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    Great little story on WB Facebook page. I wonder if he ran it back to Whittier?


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    Saw them come into Seward. Good looking craft for sure.


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    Am I the only one who thinks its crazy they made that trip with a single engine?
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    Cool story nice boat
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    Quote Originally Posted by JR2 View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks its crazy they made that trip with a single engine?
    Only if you think super cub pilots are crazy too.....and anyone that quotes Gonzo has to be careful who they call crazy.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akgramps View Post
    Only if you think super cub pilots are crazy too.....and anyone that quotes Gonzo has to be careful who they call crazy.......
    Still laughing on that Gonzo reference AKgramps!!!!

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    Billy is a good man. After hearing him tell just a little bit of the horrible stuff he has seen in Iraq and Afganistan, he has more than earned that boat.

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    Awesome!!!!!! May fish fall from the sky or surface from the depths for ya!

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    It looks like they had a great time. Some of us would need a bigger fuel tank to do that trip. I'm envious. My only question is how do they get from Seward back to their truck and trailer in Whittier? Did they pilot the boat back? Or did they do it Kenai drift boat style and run to Seward first and leave a car parked their for the return to Whittier to pick up the trailer? I want to hear the rest of the story

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    Video on the 20' Pilot in front of Montague Island!

    https://www.facebook.com/video/embed...01315727234132

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    Looks like it rides pretty nice. What would you guys estimate the wave height at on the video Glen posted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Looks like it rides pretty nice. What would you guys estimate the wave height at on the video Glen posted?
    I'm a novice compared to most of you guys on the water but I would say that the waves in the video were about 2', maybe 3. In his story he says that they battled 8' waves. Heck, just outside of Cape Resurrection you can get 8' rollers on a nice day so I'm sure he wasn't lying, but the waves in the video weren't near that size. That's just what I can see. Although, like I said, I'm just a novice compared to most.

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    try making that journey without a pilothouse..like in a mokai or 4-5m rib (both have been done..more than once)
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    I was guessing 3 footers - hard to tell with a video.

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    Everything in this story is true, although some parts are left out of course. I was one of the 3 others on the boat that day and it was a blast. Going into Seward that night was not fun to say the least, took over 2 hours to make it thru the bay. All in all a great boat and an awesome trip. I have been out many times with billy since and that boat is defiantly a beast and will go thru just about any thing Alaska throws at it!!!!

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    Most boats will handle way bigger water than there owners...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JR2 View Post
    Most boats will handle way bigger water than there owners...
    till those windows way up on the bow blow out !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR2 View Post
    Most boats will handle way bigger water than there owners...
    True, and a fully capable salt water boat piloted by a nimrod can get in a heap of trouble.

    Having recently made the run from Seward to the Southern entrance of the sound and back in a similar size boat with a single on a nice day, the further I got from Seward the more I thought it would really, really suck of the water kicked up. Even on a calm day there were plenty of 4-6' rollers in areas and with the flat lighting on an overcast day they sometimes seem to come out of no where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Looks like it rides pretty nice. What would you guys estimate the wave height at on the video Glen posted?
    2-3' winds maybe 15kts. Looks like a typical water condition seen when crossing Orca bay when winds are out of the east. Would barely notice them in my own boats.

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