Author: Tim

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A few days in Admiralty Cove

Our time at Admiralty Cove was spent hunkered down on the boat for a three day wind event. We chose to stay where we had previously anchored – here – as it was going to offer us the best protection within a day’s sail. Best was relative of course, as we took the full brunt of the wind – hitting...

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First sail of 2022

With the final mail picked up from the post office and the boat laden with fuel, water, firewood, and groceries we were able to untied the lines and push off from the Juneau docks – for good. Neither of us share any disdain for Juneau per-se, but both of us do for the sitting in one place for any period...

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Winter in Alaska on a boat, part 2

Well, it wasn’t guaranteed but it appears we have made it through a winter in Alaska. Our time in Hoonah was real tough. Juneau was a little easier, even though we had some much colder temperatures during our stay here. Just having access to supplies and groceries makes all the difference. Through out December and January the nights were extremely...

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Winter in Alaska on a boat, part 1

“We will just stay in Alaska…”, I said. With a straight face I might add. I meant it too. Our plans to spend the winter abroad – in a warmer country – was scrapped very early on in 2021. Mostly due to the pandemic, but also because we could save a ton of money – or at least spend said...

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Transitioning to winter

Over the past two weeks it has become plainly obvious that winter is here. We were lucky to have gotten out that last weekend of sun, but hopes are not high for another any time soon. I’ve covered the boat as best I can and stockpiled wood to burn in our stove, all in preparation for the crazy-ass’d task of...

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Marina Vacation

An amazing forecast for the weekend, prompted Kerri and me to head out to an anchorage for a few days. Somewhere close though, just to give Meriwether a shake-down without a huge towing cost if it becomes needed. Plus, the next closest anchorages were many hours away. But, just south of Hoonah is a waterway – Port Fredrick – with...

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Boat vacation

It wasn’t easy being towed in to what would become our winter destination. In fact, I was having a real rough time with the level of stress in my life – something I am not really accustomed to. I was seriously doubting this boat living thing. We had planned to make it to Juneau originally, but the time it takes...

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Glacier hunting

It was perfect timing to leave Hoonah; a Friday afternoon after a huge cruise ship just pulled into port. Not only does this mean the town gets crowded, but it also means the meager cell signal is completely choked into unconsciousness. So we left, on our way to the next closest anchorage – some 20ish miles north west – before...

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The bucket fish

The weather forecasts in Alaska have left a lot to desire. For the most part, it lies, and lies in the worst of ways – heavier winds in your face or no winds if you wanted some. Occasionally though, it lies in a nice way, such was the case the day we left Basket Bay on our way up Chatham...

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Takatz and Basket Bay

Our trip up to the next bay was fairly uneventful. T’was only a short hop – easily accomplished after work hours on a random weekday night. Takatz Bay reviews boasted of good cell signal, and we were both ready for less struggle in that department. While out in the more open waters of southern Chatham Strait the cell signal was...