We just returned from a late season (Sept to Mid-Nov) cruise
to Southeast Alaska
. On the way back in Prince Rupert we came upon a +60 couple that were completing their Passage
originating in the UK. Finding their blog, they reported the most weather
delays (days of sustained +45 knot
winds) in the Dutch Harbor area.) of their entire transit. It seems this area demands redundancies of systems, spares and excellent preparation. A couple of things we observed/wanted even on the Inside Passage were 1) Sat Phone
This summer sat phones availability north of latitude 55N improved dramatically and the costs plummeted; 2)ability to receive and interpret weather
data from NWS and Environment Canada
Are you jumping off from Cape Scott or Dixon Entrance or coastal routes. Check out Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes for great route
and timing information.
Knowing we were late this year, we want to go earlier and approach via Hawaii
. Don't think we will make landfall near Dutch Harbor, though.
Good Luck with your plans.