Thursday, May 30, 2013

#2013-14 Exit Ketchikan to Tolstoi Bay on Prince of Wales Island East Coast

We loaded 500 gallons of fuel at Anderes Oil.  That 500 gallons powered us all the way from Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK via Victoria, BC at approximately 1.35 miles per gallon including diesel heat. Yahoo what a bargain!

Before we left Ketchikan we installed a new main engine manifold temperature sensor and a new air filter element.  Instead of the high reading of 170F manifold temperature and ocassional engine alarm, we now get a standard temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Amazing what a new temperature sensor can do to fix a hot engine!

As we're heading North through Tongrass Narrows exiting Ketchikan, the normally quiet VHF comes to life.  "Wild Bliss, Wild Bliss this is Alaska Ferry Stikine".  Thinking Wild Bliss, now that's an interesting boat name, it took a few moments before Alex realized the ferry was most likely calling Wild Blue! We answered the call as Stikine, about 500 feet behind, wanted us to move to the right allowing the ferry across on their way to the Kasan Peninsula on Prince of Wales Island. We quietly obliged, not commenting on the ferry captain's eyesight or reading ability!

Just as the Stikine ferry captain stated: Wild Blue is Wild Bliss!
The seas were a bit tall where Clarence Strait meets Behm Canal but the seas and wind were running with us so it was a fairly comfortable ride. The Clarence waves dissipated yet the wind built to 18 knots as we drove north west and approached Tolstoi Bay. Once we anchored in the pretty Bay, we had little wind and the Bay all to ourselves.

Pretty Tolstoi Bay was quiet and calm.  We had it all to ourselves.

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