this march! and on my 4th-week post hip replacement surgery, running out of original parts!!!
    Also as a comment,I live in Morehead City NC and summer is a time I will prefer not be here, hot, humid and the ever threats of hurricanes.
    Last year I went north and spend the summer in Halifax, BUT that I believe was my last sailing ( Cape Dory 30) , have to bow to reality!!!
    Set my eyes on a Bayliner 32xx and will purchase this spring, plan to go north again, doable on coastal legs of about 100 -+ miles to Cape Cod.
    The issue is Cape Cod to Nova Scotia (Shelburne) is around 300 miles of relative open waters and again doable in 2 long days and one night.
    Coastal Maine is no due to the minefield of lobster pots!!!
    A weather window in summer or late summer looks like a few days of south winds and 3 to 6 ft swells on the stern. (that is what I have on my round trip)
    QUESTION
    How doable is the stretch from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia?

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      #3
      I was just in Seward on the boat day before yesterday.

      Seward is not so bad right now. Lots of snow in the parking lot of the harbor though.

      KEVIN SANDERS
      4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
      www.transferswitch4less.com

      Whats the weather like on our boat
      https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


      Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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        #4
        my wife wants to cruise to alaska, (personally, at this time I would like to drive up) but i told her we dont have time to take our boat, so she booked passage for us on a cruise ship leaving the middle of may....

        im sure it wont be as enjoyable as it would be if we could take 3-4 months to do it on our boat... Ideally, I would like to cruise up early in the year in our boat, spend the summer exploring, and then when the weather turns sour, drydock the boat for the winter... then fly up the following year to make a slow return passage in the boat.


        NU LIBERTE'
        Salem, OR

        1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
        5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
        N2K equipped throughout..
        2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
        2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
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          #5
          Originally posted by Centerline2 View Post
          my wife wants to cruise to alaska, (personally, at this time I would like to drive up) but i told her we dont have time to take our boat, so she booked passage for us on a cruise ship leaving the middle of may....

          im sure it wont be as enjoyable as it would be if we could take 3-4 months to do it on our boat... Ideally, I would like to cruise up early in the year in our boat, spend the summer exploring, and then when the weather turns sour, drydock the boat for the winter... then fly up the following year to make a slow return passage in the boat.
          Nothing wrong with taking a cruise ship. You’ll get to see a lot of stuff from a nice warm, dry, comfortable platform.

          KEVIN SANDERS
          4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
          www.transferswitch4less.com

          Whats the weather like on our boat
          https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


          Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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            #6
            I just bought another boat down in Lake Union and will be cruising it up to Valdez in late April and early May. My wife was a bit timid about doing the trip, due to her work schedule. I was going to have to make it to Ketchikan in 10 days to drop her at the airport so that she could fly back to Fairbanks for work. Not impossible but I hated having a schedule. I showed her some videos of Seymour and Dent rapids at full flow, and now I have all the time in the world to make the trip. I still have a wife too but she's sitting this adventure out.
            1995 4587
            2 X Hino 250s

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              #7
              Safe travels Pat!
              Jim Gandee
              1989 3888
              Hino 175's
              Fire Escape
              [email protected]
              Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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                #8
                Originally posted by FBKboater View Post
                I just bought another boat down in Lake Union and will be cruising it up to Valdez in late April and early May. My wife was a bit timid about doing the trip, due to her work schedule. I was going to have to make it to Ketchikan in 10 days to drop her at the airport so that she could fly back to Fairbanks for work. Not impossible but I hated having a schedule. I showed her some videos of Seymour and Dent rapids at full flow, and now I have all the time in the world to make the trip. I still have a wife too but she's sitting this adventure out.
                It sounds like you have done this before possibly???

                I’ve made the trip from Washington to Seward/Whittier twice with new to me boats in the spring after having had little time aboard.

                Best advice is not to have a schedule. Every time I’ve been spanked was because I was tied to a schedule and decided to leave port when I really should have just sat it out.

                OH!!! the important question... What did you get???

