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For those fuel prices I might be able to tolerate -62F :-))

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I take it that's the Fairbanks Fred Meyer, since it doesn't get that cold in South Central.
DING DING DING! You win the cupie doll. I think that came from the year we arrived 8 years ago. In the crazy cold of winter it is actually better to drive north to the store and stay on the really cold roads (the tires "stick") than to head south towards Anchorage where wet snow and ice make for a wild ride.

On the topic though, Ketchikan sounds like a good idea. Warmer for sure than further up the passage.
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For those fuel prices I might be able to tolerate -62F :-))
Oh how I wish I wish. Nope, that was 8 years ago. I think it was closer $4 the last time I was up there. In our neighborhood of Denali it can range from $4.50 to $5 much of the time.
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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

I have spent a winter in Fairbanks. My determination was that once you drop below zero... you don't really notice a difference between -10 and -80

I spent many a cold evening wandering around the Fairbank's Fred Meyer. Oddly I was shocked by how cheap citrus fruit was up there.

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Seward and Homer are great.
A friend of mine lived in Homer for 10 years. He said the winters there were milder than what we experience here in NH. It wasn't the type of weather you would associate with Alaska.

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Though not really SE, I'd choose Seward or Whitter. You have the basics, plus train access to Anchorage (all the way to Fairbanks).
IMHO If you go that far you might just as well go to Homer or Kodiak. Homer has a dryer winter, much easier on a boat than the others or southeast. Whittier is hugely expensive and is at the base of a hanging glacier ( literally ) and has a climate not unlike McMurdo Antarctica. Seward slightly less expensive, has a rapacious Harbor which they use to support the whole town, and a really wet winter interspersed with heavy wet snows that will sink your boat. Both Homer and Kodiak have great folks and proboater harbors, Kodiak being wetter and more distant. Homer dryer and more affordable.

Note: I find that a lot of overwinter boat maintenance is in direct proportion to the climate the boat is laid up in. IMHO again
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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

being from northern Ontario - I swore I would never again suffer 'square' wheels, listen to the 'squeak' of snow under my boots (yes, the damn stuff squeaks), or have to remember that -40 is the same in Farenheit and Celsius. I don't own winter boots, a snow shovel, winter gloves...
I cannot imagine -62, although I've skiied often enough in -30 when I was (much) younger.
I lived aboard one winter in Annapolis MD and thought that was cold enough.....you guys are crazy! (in my honest, loving and respectful opinion that is).


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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

Hoonah is actually a great place, and fairly inexpensive, and since it is "outside" ( near the outer coast) it is drier and sunnier than most of SE Alaska. That said, its sometimes hard to get to when you want to retrieve your boat since charter flights from Juneau are fairly expensive. Additionally, there are no local chandleries, which is tough sledding when you are trying to get all your spring work done.
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