As introduction, I'm nearing retirement and my wife and I are looking for the next big adventure. We've been talking for many years about a cruise on the Inside Passage to Alaska, but we're both turned off by the cruise ship lifestyle. Next was looking into using the ferries that ply those waters and that seemed a much better fit. Then, somehow I discovered that I might actually be able to afford buying (and fueling) a used trawler. Now, creating our own cruise of the inside passage looks very inviting and within the realm of the possible. And so many more doors would be open approaching that area in your own boat.
I'm very glad to have found this forum, and many other resources online. We have a few years to get ready and trained, and to plan finances, but the next big adventure is looking possible.