Homer to Kodiak
Has anyone done this in a small boat? Other than weather I can't seem to find any reason it can't be done as long as the fuel system is sufficient. The ferry schedule states it's 150 statute miles from Homer, is this correct? I am thinking of doing it sometime just for the fun of it in my 20 foot RHIB. Is there any good weather protection around the barren islands? I cant seem to find a lot of info on them. Any input would be appreciated.
Homer to Kodiak
I made the run from Seward to Kodiak to go hunting and had a slip come up in Homer so I ran back from Kodiak to Homer – my boat was a little larger (32 ft). The worse part of the trip was going around the corner as you come up to the end of the Kenai Peninsula in the Port Graham area. If the tide is running you get “confused” seas without a pattern and you get tossed every which way, that can be pretty hairy for a small boat. You can go out around it but you have to swing west quite a ways to miss it. If you can go though there on low or high slack you should be okay but watch the tide charts so you can time it.
Hope that is helpful.
It has been done. If the conditions are calm not a big deal, if they aren't, well, it can be the last trip you make. Not to be over dramatic, but there can be some tremendous rips when cook inlet is emptying and filling. Just pick a weather window and be willing to turn back or delay your return if the weather turns. A buddy went over deer hunting several years back on a commercial fishing boat, and had to fly back as the boat was delayed several weeks.
Here's a link to a pretty impressive trip that's been taken with a small boat http://www.nas.com/boat/tales.html
Renn Tolman would be a great guy to ask about the trip as he's done it several times http://www.alaska.net/~tolmanskiffs/
Now THAT was some serious boating. Thanks for the link. j