MV LISAS WAY - WILDERNESS CRUISING
|The MV Lisas Way is home ported in Seward Alaska. Our current
cruising grounds are the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound.
This area represents wilderness cruising at its finest.
Imagine waking up in the morning, and being surrounded by Glaciers and waterfalls as your view. If you look to the shore you might see a bear prowling the beach. if you look to the sea you could see a whale or a sea otter feeding. A salmon jumps occasionally, breaking the quiet. You can hear the splash. You look up and see a bald eagle soaring.
Now imagine no other boats in the anchorage with you. The view, the sights, and the sounds are yours alone this morning. You take it all in as you sip your first morning coffee.
Welcome to our world. Welcome to daybreak aboard the MV Lisas Way.
|Prince William Sound Alaska is a
wilderness. There are only three real communities in Prince William
Sound, which comprises an area of approx 100 miles by 100 miles in size.
In the Nowthwest corner there is Whittier, a town of approx. 150 residents. While Whittier may be small in population, it is large in importance as it is the gateway port for almost all recreational boating traffic due to its proximity to Anchorage, Alaska.
In the Northeast corner is Valdez Alaska. Valdez has several thousand residents and is the terminal of the Trans Alaska pipeline. There is an active USCG station in Valdez to protect the marine terminal, and there is significant oil transport ship activity in the area.
In the lower right hand corner of Prince William Sound is Cordova, Alaska. Cordova is a fishing town, and is the home base of the famous Copper River Red salmon fishing fleet.
There is also a small native village Called Chenega which is located near the southwest edge of Prince William Sound, but I hesitate to call it a town. It has only a small dock, and virtually no services. It is home to approx 100 very hearty souls.
Prince William sound wouldn't be a wilderness if it was easy to get to. For boats coming from the rest of the world there is only one route, crossing the Gulf of Alaska. This crossing represents the longest open water crossing necessary to travel anywhere in North America. The minimum open ocean distance is 230NM between Yakutat Bay in the south and Hinchinbrook Entrance in the north. The minimum fuel endurance required is approx 290NM to make the trip.