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post #14 of Old 12-02-2011
Capt Len
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All depends on the wind It moves the ice about and either clears or jams the only narrow channel for small vessels.Look at the charts. You make it through or go back to Tuk and try again next year.Getting better every year but still no guarantee .From Greenland same story. One year nobody made it , next year a Hobi cat from Denmark made it. Steel hull is best but several glass have done the passage. I had a 42 ft wooden and never considered it as a contender. Besides I was doing commercial (science) charters. Really challenging cruising area but getting there is fun. North Pacific.Bering St ,Prudeau Bay, Beaufort Sea. and you're only to Tuktoyyaktuk Then the passage. Lots has written about it both historic and contemporary. It will be a while before it's more than big commerce and military but the B.C. coast still has my vote.
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