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Old 23-07-2014, 10:29   #1
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Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

This just keeps getting better up here. So, we may want to keep the boat up here in the winter so we can be ready next May. Where would you put it that is 1. Safe 2. Cheap.
I am checking on regs for Alaska for my documented boat it looks like no action needs to be taken. Canada might try to charge me fees to be up there from October to May. Anybody with knowledge about that?
How cold? Need to winterize plumbing to be sure, but batteries or antifreeze in the engine?
Thanks for all the advice already. My other thread on passage is a gold mine!
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Old 23-07-2014, 11:55   #2
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Re: Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

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This just keeps getting better up here. So, we may want to keep the boat up here in the winter so we can be ready next May. Where would you put it that is 1. Safe 2. Cheap.
I am checking on regs for Alaska for my documented boat it looks like no action needs to be taken. Canada might try to charge me fees to be up there from October to May. Anybody with knowledge about that?
How cold? Need to winterize plumbing to be sure, but batteries or antifreeze in the engine?
Thanks for all the advice already. My other thread on passage is a gold mine!
Your best bet would be to find a slip in one of the larger towns like Juneau, or Ketchikan, or any of the other larger towns and then hire a boat watch service. They will for a nominal fee check your boat once a week and shovel snow if necessary.

As far as winterizing I RV antifreeze the plumbing, and the engines. I have a furnace and like to keep it on low for the winter to control moisture but most boats do not have the furnace on.

Allot of Coastal Alaska isn't really as cold as most people think. We get mostly rain, with some snow mixed in. There isn't much snow that "stays".
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Re: Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

True, most of the coastal regions of southern Alaska and BC are relatively mild with lots of rain, but little snow and no sea ice. Sea water temps run in the mid to high 30s to mid 40s:

http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/all_meanT.html
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Re: Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

Fascinating. According to that chart Friday Harbor actually stays colder that Ketchikan Alaska.
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Re: Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

Since you won't be hitting Alaska this year, you could always keep the boat the Port Angeles. That way you could probably find someone to keep an eye on it for you.
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Fascinating. According to that chart Friday Harbor actually stays colder that Ketchikan Alaska.
We currently home port out of Seward Alaska. This is hundreds of miles north of Ketchikan.

Even being so far north we have very rainy winters. Little to no snow pack at sea level. I have to have my boat shoveled a couple times a year is all.

Go a hundred miles away to Whittier, Alaska and they get like 20' of snow per year and it stays. There you have to pay a crew to constantly shovel your boat.

Go 50 miles inland and its a whole different climate. True arctic conditions. Cold to -50F. Real cold, like -35 for weeks on end. There the lakes freeze solid by mid november and stay frozen until the first week in May.

Thats why were planning on moving the boat south as I get close to retirement. The current plan is summers in Alaska and winters cruising down south. Ensenada, La Paz. etc...
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Re: Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

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We were/are late season Alaska sailors(Not leaving this year until mid-Aug) . Last year we pulled into Shearwater on the southbound and were charged for electric only (after Oct 15). Mileage was free thru the following May! Several Alaskan tour operations stayed the winter as well as some fishing vessels. Bad news is the cost to get in and out of Bella Bella.

Winter rates in Ketchikan and Port McNeil were very reasonable also. If Odyssey didn't need so much work, we would have left it up there.

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Gotta love spell check!! SB mileage. Not mileage.

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Re: Safe place to winter a boat- Northern BC/South Alaska

Petersburg would be another option, although if you are going to spend time on the boat you may want to be somewhere like Ketchikan that offers more in the way of entertainment and provisioning. Throughout Alaska we never paid more than $25-$30/night for a 46' cat.
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