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    Was out on PWS last week and saw snowmachine tracks Blackstone bay, suprised me, then heard of people water skipping from N shore to Willard Island is that true? Must be 3 miles across in the winter?

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    no way.......

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    ditto. Attempts were made in the past just to get across the bay from valdez and non were successful that I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mod elan View Post
    and non were successful that I recall.
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    I believe there was a guy out of Valdez trying for the worlds record water skip a few years back. He had a chase boat and a buoy and line on the back of his machine so it could be recovered.
    If I remember the arcticle correctly he failed to accuratetly figure his fuel consumption and sunk before reaching his target shoreline.
    Either way I would say it is a fool attempt. Why not just hire a landing craft?
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    I've been to Blackstone and Kings Bay by snowmachine. It's a nice ride. The jump across to Willard Island is 1500' on the south end of Willard. I could see somebody trying as 1500' of flat water is really not that big of a deal with a modern machine as long as the beaches at each side are nice.

    Current water skip record is right around 43 miles at this point. Your only limitation on flat water is fuel. Modern machines could easily beat this record if somebody wanted to try it with an extra fuel tank plumbed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    Why not just hire a landing craft?
    Your missing the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRick View Post
    Your missing the point.
    Pray tell, what is the point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kk alaska View Post
    Was out on PWS last week and saw snowmachine tracks Blackstone bay, suprised me, then heard of people water skipping from N shore to Willard Island is that true? Must be 3 miles across in the winter?
    "YES" 2nd the 1500 feet and salt water provides better floatation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Pray tell, what is the point?
    To see if you can do it. Pointless, yes, but pretty much any sport is when you think about it (catch and release anyone?).

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    Was out a knik a couple summers ago and heard something coming up the river. A few minutes later a sled went by on the water and continued past going out of site and eventually out of earshot as well.

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