Northwest Sportsmen’s News Special Edition VOL. 34 • NO 2 • February 2016
NSIA Forecasts Another Banner Year Ahead by Liz Hamilton Anglers in the Northwest have a lot to look forward to in 2016. We have already kicked off the year with a very strong winter steelhead run, with catch reports in fisheries in both Washington and Oregon coming in much better than we have seen in recent years. After consecutive years of record-setting returns of fall Chinook, anglers and businesses at the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association are excited for another year of excellent salmon fishing. Add to that a forecast predicting this year’s return of Chinook to be another banner year, and we expect angler effort to again be very strong, which is great news for our thriving recreational sportfishing industry. Back in 2006, NSIA and our allies obtained a court order requiring more spill in the mainstem Columbia River to allow better conditions for out-migrating fall Chinook smolts. These record setting returns are the product of that spill. With such great numbers of salmon available, anglers will flock to the Columbia and its tributaries in hopes of taking home one of the prized fish, and that means businesses that make up our $3 billion sportfishing industry have a big opportunity ahead of them. Such high angler turn out leads to increased demand for
boats, rods, reels, and tackle, and communities up and down the Columbia stand to draw in millions of dollars of consumer spending. In 2016 NSIA will be working to expand spill benefits for Spring Chinook, with hopes of equally strong returns! Our goal at the NSIA is to fight the political battles necessary to protect and grow sportfishing opportunities and the tens of thousands of jobs supported by ang l i n g . H e a l t hy, s u s t a i n a b l e fisheries are good for business, but this kind of fishing simply does not happen without a strong, concerted effort to fight for strong returns. While we are excited for
another busy year of fishing, there are considerable hurdles in our path in 2016 that must be overcome or else our fisheries and our businesses will feel it for years to come. The issue in the forefront is the recent threat of a lawsuit that would jeopardize the release of more than 60 million hatchery smolts. In mid-January the Wild Fish Conservancy issued a 60 day notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Department of Commerce for funding for the Mitchell Act hatchery programs throughout the continued on page 12
Almost 300,000 Spring Chinook are predicted to return to the Columbia River this season.
More than 85 percent of adult anglers fished as a child, before the age of 12.
The Northwest Experience Skagway – the End of the Inside Passage by Jim Farrell As a kid growing up on the Northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula in the 1950’s, I didn’t have TV, the internet or even, I know it’s hard to believe, a computer; what I did have was an active imagination and a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from my upstairs window. I also had a radio with stories of Sergeant Preston, and his faithful husky dog, Yukon King. Listening to those broadcasts drew me north, as I huddled around the wood stove that burned my fanny whenever I got to close. I also had the Clallam County Library’s bookmobile that delivered books to our front door or maybe it may have stopped at the Joyce school— memories fade you know. In the bookmobile were the collected works of Mark Twain, Jack London and even Robert Service: all the writers that sparked the imagination of this young kid. From my bedroom window I
watched sailboats, tugs with barges, freighters and fishing boats, all sail past our ‘stump’ farm on the strait, like those little ducks you shoot at a carnival. Between being an avid reader and living that close to the Sol Duc falls, is probably why I always had a yearning to head ‘North to Alaska.’ My adventurous soul was only fanned when I spent the summer of 1960 on a 14’ sailboat-or at least that‘s what we called the wooden homemade dinghy in which we learned to sail on Lake Washington. With a gentle wind and the warm summer sun reflecting off the lake we’d sail off Seward Park most of the day and into the evening. Between learning to tack, jibe, and sail in and out of the dock with a lot of bailing along the way, we were able to spend time swimming around the marina and talking to the old timers who had sailed north along the “Inside Passage” all the way to Skagway! They talked of fishing, hunting,
logging, native villages and even a little gold panning. They talked of those who left port only to hit a storm and never to return. They spoke of the rapids that flowed like rivers propelling boats up to 15 knots or more with rocks as tall as the Empire State Building sticking up in the middle of the ferocious current, and claimed the lives of many unwary sailors. It was many years before I was able to fulfill my childhood dream of sailing my own boat up the inside passage to Skagway and even at that I did cheat a little. It was early March when Becky, my partner in life, and I were sitting in the snow-covered Autumn Daze, our Beneteau 423, in Auke Bay, Alaska listening to the wind as it sang through the rigging. We decided then and there that the best part of valor and or good sense dictated that we take the Alaskan ferry Aurora from Juneau to Skagway for the last leg. When we reached Skagway
Becky Wehrli doing her Titanic impression aboard the FV Aurora in winds.
