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No specific experience with Knight, (hopefully 'Seayalatermoonglow' will chime in here) but generally these coastal fiords are deep, deep, deep & steep-to and then shelve rapidly to the glacial deltas at the heads. Always a challenging situation depending on average depths in the deltas.. often not a lot with a goodly tidal range to boot.
Another issue (generically) with these types of inlets is that they are often subject to significant winds - daily inflows in good weather that can often build to 25-30 knots with assistance from thermal heating inland , and overnight outflow winds are typical in summer as well. This often means that a good looking nook in the afternoon can turn into an unsheltered trap sometime after midnight. Fortunately there's typically little fetch in that case, but you can get some decent breezes in the dark.
That, coupled with the bottom profile will make a secure-feeling overnight stop a bit of a challenge.. of course you might bet lucky and get a calm patch - it's sometimes difficult to predict exactly what will happen - but even so finding a decent spot can be a bit of fun.
The twists and turns will probably keep the wave sizes down and these areas can provide the most wonderful sailing if you're happy beating in 20 knots or more.. These same twists and turns can make for some interesting 'wind holes' and reversals near headlands.
And finally, I'm not sure how much logging/booming was done in that area but there's good odds of some logging debris here and there.. people can hook into some interesting things if that's the case. Very remote place if you get truly 'stuck'.
All that said, though, these places are spectacular on the scenery front and if you get good weather it will be a trip to remember.. and probably well worth the effort and challenge. There may even be a logging camp float or barge that could provide overnight dockage.. It's not my intent to be discouraging, but knowing what you may run into never hurts...
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 02-07-2012 at 09:12 PM.