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RiverPlace — Reclaiming Our Popular Cruise Destination by Ken Tennefoss Every year around Valentine’s Day NOTS Boating Club (formally NW Outboard Trailer Sailors) has their Sweethearts Cruise. It's the first club cruise of the year and is the unofficial start of the club’s boating season. It is a popular event with club members and usually has 15 or more boats attending. A dinner out is part of the event so a location in close proximity to restaurants is needed. In the past, the cruise has been held at Foothills Park in Lake Oswego and RiverPlace Marina in downtown Portland. Last year, the cruise was to RiverPlace. When the club was having its cruise scheduling meeting last fall, some of the members were not in favor of returning to RiverPlace this year. Some were uncomfortable with the growing number of transient boaters that were being allowed to tie up to the docks, while others were concerned about the safety of the area in general. One club member reported, while at the 2014 cruise, seeing a steady stream of people coming and going from a small sailboat until the wee hours of the morning. Other members shared stories of being approached by strangers asking for handouts. One couple said they had a man board their boat demanding they give him a cup of coffee. Fortunately, when
(Above) A beautiful late-winter weekend cruise - NOTS Boating Club. (Inset) Park rangers and deputies are working together to make RiverPlace the safe and clean destination it once was.
they refused, he left without further incident. Experiences and comments such as these are not exclusive to just one club. Most people in the Portland boating community have heard of or experienced similar events. In spite of some members concerns, NOTS chose to give RiverPlace another try. What a difference a year made. There were still a couple of derelict boats tied
to the breakwater, and a small flotilla of the same kind of boats anchored near the walkway to shore, but the overall appearance of the dock was vastly improved over the last time the club was there. There were no bags of trash sitting next to boats. No visibly intoxicated people wandering aimlessly around. continued on page 4
New Puget Island Ferry and Landings Complete $10 Million Modernizing Project by Peter Marsh The new $5.7 million Puget Island car ferry, Oscar B, is now in service between a temporary terminal on the Westport, Oregon shore and the existing landing place on Puget Island, in Washington. The new boat is 115' long and an impressive 47'6'' wide, giving it a capacity of 23 cars— almost double the load carried by the old ferry, so drivers are much less likely to find themselves left behind on busy days because there is no room. The hourly schedule will continue unchanged at 18 crossings per day for 365 days a year, except for a brief closure for maintenance. Crossing time is about 12 minutes. This is the last ferry service on the lower Columbia River—the next is above the Grand Coulee
Dam more than 500 miles upstream in NE Washington. The first car ferry between Cathlamet and Westport began in 1925, carrying eight vehicles. The bridge to Puget Island was built in 1939, shortening the ferry journey, which continued in private hands until 1962, when Captain Oscar Bergseng was the last owner and operator. In 1962, Wahkiakum County assumed control of the service and took delivery of a new steel boat from the Nichols boatyard in Hood River. Oscar continued as skipper, logging 17 years in command before retiring in the 1970’s. The Wahkiakum County commissioners started discussing the need to replace the old ferry Wahkiakum in 2006, but it was only in 2010 that the effort began in earnest to apply for grants from
state and federal governments and permits from the overlapping agencies who must approve dredging and construction work on the river. The new boat was built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash. on Whidbey Island—which began as an expansion of the Hood River yard that is now closed. Nichols Brothers is a prolific yard that has built the large superstructures for the last six Washington State ferries that run on Puget Sound. The hull is steel, the superstructure with a passenger room and ADA-accessible restrooms on the main deck is aluminum. The pilot house is a pleasant change from the old Wahkiakum, where the helm station was so narrow there was not even room for a captain’s chair, and the helmsman sat on a bench seat on one side. The
The new ferry is truly “saucer-shaped” below the waterline, although it is not double-ended. It averages about 8 knots under way and is extremely shallow draft, so it can navigate over sandbars that develop along the shore.
new boat has a comfortable chair, modern electronics, with two Cummins diesels turning the widely-spaced twin propellers, and a pair of Cummins gen-sets. Below the car deck is a vast interconnected space—with no headroom—containing all four engines, fuel tanks, etc. The construction was U.S. Coast Guard inspected.
The pile driving and construction work at both ends of the route was performed by Legacy Contracting of Salem. The Washington-side work cost $575,000, the Oregon-side work was more complex and cost about $2.4 million, bringing the total cost of the project to almost $10 million. In continued on page 5
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thing or on your bucket list. We hired Jim Lyons from Port Townsend Shipwrights to make the new frames and do the basic install. We took over from there and completed the work. The next step is to lower the center engine back down and align the shaft. Many other volunteers are working on plans for the PT at Rose Festival and other summer appearances. There is so much to do besides making this thing float and look its best as all of you know. We are thankful for all the help and support we get from the boating community and businesses. We continue to lay the foundation for an improved web site, email communication systems, and still find ways to buy more fuel. We hope to have you visit the PT658 as the project continues. As of today, it is the only WWII PT boat that runs and goes and is back to near original. Please come take a look and stick around for some fun and real American history. Ron Taylor
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RiverPlace Reclaiming... continued from page 1 On Saturday morning, a Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol boat tied up on the breakwater dock. Two deputies stepped off and were joined by a City of Portland Park Ranger. The group spent most of the day patrolling the marina, stopping to talk with the occupants of a couple of the derelict boats, as well as talking with and answering questions from other boaters who were on the docks. The deputies explained they were there as part of a contract with the City of Portland that calls for them to be at RiverPlace on a regular basis to assist the Park Rangers. Even when confronted by a man from one of the derelict boats, the deputies were courteous and
politely explained to the man that he had overstayed his time on the dock and would have to leave by 5 pm that evening. This warning was also given to another boater. Near dusk the first boater that was given a warning unfurled a small jib on a 25-foot sailboat and with the help of a stiff breeze and a couple of people on the dock pushing him away, he managed to sail up the Willamette and out of sight. A short while later, the other boat that was warned, a small powerboat, started his engines and moved away from the dock. He too motored upstream behind the first boat. When Happy Hour arrived, club members made their way up the ramp to the Three Degrees restaurant in the lobby of the RiverPlace Hotel. As members shared lively conversation while
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enjoying great food and drink, they were comfortable leaving their boats unattended. Later that evening, two Park Rangers came by and checked the registrations numbers on all the club’s boats. After writing the numbers and the time down, they wished all a good evening, and continued down the dock checking other boats. In the time the club was there, Sheriff’s deputies and Park Rangers walked the dock several times. It was comforting to see and sent a clear message that Park Rangers, with the help of the River Patrol, were there to make RiverPlace an enjoyable destination for both boaters and other visitors. Until recently it seemed to many boaters, that some officials were
turning a blind eye to the problems at RiverPlace, as well as locations up and down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Lately, boaters have become more proactive in their efforts to get officials to address the issue and seek some kind of solution. Numerous letters have been written by the Columbia River Yachting Association as well as leaders and members of the regions many yachting and boating clubs, along with input from other river users such as paddle clubs, dragon boaters, Christmas ships and commercial enterprises. In reality, it wasn't completely a blind eye but more a matter of a fragmented process that left everybody, “Without a clear direction to go.” According to Lieutenant Travis Gulliver of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol. In conversations with various agencies involved in this issue, one theme was common among all of them—frustration. Frustration with the lack of coordination among agencies, frustration with vague or non-existent laws, and frustration with the lack of funding to pay for increased patrols and enforcement, to name a few. River Patrol deputy Todd Shanks said, “We got some good tools in the past year." One of them being an amendment to the laws pertaining to derelict and abandoned boats went into effect in January of 2014. The amendment clarified the procedures, as well as broadened and unified the enforcement capabilities of the various agencies involved. Since
