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Old 05-12-2013, 12:40   #16
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I've been there, but then, as now, I wondered why.
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Old 05-12-2013, 15:33   #17
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My brother took his J/30 from Seattle up to Juneau one summer - about half the way to Dutch Harbor. His comment was about how much he used his engine due to lack of wind. Make sure yours is in good shape before you go. The next mechanic or shop might be hundreds of miles away. When you get to Dutch Harbor, be sure to visit the Museum of the Aleutians. Should be hard to miss: not much else there.

Also... on the radar reflector thing.... get the cheap Davis intersecting metal circles one. It's one thing to call up somebody on the radio and ask him if he sees you. It's something else to have him see you when you're not on the radio.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:11   #18
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Wolverine,
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....Northwest 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.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:57   #19
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Make sure your SSB equipment is in top notch shape, it is a great source of information and in trouble you can call for help and someone might actually hear you. Have a provision for putting warm air on the windows to keep them fog free. Although I agree Dutch is not much to look at, it does have it charms, and further out the chain you go the more intriguing it can be, these islands are young in a geographic sense of time. Sand Point is a nice place to visit, as is King Cove. Not much to see in Cold Bay. Mind your weather windows. Watch the timing on your tides, there can be some serious rips in the passages between the islands, +10' standing waves on a flat calm day. Practice donning your survival suit. It is a good idea to put a toggle handle on the zipper to make it easier to hold on to for pulling it up, put paraffin on your zipper, a plastic bag on your feet ease the entry into your suit. Have a ditch bag that can fit into your suit. Use your head and don't push the weather.
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Well, I sailed to Dutch Harbour alright. It was great! Too much to say,but if anyone has a question, fire away.
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On an historical note, was not Dutch Harbor attacked by the Japanese in WW2?
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Wolverine,

Are you glad you went? Any problems? "Learn" anything?

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I am glad i went. I want to go back. I had no problems. I learned :

That I like being alone.
Weather forecasting was not reliable in Alaska or BC
Having a Delorme tracker was excellent help. ( able to send/receive short emails)
I used my sat phone from time to time.
Harbormaster at Sand Point and Dutch Harbour both said only 10 sailboats/ year.
Distances are huge.
Once you get past Kyack island there are lots of places to hide.
I experienced 40-50 knot winds 3 times for a total of 12 hours.
I experienced mostly 10-20 knots from NE and SW
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Old 22-10-2014, 18:51   #24
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I forgot………
Yes. an attack took place but most of the relics are further out to the SW.
My only regret is that I did not go further. (at least to Adak)
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I forgot………
Yes. an attack took place but most of the relics are further out to the SW.
My only regret is that I did not go further. (at least to Adak)
An attack? Yikes. What attacked you?

Relics? Are you an archeologist by vocation or avocation?
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Old 22-10-2014, 20:15   #26
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As I recall Dutch Harbour was bombed a few times by the Japanese invaders further west.

One of my adventerous sisters lived there for about 5 years-it was great! cases upon cases of King Crab and salmon weekly into JFK airport.We would just collect them from direct flight carasoul.The looks from people of who was to pickup the dripping boxes ! What a hoot.
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On an historical note, was not Dutch Harbor attacked by the Japanese in WW2?
Yes, yes it was. The Japanese invaded and held two islands for a time. Attu was retaken by force but the Japanese withdrew from Kiska prior to an Allied landing to reake the island.

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Old 23-10-2014, 04:21   #28
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Ah come the red dawn ... Fog clears in my brain..

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Congratulations on your voyage! Did you stop into Kodak, Seward, or cruise through Prince William Sound? My old cruising grounds, beautiful areas all!

Would love to read a blog or write up,of your trip, if such a thing is available...
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Now if you want to be able to pound your chest and be able to say “I sailed to Dutch Harbor” then go for it.
I've sailed to more than a dozen Dutch harbors. Who wants to touch me?
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