Exploring the Eastern Gulf of Alaska: From Cape Spencer to Cordova
Exploring the Eastern Coast of Alaska: From Cape Spencer to Cordova
This is an all-new addition to Don & Réanne Douglass's best-selling Exploring series of cruising guidebooks. This book details the near-shore route between Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound. Traditionally, boaters travel from Cape Spencer to Hinchinbrook Entrance by proceeding directly across 300+ miles of open North Pacific Ocean. However, weather permitting, cruisers can follow a longer and more scenic route by harbor-hopping the 10-fathom curve along Alaska's "Lost Coast." Don and Réanne Douglass describe the secure anchorages and open roadsteads which permit recreational mariners to travel during daylight hours and anchor every night. Truly secure shelter is limited to LItuya, Yakutat, and Icy Bays. However, with modern electronics, charts, and weather information, pleasure craft of all sizes can travel this route.
Supplemented by additional material on the geography and history of the area, the Douglasses provide their invaluable local knowledge, including anchor diagrams, information on timing safe entrance to the challenging harbors, and descriptions and locations of reefs and shoals not presently described in Coast Pilot or on NOAA charts. Traveling close to shore and following the Douglass's harbor-hopping strategy enables more leisurely visits to this relatively unexplored region. Magnificent mountain ranges, large secure bays, and stunning glaciers await you along one of the world's most dramatic and beautiful coastlines. The cruising paradise of Prince William Sound beckons.