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Old 03-25-2015, 12:39 PM   #21
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I am in SE Alaska outside of Ketchikan. I think there may be charters available there. I will start looking into that idea as well. We have always wanted to run north a little bit but my boat is not quite up to the task with the unpredictable weather. I must admit with the tides up there I am a bit nervous for a first time charter. As it is when I bring my boat into the dock and the tide is running over 3 with a crosswind I feel a bit of pressure.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:49 PM   #22
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I have the Ocean Pro. Good eye. I love that boat but a self bailing deck would be nice. I saw an owner that modified his on the Hewes forum. Was that you Ken?
I believe that there are two boats on the forum with self bailing decks. Dale, who started the form is the other one. He sold his boat and the forum and does not appear to continue posting.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:53 PM   #23
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Being in Northern Nevada, you might consider purchasing a starter boat in the delta. It would not be that far away and would give you a taste of the lifestyle on weekends and vacations. When you are ready for the inside passage, you can have your boat hauled up there or sell it and buy another boat.

If you want experience as crew, that is a tough one as I know many captains have taken 'greenhorns' aboard to save money and when the going gets rough, the crew bails or gets seasick or whatever. Delivery captains like to stick with their proven crew members for a reason.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:08 PM   #24
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Maybe I'm trying to get started just a little prematurely. I seem to be full of excuses. Being in Nevada most of the year, I can't really go down to the marina and kick the tires so to speak or go to boat shows where there are lots of trawlers open for inspection. I just know I love being on the water and while the Hewes is a great boat her legs are not very long.
Au contraire my fellow Nevada resident... I lived in Incline Village, NV for 18 years (I still hold legal residency there) and when I did I went to boat shows in Annapolis and San Diego just to "kick the tires", hell I even once traveled down to Dana Point and met with Jeff Merrill to view a few Nordhavn's there. Now that I split my time between South America and Mexico I still managed to make it to the Trawlerfest in Anacortes, WA last May.

So... stop making excuses and get out there and "kick the tires" on a few of your favorites!
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:18 PM   #25
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Point well taken Diesel Duck. I worked for the Fire Department in Incline.
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #26
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I am in SE Alaska outside of Ketchikan. I think there may be charters available there. I will start looking into that idea as well. We have always wanted to run north a little bit but my boat is not quite up to the task with the unpredictable weather. I must admit with the tides up there I am a bit nervous for a first time charter. As it is when I bring my boat into the dock and the tide is running over 3 with a crosswind I feel a bit of pressure.
Hi Nevada Mike,

Clarence Strait sure can be a bear in a small boat, especially with wind opposed to tidal current. We got stuck in Coffman Cove for 5 days in August a few years ago (before the floats were upgraded), waiting for 30+ knots in Clarence to wind down.

OTOH, with careful attention to weather conditons and forecast, cruising Southeast in our 22' and now 26' boats has been a delight (most of the time). We've traveled all over most of SE since 1996, and are heading up again this summer. There are lots of places where wind and seas are typically less fierce than near Lincoln Rock. Most docks have little or no current to deal with, and the anchorages are lovely.

If you're considering a charter out of Ketchikan (or Juneau - Nordic Tugs are available there) or any other town, I'd be happy to discuss routes, strategies, and anchorages that might be interesting and not too stressful for first time cruising.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:16 PM   #27
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Lincoln Rock is straight out from our cabin. Its is my go to weather station when we are out of sight of the straights in front of the cabin.
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A paramedic would be very handy on any extended cruise, especially if he brings his kit.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:15 PM   #29
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I do have access to Physician supported medical kits. I was lucky enough when a physician friend supplied one for my cabin as well. I think any of you can get the same or similar kit. I don't know where this belongs in the forum but if you obtain one of the kits you have 24 hour access to a physician that will advise you on what medication to use or what supportive care is needed. While it's not quite like having a paramedic onboard you could treat most general medical symptoms with a kit and some form of communications. If you can not make contact for some reason there is a fairly comprehensive guide included.
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I do have access to Physician supported medical kits. I was lucky enough when a physician friend supplied one for my cabin as well. I think any of you can get the same or similar kit. I don't know where this belongs in the forum but if you obtain one of the kits you have 24 hour access to a physician that will advise you on what medication to use or what supportive care is needed. While it's not quite like having a paramedic onboard you could treat most general medical symptoms with a kit and some form of communications. If you can not make contact for some reason there is a fairly comprehensive guide included.
We carry the kits, are trained as medical officers in charge, and subscribe to the service you mention. It makes us feel a lot more confident we could handle most medical emergencies until we could get to medical professionals. That's training and a service we hope to never need, but it was also one of our worries about long runs. Ours is through MedAire.
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We would be happy to discuss training with you. Feel free to give us a call at the number on our website...........Arctic Traveller

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Old 03-27-2015, 09:17 PM   #32
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Jeff I took a look at you site. I will give you a call soon. Once I figure out what our guest schedule this summer looks like I will give you a call. It would be great if the wife and I could get away for a few days.
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