We cruised S.E Alaska
in 2001. What everyone else has said is pretty right. Heater, deep anchorages
,lots of places to dock
can change really quickly, must work the currents in the passages. We found digital charts very, very accurate. We were able to work our way into some very tight anchorages
(42 ft monohull) because of this.
Most importantly, it is the most magical place in the world !
We sailed from Australia
and our cruising guides
were old and rudimentary. One day we used an old chart book to navigate a long inlet to a galcier in Glacier Bay. When we got there after a days motoring it was gone! Since this book had been published a number of glaciers have retreated and there's only rubble left. Take that, you global warming sceptic.
One other thing, if you see a bear lying on the beach, its probably not dead, just asleep. Best not to go ashore and check it out with your two children
You'll love it