To the Arctic and Beyond (Paperback)
This adventure details the delivery of a 28-foot welded aluminum Bentz-Jet boat built in Lewiston, Idaho to it's new owner at the village of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, well beyond the Arctic Circle. After 41 hours of towing straight-up north, and a short rest, we finally launch near Great Slave Lake, close to Hay River, Northwest Territories. This four member team (Darell, Rusty and Bryan Bentz, and Lenny Frasure) travels the entire length of the Mackenzie River's 1270 miles. As the north-flowing Mackenzie empties into the Arctic Ocean, a preplanned right-turn finds them trying to avoid getting caught up in the ice. This foray leads 770 miles east across the ocean, through the Beaufort Sea, to the boat's new home in Kugluktuk.