Cruising Southeast Alaska: Dundas Bay West Arm

Porcupine Bay was our last stop on the west side of Chichagof Island–we would spend the next week in Glacier Bay National Park. We still had two more days before we could enter the permit-only portion of the park, but we planned to spend a night or two in Dundas Bay first. (Dundas Bay is in the park, but is outside the restricted area.) We weren’t really sure what to expect there, from either an anchorage or a scenery perspective, but the area turned out to be excellent on both measures.

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5 comments on “Cruising Southeast Alaska: Dundas Bay West Arm
  1. The L1066A at 250hp is not available in keel cooled form. I’m fine with both wet exhaust or dry but Nordhavn has only done 1 wet exhaust 47 and was dead against doing anything other than dry exhaust on 5263.

    Technically it is possible to use a heat exchanger cooled engine with dry exhaust but this configuration has some of the worst features of both designs without the advantages of either. Most dry exhaust boats use keel cooled engines and that was the only configuration we considered. The Lugger is not available in this form so this wasn’t an option.

    James Hamilton

  2. Andy B says:

    James, I’ve been re-reading your comments on engine choice.
    At the Lugger page I discovered they not only have the L1066T with 170 hp (135 hp continuous duty) but also the
    L1066 "A" with 250 hp and 185 hp continuous duty (turbocharged and aftercooled). Have you considered and compared this with the John Deere?

    Andy B

  3. yair says:

    Thanks James – time to buy your book! Cheers,

  4. Good hearing from you Yair. You asked how the spare main anchor was located on our foredeck. Its mounted in custom stainles mounting plates built but WhiteFab in Kent Washington (,-95.677068&sspn=47.435825,93.076172&ie=UTF8&hq=whitefab&hnear=&ll=47.212106,-120.476074&spn=1.279885,2.90863&z=9). They do very nice work.

    You asked if the rope running parallel to the chain is an anchor trip line. We do often use anchor trip lines (see // what you see in the pictures is an anchor snubber. Snubbers help take load off the windlass and give an all chain rode some stretch.

    We do have an emergency kit on the dinghy including a spare battery powered VHF, light, reflector, noise maker, GPS, compass, oars, and some spares and light tools. On longer runs we bring a first aid kit and more clothing. We also cover this in detail in our book (//

    James Hamilton,

  5. yair says:

    Great pictures (again). I noticed your spare anchor on the foredeck – but didn’t notice how it was secured in place – how is it secured? Also, in your anchoring photos you have both chain and rode/rope out – presumably that’s a trip line for your anchor – yes? Lastly, I noticed the blue dry bag in your dinghy – do you carry an ’emergency’ kit for the dinghy and if so, what do you keep in it?

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