Finishing the Grenville Channel and headed across Prince Rupert leads to the notorious Dixon Entrance. This stretch of ocean is know for its bad weather and seas. When we left at 8:30 in the morning the waters were still and we finished Grenville in calm. We passed Prince Rupert by mid-day. We were headed for Foggy bay, the first real port in Alaska. We checked into US border protection services and the last hurdle was the Dixon entrance. In the beginning things were fine but the 6-7 foot swells north were quartering and we rolled. It was a slower roll than the Puget Sound wind chop but Coda lifted up on the swell and slid down the back of the wave in a gentle roll that opened drawers and made strange noises from inside the cupboards. It was not uncomfortable and not harsh, but a couple of hours of rolling about was enough.
By the time we made it to Foggy Bay we were just happy to have it over. We found a small cove within the harbor and anchored in 4 feet of water and pulled off with a stern tie on a tree. It was a real relief to be still again.
We were greeted by a bear on the island and watched him walk on the beach foraging for food as we relaxed and had a drink. He stayed in the shadows but if you look hard you will see him. It was very nice to finally be in Alaska.
and the data...
Time: 10 h 6 m ( 08:27 to 18:34 ) Distance: 78.71 nm
Fuel: 21.22 Gallons Fuel Rate: 2.10 GPH Fuel Economy: 3.71 NM/G
Avg Speed: 8.25 kn Max Speed: 10.69 kn
Engine Runtime Start: 2623.05 Hours Runtime End: 2633.15 Hours Fuel: 21.22 Gallons Fuel Rate: 2.10 GPH Fuel Rate Max: 10.09 GPH Avg RPM: 1285.74 Max RPM: 1849.75 Avg Oil Pressure: 52.29 Low Oil Pressure: 31.91 Avg Temperature: 186.98 Max Temperature: 194.00