Originally Posted by Hawgwash
Just where do you go "across the Gulf?"
Looked at the satellite of your marina and can almost see you on the bridge. Interesting port; what is Liquid Adventures...lol.
"Across the gulf" in terms of what I do is taking off from Seward, clearing cape Resurrection then traveling 35-50 miles eastward across the northern part of the Gulf of Alaska.
From there we either dink around the protected waters of Prince William Sound, or if the weather is nice enough to comfortably sit in the cockpit and fish, we do that out in the gulf itself. Anchoring for the evening is always somewhere protected of course.
Coming back is the exact same thing but reversed.
The prevailing winds in this area are south to south east, which exposes us to a pretty much full on beam sea with unlimited fetch.
Unlike AK fish's tolerance for seas, we typically make a no go decision if the seas are over 8' as measured by the cape clear bouy. If the wind is up and the seas are stacked close we'll generally choose not to make the crossing, but some times we'll go anyway and just deal with it. This year I added a freezer to the boat for example to allow us not to be pressured to return to port with our catch. Now we just vacuum pack them and freeze them on board.
The the methods we use are based on our hull form. Since we are in a constant beam sea we often use the throttle to push the aft of the boat down, and dampen the roll.
The things we have learned on our journeys in Alaska are the exact same things we will use when we eventually take our boat south again. Hop from port to port, use the boats power and speed to our advantage.
To be honest when we end up cruising without schedules in warmer climates we will become less tolerant of sea states. Right now with our short season in Alaska we have to tolerate larger seas or we'd miss out on boating trips. When we have no schedule we can be more conservative. For the next few years I still work for a living, abet not on a m-f regular work week.
BTW, a full leave Seward and go south gulf crossing is 320 NM straight line from Seward to Yakutat. Of that you can hole up in Hinchinbrook entrance with only a 30 mile detour then cross from there to Yakutat which is 210 NM
My boat has the fuel capacity to make reasonable choices. I can go for example at displacement speed to Hinchinbrook, then cruise at 15 knots across to Yakutat. Or I could do the whole trip straight line at displacement speed. If I chose the fast cruise option then no overnight journeys are required.
Theoreticslly with our 600NM range we could straight line Seward to Elfin Cove then fuel up there or even Juneau, but I see no reason to do that. Yakutat is a decent little town with a good harbor.