I was asked to deliver a single engine (230 HP) 1985 steel hull,55 ton trawler style, 60′ motor vessel from Florida to Alaska. My first thoughts were that this is a very long trip for an older boat that has not been used in many years. Fortunately, the owner agreed to have it checked out and repaired very thoroughly before we left Florida and we had only a limited number of mechanical issues.
My second thought was that I really want to go to Alaska, especially since I go through British Columbia to get there! We left the West Palm Beach area in June and arrived in Homer, Alaska in September. We averaged 6.5 knots, survived some heavy weather, one free tow, and made it to Alaska. We began in hot, humid weather through the Panama Canal, enjoyed the Mexican Pacific Coast with absolutely no tourists anywhere, pounded our way against wind and current up the US Pacific coast and were thrilled every day throughout Canada and Alaska. We saw more wildlife, whales, seals, otters, dolphins, porpoise, eagles, marlin, mahi-mahi, tuna, etc than I have ever seen and caught on any previous trip.