Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report: Ketchikan to Smuggler’s Cove

July 6—Crossing Dixon Entrance. We formed up with Mike and Lynette’s boat, Black Pearl, a 50’ Skookum, in Tongass Narrows for our 3:30 a.m. departure. An early departure gives the best opportunity for light winds during the open water crossing. The strategy paid off with a flat water crossing. In Prince Rupert we cleared Canadian…

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Canadian Safe Boating Awards

Do you know about the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs)? Each year the Canadian Safe Boating Council recognizes the efforts of the general public, volunteers, professionals, agencies and organizations who have distinguished themselves in the fields of boating safety and environmental stewardship. Winners are selected in a number of categories. What makes the CASBAs so…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Ketchikan to Juneau

My flotilla trip ended in Ketchikan, but I couldn’t just turn south towards home. No, the draw of Alaska is too strong. I’d last cruised Southeast Alaska in 2012, and I’m hooked. The wildlife—bears and whales, in particular—is exceptional, the vistas grand, the tidewater glaciers magical. But Southeast Alaska is also huge. As I write…

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