Originally Posted by northwestsailor
"What about 2015? A repeat of 2014 for obvious reason - people are the greatest variable... from idiots, wannabes, skippers, captains and Master Mariners... The few who make things happen. The many who watch things happen. The majority who have no idea whats happened."
For the NWP I think a passage of West to East is a safer bet. Jimmy Cornell tried it last year from East to West in 2014 and failed to get through with his new boat.
The ice breaks up West to East so why not follow that natural progression? It probably means being already up in AK by the late spring but it is not impossible to winter the boat in Nome now.
IF need be Rajah Laut can be pulled onto a beach over greased logs
with a bulldozer due to the flat bottom. It sounds crude but can be done without damage to the hull. Bottom paint
might suffer a bit though.
You cannot make this many mistakes
in what you have heard and expect to complete a NWP... Wintering over in Nome is not advised unless you like cleaning
the blown sand out from ever orifice of your boat and then ask - who has been sandblasting my yacht? Its a terrible place to winter over. I doubt it will be in good condition when you return... you have been warned!
As previously posted people are the greatest variable... Jimmy was a month early to the Arctic, was beset in the ice, retreated when hightmares of loosing his family
in the ice repeated... was offered a sum to take AVENTURA to the boat show
circuit... clipped that coupon - cash talks - then headed south to catch his paying Odyssey yachts... but has now reversed going back to Costa Rica
to return home saying he will ship the boat to Vancouver and attempt the NWP again from the West... lol
The NWP ice does not breakup from west to east... lol You undoubtedly have been listening to wifes tales... check the dates for ice breakup... the WEST is always late to open and close compared to the EAST.
There is no such thing as a "safer" NWP because of the directions of travel...
I surely have an opinion of someone who makes these kinds of verbose statements without facts... please stay in tepid latitudes and enjoy it as your paradise.
BTW - I suggest you take your own winch
, four part quad blocks and logs to roll your yacht onto a beach... Cats are not widely available over the 3000 plus miles NWP ... remember this is the Arctic - not even one tree to spare for a roller... sheez