                KEVIN SANDERS
                4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                www.transferswitch4less.com

                Whats the weather like on our boat
                https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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                  #9
                  I got a Bayliner 4587. The "new to me" part is what I am most concerned about. I hate surprises.
                  1995 4587
                  2 X Hino 250s

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by FBKboater View Post
                    I got a Bayliner 4587. The "new to me" part is what I am most concerned about. I hate surprises.
                    When I did this, the biggest thing I brought was tools. You are going to put a lot of miles on your boat in a short amount of time. A “stress test” for your boat. Things are probably going to break. Be prepared to fix them. Be prepared to fly in parts, and sit and wait if necessary.

                    Again, take your time. My first trip up was in a 3488 Bayliner. I did it in 10 days but was suposed to make it in a week. Hit a log in the Gulf of Alaska at 26 knots and had to limp into Icy Bay and fly in a diver on a float plane to change props that I had flown in to Yakutat.

                    Second time my son had two weeks of vacation. We pushed the weather and paid the price.

                    My next trip will be south bound. I’ll be retired and will take a month or so. It will be pleasant because I won’t be leaving port unless the weather is nice.

                    KEVIN SANDERS
                    4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                    www.transferswitch4less.com

                    Whats the weather like on our boat
                    https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                    Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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                      #11
                      Ouch how long did you sit in Icy Bay? I've given myself 5 weeks to make the trip, I expect it to take 3. Bringing up 12 extra injectors, 4 impellers, 1 turbo, and 1 alternator. Not really expecting to change all these parts but i'll need them some day and they are easy to get in Seattle. I'll have oil, coolant, fuses, wire, belts, basic tools and tools for electrical, but any other spare parts you think of let me know. I'll probably forget toilet paper. I was concerned about getting stuck in Prince Rupert but now thanks to you Prince Rupert sounds like a nice place to be stuck.
                      1995 4587
                      2 X Hino 250s

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by FBKboater View Post
                        Ouch how long did you sit in Icy Bay? I've given myself 5 weeks to make the trip, I expect it to take 3. Bringing up 12 extra injectors, 4 impellers, 1 turbo, and 1 alternator. Not really expecting to change all these parts but i'll need them some day and they are easy to get in Seattle. I'll have oil, coolant, fuses, wire, belts, basic tools and tools for electrical, but any other spare parts you think of let me know. I'll probably forget toilet paper. I was concerned about getting stuck in Prince Rupert but now thanks to you Prince Rupert sounds like a nice place to be stuck.
                        Just a few days in Icy bay.

                        Prince Rupert is one of your weather hold points. Dixon entrance can get really bad. Do not make this mistake like I did. When listening to the Canadian weather reports the sea state is in meters. . Yes dumb me left Prince Rupert in 3-5 meter seas. That was a VERY bad day. Prince Rupert is a nice place to get stuck. Easy peasy walking distance from the Prince Rupert Yacht Club to everything.

                        For this trip your big weather hold points will be

                        Port Hardy
                        Prince Rupert
                        Elfin Cove
                        Yakutat

                        If you go up the east side and avoid Chattam Strait you will be happier.

                        KEVIN SANDERS
                        4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                        www.transferswitch4less.com

                        Whats the weather like on our boat
                        https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                        Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ksanders View Post

                          Just a few days in Icy bay.

                          Prince Rupert is one of your weather hold points. Dixon entrance can get really bad. Do not make this mistake like I did. When listening to the Canadian weather reports the sea state is in meters. . Yes dumb me left Prince Rupert in 3-5 meter seas. That was a VERY bad day. Prince Rupert is a nice place to get stuck. Easy peasy walking distance from the Prince Rupert Yacht Club to everything.

                          For this trip your big weather hold points will be

                          Port Hardy
                          Prince Rupert
                          Elfin Cove
                          Yakutat

                          If you go up the east side and avoid Chattam Strait you will be happier.
                          There’s nothing better than local knowledge!
                          Jim Gandee
                          1989 3888
                          Hino 175's
                          Fire Escape
                          [email protected]
                          Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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                            #14
                            If you are near Elfin Cove, I recommend sawmill cove in Excursion Inlet!

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                              #15
                              My wife and I booked a cruise in July of this year however we will see how things go with the covid scene. Every person I have talked to says the alaskan cruise is spectacular.
                              Cheers, Hans
                              2007 Carver 41 CMY
                              Twin Volvo D6-370
                              Montreal, Canada
                              Midnight Sun I Photos

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