Responding to several other threads reminded me:
Some of us have/had dreams of cruising Alaska.
I did and I did.
Before we got into boating, we lived on the West Coast. We visited the Pacific often and the prospect of boating there terrified me. I couldn't imagine having to deal with the rugged coastline, distance between ports and treacherous bars. When the sea did call us, we cowered to the relative calm and safety of the East Coast and it's ICW.
When we traded to power from sail, Alaska started calling. Alaska called even more persistently when we moved from the trawler to trailerable cuddy cabin.
In researching the prospect of a trailerable boat cruising the Inside Passage, we stumbled on a fellow who had 'been there', 'done that' and continued to 'do that' year after year.
We incessantly pestered this fellow for ideas and advice while we were making plans to tow the boat west and get her bottom wet on the Inside Passage. His advice was offered freely, it was sound, well founded and we took it, especially since his experiences were in small boats, not the gloriousky trawlers that seem to be the norm in those waters.
His advice about how to cruise the Inside Passage in our small boat was invaluable. We discussed types of boats, equipment, trailer considerations, spare parts, lists, planning and supplies and their availability. His advice on anchorages and weather was especially reassuring.
By the time I was off this fellow's back, I think he realized that he had worked up all this information into an organized form. He has since made it available. So if you want to cruise the Inside Passage, whether you have a boat or not, this information will likely be all you need to get kick started and out there getting some sea spray in your face while whale and glacier watching.
Cruising In A Big Way: Richard Cook: 9780557059713: Amazon.com: Books