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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

Juno or Ketchikan for winter over.easy access to all your needs and pretty reg flights out. Rains a lot in the SE in winter. Have wintered both places. More to do in those place in the dark winters. I love in in Ak and have lived throught the state from Barrow to Ketchikan.
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We settled on Petersburg. Yeah, it's wet and cold but very friendly and pretty good amenities. Also cheap moorage rates. Not the cheapest. Kake takes the cake on that score - Less than $200 a YEAR - but no showers or restrooms available and a long walk to the only grocery in town. We were invited to stay at Port Alexander for free but no electricity at the dock (Although one of the fishermen offered us a portable generator to use) and groceries and fuel have to be ordered from Sitka and brought in by the weekly supply scow. Some people think we are hard core but not that hard.


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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

hmmm.....having lived in the 'banks for over 20 years ...I would choose Baja.....that is me...however if I wanted to stay in South East...avoid Petersberg,,,,unless your name is either Hammer or Wiken......Frickin' Noveegians (sic)......Wrangel is a very friendly town...the polar opposite actually from Petersburg. Check out the smaller communities on the Prince of Wales Island....Try Craig or even good ol' Thorne Bay.......if you like Port Alexander and all....Whittier you are not gonna get space and good luck with Valdisease......anyway......for what it is worth......You could try Homer. Across from Homer are small communties...Bear Cove, Halibut Cove, etc. or even Seward...lots of good sailing there......Juneau ....just another government hole town very expensive.....
Anyway....good luck!!!
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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

SEAlaska isn't for sissies. One is Chechako (beginner, neophyte) until a few years residence so most folks would take their boat south. I once totaled up what I most enjoyed in Ketchikan for the 8 years I was there. Skating on black ice at midnight (Harriet Hunt), sledding on the big hill, fishing in the snow, breaking ice to get out of the harbor to fish, hunting ducks and geese, huge beach bonfires, walking in the ice and snow along the creek looking at Christmas lights, a hell of a hot fire in the boat salon so I could leave the hatch open and feel the snowflakes hit my face and evaporate while my pillow would be soaked and sometimes frozen around the edges. Now I'm 72 and will still do it if I could tear myself away from the desert. YES, I'm recommending you spend 8 years on the desert after 8 years in Alaska to keep balanced :-)
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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

Not been there for several years. Hoona used to be a viable and reasonably priced alternative.
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Re: Where to winter (In SE Alaska)

We have now spent our third winter in Petersburg. We love the town and have made many friends there. We also checked out Wrangell, also a good place to winter but Petersburg has a better harbor and and a different culture and personality that suits us better. Petersburg and Wrangell are small towns, about 2500 souls each and have amenities that the much smaller Hoona does not have.

If cost were the only consideration there are several places where moorage is very cheap or even free. Kake, for example would cost $200 a year (Yes, a YEAR) plus electricity. Port Alexander has free moorage at the city float and several of the residents (35 year round) encouraged us to stay there, but having to ship groceries in from Sitka and no electricity or internet access were deal breakers for us.


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