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    We are looking at purchasing a boat in the Seattle area and then getting it to Alaska. Looking at 34-38 ft Bayliner. Asking for recommendations on either shipping it, trailering it or sailing it to Seward. Thanks!

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    Depends on how you feel about the gulf crossing, and the weather. What I did was run my boat up the inside passage from Washington to Juneau, and then put it on the trailer and shipped it on the ferry from Juneau to Whittier. There are companies in Bellingham that will hold your trailer, and use their wrecker to load it on the ferry when the time is right. You have to schedule things, and it may be different with the limited ferry schedule these days, but it was a great trip.
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    • #3
      Canada won't let you trailer it up. Someone in town tried and was denied. Cost him $7K to barge it up.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
        Canada won't let you trailer it up. Someone in town tried and was denied. Cost him $7K to barge it up.
        Do you know what size boat he had barged up?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by alaskariverguy View Post

          Do you know what size boat he had barged up?

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          I have only seen it once on the water. It looked like 28-30'.

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          • #6
            If I had the time I'd sail it without question. Towing it or barging it will cost close to the same as the fuel needed, fuel might be less with the current gas prices. Plus sailing the inside passage and crossing the gulf in your own boat...priceless.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Patsfan54 View Post
              If I had the time I'd sail it without question. Towing it or barging it will cost close to the same as the fuel needed, fuel might be less with the current gas prices. Plus sailing the inside passage and crossing the gulf in your own boat...priceless.
              Only problem is you can't get thru Canada They would not let my friend haul his up.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post

                Only problem is you can't get thru Canada They would not let my friend haul his up.
                You don't need to go through Canada when you go around Canada, that's why I said sailing the boat would be my choice. Going through Canada isn't a problem if you use the boat for what boats are made to do.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Patsfan54 View Post

                  You don't need to go through Canada when you go around Canada, that's why I said sailing the boat would be my choice. Going through Canada isn't a problem if you use the boat for what boats are made to do.
                  Yes, sailing up is the only option if you don't barge it up. My friend did the trip last year. I can't remember how many days, but his 49' boat sucked up $5,000+ of fuel. He spent extra time in Yukatat as they would not give him fuel after the 8 hour work day. When he asked the price, he got a "We'll see." With Corvid some places may not even want someone from out of town fueling up. It would be an interesting trip in these times.

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                  • #10
                    Dave, was the travel denied because it wasn't deemed necessary ? Or?
                    I have a used truck down south to drive back and a trailer for a 26' Tolly to tow behind. I can't get a straight answer from them. It seems to be left up to the Immigrations officer at the port of entry.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nooksack View Post
                      Dave, was the travel denied because it wasn't deemed necessary ? Or?
                      I have a used truck down south to drive back and a trailer for a 26' Tolly to tow behind. I can't get a straight answer from them. It seems to be left up to the Immigrations officer at the port of entry.
                      At the time he asked, yes it was not essential travel so he was denied. Someone posted on another part of the forum that they wanted to drive with their daughter down to college in the L48. The parents were turned around as not essential up in Tok.

                      But things do change so keep calling I guess.

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                      • #12
                        Yes, today the mandates are supposed to update I believe.
                        Thank you

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                        • #13
                          So, me & a buddy flew down to Seattle in middle of September & drove his truck back up & didn’t have any trouble. Except for the confusion with Boarder guard.. My buddy had done trip 3 weeks earlier with wife’s rig, he did All paper work & checked out with Canadian customs & they never filed paper work so it showed he was still in Canada, but boarder guy said “ Obviously you’re not“.. it was also same guy he delta with few weeks prior & got different speeches both times. There also a new boat brought to my town this summer & it was towed up & we saw other on highway heading North..

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                          • #14
                            We're in the exact same situation. Just bought a 35' boat in Seattle where it will stay for the winter, then bringing it up next spring. I just got an estimate from Lynden/AML to Whittier by barge for $12,800. I'd have to make separate arrangements in Whittier to lift it off the barge. Our problem is that right now we don't feel like the boat has enough fuel capacity to make the Juneau-Yakutat or Yakutat-Cordova run across the gulf with any kind of decent safety cushion. We're looking at all sorts of different options, from fuel bladders to possibly putting it on a rental trailer (if we could even find one) from Juneau to Whittier on the car ferry. We did get an estimate to trailer it from Seattle to Seward overland and that was $23,000

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                            • #15
                              See if Alaska Logistics can get you a better price.
                              Note to self: Don't argue with idiots, it just beings you down to their level where they overwhelm you with their more extensive experience in being an idiot.... and, you can't fix stupid!

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