2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

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2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby jagizzi on Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:02 pm

Hi folks,

I am currently considering a trip to Alaska the summer of 2019. We are in an R23 which gives us a lot of flexibility were we to join up with the Waggoner cruise but there are times I would guess that we would be chomping at the bit to go a bit further on many days.

This got me thinking that maybe there are other R23 or new R27 owners that might wish to do the same thing so I thought that I would reach out and see if there were any interest.

At this point I have no preconceived notions about final destination, stops or details around the route so we are pretty flexible. We will be constrained by the schools schedule but that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Any interest out there?

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Ernie on Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:24 pm

I’m quite interested in joining other Ranger outboards on a trip to Alaska. I hope we can keep this moving over the next year and do it.
Wondering also how many R23s are planning to do the Desolstion sound cruise this summer? I’ve been up there on a little sailboat and I’m looking fwd to doing it with more power.
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby jagizzi on Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:05 am

We will be doing the desolation Sound trip this year. I am hoping that the dates are set soon so we can plan around them.
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby olygirl on Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:45 am

We too are planning to do the Desolation Sound trip!

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby 20dauntless on Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:28 pm

I've led group trips to Alaska for the last four or five years through Waggoner and now Slowboat.com. Participant boats have ranged from Rangers and Cutwaters to a 30' Sea Ray (fast!), a 40' Coastal Craft (really fast), and a 40' Willard (really slow!).

I've also done the trip in a C-Dory 22, which isn't as fast or comfortable as the newer generation Rangers and Cutwaters but is a lot faster than 8 knots!

A few thoughts...

Fuel stops can eat up some of the time saved by having a fast boat. Sometimes you'll need to go 10 or 15nm out of the way, track down someone to open the fuel dock, and then fill up.

During the day, flotillas spread out. Some people sleep in, others are gone by daybreak. Some people stop to fish. Others want to remain in sight of the lead boat all the time. We do stay close when we need to, like timing rapids.

We average about 30nm a day. That doesn't sound like much, but it adds up when you're doing it every single day for a month.

Often the fastest boats are also the smallest with the fewest amenities. The couple with the 60' Nordhavn doesn't need to rush into port to do the laundry and take a shower. Sometimes the smaller boats want more time in port to take care of chores, so it's not uncommon for them to run ahead or linger behind. We run our trips with two lead boats, so if the group splits up for a day or two leaders can stay with everyone.

When I took the C-Dory to AK, we did the trip to Ketchikan in about 10 days. Half those days were pretty short or we were stuck in port. I think we covered 100+nm on three or four of those days, running about 18 knots. It's hard to do multiple days like this back-to-back because the fuel docks are often closed by the time you arrive at the destination and they aren't open again until after you want to leave the next day.

If I was doing this trip in a fast boat, I'd use the speed in a few places. First to get north of Vancouver Island. It's not that Desolation Sound and the Broughtons aren't worth seeing, but presumably you've already seen those areas or they'll be easier to return to later since they're closer to home. Speed will also be your friend rounding Cape Caution, heading up Grenville Channel (which I often find boring), and crossing Dixon Entrance.

Let me know if you have additional questions! I love talking about boating to Alaska!
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby johnniethek on Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:36 pm

I love the idea.

I take delivery of my new 2019 R-27 with 300 hp outboard in June, and have a trip to Alaska on my bucket list. Heck, I would do it this summer if there's a group that wants to make that trip in July/August.

I've been to Desolation Sound twice, and really recommend it. But think I would prefer to slide on by on my trip North to Alaska.

My new boat will be called the Salish Searcher, by the way.

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Salish Seaker on Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:22 pm

Ernie & gang,

The summer of 2019 might be perfect timing for us. We'll have a year in the new boat under our belt. I'm sure the R-23 will be very comfortable for long-term cruises. I've been following Sam conducting his tours for several years now and he's a real pro at what he does. He knows boats and he knows Alaska and Canada extremely well. And he's a helluva nice guy to boot.

Jonniethek, I like your boat name. We were initially thinking of calling our boat Salish Seaker but decided to go with

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Ernie on Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:39 pm

I like the responses here. I’d love to be in company next year on an Alaska trip. I have R23 Daisy,which I’m getting to know. I’ll have her out cruising this year, and plan to make it to Desolation in July. A gateway goal for me is to move past Johnstone strait, my previous trips up North have been on small slow sailboats, I think that would have some good lessons for me, and I’d do that this summer before the cruise gathers at Comox in July, if any others are interested in company in Johnstone.
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby 20dauntless on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:21 pm

Salish Seaker wrote:The summer of 2019 might be perfect timing for us. We'll have a year in the new boat under our belt. I'm sure the R-23 will be very comfortable for long-term cruises. I've been following Sam conducting his tours for several years now and he's a real pro at what he does. He knows boats and he knows Alaska and Canada extremely well. And he's a helluva nice guy to boot.


Thanks for the kind words Peter! It would be a lot of fun to have you and Caryn on a trip to AK!

Last year after the Points North seminar there was some discussion about doing a Ranger/Cutwater flotilla to Alaska. How cool would a picture of 10 or 20 Rangers/Cutwaters in front of a glacier be?!? I'm up for helping organize or even lead such a trip, but I don't have a fast boat.

If there was interest in a Tugnuts group trip to Alaska, I think a 2-week run from Anacortes to Petersburg would be ideal. Something like this:

Anacortes to Nanaimo
Nanaimo to Comox
Comox to Port Harvey
Port Harvey to Port McNeill
Port McNeill to Pruth Bay
Pruth Bay to Ocean Falls
Ocean Falls to Shearwater
Shearwater to Rescue Bay
Rescue Bay to Lowe Inlet
Lowe Inlet to Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert to Ketchikan
Ketchikan to Wrangell
Wrangell to Petersburg (just 20nm to Le Conte Glacier from Petersburg)

Keep in mind that this is an ambitious schedule, averaging about 75nm a day. Definitely a trip for fast boats! Most nights would be at a dock. We'd probably add some additional days to give us more weather flexibility. Most people would want to slow down on the return and enjoy some side trips in BC.

Just writing down all these place names has me excited for summer cruising!
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby oneeyedjackass on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:52 pm

jagizzi wrote:v
Any interest out there?

we would be most def interested. Please keep us posted. we'll be heading up to seattle/san juans july 11-31 maybe join up with the desolation cruise if it works out
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby jagizzi on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:04 am

So there definitely is interest here. now we have to decide how to organize and communicate for the possible trip, and set some tentative dates.

This forum is a great place to start and there is definitely some experience here for us. I've been all through Sams's blog and it's clear he's done this before. The first pass tentative list of ports is a great outline to start pondering.

Let me get the list of possible initial participants together from these posts.

I will also pull the Waggoner cruise info and see if we can't organize around the same lines.

What are some tentative departure dates that work for folks.

We would want to come up with a boat spares list, and a group spares list.

A suggested outfitting checklist would also be a good idea.

An easily accessible place to store this info would need to be agreed upon

And then probably a hundred other things to think of, but this is a great start

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby Ernie on Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 pm

I like it
I’m ready for AK ‘19
June July is a good time for me
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby johnniethek on Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:54 pm

I teach at a college so wouldn't be able to leave until the third week in June. Please keep that in mind when putting together a time for this exciting trip.

Thnx,

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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby baz on Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:33 pm

I think the thing that would be of concern to me given using 'fast boats' which can drink fuel fast is for attention be given to fueling locations along the way.
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Re: 2019 Fast Boat cruise to Alaska

Postby oneeyedjackass on Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:00 pm

maybe a shared google map would be a good way for community to put there 2 cents in????
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