DeepFrz et al,
NW Passage Narrow? Every passage through islands requires attention to navigation but only two of the 7 NWP Routes, 4 and 6 around King William Island (Gjoa Haven), would be considered 'narrow'.
Yes, indeed understanding the impact of weather
on drifting sea ice plays an important part is picking where and when to navigate during a NW Passage. Bellot Strait and Franklin Strait during the previous two years has remained an ice blockage point and will likely once again this minimum ice season repeat as an ice road block. So approaching from the east it becomes important to stage on the correct side of Prince Reagent - if you don't you will become trapped from drifting ice - likewise when approaching from the west the same situation in Rae and Franklin can occur... so up to date and forecast weather
information is extremely vital when planning your navigating... I strongly recommend Iridium
with Delorme InReach backup.
No one here has mentioned interest in a NW Passage - any specific reason would be appreciated? I realize that what is attractive to some is not to others. What say you?
Standing by... see you outdoors... on the water!