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See Linda's photos and stories from several summer passages to Southeast Alaska:    
"2011 Inside Passage Photo Blog"
and
"2009 Inside Passage Photo Blog"
and
"2007 Inside Passage Photo Blog"


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Consultation for Your Inside Passage and Southeast Alaska Voyage

The Pacific Northwest offers unbeatable cruising along the Inside Passage.  That's because you can travel on your own boat (or a chartered vessel) in protected waters all the way up through British Columbia (Desolation Sound, the Broughton Islands) to Southeast Alaska.

Daunting?  It doesn't have to be.  If you have the boating skills, you just need some inside information for the skipper and the crew to make this passage.

Call or email to discuss Voyage Planning consultation services with Captain Linda Lewis. Topics you may be interested in include:

 • Trip planning based on your available time and adventuring spirit
   (Here's an example of a glacier adventure.)

 • Specific route recommendations and local knowledge

 • Strategies for transiting specific tidal narrows in British Columbia and Southeast Alaska

 • Weather information

 • SE Alaska Docking Etiquette and Anchoring tips

 • General considerations, such as: customs, provisioning, communications, fuel,    clothing...

 • Southeast Alaska's charts should be used cautiously.  Here is an example of a
   chart inaccuracy in Southeast Alaska's Gut Bay, on Baranof Island.

 • Uncharted rocks also pose problems. Here is a bit of local knowledge on the
    uncharted rock in Kalinin Bay, north of Sitka.

 • If you need to brush up on your boat handling, navigation, radar, or other boat handling
   skills before you go, contact  Capt. Linda Lewis.


An icy dinghy ride at Sawyer Glacier, Southeast Alaska
     A Sawyer Glacier adventure

Sawyer Glacier is just one of the many adventures in Southeast Alaska you shouldn't miss.

This is an icy dinghy ride in Tracy Arm, Southeast Alaska .  That's the South Sawyer Glacier in the distance.

The ice pack prevented me from going any closer in my 43' trawler-style powerboat.  So I hopped in the dinghy and dodged the chunks of ice - called bergie bits - that fall off the glaciers.


Here is an example of a chart inaccuracy in Southeast Alaska.

Gut Bay is located on the east side of Baranof Island.  It was surveyed in 1897 and they just didn't get it right.

The black line is my charted course. The red line is my GPS 'crumb trail' (track line) as I entered the bay.

I obviously didn't portage that peninsula. Nor did I anchor on the hillside.

The GPS is accurate.  The chart is not. Nothing takes the place of looking out the window.  That's how I got in there safely.  Practice situational awareness - always.

Still with me?  Let's look at an uncharted rock in Kalinin Bay.


Chart inaccuracy in Gut Bay, Baranof I, Southeast Alaska

















Gut Bay chart inaccuracy,
east side of Baranof Island


  NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION.


Kalinin Bay is a convenient anchorage for those who have just passed through Sergius Narrows (in Peril Strait) and are on their way to Sitka.

However, this bay harbors an uncharted rock. The Douglass guide book Exploring Southeast Alaska (2007) warns of this rock.  I wanted to know exactly where it was.

Here is what I found when I went looking for it in my dinghy on a minus tide.

 In the screen shot to the right it is noted as a black plus sign with four dots, surrounded by a dotted circle. The uncharted rock was lying primarily in a NE/SW axis and was two feet under my dinghy on this minus 2.8 foot tide.

I recorded the uncharted rock at:
      57° 19.483'
    135° 47.082'

In 2008, the U.S. Coast Pilot (2008) added a latitude/longitude for this rock.  (Note the Coast Pilot provides the data in minutes and seconds, while your GPS displays in tenths/hundredths of a minute.)

Uncharted rock in Kalinin Bay, Southeast Alaska























      Uncharted rock in Kalinin Bay,
           north of Sitka, Alaska


  NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION.


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