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Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC)
P.O. Box 6694
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Roger Maynard

The Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC) is a domestic non-profit corporation, registered and licensed to do business in the State of Alaska. The Ketchikan Yacht Club blog is an information service for members and guests, and a public advertisement for the Ketchikan Yacht Club.

Boating and navigation information in this blog is published in good faith based on the best information available including local knowledge, but is not intended to replace authoritive sources. Mariners are cautioned to use all authoritive sources when planning trips or operating a boat.

The Ketchikan Yacht Club is organized as a social and recreation club under section 501(C)(7) of the U.S. Tax Code; contributions are not tax deductible.


Jack and Sheila

JackandsheilaOur older members will remember Jack and Sheila Engstrom who provided a welcoming presence at the Ketchikan Yacht Club for many years–Jack, as Port Captain; and Sheila, as Rear Commodore and social planner.

Jack and Sheila presently live in Citrus Heights, California and are doing well. If anyone wants contact information, see Barb Maynard.

Fishing & Hunting | People

King Killer


“My boat caught 58 Kings this year.” — Bill Tatsuda

“It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.”–‘Dizzy’ Dean

Cruising | People | Tourism

Waggoner 2014 Flotilla Summary
“Thanks,” and a great review of KYC hospitality

From the Waggoner Cruising Guide web pages:

Alaska Flotillas: All Arrived

Flotilla 3 arrived in Alaska on July 2nd, in time for the 4th of July festivities in Ketchikan…

“We want to thank [the] Ketchikan Yacht Club for their hospitality for all three flotilla groups. They gave us a special welcome to Southeast Alaska. Stop by their float house in Thomas Basin if you are cruising through the area. While they do not offer reciprocal moorage, they often have slips available for a very reasonable fee. The clubhouse has WiFi and the coffee pot is [usually] on starting at 6:00 a.m.”  read more

Black Sands Beach Picnic

Judith M. serves as taxi driver to bring Robert and Cindi D to the beach

Judith M. serves as taxi driver to bring Robert and Cindi D to the beach

The weather cooperated and conditions were perfect for the annual KYC Black Sands Beach picnic Saturday. 4 boats and one paddleboard showed including Camai, Jessalyn Rose, Sedna and Marvin Davis’s Fairline, with a total of 12 people. The crowd was small, but the company was good and everyone enjoyed themselves. Needless to say, there was plenty of food to go around.

A special thanks to Sam and Judith for setting up, and to each boater who brought extra guests.

Cruising | Hamburger Night

It’s Friday!

Just a reminder: Hamburger Night happens at 5:30 this evening, hosted by Charlie & Judy Arteaga.

Also, cruise to Black Sands Beach for a picnic from 12 to 5 p.m.  tomorrow (Saturday).  Winds are forecast to be light, and high tide is about 1:00.  Watch your depths because the bay is shallow.

Maintenance | People | Safety

Quick Action Saves a Life

Help! Help! Help!

Robert Davis was sleeping on the Davis’s sailboat in Thomas Basin when he awakened to someone calling for help. He investigated, and found an intoxicated person had fallen into the water and couldn’t get back onto the dock. Robert managed to reach the victim in time, pulled him up by his belt onto the dock and then called his wife, Cindi, to bring towels to help dry and insulate the victim while they waited for the ambulance.

Thanks to the Davis’s quick action, the victim survived his swim–it could have turned out worse.

The lessons here are clear: The docks can be dangerous places, especially for inebriated folks; there are very few ladders or places where the average swimmer can exit the water; and folks who live aboard can be instrumental in keeping the docks safe and responding to emergencies in the harbor.

We can all thank Robert and Cindi for being alert, responsive, and doing what needed to be done.

Hamburger Night | People | Tourism

Festive Friday

Once again it was our pleasure to host a Waggoner’s flotilla at our 4th of July Friday night hamburger feed, and welcome them to Alaska.  This group consisted of 6 boats, and we filled the clubhouse to the brim with over 60 members and guests. During the evening the rainy weather cleared, so the crowd was able to overflow onto the dock area.

Waggoners publisher Mark Bunzel presented the club with a copy of “Exploring Southeast Alaska” by Don and Reanne Douglass, and a two-part Inside Passage Route Planning Chart to hang on the wall.  The entire evening was upbeat, and everyone had a good time.

One of the cruisers in the group, Don Fife, is a professional trumpet player and bugler, and serenaded those present with some outstanding American patriotic solos.  At sundown, 9:30 p.m., he returned to help retire the colors to the sound of “Retreat,” then played a perfectly executed “Taps.”

The Fourth of July is always a busy day for some folks–especially to the Strait family who participated in the noon parade, then hosted the festivities at the clubhouse.  Be sure and thank them for another job well done!

Hamburger Night | Tourism

Celebrate the 4th of July at KYC

FEASTYes, there will be a Friday Hamburger Night at the Ketchikan Yacht Club on July 4th hosted by the Strait family. We are expecting the third group of visiting cruisers from Washington to arrive on the 4th, so come and welcome them to Ketchikan, the First City of Alaska!

As always, the grill will be hot by 5:30 pm and bring something to share.

Hope to see you there!

KYC Secretary

Navigation | Safety

Tongass Narrows Ship Traffic
Now we can view Ketchikan area AIS signals in real time

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. When satellites are used to detect AIS signatures then the term Satellite-AIS (S-AIS) is used. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport. (Wikipedia)

Although AIS has been in use for several years, there has been no base station to receive and report Ketchikan area traffic to the Internet. Thanks to ham radio operator Neil Ensign (N7ZYS) of Ketchikan for establishing a base station that makes this possible. The receiving antenna is centrally located in Ketchikan, and reliably receives ships from Ship Island (north of Ketchikan in Clarence Straits) to Bold Island (south of Ketchikan in Revillagigedo Channel.)

Other similar land-based receiving sites make it possible to view traffic in the vicinity of Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell Narrows and Prince Rupert. For more information, visit

Club Business | Hamburger Night

Burger Night & Meeting!

It’s Friday!!!!

This week’s host is Alan Rockwood
Please come and share good food and company.
The grill is hot by 5:30 pm.
Bring a dish to share.

There will be a brief Member’s Meeting at 6:30 pm
to vote on a new member application.

Marine Warnings/Forecasts

  • Forecast for Tonight and Wednesday. - Dixon Entrance East February 21, 2018
    Wind light increasing to northwest 10 to 20 knots near midnight. Wind northerly 10 to 20 Wednesday. Chance of flurries or showers overnight and Wednesday morning. Issued 04:00 PM PST 20 February 2018
    Environment Canada

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