Power Cruising Destinations in Alaska

Alaska

Alaska With its brief but glorious cruising season, stories about Alaska have been archived in this section. Southeastern Alaska shares the fabled “Inside Passage” with British Columbia, and as such, it is the favored destination of Washington State’s power cruising community. Scenery here is extreme and beautiful, including numerous fjords and the Glacier National Park. You will read about the wildlife watching, including humpback whales and orcas, and the bountiful fishing and crabbing opportunities.

Ice Water Mansions: Cruise To Alaska Proves To Be Feast For The Eyes

Sawyer Glacier face

The ice stretched across the fjord ahead of Venture in a seemingly unbroken barrier, effectively barring any further progress toward the face of the Sawyer Glacier. Being a responsible captain, Chris Conklin expressed his doubts about continuing. “Let’s keep going,” I responded. “After coming so…

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Issue Preview: Venture To The Aleutian Islands, Part 1 (VIDEO)

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January/February’s cover, Venture, captures the spirit of PassageMaker in a way few others do. Spending long days at sea while exploring place not often seen or accessed by other modes of transport and in essence with long-range cruising is all about. Owned and operated by the…

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Misty Fiords Up Close

Alaska

Misty Fiords National Monument, covering just over 2 million acres within Tongass National Forest in the panhandle of Southeast Alaska, was granted national monument status in Dec. 1978. Glaciers carved deep gouges in the granite mountains creating deep fjords where steep rock walls rise 2,000–3,000…

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Time Travel

  Time Travel: Welcome To Meyers Chuck Boats are the only transportation in this small Alaskan village By Sally Bee Brown Pete Wingert of Sitka, Alaska, remembers when he first saw Meyers Chuck 30 years ago. “I burst out laughing because it reminded me of…

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Provisioning For A Southeast Alaska Cruise

Galley—Provisioning For A Southeast Alaska Cruise Water Sterilization Processes Sterilization Process Result Limitations Commercial Product Boiling Water at full boil for 15 minutes Kills most bacteria and viruses Bacteria with spores remain since temperature > 212oF not attained Pressure Cooking  to 250oF Kills all bacteria,…

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Exploring Alaska’s Notorious Lituya Bay

Here we are aboard Ursa Major—a 65-foot North Sea trawler rolling softly in gentle Pacific swells a mile off Lituya Bay on Alaska’s south central coast. The plan is to cross the bar-known for doling out death and destruction—and enter a harbor whose own horrifying…

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Wilderness Adventure

The sun was in its midmorning stretch as we motored into the Gulf of Alaska, 800-some miles and a time zone away from home. The steep hills in the distance and the dots of rock and islets along the shore were bathed in a gauzy…

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An Unusual Rite Of Northwest Passage

Reid Glacier calving in the distance, humpbacks playing 100 feet from our dinghy, Stellar sea lions bellowing on North Marble Island, and La Perouse, a pinnacle of majesty over Dundas Bay, was all it took to get me hooked on the adventure I hadn’t even…

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Prince William Sound

The best time to visit Alaska’s Prince William Sound is early May, everyone had promised, and we were believers as our small charter yacht, Faithfully, turned Point Doran into Harriman Fjord with the afternoon sun lingering in a cloudless sky. The air temperature was near…

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