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Old 10-17-2016, 03:22 PM   #21
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Thanks Tom, were working on the to do list, seems like we get one done and two more pop up!

We look forward to getting together in Jan!

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Old 10-17-2016, 04:29 PM   #22
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Great information all. Thanks a lot for taking the time to post it. We're planning a trip up that direction within the next couple of years. We don't know when it will be because it's depending on my MIL. She's 100, will be 101 in December and while she's still with us we won't make the trip because we don't want to be away from her and out of phone contact for lengthy periods.
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Mike,
If all goes well, we plan on a trip up your way on the boat in 2018. It's still on our bucket list.

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Surprised at the expense, $33000. Works out to be $193/day or about $9/mile. Out of the reach of many, including me.
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:54 PM   #25
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Surprised at the expense, $33000. Works out to be $193/day or about $9/mile. Out of the reach of many, including me.
Half of that expense was Canadian alcohol and smokes!!!


CC does that include repairs, maintenance and food?
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:12 PM   #26
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Half of that expense was Canadian alcohol and smokes!!!


CC does that include repairs, maintenance and food?
Maybe I should expand on the total expense. As a few have sent PMs asking about it.

We left home (Las Vegas) on Feb 24th and didn't return home until Oct 9th, the total expense is what we spent during that time. Food, alcohol, cigars, boat maintenance, artwork, Moorage, fuel, boat improvement, gifts, rental cars, travels as well as restaurant and entertainment. I'm sure other stuff is in there somewhere.

Some may think that this was a pretty high number, and it was a bit more than we budgeted, but we had a blast and we would do it again. Now, next trip we probably won't stay in as many marinas and that alone should save a big chunk.

Hope that clarifies things a bit for those who thought it was high.

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Just to be clear, the decal is still required of US boats. The cruising permit is for Canadian boats coming into the US.
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Just to be clear, the decal is still required of US boats. The cruising permit is for Canadian boats coming into the US.
You are correct.

Here is the link for US DTOPS

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Maybe I should expand on the total expense. As a few have sent PMs asking about it.

We left home (Las Vegas) on Feb 24th and didn't return home until Oct 9th, the total expense is what we spent during that time. Food, alcohol, cigars, boat maintenance, artwork, Moorage, fuel, boat improvement, gifts, rental cars, travels as well as restaurant and entertainment. I'm sure other stuff is in there somewhere.

Some may think that this was a pretty high number, and it was a bit more than we budgeted, but we had a blast and we would do it again. Now, next trip we probably won't stay in as many marinas and that alone should save a big chunk.

Hope that clarifies things a bit for those who thought it was high.

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Wait a minute less marinas???? Oh I am so going to whine next summer....
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:19 PM   #30
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No marina's in Alaska.

City floats from town to town.
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Good to know, thanks Nomad.
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Wait a minute less marinas???? Oh I am so going to whine next summer....
I'll just bring ya a good Cigar and a bottle of Scotch, that will reduce the whining!
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:02 PM   #33
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Hi Guys,

Going to SE Alaska?

This should set the "hook" for you.
It is not a guide, but a realistic look at what the trip can be like.

Alaska Blues by Joe Upton

How good is it?

I fished commercially for close to 30 years, the sea gets into your
blood, addiction?
I have read this book in excess of 100 times since 1979. It shares
the rack with my log book.

Hope you enjoy it

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Old 10-18-2016, 06:36 PM   #34
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It's been published by others too but my father published that Upton book also. Yes I can recommend it w the same level of enthusiasm. I've read it at least twice.

For those not familiar w it it's a well written story about a guy and girlfriend starting out in Seattle (Ballard (Fisherman's Warf)). Going up the coast buddy boating like most fishermen do. They usually follow the fish generally moving north until it's snowing up the "big Lynn" (Lynn Canal) at Haines and Skagway. Great story and pics. Between openings they'd explore old canneries and places like Port Walter and Windham Bay. Great read.
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Great post! Completed our first upNorth trip from Portland this year and plan on returning soon. Curious about your $33k trip cost. Was that for the trip expense itself or did that include your vessel upgrades too?
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Great post! Completed our first upNorth trip from Portland this year and plan on returning soon. Curious about your $33k trip cost. Was that for the trip expense itself or did that include your vessel upgrades too?
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Kevin, see post #26 above. What part of Portland are you docked at?
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Maybe I should expand on the total expense. As a few have sent PMs asking about it.

We left home (Las Vegas) on Feb 24th and didn't return home until Oct 9th, the total expense is what we spent during that time. Food, alcohol, cigars, boat maintenance, artwork, Moorage, fuel, boat improvement, gifts, rental cars, travels as well as restaurant and entertainment. I'm sure other stuff is in there somewhere.

Some may think that this was a pretty high number, and it was a bit more than we budgeted, but we had a blast and we would do it again. Now, next trip we probably won't stay in as many marinas and that alone should save a big chunk.

Hope that clarifies things a bit for those who thought it was high.

Cheers
I too was surprised by the $33k number, but this explains it. You'd still have a lot of those expenses if you were home...

My total costs for moorage and fuel for 3.5 months and about 3500 nm (Anacortes to Skagway and back) was in the $5-6k range.
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Retriever said: "My total costs for moorage and fuel for 3.5 months and about 3500 nm (Anacortes to Skagway and back) was in the $5-6k range."

This is consistent with our $7k for 4.4 months and 3784 miles.
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Works of art were also included in their total costs...lots of potential wallet emptying there.
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John, Thanks for the update on your expenses. We are located upriver from you at Tyee YC.
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