then, it's been reported that 14 derelict or abandoned boats have been seized and agencies have issued many citations and summons. What can boaters do to help? Keep writing letters to the various agencies and their leaders showing your appreciation for their efforts and encouraging them to continue. Go to RiverPlace, enjoy the marina and visit the surrounding stores and restaurants. If you see a problem or you have a suggestion for an improvement, contact the Portland Parks Department or the Multnomah County Sheriff ’s River Patrol Unit. Lieutenant Gulliver summed it up saying, “Make your presence known. Go use the docks. If you see a problem, tell someone.” Are the all problems at RiverPlace solved? No, but there is a clear direction towards a workable solution. With the continued support of Mayor Hales and the Portland City council, along with the continued efforts of the City of Portland Parks Department, their Park Rangers and the Multnomah County Sheriff and the River Patrol Unit, RiverPlace will once again be a gem on the city's waterfront. Deputy Shanks summed it up when he said, "Be patient, we still have a ways to go." In a random poll of the NOTS Boating Club members who visited RiverPlace recently, the overwhelming majority said conditions were much improved from their previous visits and they would attend another cruise there. Rather than being concerned with unsavory characters roaming the docks and derelict boats taking up all the space, members were able to enjoy all that RiverPlace and downtown Portland had to offer. Coffee shops, miles of jogging paths, and restaurants galore, combined with Tom McCall Waterfront Park and numerous shops and stores make RiverPlace a great cruising destination. For information on visiting RiverPlace marina, contact the Portland Parks Department at 503-823-2525. If you see a problem or have a suggestion, contact the Parks Department or the Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol Unit at 503-988-6788
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D.I.Y. Kayak Building Class at the Barbey Maritime Center in Astoria by Peter Marsh In a first for the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the lower Columbia region, a weeklong kayak-building class was held in February at the Barbey Maritime Center in Astoria—formerly the Astoria railway station. The class is based on plywood kayak kits supplied by Pygmy Boats Inc. of Port Townsend, Washington, and an instructor they have approved. In this case it was Chuck Bollong, a former archaeology professor, who explained the test is simply showing the company a Pygmy boat you have built, and answering a few questions. He had done more than enough preparation to qualify: he had built eight Pygmy boats since 2000 for himself and for people who hired him to do the work. He decided the workshop in the station only had room for three students, since there were already a couple of kit boats being assembled by volunteers at the museum. Still. it was somewhat of a surprise to all concerned when this first class was immediately filled, followed by the classes scheduled for April and June. Each student pays $800 for the class, plus purchasing a boat from the Pygmy range. The week before this class began, Chuck spent about 10 hours per kayak, preparing the tools, epoxy, fiberglass etc. and
doing some preliminary work with the kits. Two of the places were filled by Phil and Amy Hatton, who drove from Boise, Idaho. (A week later, they happily drove back with two semi-finished Pinguino 14' touring kayaks they intend to use in the lakes and rivers in southern Idaho.) Phil told me he had built furniture and shelves but never a boat, although he watched his father build a stitch-and-glue sailboat when he was a boy. By the end of the week, he reckoned the whole process was easier than he had imagined, but credited Chuck’s reassuring presence and advice as an important factor. His wife Amy had only ever done “simple repairs around the house” but agreed with her husband that the necessary skills are not difficult to master with a good teacher to guide you. The third student was a local— Angela Cosby, Astoria Parks and Recreation director—who built a Murrelet, a sleek design 17 feet long that she plans to take on multi-day trips. “There’s no way I would try this at home,” she admitted. “It’s the instructor who makes all the difference.” The essential skill they all had to master is lining up and joining the long shaped plywood strips around a temporary frame using black tape and loops of copper wire threaded through holes and twisted tight. Then, on the third day, the stu-
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dents reached a critical point where they had to start using epoxy and fiberglass tape to permanently connect the panels. (It is fairly easy to do this roughly, but far more difficult to keep the glue from dripping all over the place!) This is the “stitch-and-glue” technique invented by English by woodwork teacher and kayak enthusiast Ken Littledyke around 1960—though several more recent boat builders have tried to claim this distinction. It is now used by almost all amateur boat-
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struction in the classes is similar to historic boat-building processes, although the materials used are modern plywood and fiberglass, explained Sam Johnson, the museum director. “Some would say they are not traditional wooden boats,” he said, “but traditional or not, they help preserve the process of boat building.” If more people are interested, the museum is planning to offer more classes. You can contact the museum at 503325-2323.
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builders using plywood. Bollong expects the students to spend another 20 to 30 hours at home after the class, adding the cockpit coaming, deck hatches, and finishing the surface sufficiently well to begin varnishing, which is the traditional protection for most of these kits. “But the biggest steps that make the boat work are done here,” Chuck assured me. He really enjoyed watching the students leave with the final product in hand. The simple design and con-
A meeting of the River Safety Task Force was held at Vancouver Fire Station #9 on March 19. Representatives from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Sheriff’s River Patrol, Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol, Oregon State Marine Board, U.S. Coast Guard, Vessel Assist and private sector boaters were present. While most of the meeting had a “nuts and bolts” agenda covering incident reports and inhouse training schedules, a few items were passed on that may be of interest to the general boating community. Multnomah County River Patrol Deputy, Sergeant Steven Dangler, said they were expecting a busy start to the spring boating season. With the improved economy, more boats are being sold, which means more new boaters.
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Fuel is cheaper than in recent years and the mild weather and early spring means more people are hitting the water earlier than in years past. Near -record salmon runs are forecasted which will also add to the volume of traffic on waterways. Add to all that, the potential for very low water conditions, which will present more hazards. Other representatives agreed with Deputy Dangler’s assessment and said their agencies were also gearing up for a busy summer. Stronger enforcement at River Place and other sites has caused more derelict boats to move to the channel behind Ross Island. Reports are that 12 to 15 boats are staying there. A recent fire aboard a vessel anchored there, which resulted in the death of a dog but no other injuries, pointed out the dangers of the situation to both occupants and responders. There is currently a bill in the Oregon legislature to add additional funds to the Oregon Department of State
Lands budget for enforcement of derelict structures on the water. The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a public hearing on April 21 to discuss a proposal to remove the reference to 5 MPH from the no wake rule. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the OSMB office, 435 Commercial St. N.E., in Salem. Fleet week, June 4-8, looks to have a big showing this year, with two or three destroyers from the U.S. Navy, along with four Canadian vessels and three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, including their newest, tentatively schedule to participate. River patrol officers reported an increase in the use of rear facing seats mounted outside the cockpit of ski and wake board boats. Sitting in the seats while the boats are underway, is an illegal and dangerous act. Opening day of the yachting season will be held May 2nd and is hosted by Portland Yacht Club.
