Testomonial: David and Mary

Homeport at Auke Bay, Alaska

Dear Steve,

We had a good trip home leaving Campbell River on Friday the 11th and arriving in Juneau on Thursday the 17th. So we did the trip in seven days, one of which was spent weathered in in Port Hardy, i.e., 6 days of actual travel. We overnighted in Port Hardy, Shearwater (near Bella Bella), Prince Rupert, Meyers Chuck (near Ketchikan), and Petersburg, on our way up to Juneau.

We were tested somewhat on the Queen Charlotte Sound crossing. A gale had moved through the previous day and the forecast was for Southeast winds to increase again that afternoon. But I thought we had a weather window and so we decided to go for it at about 8.00am. There was a big westerly swell left over from the previous day overlaid by a good chop from a stiff and freshening southeaster. I was pleased to gain the shelter of Cape Calvert as we moved up Fitzhugh Sound. The boat performed fine and notwithstanding the big seas I was able stay mostly on step at around 18 to 21 knots. My big concern was for the logs of which I saw plenty and I had to take evasive action a couple of times.

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