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As an example
Posted by Paul H on Apr 04 2006
When we came back from our deer hunt on Montague Island, the worst waters we experienced were in passage canal. If you look on a map you'll see there are some pretty long stretches between Montague and Whittier.
The mountains above Whittier are the lowest point in the Chugach, so any pressure differential rips down along the water. There are also alot of glaciers, and they produce their own winds.
That said, if you pick your days, you can have some wonderful trips around Whittier, and it is an incredibly beautiful area. There is fishing and hunting around there, but be prepared to make some longer runs to get to the better spots, ie upwards of 30-50 miles out.
People make some long runs in smaller boats, it just comes down to picking your weather, and being prepared to find a cove and hide out when the water picks up. One who knows his boats limitations and runs it accordingly is safe.