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Dreaming of a White Christmas

It’s common for Bay Area cruisers to talk about the day they head out the Gate and ‘take a left.’ Occasionally, some cruisers will take the road less traveled and go right. Chad and Carolyn Carvey, formerly living aboard in Sausalito on their De Villiers 43 steel cutter Walk On, were featured in our December Changes in Latitudes about the past summer’s cruising in the Pacific Northwest. Now the summer is over, yet they still can’t seem to get enough of the North. They’re staying on for the white Christmas, which comes early.

Dreaming of a White Christmas
Le Conte Bay ends at the Le Conte glacier in Alaska. They get presents early since the North Pole is not far away.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chad Carvey
Chad & Carolyn Carvey
While steel hulls sound chilly when surrounded by ice, they’re also tough.
© 2020 Chad Carvey

It can be hard to understand why some would choose to sail north until you see the raw beauty of the anchorages. Yes, it’s cold, but if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is the way to succeed. The anchorages are uncrowded, with not another cruising boat in sight!

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