2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby ShortCut on Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:45 am

Please add us to the list of participants with the fast boats in 2019. We spent the summer getting comfortable with our new Cutwater C-242 Coupe and we’re ready to go as far north as the group of fast boats wants to go. We have 14 years of experience anchoring in the San Juan Islands, and 2019 is the year for us to go much further north. Lemon Drop: We were docked to your starboard side during the Roche Harbor Rendezvous.

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby baz on Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:11 pm

jagizzi wrote:Yes, quite a bit of interest. We will see what things look like this fall/winter. Having just completed the trip as part of the Waggoner flotilla I can say that it will take some planning and coordination. We had 10 boats start this year and 9 finished. One left us at Shearwater to sort out some boat problems but was going to continue on once repairs were made.

Best time has got to be May/June timeframe. Later in the year and getting Anchorage and dock space in Desolation and the Broughtons would be tough. Also, Alaska weather is better those months.

Once summer is over we can get this going.

Be safe and I hope to see you on the water!

This is just a FYI posting related to weather related to "North to Alaska".

I've just completed the easy way "North to Alaska" using the Alaska Marine Highway's Kennicott ferry boat from Bellingham to Kodiak Island and back. It was an awesome trip that ran from Sep 1 to Sep 15 with 3 days in Kodiak and its 4,000 brown bears. :lol:

Watch this for a bit of fun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSt0NEESrUA

So the weather during this Sep 1 to Sep 15 was simply historic as the waters were dead calm all the way up and back. According to the ferry crew they've never had this kind of weather at this time of the year for some 20 years. The most treacherous piece of water is crossing the open Alaska Gulf waters over to Kodiak from Yakutat.... in fact the ferry system will not make that course from Oct to March because of the possible severe water conditions.

So my point here is that even as late as the first part of Sep the weather for "North to Alaska" should not or could not be an obstacle, but of course getting a head start on weather forecast is always needed just in case.

BTW the scenery along the inside passage is awesome with many whale and Orca and snow capped mountain sightings. You should watch the documentary "Ripple Rock" (Devil beneath the sea) as this made the inside passage safer for all. My ferry boat Kennicott travelled right over this obstacle.


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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Ernie on Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:39 am

Hi all
Checking in to see if there is still an interest in this trip, or a version of it. I had a good year on Daisy, and I’m starting to daydream about the next cruising season. One thing I’ll do this off season is make a good collection of spare parts to have on board for more extended voyages. Also considering the value and wisdom of adding more fuel capacity.
I’m in Seattle till March, and available to get together for virtual, virtual coffe to discuss travel possibilities.
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby jagizzi on Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:39 pm

There is a ton of interest in this trip, which is awesome!

This years Waggoner Cruise assured me that this trip is easily doable even with the concern of fuel given the small tanks in the 23's. The 2017 Waggoner Cruise had a Cutwater 24 as a member and they did just fine. Yes, they have a 120 gal tank vs the 80 in the 23, but their mileage isn't as high so I think it is very close to a wash.

Mark started a trip map which could easily be updated with the cruise stops that were made this year. The next step would be to begin to identify fuel stops along the way.

Firstly though, is to establish a list of who will go and when the trip would leave. I also think that there should be some type of trip dropbox for docs. How do folks want to get this planning effort organized?

I am not going to be able to go, which is not so awesome. My daughter graduates high school this summer and was going to do the trip with me as a summer trip but her focus has changed to something that will not take the entire summer, which I understand. Her HS graduation summer takes precedence over my trip.

I am glad to help with organizing and would also be willing to act as "Mainland Support" for the group if things arise during the trip. As I am not going, however, I really don't think that I should be the focus for the planning efforts. Does anyone want to step up?

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Burlington on Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:57 am

Are you and others considering a trip to Alaska in 2020?
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby bill j on Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:32 am

Lynn and I would be very interested in a trip to Alaska in 2020as well. Bill Johnston
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Cavalier on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:56 pm

My wife and I own a 2018 27OB and have been as far as Sullivan Bay on North Broughton Island. We do this from Swantown in Olympia and typically make it there in 4 days. We would love to join in a “Go Fast” trip to Alaska. Keep us in mind.
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Nevadamike on Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:34 am

Following. We will be at our cabin this year from July 2-20 and hopefully can meet the group. We are in Coffman Cove. This year will mark our combined retirement and empty nesting. Plans are to purchase a Ranger and cruise Alaska in the summer months using our cabin as a base.
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