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Or maybe some sort of hot air balloon contraption...
Hmmmm....boats and balloons. Where's Steve Fossett when you need him?

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Umm...... ya' might want to check with a couple of the Canucks on this board re: the NW Passage being "U.S. 'soil', so to speak", eh?
Don't you guys know that the U.S. owns the world? Just kidding. I said I'd like to stay on American 'soil' not that I have to. With the kind indulgence of our Northern friends, the Northwest Passage is an option.


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The Northwest Passage would be an adventure.
Here comes our Coast Guard to the rescue.
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The Northwest Passage would be an adventure.
Here comes our Coast Guard to the rescue.
EEEEEKKKK! Hmmm, looks a little too adventurous to me. But I thought if you go at the right time of year, although cold, you could make it through without being iced in. Is that not the case?

By the way, is that really you stuck in the ice, Brian? If so, tell us a brief account of what happened there.


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EEEEEKKKK! Hmmm, looks a little too adventurous to me. But I thought if you go at the right time of year, although cold, you could make it through without being iced in. Is that not the case?

By the way, is that really you stuck in the ice, Brian? If so, tell us a brief account of what happened there.
With global warming and modern navigation equipment its easier to do the Northwest Passage than it was in the days of yore. Its still a very difficult task to accomplish and very few people have the time, resources, and skill to do it.
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With global warming and modern navigation equipment its easier to do the Northwest Passage than it was in the days of yore. Its still a very difficult task to accomplish and very few people have the time, resources, and skill to do it.
Well I have the time and resources. I'm not rich, but I have a pittance of a financial income, but if I'm careful, it's enough. As far as the skill, well, I've sailed my Coronado 25 five or six times, before. Ya' think that covers me?

I know I need more skills, and over the next couple of years, I hope to gain that experience, and perhaps head out. It's good I'm a Christian because I'll definitely need God on that one, huh?


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A minor detail: Unless you are cutting close to Greenland, the Northwest Passage is all Canadian until you are directly north of Alaska.
Another minor detail: The charts for that area are very few and have very little detail.
Another minor detail: IT will be very cold up there even in the summer. So you won't be laying out on deck soaking up rays....

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even with up to date charts the hard stuff keeps moving around.

On the other hand the food keeps well without refrigeration.

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Thanks so much for your help, sailors (and or sailorettes). Do any of you know about the civilized areas up there along the coast? I mean, is there a navigational way through the Northwest Passage that you can take that has ports, supply stops, that sort of thing every so many - but not too many - miles? Or is it all miles upon miles stretch of barren, wilderness coast?


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