After close to two weeks of working long days the Aquanator was ready for the water or I should say as close to being ready as we needed her. So at 8:30 the large lift used to transport the Aqunator from her winter home to the sea was fired-up by the yard workers. An hour or so later after fixing few unexpected glitches like stopping the water from filling the hull we departed the boatyard and headed across the sound to Seaward proper.
Once docked at the Seward waterfront we made our way to town to do one last provision before heading out to cross the Gulf of Alaska. The Gulf of Alaska is a body of water which deserves great respect and we needed a good weather window to safely make the 8+ hour transit to Prince William Sound. And it just so happened that a good window had opened so we quickly departed Seward after making our rounds.
The trip to Prince William Sound was relatively uneventful which is exactly what we were looking for, calm seas and winds. We did see a pod of Orcas, a few Humpbacks, unreal scenery and very little in the way of nautical traffic. We dropped anchor at 10:30pm in a clam well protected cove in the Southwest corner of Prince William Sound and enjoyed a sunset BBQ to celebrate our safe passage.
Over the next several days we’ll make our way northward to Whittier. For the first part of the summer salmon fishing season we’ll be based out of Whittier servicing fishing boats in the Main Bay area which is about a 5 hour trip to the south, onward!