Rocky Narrows -- Don't Go there

Well it was time to leave Baranof Island and start back to Ketchikan. Barb had some business to attend to so we had to be back to drop her at the airport.


After chatting with Kevin and Laura from Slow Boat (they were the one that gave us all the great recommendations for places to see on Baranof island) they said that they had gone through Rocky Narrows many times and it was fine and passable. This is the chart for the pass. Every rock that is a navigational hazard is noted with an asterisk like symbol. Our proposed route is the black line. Well we took the challenge.

We departed early so we would catch the high tide slack while we were in the pass and specifically at the devils elbow. The trip was calm and beautiful. The pass was a navigational challenge as the depth is 4-5 feet in many areas but it was not a problem at all at high tide. (This area has 20 foot tides so the 4 foot can be as high as 24 foot) We found one of the buoys was off by quite a bit but we were undaunted. It turned out to be more fun than hazard. Both Matt and I have excellent navigation software!


We stayed at Monte Carlo Island just after the pass. It was a non-descript anchorage with out much protection, but it was convenient and we were tired. In the morning we got up and continued to a more picturesque place.


Technical Details:


Sitka to Petersburg Borough

Time: 7 h 54 m ( 08:18 to 16:12 ) Distance: 59.56 nm

Fuel: 14.01 Gallons Fuel Rate: 1.77 GPH Fuel Economy: 4.25 NM/G

Avg Speed: 7.61 kn Max Speed: 9.66 kn

Engine Runtime Start: 2807.60 Hours Runtime End: 2815.50 Hours Fuel: 14.01 Gallons Fuel Rate: 1.77 GPH Fuel Rate Max: 4.97 GPH Avg RPM: 1241.96 Max RPM: 1523.25 Avg Oil Pressure: 51.72 Low Oil Pressure: 31.33 Avg Temperature: 182.56 Max Temperature: 192.20



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