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What is that toothy critter? (not the one in orange)


Thanks for sharing the trip with pics!!
 

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Good stuff Captain! Looks like the trip of a lifetime. Gets my vote for thread of the year.You really should do a blog on it.
Any chance of putting up a map highlighting your progress.
How much fuel can you carry and how long does it last?

"Fair Winds and Following Seas"
 

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Did you go through the Seymore Narrows? Pretty wild how the whirlpools are all around you when the tide's rushing.
Yah, I think that was the narrows we hit after fueling up in Cambell River, the dangerous part is watching for logs in the whirlpools, can't trust the autopilot in that stuff it will turn the boat sideways pretty quick, powering through is the way to go.
 

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Good stuff Captain! Looks like the trip of a lifetime. Gets my vote for thread of the year.You really should do a blog on it.
Any chance of putting up a map highlighting your progress.
How much fuel can you carry and how long does it last?

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Thanks buddy, yah I wanted to get some of it down before I start forgetting details.
We marked our route through several maps and need to get one big enough to get it all on.

I have 2 - 150 gallon fuel tanks but found out I only have 288 gallons usable.
She likes fuel, she'll drink up to 50 gallons an hour at 40 mph at 6000 rpm or 2 gallons an hour at displacement speed 1100 rpm about 8 mph.
We averaged about a mile a gallon.
Just depends how hard you run the ponies.
 

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Yah, I think that was the narrows we hit after fueling up in Cambell River, the dangerous part is watching for logs in the whirlpools, can't trust the autopilot in that stuff it will turn the boat sideways pretty quick, powering through is the way to go.
Yeah...Used to trave through there a couple times a year on fish tenders...I've been as slow as 0.02 knots bucking the tide and as fast as 22 knots going with. Those boats would average around 7.5 knots on a slack tide.
 

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Yes I miss Granby and my friends there but it will all still be there when I go back to visit. After fishing the same spots for 30 years and catching the same fish 4 times it got kind of boring.

I love to explore new areas and thats what I will continue to do.

My next big adventure in AK will be Illiamna Lake, the largest lake in AK at around 1000 square miles and up to 988' deep, 77 miles long, up to 22 miles wide and accessible by boat or plane only. World class fishing with big Lake Trout and many Rivers, the area is well known for Large Rainbows and Steelhead, the Lake also has Sturgeon and fresh water seals, with plenty of Brown Bears in the area.
I plan on spending a good part of next Summer there. I can get trailered from Illiamna bay to the Lake, fuel up at one of the villages and go all the way down the Kvichak River to Bristol Bay.
If I get bored in the meantime I can head over to Shuyak or Afognak Islands for some Blacktail Deer hunting
 

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Great photos! You brought back a lot of memories. I have always wanted to do a small boat trip from Campbell river to Anchorage. I have flown it several times in a small plane stopping a couple of times on our way to Lake Iliamna (sp) and back. My first salmon was caught at Cordova on the Copper River delta. Have fished all around the Kvich(sp) River, Dillingham, Point Heiden, King Salmon and Prince of Wales Island. Found a brand new skiff on the beach on the Kodiak side of the peninsula must have fallen off of a ship. Have fished the tyee pool at Campell River in a rowed boat trolling a hand carved plug and made the club with a 46 lb. king. Another time got pulled through the rapids by a 52LB.king, luckily the guide knew what he was doing...It sacred [email protected]@ out of me. Man those whirlpools were huge!!! I vote your thread the best of the year, maybe the century....good job!
 
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