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Spring Boating—Expect Downed Trees and Other Obstructions In the last few weeks, the Oregon State Marine Board and local sheriff’s office marine patrols were notified by boaters about several dangerous navigation obstructions resulting from wind storms and rainfall. River banks are saturated in some areas, resulting in land slides and tree falls. The Marine Board reminds boaters who are venturing out in the beautiful weather to scout ahead, know where to putin and take-out, pay attention to posted warnings, carefully read the river and check the Marine Board website ahead of time to learn where the known obstructions are located. “The boating obstructions page is a huge resource for boaters,” says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. “When we receive notification about a navigation obstruction, we contact the county marine officers who patrol that waterway. They assess the obstruction and make recommendations to agency staff about potential mitigation.” The Marine Board is only authorized to remove obstructions that are an “extraordinary hazard to boating safety.” If there is a need to mitigate, the Board will approve funding as needed and will work with stakeholders to determine the best course of action, and will consult with partner agencies to minimize environmental impact. For every obstruction that’s reported and assessed, the website will also list an action
plan by all the parties involved,” Massey adds. Trees, root wads, and other natural debris are a common part of Oregon’s rivers and streams, providing important ecological benefits such as fish habitat and sediment removal.However, this debris can be very dangerous to boaters. Deadheads (old pilings or logged trees) may lie just below the surface, so keep a close look out for subtle changes in the water’s surface. Strainers (trees hanging out from the bank) can trap a boat and the current could force it underwater. Motorized boaters should operate carefully and pay attention to the surface dynamics ahead of them, especially while on-plane. “The North Santiam and McKenzie Rivers see the most obstructions year-round,” says Massey. “Only experienced boaters should run these rivers. Pool toys and many other types of inflatable
craft are not designed for rivers with all of their natural hydraulics. Pool toys were designed for a pool.” Massey adds, “Current will often carry watercraft directly into an obstruction, potentially puncturing their float toy and trap the occupants. The North Santiam and similar rivers, are littered with punctured toys. Each one of them represents a close-call, and they don’t need to be.” The Marine Board encourages boaters to report major navigation obstructions to their local sheriff’s office marine patrol unit. Massey says, “Let them know what you see out there and law enforcement will coordinate with us to get the word out so boaters can stay safe.” To learn where the reported navigation obstructions are: www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/safety/navig ation_hazards.aspx. To learn more about how to Boat Oregon and the Marine Board, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Public Comment Notice The Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether to increase the period of validity for renewing endorsements on Certificates of Documentation. A separate fee of $26 for annual renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation was established in a recent rulemaking. The Coast Guard is considering options for implementing multi-year renewals
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How involved should boaters to be in shaping the future for Oregon boating? Is it enough to include boaters in the agency’s strategic planning every five years, or allow them to testify during rule hearings, or perhaps write a letter or make a phone can when something isn’t going right? That level of engagement is desirable, but is it enough? What if boaters had the opportunity to take a broad look at difficult statewide issues that the agency grapples with and provide input on how to best move forward? The Marine Board believes that this level of engagement is critical to serving the needs of Oregon’s boaters. It is one thing to believe it, and quite another to build it into the framework of the agency. In 2014, The “Boat Oregon Initiative” was launched to engage more boaters and learn how the agency can improve services like education, boating safety, boating facilities, and statewide policy issues. This initiative included a rebranding campaign around “Boat Oregon,” with a focus on partnerships and collaboration with all boaters as identified in the agency mission and vision statement. As a result of successfully building external advisory committees for the agency’s strategic planning process, the five-member Board approved establishing standing committees to advise the agency, based on boaters’ different boating interests.
Four new teams were created and dubbed Boat Oregon Advisory Teams (BOATs) and represent users in watersports, cruising, paddling and outdoor sportsmen (hunters and anglers). Three of the teams have been established, and the paddling team will be assembled this fall. All of these boaters have their own needs and desired experiences that they seek when on the water. The goal of each team is to bring forward their perspectives and develop initiatives with achievable outcomes that benefit all boaters, statewide. The agency has already started asking their advice on difficult statewide issues such as the definition for slow-no wake, and will be engaging these groups on prioritizing boating facility projects, identifying ways to reduce user conflict without regulations, and discussing how the Marine Board can assist in supporting their boating activities. The teams meet twice a year, and where issues overlap, the agency plans on holding “Boating Summits,” in hopes of creating synergy among the members and to create initiatives the agency can turn into deliverable outcomes that boaters can “see.” The BOATs provide advice and counsel to the agency, but do not have a specific decision-making role. They act as an additional resource to assist the agency in making recommendations to the Board. “Our new vision statement accurately reflects what we hope to
accomplish with the Boat Oregon Advisory Teams,” says Director Scott Brewen. “A collaborative community providing opportunities for all boaters to safely and respectfully experience Oregon’s waterways. How do you accomplish this vision? We’re letting the BOAT members provide the advice on how we do so.” “What we’ve found in just the two meetings we’ve had with members is that they all are willing to think outside the box and support the agency to try new things, communicate differently, and expand partnerships with industry,” Brewen adds. “By asking questions, learning from one another, and being willing to take some risks, these teams will help guide the Oregon State Marine Board, assist us with further branding “Boat Oregon,” and play a part in establishing a collaborative boating community in Oregon. This is a very exciting time, and the more engagement we get from boaters, the more we can truly be your boating agency.” To learn more about the Boat Oregon Advisory Teams, members and the Boat Oregon Initiative, visit www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/ admin/strategicplan.aspx. Join the Boat Oregon initiative by subscribing to the Marine Board’s blog www.marineboard.wordpress.com), like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boatoregon), or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ marineboard).
NW FISHING NEWS
Oregon State University Wins FLW College Fishing Western Conference Opener On Lake Havasu The Oregon State University team of Zach MacDonald of Willits, California, and Zach Martinez of Linden, California, won the FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament on Lake Havasu Saturday with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship tournament. “We were feeling really down after our practice on the lake,” said Martinez, a junior majoring in Agricultural Business Management. “We didn’t catch a keeper fish in two days. But Zach (MacDonald) is a really, really good angler and we work well together. We made some adjustments today and were able to put together a pretty good day.” “We definitely feed off of each other,” added MacDonald, a junior majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife. “We communicate well, throwing different baits and try to learn and expand on each other’s pattern.”
The formula seems to be working for the Beaver Bass Club, as the duo of MacDonald and Martinez has now finished first in two of the three tournaments they have fished as a team. “We completely scrapped everything that we had done in practice and just went fishing today,” said MacDonald. “We ran two or three miles up the Colorado River and fished some cuts and tule lines. We fished shallow, only 3 to 5 feet deep, and managed to catch nine fish throughout the day.” The duo said that eight of their nine fish came on a shad-colored Tualatin River Tackle swimbait, while one came via a cinnamon black and purple flake-colored Yamamoto Senko. “The key for us was definitely the Tualatin swimbait,” MacDonald said. “We had to fish it less than a foot away from the Tule line, with a slow, steady retrieve otherwise we wouldn’t get bit.” “We’re going down to the Delta to pre-fish for the next Western
Conference tournament over our spring break,” Martinez said. “We won that event last year and I’m looking forward to fishing it again and trying to win another.” Complete results can be found at CollegeFishing.com. This FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament was hosted by the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau and was the first of two regular-season qualifying tournaments in the Western Conference. The next event for Western Conference anglers is scheduled for May 9 at the California Delta in Bethel Island, California, and is hosted by the City of Oakley. FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regularseason tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tourna-
The Oregon State University team of Zach MacDonald of Willits, California, and Zach Martinez of Linden, California, won the 2015 FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament on Lake Havasu with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 9 ounces.
