We sailed through Alaska
in 2015 and here are our notes. It's a fabulous, fabulous area. You must get into Glacier Bay! And if you play it right, you can get two consecutive weeks in there. Try to spend a whole day floating in front of Margerie Glacier.
The harbormasters are all really friendly, and mostly understand the needs of sailors. Search for the "Alaska Harbor Directory" online, but note the prices are all out of date. The phone
numbers are correct.
In all cases, you will want to hire a local caretaker who will shovel snow off your decks and check the lines, etc.
There are considerable differences in weather
, so check that out. In general, if you head
inland, it gets too cold and has too much snow.
None of the prices include tax. The prices are what we were told by harbormasters back in 2015. We did not check Ketchikan, Wrangell or Petersberg. Small places are cheap
but you need to budget
transport (ferries or float planes) there and back. And reprovisioning will need a trip to a town (Craig or larger).
8 year wait list for permanent slips, but they allow use of transient dock
over winter - no power. Stay aboard OK. $16/ft per month (note relatively high cost compared to others).
good protection. space available. $9 / ft per year. Hoonah is coldest we looked at with yearly average: extreme low -21F, get 88 days of snow, 73" per year.
no power. yes water
. $240 per year for 48 foot slip.
space available, airport
hard. No power or water
. only up to 40'. $9 per foot per year.
occasional wait list, they don't know until September. $0.72 per foot per month. Or 1 yr 40' slip $630. Best place IMHO. Transient docks are not so secure, try to get in a permanent slip. Craig is most temperate. Ex low 2 F, 22 days snow, 30"