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Ketchikan | Ketchikan Yacht Club

Ketchikan

WEATHER: 55 F., Cloudy, Calm, 1019.1 Mb FORECAST: Cloudy, chance of rain

Ketchikan Yacht Club in Thomas Basin

After six years of living in quiet Haines, our first impression of Ketchikan was of extreme activity and business. We had forgotten how incredibly busy the harbor is in the summer time–Ketchikan is still a blue-collar […]

Clarence Straits | Ketchikan | Ketchikan Yacht Club

Dora Bay to Ketchikan

WEATHER: 57 F., Overcast, Calm, Pressure 1019.7 Mb & rising FORECAST: Wind SE 10 to N 10 by afternoon; seas 3ft.

We spent a day in Dora Bay visiting with Floyd and Darlene, and prepared to sail on the 20th.

After the morning radio net, took the dog to the beach, and they invited […]

Boats | Dora Bay | People

Dinner aboard ALICE J

LOCATION: Dora Bay WEATHER: Warm, clear, calm

Boaters benefit in many ways from the Great Northern Boaters radio net, including the chance to get acquainted with folks we wouldn’t otherwise meet. Over the past few weeks we have been hearing Jim (AF6JL) and Betty (AI6QP,) aboard the ALICE J, with reports of their travels on […]

Dora Bay | Ham Radio | People

Ham Radio Net
Great Northern Boaters Net keeps cruisers in touch

TIME: Daily, 0630 Alaska time; 0730 Pacific Time, summer months FREQUENCY: 3870 KHz Lower Sideband REQUIREMENTS: Operator must have an amateur radio license

Darlene and Floyd Minor

“Good Morning, this is Darlene, KL0YC, along with Floyd, WL7CUO, northern net control for the Great Northern Boaters Net.”

Each morning at 0630 hours, as regular as […]

Cholmondeley Sound | Dora Bay | Trollers Cove

Cholmondeley Sound

ITINERARY: Trollers Cove to Dora Bay WEATHER: 57 deg. F., overcast, calm, barometer 1017.5 falling RADIO NET: Checked in with Darlene and Floyd & advised them we would be there by afternoon. Darlene advised that the M/Y Alice J. would be there, so we would probably all be getting together for dinner. NOTE: Cholmondeley Sound, […]

Clarence Straits | Trollers Cove | Vixen Harbor

Clarence Strait

Itinerary: Vixen Harbor to Trollers Cove Weather: 53 deg. F., Sunny, calm Forecast: Light winds becoming southerly to 10 knots by late afternoon

After a long morning walk on the beach, we raised anchor at 0930 hours. The bottom in Vixen is heavy, black glue-like mud that takes some effort to remove from the anchor […]

Food | Vixen Harbor

When the Tide is Out…

Foraging adds a gourmet touch to the standard ships stores…

WHEN THE TIDE’S OUT…the table is set.

It may sound trite, but this old Alaskan saying reflects the bountiful food supply along Alaska’s coastline. Although we don’t recommend “living off the land” (it’s a lot more work than it sounds,) beach foraging adds a […]

Vixen Harbor

Enjoying Vixen Harbor

Location: Vixen Harbor Weather: Sunny, light northwest breeze, fog bank visible to the northeast Forecast: Winds northwest to 20, 4-foot seas in Clarence Straits

Barb wanted to spend a day exploring Vixen Harbor instead of pushing on–after some discussion, we agreed Vixen is a nice stop.

We took a couple of nice beach hikes, then […]

Frosty Cove | Vixen Harbor

Sailing in Ernest Sound

Itinerary: Frosty Bay to Vixen Harbor Weather: 53.7 degrees, fog, light southeast breeze, occasional sun breaks, barometer 1025.4 Forecast: Heavy fog warning until 1000 hours, then partly cloudy with northeast winds to 15 knots.

MOTU at anchor, as the fog begins to lift in Frosty Bay

This morning we explored Frosty Bay including the […]

Frosty Cove | Wrangell

Eastern Passage

Itinerary: Wrangell to Frosty Bay Weather: 50.7 F., low broken clouds, calm, barometer 1024.1 Forecast: Fog, clearing by afternoon, highs in the 70’s, partly to mostly cloudy

After checking in to the Great Northern Boater’s radio net, we walked into Wrangell for a coffee latte and a short visit with Nichole at Alaska Vistas tour […]