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Join ODFW for a Day of Family Fishing The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites Oregon families to come fishing at one of 33 free Family Fishing events scheduled throughout the state this spring and summer. The events are designed to show families how easy and fun fishing can be, said Shahab Farzanegan, ODFW angler education coordinator. ODFW provides loaner rods and reels, tackle, instruction and freshly stocked fish – everything a family needs for a successful fishing trip. Children under the age of 14 can fish for free, kids 14 to 17 and adults will need an Oregon fishing license in order to fish. “These events are fantastic and I enjoy taking my kids and their friends and teaching them different techniques,” said one recent participant. “The best part about it is that the kids catch fish and want to go again.” Times, dates and locations of all the Family Fishing Events are listed below and posted on the ODFW website. Click on the Outdoor Skills tab at the top of the page and select Angler Education from the menu. For families that can’t attend one of the scheduled events, ODFW offers several resources to help you go fishing on your own, including: • Easy Angling Oregon – 101 great places for families to fish in Oregon • Gearing Up – rod, reel and tackle recommendations • Trout Fishing in Oregon – how to fish for trout in rivers and lakes • Trout 365– a web page dedicated to catching trout in Oregon throughout the year • And more… Visit the ODFW website, click on the Fishing tab at the top of the page, select Where and How from the menu.
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Action Alert ODFW Fee Increase by Liz Hamilton, NSIA As many of you know, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing to substantially increase sport fishing licenses (mine goes up 65 percent over 6 years!**) These license fee increases, combined with a larger appropriation of General Fund dollars, are designed to fill a $32 million budget hole to maintain current programs. This money doesn’t go to increase fishing opportunities, doesn’t expand our fisheries, doesn’t promote marketing of our fisheries, etc. It simply keeps the status quo. Larger fees mean less customers. According to ODFW, an average fee increase of 33 percent causes a loss of over 10,000 licensees. That means 10,000 fewer rods and reels being bought, 10,000 fewer boats, 10,000 less tackle being sold... How many of you would like to have 10,000 fewer customers? The fee increase, and how large it might be, will be decided by the Oregon Legislature later this month. If they do not hear from you, one of the biggest fee increases seen in decades will be passed onto you and your customers.
Time and time again we’ve asked for a plan about how ODFW can grow license sales and creating opportunities for anglers to go fishing with an opportunity to harvest a fish and we’ve heard nothing. Frankly, when you consider that there has not been a representative of the sport fishing industry on the commission, this is taxation without representation! Call and write your Senator and your Representative today! If your place of work has different elected officials, do this for both locations...where you vote and where you employ Oregon families. Time is short, ODFW will have a budget hearing near the end of March. You can find your Senator and your Representative by putting your work (and home!) address at: www.oregonlegislature.gov/ lower right side of the page. Together we can make a difference!
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The Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Hook the Hawg” Salmon Derby on April 3-4th, 2015. This will be the 3rd year for the derby. The event will take place at Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet, Washington. The “Hook the Hawg” Salmon Derby is a fundraising event for the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce. Funds raised at this event help to provide a high school senior with a scholarship to attend a college, university, or trade school after graduation. In addition, funds raised also help to contribute towards future chamber community events. The event will be a two-day fishing event commencing at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, April 3rd and finishing in the evening on Saturday, April 4th. Plan to check in at the chamber’s booth in the morning each day to ensure you are checked in for the derby. Friday’s weigh-in for gilled, not gutted, salmon will occur between 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Weigh-in for Saturday will also occur between 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the largest salmon caught by an adult male, adult female, youth, and child. Tickets for the “Hook the Hawg” Salmon Derby are available at the following locations: Bank of the Pacific Cathlamet, Bank of the Pacific Naselle, Elochoman Slough Marina, Moore Auto, Skamokawa Resort, and the day of the event. Tickets for adults (17+) are $20.00, tickets for youth (11-16) are $10.00, and tickets for kids (10 and under) are free. We look forward to seeing you at the derby; please contact the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions or require clarification. The Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting local business, encouraging economic development, and fostering community interaction and involvement.
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In June, 2013, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted rules establishing the commission’s policy for management of “non-tribal Columbia River Recreational and Commercial Fisheries ” consistent with its obligations under the ESA. These rules included a plan to shift commercial gillnet fishing for ESAlisted fish to off-channel fisheries populated by hatchery-reared fish, requiring selective fishing (for hatchery-reared fish) in the mainstem river. Among other things, Petitioners Steve Fick, James Wells, and Fishhawk Fisheries challenged that these rules were adopted without following appropriate rulemaking procedures. The Appeals Court dismissed all but one of
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He was followed by Astoria Yacht Club members and commercial fisherman who have been concerned that the storage of logs for export has been taking land away from the ten-year old boatyard, a part of a 2001 master plan for Pier 3 development. They explained that many local marine jobs are dependent on the facility—from welders to fish packers- Knight responded that he still finds it difficult to see a log yard and boatyard coexisting next door to each other, Boatyard Manager Stephen Barkemeyer said the boatyard, which allows do-it-yourself work has been operating at a small profit — but it never should have been on Pier 3. He suggested the eastern portion of the Skipanon
Peninsula as a location with enough unused land and support businesses, with the Warrenton Marina nearby and too shallow water to ever support log ships. The commission voted to create a committee to look at the operation of the boatyard and how to improve it, where it would best be re-located etc. Barkemeyer suggested people contact their state and federal representatives seeking grant money to help develop a new boatyard.
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Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee Just When You Thought It Wasn’t Safe To Go Back On The Water... ...along comes the Portland Safety At Sea seminar. About 150 of us, many making sure we’re qualified for this year’s Oregon Offshore race, gathered at the Columbia Crossings Clubhouse on Hayden Island Saturday, March 14 to get smarter, get safer, and general remind ourselves that, as much fun as it is, our crazy sport does come fully stocked with any number of interesting ways to get injured, cold, sick and wet. Presented by The Sailing Foundation and moderated by Bruce Brown with help from Bob Schoonmaker, the SAS did a commendable job covering a wide variety of subjects, from the culture of safety to heavy weather sailing to safety gear and on-board medical scenarios. All in the space of one very packed day. Bruce and Bob both brought all sorts of experience to the table. In particular, Bruce’s background sitting on review committees for any number of accident post mortems, including the well-documented Low Speed Chase tragedy down in the Bay Area, lent considerable weight to his perspectives on safety and safety gear. The highlight, at least from a visual standpoint, was the pyro-techniques display. And while the neighborhood of Hayden Island was spared the excitement of actual flares being shot into the sky, any passerby was still treated to the sight of Bruce and Bob waving hand flares in the parking lot and setting off SOLAS smoke markers. Which, with the wind blowing at a nice little clip, undoubtedly spiced things up in the Safeway parking lot across the street. Thanks go out to several people for pulling this thing off and keeping boats and crews intact for the upcoming Offshore. Nicole Sirois, Jeff Duvall, Mark McCuddy and Cathy Meyer put in extra hours getting the event arranged. And a special thanks to Kimberly Duvall for securing the venue. Now let’s get out there… AND BE SAFE!
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And Now The Fun Begins After waiting a few extra days for any number of tropical cyclones to get out of the way, the boys and girls in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet are headed south for Cape Horn. And this is where things get really interesting. A quick visit to the blogs on the race website shows everyone, at least as of this writing, cooking along at over 20 knots, with winds gusting well into the forties and higher. Matt Knighton, the onboard reporter for the Abu Dhabi team, was reporting “relatively calm seas,” which doesn’t sound a bit like the Roaring Forties to me. Until you read further and find out that their definition of “calm” are any seas under three meters in size. Nevertheless, a 10-foot wave in that part of the world really is just a nice chop. My personal favorite quote from one of the boat crew was pretty simple, and easy to understand: “We couldn’t feel our hands or faces anymore.” It’s essentially what one of the guys I sail with describes as the “childbirth phase” of ocean racing. Basically, while you’re in the middle of a particularly sporty offshore run, you keep asking why you willingly chose to do this to yourself. Then, as soon as it’s over, you start planning the next one. Anyway, this is always my favorite part of the Volvo, if for no other reason than it provides outstanding video footage to share on Facebook with my non-sailing friends. Check out the very cool website over at www.volvooceanrace.com. And don’t forget your fleece.
