New 32' salmon boat

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  1. powderpro

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    COLD BAY is heading north to Alaska. Today is our third day of travel, first 2 days were half days because of issues with the Garmin chartplotter the first day, and bad weather (35 knot breeze) on the 2nd day. But today all cylinders were firing and we did 205 nm's burning 143 gallons. We averaged an approx. 18 knot cruise, could have averaged a little faster speed, but a couple places the sea conditions and thick fog slowed us down to about 15-16 knots. But when conditions are good, a cruise at about 2,400 - 2,450 rpms feels just right and is smooth as can be. Full of fuel, a crew of 6, all our luggage, tools, supplies, and food, we can still top out at 24.5-25 knots at 90% load.
     
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    We have had more head wind than normal since we left Bellingham, been pretty consistent out of the NW except in the more protected areas. Yesterday in the narrowest part of Grenville channel in BC, it must have been blowing 40-45 knots, absolutely insane, water was like a washing machine for about a mile. Probably the strongest wind I've ever experienced on the water. Yesterday we traveled 175 nm's and tied up in Prince Rupert, BC for the evening. Burned 120 gallons to go 175 nm, very happy with the efficiency of this boat even with the strong head winds.

    Here are some pics south of Prince Rupert (when the wind was calm) and a couple shot of the harbor we stayed in Prince Rupert. Saw too many bald eagles to count. 20180617_092014.jpg
     

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    Is it ever hard to come back to Missouri after being in SE Alaska?

    How was towing the boat across the US?
     
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    Today we traveled Prince Rupert, BC to Ketchikan, Alaska. Wind was light, so didn't have a head wind to fight; traveled 87 nm's and burned 52 gallons, averaged about 18 knots. That is 1.67 nmpg, really impressive fuel economy when I was lighter on fuel and no head winds.
     
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    Not really, I like the variety :) Tow was perfect, no problems.
     
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    Boy do i envy you !!!! a 1650 nm shakedown. Boy that's what i call Confidence in what you build and How you build it. Now go fill her up with Salminoids !! :)
     
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    If I ever win the lottery will you take me on as a crew member? I will work for free! I just want that view!
     
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    I was actually thinking how much you would enjoy this trip. If you win the lottery, I'll be your best friend :)
     
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    You would have to be...I would be hiring you to finish off my 38YB!
    A trip like that would be awesome. Bad weather and all.
     
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    The lottery can buy more than a 38 YB, we would have to build a 54' Wesmac too, for the west coast. Gotta have a boat on both coasts.
     
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    I worked on a boat where the owner owned two identical boats, one on the west coast, one in the Atlantic. Both were 156' long! Had a crew of 6, etc. Eventually he sold the Atlantic boat, as he only had time for one.
     
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    1st pic- sitting in the Petersburg, AK harbor.
    2nd pic- flat calm, beautiful weather, cruising 18 knots towards Juneau.
    3rd & 4th pic- icebergs about 45 nm south of Juneau in Stephens passage
    5th pic- light on fuel and full throttle, 25.7 knots


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    Why did you go up into Juneau and not around the island to Auke Bay ?
    Impressive fuel and speed numbers! I have made that trip many times but never over 9 knots.
    Good luck crossing the gulf! Be safe.
     
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    I wanted to show my kids the capitol of Alaska, so we pulled into Juneau.
     
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    Last night tied up next to a gorgeous 38' Duffy cruiser in Juneau, it was built by Atlantic. Huge boat for a 38, looked like a 42. Wasn't able to talk with the owner, would have liked to get more details about it. It had a beautiful finish.
     
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    Pulled into Seward, AK last night. Feels good to have made the Gulf of Alaska crossing, that's a lot of water. Saw more whales than boats during the 435 nm we were in open water, it's as remote as you can get in the US. You better have a good boat and at least decent weather to make that crossing. Hoonah to Yakutat was 175 nm, Yakutat to Seward was 311 nm. Burned 215 gallons from Yakutat-Seward averaging 17.5 knots. Very impressed with the speed and economy we were able to average in the Gulf in a 32' boat.
     
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    Glad you made it safe & sound. Welcome back !
     
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    Just enjoying your voyage from afar; awesome boat and great experience for you and your family to enjoy forever! Best of luck.
     
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    Very cool ,Brian!
     
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    Glad its all going well! That's a long few days. Wish was in Seward but not..
    This summer is very busy and not looking good on getting up there.. hope your trip finishes well!
    Get #'s you are getting ! Impressive.
     
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