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Old 04-28-2010
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Disclaimer, we have not made this trip yet. We are considering going as far N as the Haida Gwaii or Glacier Bay this summer. We've been doing research on the subject and we have been sailing around Van Isle and the Puget Sound for 3 years.

Tons of people go up to Alaska in the summer from the Puget Sound including a lot of people in power boats who really, really don't like waves and wind. There are plenty of places to sit tight and wait for good weather. There is lots and LOTS of light air here in the summer (too much for our taste) so non-storm conditions are the norm and it is very easy to only travel in light conditions.

As long as you plan your trip around good weather, safe harbor escape routes, know your currents and time the narrows you are going to transit, it really doesn't seem that difficult to have a good safe trip North. Respect your limits and you don't have to get yourself overcommitted.

I think the confusing thing is how brutal it can be in the fall/winter/spring here. Although you can certainly get strong winds in the summer, they are much more rare and usually not long lasting.
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