Back To Racing! With last weekend’s RCYC Frostbite Regatta now in the books, the “we’re really counting these race results this time” season is officially here, and things will start to happen in a hurry. April brings the annual PYC Sailors Dinner, on Friday, April 11. Don’t miss this one. It runs from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Portland Yacht Club, and everyone who’s anyone will be there. Get more information over at www.sailpdx.org. The following Saturday and Sunday are, of course, the Opening Day Regatta, and then a week later, you’ve got the Oregon Offshore Kickoff Party. It’s being held again at Kell’s in downtown Portland. The date is Monday, April 20th. Come by, have a beer with your fellow Offshore sailors, get the low down on this year’s race, and purchase what is sure to be a very cool 2015 Offshore tee shirt. Trust me on that one. After that, look for the PYC Spring Regatta, followed closely by the start of the SYSCO Spring Evening Series. Winter’s over. It’s time to get back to racing!
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A Literary Guest - Part 2 You can sure tell that it is spring. The lack of rain and relatively nice weather this year has kicked in the sailing season early, which has kept Dale me pretty busy. I work on sails all day Waagmeester at the loft and then go home and design new sails for my customers, so there has not been a lot of time for fun and games during the past few months. It has been so hectic that I was unable to get an article finished for last month’s issue of Freshwater News, and I was behind in my deadline for this issue when I got a reprieve from our publisher, Jolene Coats. I had an outline all finished for this article and was planning to type it up today. When I turned on my computer, I noticed that I had some messages. When I went into my email I saw that I had an email from Jerry Crane, my guest writer from a couple of months ago. Jerry had attached another article about the history of Portland sailing. Based on the great feedback that I received from his previous article, I was pleased to get another column! Not only did I get another great history lesson to share with you, but it freed up some of my time on an exceptionally busy afternoon. Dale Waagmeester has me thinking about the “old days” on the river. In 1966, PYC had a Junior Sailor program and PYC’s “A” Row was just a flat dock with a bunch of Flattie sailboats on it belonging to the junior members. That group included Bob Smith, the younger and Joe Wondrack, both exceptional sailors. Joe gave a number of us our first sailing lessons. Bob was a very influential member of the fleet who helped us new guys learn. I was not a member of PYC, I moored with a few other Flattie sailors at Columbia Corinthian’s docks, but Columbia Corinthian was Lightning country. The two fleets of centerboarders, Flatties and Lightnings, were always out in force for a race. Not that we were the first sailors to race between Airport Jetty and Buoy 2. Cascade Yacht Constructors had already put a fleet of the beautiful 34 foot Chinooks on the water together with some Cascade 29’s. Before them, however, came the CRODs, Columbia River One Designs. They
were once a very active racing fleet of wooden boats which were built locally that had disappeared by the mid 1960’s. My old friend Glenn Elliott of PYC may be the only one left who knows much of the history of that fleet. The sport of sailing was experiencing a revolution in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Affordable boats with fiber glass hulls, aluminum masts and Dacron sails were replacing wooden boats with cotton sails. There was an explosion of interest in the sport of sailing and sailboat racing; Cascade and Pearson boats were joined by Cal boats from Jensen Marine, together with Clark, Columbia, Catalina, Ericson, Santana, Ranger, Morgan, Newport, San Juan and other manufacturers. The Cal 20 and Santana 22 fleets grew to 20 or 30 boats each. On race day there were boats everywhere. Bo Knab brought the storied 10 Meter Trouble to town which, with another wooden antique, Cotton Blossom, connected us to yachting history. Trouble’s huge black spinnaker with its bloodshot eye ball was a well-known sight on the river. Cotton Blossom is now in San Diego beautifully restored by Dennis Connor of America’s Cup Fame. The boats were all cruiser/racers with emphasis on the cruising aspects. Many were owned by young couples with maybe one or more kids. Many of the kids later graduated to their own boats, or took the boat over from Mom and Dad. A list of such racing families would be a long one. The River was quite polluted at the time. Sewers flowed directly into it and the Camas paper mill added a lot of pungent, oxygen-depleting waste liquor. You could not see an inch below the surface. There was always a layer of black soot on our decks from the jet airliners flying just overhead. We didn’t care, we just wanted to sail. Being small, the Flatties and Lightnings did not have auxiliary power other than a canoe paddle. The current was always a challenge and we were acutely aware of it at all times. A summer afternoon cruise always started by sailing upstream because that meant that there was a chance of getting back into the moorage if the wind died. During a race in an Easterly we would sometimes sail into moorage entrances to take advantage of the reduced current then tack and bear off onto a close
reach to gain some momentum before re-entering the river. The 5 MPH signs and Restricted Area came later. Near the jetties we would use the boils and turbulence to beat the current. Years later, these current beating skills helped me win the Long Distance Race overall, twice. Everyone should race dinghies for a couple of years, it is very instructive. For example, Paul Fischer, a Lightning sailor friend, once gave me a piece of unforgettable advice: You always put the spinnaker up, he said, if it shouldn’t be there, God will take it down. My Lightning fleet moorage buddies encouraged me, insistently, to become active and support the organizations which made racing possible, so I joined Rose City Yacht Club. There have never been better parties than we had in those years at RCYC. All of the Lightning fleet belonged and they knew how to have a good time. John DeBenedetti, Paul and Herman Fischer and many others, together with family and crew, kept things lively. The first OCSA Banquet that I attended was a small event. It was held in a room on the second floor of Bart’s Wharf, now known as Salty’s. The Sailor of the Year was Jack Gainer. One of the things that Jack was being recognized for was dropping out of a race. While leading the fleet with his Cascade 29, Tenderly, he discovered that the windward mark was missing, swept under by the current near the old shipyards. He rounded up and put down his anchor, becoming the turning mark for the rest of the fleet. That really impressed me and I decided to try to be that kind of sailing citizen. Jack remained one of the giants in our racing scene for many years. Race or cruise, it seemed that Jack was always there with his Cascade 36, Raindrop. In the early 1970’s he was a co-founder of Corinthian Yacht Club and along with Richard Kipp, he attended every organizational meeting, lest we forget that the Oregon Offshore Race was to be the primary objective of the club. Everyone who sails the Oregon Offshore owes a debt to Jack Gainer. We were not satisfied with the Yacht Club and OCSA race schedules so we made up some race events. There were match races, including one on a Thanksgiving Day when we challenged Bruce Hedrick, Puget Sound’s Sailor of
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force to contend with on the river. His daughter, Cindy, was on the crew when I sailed a Tartan 41 to Hawaii in the Victoria to Maui race. Who can forget the recently departed Bo Knab, who replaced Trouble with a Hunter 54 named Luscious? Luscious, like Trouble, sported a big spinnaker with a bloodshot eyeball on it. Jack Gainer had, perhaps, the rowdiest crew on the river. They were always up for some fun. Jack’s Raindrop won races all over the Northwest, and I seem to remember it doing quite well in a late ’70s Victoria to Maui race. Local sailor Joby Easton bought Raindrop after Jack passed away and, with the help of boatbuilding whiz Tommy Becker, he completely revamped the boat from bow to stern. Today you wouldn’t recognize Raindrop from her earlier incarnation. In 2008 we outfitted Raindrop with a new set of high tech sails and Joby and Bill Huseby raced her double-handed in the Pacific Cup, winning Firstin-Class, First-Overall, and Firstto-Finish honors. The next year Raindrop won her class at Whidbey Island Race Week. Raindrop’s winning bloodlines continue to show through. Richard Kipp, while no longer active in the local sailing scene, still sails his beloved Vagabundo, which is now based out of Mexico. You will never convince Richard that there is a better boat than his beloved Cheoy Lee Offshore 50. After a major refit a few years back, including carbon fiber masts and Leisure Furl booms on the main and mizzen that are painted to simulate the wood grain of his old spruce masts and booms, you would be hard pressed to prove Richard wrong. Vagabundo sails like a dream and she is exceptionally comfortable to sail. I will always think of Richard’s generosity in the form of a donation that he gave to help bring in the band “Lloyd Jones Struggle” as our featured entertainment for the OCSA banquet, back when I was the Commodore. We also received donations from Jeff Sleight and John Hanna, which allowed us to have one of the hottest bands in town as our entertainment, versus the single artist with a beat box that was the norm in those days. It was the first OCSA banquet that I remember selling out long before the day of the event, and we had to patrol the venue in order to keep deadbeats out so that we did not go over the Fire Marshal's capacity at PYC. Thanks, Jerry, for the trip down Memory Lane. It brings back some great memories, and also makes me feel very old! See you all next month.
