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It would be on a Catalina 36 or similar. If I were worried about weather I wouldn't live in the PNW. The goal would be to meet my friend at the end of Bristol Bay salmon fishing. Find a nice bay and tie up to his big boat for a while.
I think with a couple of months and not too many weather delays/layover days you could get there and back without necessarily feeling 'rushed', though there will likely be some long travel days in there.

But 'expecting to be there' by any particular time is always potential trouble...

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How long would Bellingham - Ketchikan take during the summer?
It took me about 90 hours to Petersburg @ 8 knots running 24/7 in a fishing boat. If you want to actually see things it will take longer:-))

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How long would Bellingham - Ketchikan take during the summer?
We took our sailboat from Anacortes to Ketchikan [and beyond] the summer of 2014. We spent 4 weeks on that leg of the trip enjoying much of what BC has to offer along the way. That included a 4 day visit with friends on Gabriola Is., a few other overnighters because we could, and 4 Wx days.

We could have easily taken much longer, but had other commitments further north...

We could easily cut that time in half or better- Wx pending- if we didn't want to stop and smell the roses, but I've done that too many times in the past and wouldn't want to do that again...

As you already know you will be planning around tides and currents in many areas, and there will likely be a few weather delay days.

If you haven't been to Ketchikan before, it is a very busy hub in the summer time [Typically 4- 5 cruise ships in port at a time... Lots of float planes doing touch-and-goes all day long in the channel...] You won't find any peace and quiet anywhere near there... It is great for provisioning, fueling, and boat parts/yards.

Heading into Misty Fjord and circumnavigating the island Ketchikan is on will yield quieter surroundings- as will heading further north...

If you start firming up plans to make it to Alaska let us know and we can share some places we enjoy visiting.

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How long would Bellingham - Ketchikan take during the summer?


A couple of hours in a Boeing……. a couple of of summers on a boat ought to get you close…..
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We've had our boat in Alaska for the past three years, brought it up from San Fransisco. Last year we upgraded from 350 to 425 feet of chain attached to a Rocna, the anchorages do tend to be deep . We've only felt it necessary to stern tie to shore once. Don't overthink it, lots of people are up here having a great time. If you get up here and find you need something, we have stores, and if they don't have it, the cargo barges run once a week and are very economical. We upgraded our chain after getting caught in 50 knots anchored in Cordova Bay last April. Alaska has too much to see in a season, leave your boat up for the winter. We leave ours in Wrangell, it's super cheap moorage, bomb proof harbor, all the services you could need.
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It's a couple of years away at least, but this thread is going in to the research pile.

I was thinking a 3 month window would be optimal. Then if I was sick of it I would just put my boat on the deck of my buddies and let him drive back.
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We've had our boat in Alaska for the past three years,... We leave ours in Wrangell, it's super cheap moorage, bomb proof harbor, all the services you could need.
rgp, costs to keep a 40 footer over the winter? and best way to go to and from the lower 48?
(anyone else with local knowledge feel free to chip in)

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I pay about $1,500 per year for a 60 foot boat, that's not a typo, per year.
Wrangell has two flights a day, morning one heading north, afternoon flight heading south.
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I have been cruising the BC coast for over 40 years . Bullet proof anchorages by the thousands. Never needed more than 15 feet of chain the whole time. I have 550 feet of half inch nylon on my anchor winch. No coral to chafe anything.
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