Author Archives: Fred Cooper

About Fred Cooper

Alaska resident at the time of statehood and returns annually; professional civil engineer and for 35 years owner of an engineering company; skipper of the Nordic Quest; author, avid fisherman and world traveler. Lives with his wife and their water-loving standard schnauzer in Portland, Oregon.

Latest Thriller Novel by Fredrick Cooper

Taking an Alaskan cruise just begs having a great novel to read. My latest thriller novel set in Southeast Alaska is perfect for those days at sea. Here is a blurb that is sure to grab your attention. All my … Continue reading

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Winterized

On the dry, wrapped and heated, the Nordic Quest is ready for anything that the winter months in Juneau can send her way. In med-September we hauled out the Nordic Quest at the new Auke Bay facility. We performed end … Continue reading

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Are Southeast Alaska Dungeness Crab Threatened?

We posted today a photograph of one early June day’s catch of Dungeness crab on the Nordic Quest. We caught our limit but this is getting harder and harder to do. Non-residents are now limited to three crabs per day … Continue reading

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Spring Halibut Fishing

Over the last several weeks I had friends on board for some king salmon and halibut fishing. Both were fairly successful. We set a new record for the boat upon landing a 220 pound halibut caught along Chatham Strait.

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Kalinin Bay Entrance Uncharted Rock

I plan to anchor in Kalinin Bay on the extreme north end of Kruzof Island several times this summer and felt it was time to remind summer cruisers about the uncharted rock in the area of the big rocky shoal in the narrow … Continue reading

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Entering and Leaving Swanson Harbor

Swanson Harbor, where Icy Strait, Lynn Canal, and Chatham Strait all meet up, is a popular anchorage. But a word of caution for boaters who are not local: stay clear of the reef, known as Sharp Ledge, on the southwest … Continue reading

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Sealion Beach Trail, Kruzof Island

For the adventurous hikers, there is a very interesting trail on Kruzof Island north of Sitka. It starts on the west of side of the meadow at the south end of Kalinin Bay and ends at a pristine sand beach … Continue reading

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Special Limited Offer

There are only a few weeks of remaining availability for the Nordic Quest for bareboat charter in 2016 and for a limited time, a $300 per day refund is being offered directly by the owner. But you have to make your … Continue reading

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Splash Day

The weather had been bad for several days with winds up to 40 knots and five footers in Auke Bay, but today it laid down. It was a long awaited moment. The shrinkwrap was removed and at high tide this … Continue reading

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It is May and Time to Travel North to Alaska

The geese and ducks are flying north by the thousands. The spring flowers are blooming. The humpback whales migrating from Hawaiian waters are nearing their destination. It is time to plan and make reservations for Alaska. Whether it is a … Continue reading

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