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In the Galley with Capt. Sandra Thoma Getting to the Bottom of the Pretzel Salad My weekends in March were blocked off with the express purpose of going to Bellingham and preparing Tranquility for sailing season. I’ve read Nigel Calder’s description of electrical systems, researched LED lights, planned the order of the maintenance list, explored galley storage options, and read the Waggoner’s Cruising Guide to the San Juan Islands. Fortunately, or unfortunately – depending on perspective—trips to Tranquility have been superseded by necessities of the dayjob, trips in our airplane, and a flight to Delaware to attend my daughter’s baby shower. One could argue that requirements of the day-job that infringe on weekend boat work are optional, and could possibly make a similar argument for fun airplane trips, but the baby shower, my daughter assured me, was not optional. So I stuffed a suitcase with baby-related items and boarded the “big silver tube” to the eastern seaboard. Spending time with my boat would have to wait. I looked at it this way—teaching my granddaughter to sail would begin with making sure my daughter had all the appropriate baby-related equipment. Perhaps I could plant the sailing seeds by making sure everything had a sailboat pattern, and rig the stroller with a “diaper” jib. My best friend from high school happens to live near my daughter in Dover and she planned a lovely baby shower. It was held in the upper floor of the Georgia House restaurant, an elegant, old Victorian in a neighborhood that had been thoughtfully restored with shops, restaurants and art galleries reflective of Dover’s seagoing heritage. The restaurant did a great job of catering the event, and while the ladies showered my daughter with appropriate attention, she almost took second place to one of the several salads. In addition to “Oh-my-gosh—you look so radiant,”I also heard “Oh-my-gosh, there is pretzel Salad. I LOVE pretzel salad.” I eyeballed the spread. I didn’t see anything that looked like it had pretzels in it. “What’s pretzel salad?” I asked. The ladies looked at me like I had dropped in from space—which, being from the far-away country of Oregon, I had. It turns out the red and cream layered thing I took for a Jello dessert was actually Pretzel Salad. After “decorate the onesie”, the opening of gifts and several helpings of Pretzel Salad, I asked my daughter and step-granddaughter to take a walk and explore a treeshaded walking path that ran along a canal through the center of town. My grand-daughter by marriage, a 10 year old young lady who was introduced to me just the previous night, eyed me suspiciously. I was hoping a walk might become an ice-breaker.
I noticed a wooden boat—a large model of an old power boat—creatively painted and perched on a post on a knoll next to the water. There was a sign-post next to it with brochures. “I wonder what the story is with this boat?” I handed a brochure to my step-grand-daughter. “Here”, I said, “I’ll take pictures. You read what it says about the boat.” She opened the brochure and read hesitantly. We continued on and found another boat. It was a series, each boat painted with a theme that paid respect to the cities art heritage or recalled a historic event. I took pictures. She read the descriptions. Two more boats. She said “Hey, there’s another one. Let’s go look.” Thank goodness for boats. And perhaps I already have a grand-daughter to take sailing! I was given several conflicting versions of the recipe for Pretzel Salad at the baby shower, so I inquired with people I met along the way during my time in Dover. A young waitress in a diner told me
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2013 RANGER TUG 31 Like new. 283 engine hours on 300HP VolvoD4. Top notch Garmin electronics including auto pilot. Satellite TV and collapsible mast for trailering. Two staterooms and electric heads. Beautiful finishes. Kept in boathouse in freshwater. Comes with solar panel, RIB inflatable boat, EZ loader tr ailer. M an y u p grades. $284,600 Emai l : firstname.lastname@example.org for details and photos.
Studio Boathouse / bathroom / with sleeping loft / cedar siding /steel roof / sun deck / patio deck / 10x25’ boat-well / remote / washer dryer / kitchen / diesel heater / moorage $405.00 month $65,500. Owner will carry contract. Dan (503) 256-
WATERFRONT LIVING/ SPACE 150-199 BOATHOUSES
50’ Hargraves Boathouse 1980 Well size: 43'3'' L x 13'10'' Wide x 14'3'' Tall. This is perfect for large expres or classic wooden boat, $45,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467
WATERFRONT LIVING/ SPACE 150-199 BOATHOUSES
53’ Custom remodeled boathouse with complete living area including a kitchen-living roombathroom w/tub & shower and a sleeping loft above the main floor. Completely furnished and ready to move into as a weekender or vacation spot while not out enjoying your boat. . 28' wide X 53' long and the boat well is 35' X 15' X 12' high. 1540 sq. ft. Water Rights in local Yacht Club. $50,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467
BAYLINER EXPLORER 2670 (1980) - VOLVO AQ125 & 270 OUTDRIVE. FUEL EFFICIENT HULL. NICE ECONOMICAL CRUISER. $8500 OBO. (MORE PICTURES ON CRAIGSLIST. DELIVERY AVAILABLE, OR TRAILER FOR SALE SEPARATELY). TERRY: 971409-3072
68’ Custom Boathouse 1985. A total float restoration ($35,000.00) that included new stringers, floatation, exterior decking all around, etc., was completed in December 2011. Overall dimensions are 68' X 30' w/electric roll-up exterior door. 2 X 6 construction. Includes Water Rights ownership in Columbia River Yacht Club (2144 sq. ft.) and Membership Application is required.. Reduced to $75,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467.
Boat Slips available on Willamette River near downtown Portland/Sellwood Bridge.
Channel and Scappoose Moorage has outside 115 ft outside dock slip, $700/mon., includes shear boom. Secure gated community, live-in manager & maintenance mgr, clean showers, restrooms, laundry, fully equipped wood/metal workshops. Next to parking lot is a community garden. Adult live aboard potential with approval. Call Laurie @ (503)543-3939 for more info.
