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Cruising and Boating

Pick-Up and Drop-Off at the Ketchikan Airport

The Ketchikan airport is a little different for access. The facility sits across Tongass Narrows from the city. Access is by a small ferry that regularly shuttles across the channel with passengers and the occasional vehicle. A covered walkway runs … Continue reading

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Communications

The importance of the VHF marine radio for safe boat operation can not be overstated. Learning to use the radio properly is a skill as critical as reading the charts or steering the boat. The Nordic Quest features two marine … Continue reading

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A Sheet of Glass

There are days when the water looks like a sheet of glass. When you describe boating in Alaska to someone who has never been here, they think of wild water and towering waves. Television shows like The Deadliest Catch reinforce … Continue reading

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Magoun North Cove

Magoun North Cove does not appear to be named on the charts, it is just our name for the cove you will find at 57° 10.3632’N by 135° 34.3232’W on the north end of the Magoun islands. The cove offers … 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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Samsing Cove

I much prefer anchoring in a cove over spending a night in port, even if that cove is just across a channel or bay. No moorage fees for the night, no streetlights right overhead, no generators running in the next … Continue reading

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Sandy Cove

Along with Samsing Cove there is another good anchorage choice across Eastern Channel from Sitka. Sandy Cove provides plenty of room, good holding and a great view of the surrounding mountains. While not quite as well sheltered from winds as … Continue reading

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Appleton Cove

Appleton cove is not the most exciting or scenic place but it does have one major recommendation… It provides an excellent anchorage along the eastern end of Peril Strait. There are few convenient anchorages along the wide northeastern end of … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Fishing Boats of SE Alaska

When touring and fishing the inland passageways of southeast Alaska you will pass a wide array of other craft on the water. Your desire to catch fish might be for the sport of it or simply the desire to fill … Continue reading

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The Most Useful Tools Aboard

There are two tools I just can not get along without on the boat. The first of course is a screwdriver. A multi-bit style screwdriver with a complete set of straight, phillips, and the square drive bits so commonly used … Continue reading

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