Annual Dues = $110
Pirate’s Cove Marina. Open slips up to 50' located in a beautiful country setting on the Multnomah Channel. Laundry facilities, showers, pumpouts within reach of each slip.HALF OFF MOORAGE FEE FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS! 503-543 5153
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SCAPPOOSE MARINA - Covered Slips 50’, 44’, 40’, 30’, 26’. Located on the Multnomah Channel Scappoose Moorage, Channel Moorage also open slips to 70’. Call Ken Dye 503-709-5552, Office 503543-3939 or 503-543-3337
52' Boathouse Hargraves remodel "Interior-exterior upgrades, newer stringers, new electric door, overhead electric winch & track. Includeds 1274 sq. ft. of water rights at Columbia River Yacht Club. Membership application required. Overall 52' 6" X 26' 4" Well size 38' X 15" x 16' Was $50,000. NOW $39,995. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467
63' Steelhead-Christensen 2012--- O/A 63' X 28' w/52' X 16' X 20' well, STEEL STRINGERS, remotely monitored heat-smoke-fire alarm system, includes Water Rights in local Yacht Club, $120,000. IRWIN YACHT SALES-503-381-5467
COVERED SLIPS & BOATHOUSE SPACE STARTING AT $152 PER MONTH DREDGED IN 2002
26’ to 36’ slips on the Columbia River opposite PDX Airport. Avoid I-5 congestion. Secure card lock parking. Call Bill at Rodgers Marina (503) 287-1101
P.Y.C has one section of dock with slips we would like to get rid of to make room for our new concrect floats. Slip sizes are 8x20 approximately, there are 9 slips. Call the PYC Dockmaster at 503806-2995 or Club Office at 503-285-1922.
ADVERTISE Your Floating Homes In Freshwater News!! 24" Ft Sea Sport Marine Survey Report Done August 2014 Market value 65K, Replacement $155,000. One owner, kept in garage. New diesel engine in 2005 now has 735 hours. Yamaha T9.9 2014. Front and rear controls both steering and throttle Raytheon navigational package factory installed. Toyostove cabin heater carosine, heavy duty TRAILER, new hubs, bearings, and tires. 1998, I custom ordered this boat. Located at Scappoose Bay Kayaking, $54,900. 907-399-3000
30 Words With Color Picture ONLY $50.00 (run one time) Telephone number and area code are one word and should be included in your ad. 64' Custom Boathouse 1985 $75,000. 64' X 31' X 19'6" high electric door. Interior 55' X 16' X 19'6" high electric doorThe electrical system is 120v X 240v with a 100 amp electrical panel. Both 30 amp and 50 amp cord plugs are available..Water Space Rights are included in the price ( 2262 sq. ft.), and Membership Application to Columbia River Yacht Club is required for a non-member purchase." Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467
72' Larson Boathouse 1994. Upgraded w/new lighting-interior siding-20' electric door-insulation. Includes remotely monitored fire-smoke-heat alarm system. Water Rights included (2250 sq. ft.) @ Columbia River Yacht Club. Application required. Well size 60' X 18' X 20' Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467
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MULTNOMAH YACHT HARBOR - Slip for Boathouse Available - Slip space for up to 32’ to 34’W and up to 65’L Floating Boat House (nonresidential only) for rent in Portland Oregon, at Multnomah Yacht Harbor. Located approximately 1 mile west of the intersection of the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel off Highway 30. It is the first boathouse moorage on the upper Multnomah Channel. Only 15 minutes drive from downtown Portland, this unique marina is situated across from tip of Sauvie Island in a lovely setting that is home to natural wildlife. The marina features 14 houseboat and boathouse slips, plus open and covered slips for recreational power or sail boats. Amenities include: On-Site Harbormaster, Abundant Parking, Upland Trailer and Boat Storage, Garbage and Recycling Services, Water/Sewer, Marine Repair Service at Multnomah Yacht Repair. ph 503-7371651x0 or e-mail: email@example.com
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Boat Slip Fees = $48 for Uncovered Slip (Billed $96 for Covered Slip (Billed $288 per quarter). $135 for Large Covered Slip (Billed $405 per quarter). Slips are 8ft wide 21ft long. (503) 2502237
FOR SALE 37' TOLLYCRAFT SPORTS FISHER CONVERTIBLE TWIN 454 CHEV. REBUILT/11' APEX RIB/25' SHORT SHAFT YAMAHA/7.5K GENSET/ WITH 50' COVERED SLIP. ALL FOR $58,500. DOUG (360) 261-4870, DOANEDE@YAHOO.COM
Willow Grove Marina - Covered and Open Moorage starting at $125.00 per month, Floating Home spaces also available. Located on the Columbia River west of Longview. Live a boards Welcome. Gated and secure 360-5782584. 360-430-2415 47' Hargraves 1980 w/upgrades-- O/A 47' X 21' w/40' X 13'6" X 12' well. Some stringers and exterior decks R&R'd and new door 2011. Electrical inspection and heat-smoke-fire alarm system 2012. 2108' sq. ft. of Water Rights in local yacht Club. $55,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467
WATERFRONT LIVING/ SPACE 150-199
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New float home at serene Scappoose Moorage. Large 65ft boat well attached. Two decks w/stainless steel cable railing. Master bath, heated floors, Quartz counters, 2 bdrm plus den, 2 baths, 1915 SF approx. Experience this unique lifestyle. $374,900 Call Carrie Desoto, Broker @ Summa Real Estate (503) 309-6290
FLOATING HOME SLIPS
Last Slip in Class Harbor! 3939 N Marine Drive #19. $85,000 for slip ownership located in desirable secure private moorage close to downtown Portland. HOA Dues $350/mo includes water, garbage, sewer, gate & commons. Room for 28’x40’ floating home, subject to HOA Bylaws Mike Smith 503-283-1711. Floating Home Spaces Size Moorage 50’x55’ $700 30’x55’ 564 40’x55’ 650 Boathouse 35’x55’ $350 Rocky Pointe Marina - 503-543-7003 www.rpmarina.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Casselman’s Warf - Multnomah Channel. Floating home slips available. Inside slips for long term lease - $20,000 plus monthly maintenence fee. You are welcome to come and see if this is where you want to be. For information call (503) 543-5183
Contemporary on the Columbia River! Impeccable Hayden Island Home is an architectural masterpiece. Gated & Private, this extraordinary property has floor to ceilings walls of glass offering breathtaking un-obstructed views of the Columbia River and beyond. About 4000 sf 3 bdrm, plus separate office RMLS #15486770 Offered at $995,000 Please call Susan Colton for a private showing 503-936-0161
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Columbia Ridge Marina- Custom Built home By Marc Even. Warm Contemporary with River &Mt Hood Views. Designed for the slip, this home offers about 2500 sf and outdoor entertaining to its fullest. High end finishes, Room for Boats and water toys.Please take the photo tour www.tourfactory.com/1146135. Offered at $699,900. RML# 15448923. Please call Susan Colton for a private showing 503-936-0161
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Float home at McCuddy’s, fully furnished, 1 bed, plus loft, 800 SF approx. Knotty pine walls, hickory cabinets in kitchen. Room for jet skiis in boat well, tankless hotwater, washer/dryer hook-up. Nonsmoking/pet free. Sold As-is. $129,900. Call Carrie Desoto, Broker @ Summa Real Estate (503) 309-6290
PENDING 1845 N Jantzen Ave
1849 N. Jantzen Ave.
Slip for sale. Owner to move home before closing. In desirable Jantzen Moorage on Hayden Island, gated and private. Slip is 25 X 64 ft. Can move home in or build new! $95,000. Call Jane
2630 N. Hayden Is Dr. #2
559 NE Bridgeton Rd #1
19609 NE Marine DR H-1
2BD/1BA + Office. Beautifully renovated. Hi ceilings & Brazilian Cherry flrs., gas firepl. Lg boat well! Slip ownership , low HOA. $288,000. Call Jane.
3BR/2BA 2lev/1800 sf. Opens to LR, DR & Kit area . Lrg Deck. Vaulted ceil, gas frpl, lrg Mstr Suite & W-I closet. 36’boatwell. Prestigious moorage. Slip ownership & 2-car gar. $449,000. Call Jane.
2BD/1BA Light & bright cottage w/open ceilings, skylights; loft w/extra storage. Lrg swim float. In desirable Bridgeton area. Small/private moorage. $168,000. Call Jane.
2BD/2BA Outside slip with lovely views.. Hdwd flrs, gas firpl, New kitchen w/high end appli, custom cabinets. Many updates including logs & stringers. Huge 45’ boatwell w/ storage & wkshop. Pristine, gated moorage. $199,900. Call Jane.
PENDING 23556 NW St Helen’s N-5
14591 NW Larson Rd #2
3bd/2ba Own coveted corner slip. Huge deck, panoramic views. Open Kit/Liv w/gas stove. Upper Master Suite w/balcony. 19' Boatwell. $325,000 Call Sue.
2BD/2.1BA 2450 sq ft. Custom built, spacious and beautiful, this home has too many features to list. Lrg windows optimize spectacular river views. Mstr Bdrm has balcony & sitting alcove. Concrete float w/space to moor a boat. Highly desirable, gated moorage. Slip ownership included. $699,000. Call Jane.
1815 N. Jantzen Ave. Nice sized slip (31’x64’) in lovely location for sale. Build & bring in, or buy a home and move it to this desirable gated & private moorage. Low HOA covers water, sewer, garbage, parking, security & more. Conveniently located near shops. $110,000. Call Jane.
2915 NE Marine Dr. G-4 2BR/1BA Special Boathouse combo w/hi ceilings; granite counters, bamboo flr. Great livability w/ open kit/din area. Oversized Travertine shower. Huge 40x16 boatwell w/18’ remote door. Fully furnished & move-in ready. $145,000. Call Sue.
17537 NW Sauvie Is. #47 Spacious Large, 2 bed/ 1 ba Unobstructed river views! Vaulted, Gas fireplace in Livingrm leads to covered deck. Master has deck and gorgeous views! Second floor open deck with rustic cabin for fun. On green desirable Sauvie Island—close to downtown! $254,000. Call Jane
173 NE Bridgeton #8
1837 N. Jantzen Ave.
Custom home built in 2000. 2 bd/ 2ba Soaring ceilings, huge windows—open and light! Slip included in Sale, low HOA. In desirable Bridgeton area, easy access in all directions. $329,000 Call Jane.
1BD/1BA 740 sqft. Cute, cozy, & immaculate, this home has been totally remodeled in ’06 & updated in ’09. Quality and attention given to the details. Exceptional home for a get-away or full-time living. Slip ownership & lrg swim float included. Low HOA. $235,000. Call Jane.
Float home at McCuddy's with 14 ft long - 12ft beam boat well, possible room for larger boat . Sold As-Is, needs finishing touches, 1 bed, plus loft, 924 SF approx. Granite counters, custom lights, laundry area, some new stringers & plumbing. $65,000 Call Carrie Desoto, Broker @ Summa Real Estate (503) 309-6290
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27448 NW St Helens Rd #424
34326 Johnsons Landing B-10
2BD/2BA w/office, shop/utility. Great flr plan! Views in all directions w/decks. Recent updates incl gourmet ktch, granite, hrdwds, gas frplc. Outside slip incl. Low HOA. $439,000. Call Jane.
2bd/1.5 ba 3 levels of great living on Mult. Channel. Mid-level kitch w/Great Room & lrg deck. Uppr BR w/ balcony. 19' Boatwell w/remote. $219,000. Call Sue
27448 NW St. Helens #400
559 NE Bridgeton #A
3 bd/2ba plus large utility, enclosed boatwell, plus separate tender with workshop below and office above. 35 ft outside mooring as well. Fabulous views in all directions. Slip included in sale! Private gated moorage. Call Jane.
3BD/3BA 1800sf Built in ’06. Wonderful flr pln w/all the conveniences. 2 Mstr Suites w/balconies. Private moorage on desirable Bridgeton. $290.000. Call Jane.
1661 N. Jantzen Ave. 2 bd/1 ba Classic river home- huge spacious rooms, open bright. Separate finished tender included for office/ guest room. Oversized slip included in sale. Outside ship! Low moorage fees. Call Jane
2630 N Hayden Island Drive #40
1677 N. Jantzen Ave
559 N.E. Bridgeton, #6
2BR/3 full baths. Fabulous home in desirable moorage. Slip ownership/2 car garage. 30’ boat well. Heat pump w/AC. Sunny & bright with wonderful potential. Price reduced $375,000. Call Sue.
3 bedrm/2.5 ba. Bright w/hickory flrs, granite, marble. Outside slip w/river views. Slip Ownership, low fee. 2 lrg swim floats. Can moor lrg boat. $415,000. Call Jane.
1bd/1ba End slip w/ big river views! Open w/bamboo flrs, slab granite counters, huge decks w/trex, steel stringers & more. Private moorage. $198,000. Call Jane.
PENDING 23690 N.W. St. Helen’s U-82
430 N Tomahawk Island Dr.
3 BR/2 full bath, Outside Slip with views of Sauvie & Mtn, Master with large Balcony, Open Kitchen. New Low Price $211,000. Call Sue.
1BR/2BA Charming former firehouse. Rugged steel construction. Lrg kitchen w/island. Gas frpl and atrium windows in LR. Great views from outside slip. Room to moor your boat. $308,000. Call Sue.
27448 N.W. St. Helens #478 2bd/2ba Spacious home, outside slip. Great views.Liv Rm w/Gas firpl, open kitch, Mstr suite w/gas firepl.Separate tender. Slip included! $340,000. Call Jane.
34326 Johnson Landing Rd., C-15 2BD/1BA Little cabin on the water! Loft, high ceilings, inticate hand carved beams. Brand new from logs up! Time to chose own finishes! Must see! $148,000. Call Jane.
PENDING 1893 N. Jantzen Ave.
23564 NW St Helens N-8
559 N.E. Bridgeton Rd. #4
2bd/2ba 1250 sq ft of charm w/lrg windows & great river view. Renovated w/Fir flrs, cedar sauna & lrg bath in master. Covered porches & cozy nooks. Slip ownership, Low HOA. $289,000. Call Jane.
3BR/2BA Totally remodeled inside & out! New heat pump w/AC,new windows,appliances & washer/dryer. New kitchen/bath granite. Steel stringers. Video at happyrockmoorage.com. $245,000 call Sue.
2BR/1BA/2lev Charming round top w/contemporary remodel. Open LR/bamboo flrs, Frpl. Ktch w/basalt tile. 2nd flr w/space for office or BR. Swim float w/hot tub. Bridgeton area. $176,000 Call Jane.
11644 N. Island Cove Lane 2br/1ba 2 story. Liv rm opens to huge deck. Upper Mstr Bdrm w/balcony. Tender house. Newer decking, great logs/stringers. Cozy living. $158,000. Call Jane.
PENDING 18525 NE Marine Dr. D-2
221 N. Bridgeton
4BD/3BA Custom built by Marc Even. State of the art : simple elegance. Floor to ceiling windows. Gleaming wood flrs, Openness throughout. Multiple balconies & decks, including 3rd fl sunning deck. Slip ownership in premier Moorage. Moor 40’ boat. $575,000 Call Jane.
Studio/1bath Special studio home w/sleeping loft. Warm wood flooring, hrdwoods, lots of windows & skylights. Extra swim float. Located in popular Bridgeton community. $60,000. Call Sue.
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