with the wind topping 55 knots driving blinding snow and seas from 6’ to 12’ , the ferry captain was not even sure that he could safely dock her. But dock her he did, with an impressive maneuver that permitted his crew to catch a bollard with a line, then he powered her into the dock, allowing his crew to make fast the other dock lines. We left the ferry landing bending over against the wind and stinging snow along with members of the Skagway girls’ basket-
ball squad who had played a tournament in Sitka. To our surprise there was just a little snow on the ground as we walked through the town of around 500 fulltime residents. According to the oldtimers, this (2015) had been the mildest winter that any of them could remember. You could have fooled us as we trudged along the wind-swept streets of the small town with our bags to our B & B continued on page 5
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Dr. Diesel #1 Q: Dear Dr. Diesel: I own a 1993 Ocean Alexander 44 with twin Cummins 5.9 diesel engines. They have about 1600 hours on them. I heard someone mention “valve adjustment” recently. Is this really necessary with such low hours on my engines? They seem to be running well. What do you think? Signed, Happy Cummins Owner A: Dear Happy: A valve adjustment on your engines is absolutely necessary. Marine diesel valve adjustments are a puzzling subject for many boat owners. To clarify our terms, when discussing “valve adjustments,” we are really talking about checking the valve clear-
ance, or “valve lash” and, if necessary, adjust as per factory specifications and procedures. Often, the valves will “loosen-up” (i.e. valve clearance/lash increases) over time due to wear in the valvetrain. Sometimes, though, valve lash may actually decrease due to the valve heads wearing themselves into the valve seats. Mis-adjusted ( or maladjusted) valves can cause run-ability issues, such as hard starting, low power, excessive exhaust smoke, etc. In extreme cases, misadjusted valves can cause catastrophic engine damage. Thus, the question of “when do I adjust my valves?” is an important question. Fortunately, the answer is simple: when the engine manufacturer (known in the diesel continued on page 4
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Gunderson’s Newest Barges are 578' Long by Peter Marsh Anyone boating on the lower Willamette downstream from Portand this year must have noticed the enormous 578' barges on the side-launch ramp at Gundersons shipyard. I passed by while riding on the sternwheeler Portland shortly before the first one was
launched in May, 2015. It was certainly a very impressive sight and must have made quite a splash! The 200 crew working in Gunderson’s marine division went straight back to work on the second barge ordered by Kirby Offshore—the largest tank barge operator in the United States. This is the most complex build ever for
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Gunderson with a carrying capacity of 185,000 barrels and a vast amount of piping and mechanical systems. When connected, the complete ATB unit will have an overall length of about 675' or more than two football fields. I was interested enough to inquire about the next launch and had my name put get on the mailing list. On January 23, I was able to witness the second launch from the shore inside the shipyard. A large crowd assembled outside the plant on a rainy Saturday morning and was led inside by the Clan Macleay Scottish pipe band—a tradition at Gunderson’s launches. Mark Eitzen, senior vice president and general manager welcomed the guests, and Bill Withers, a senior v.p. of Kirby, remarked on the number of spectators and the quality of Gunderson’s work. The launch was short and sweet, and gave new meaning to the term “grease the skids!” A fleet of small tugs was on hand to quickly clear up all the wood cribbing that forms the horizontal base for the barge’s assembly. I learned that the barge was actually constructed in numerous modules 50 feet long and welded under cover onshore, then lifted onto the ways by dock cranes to be joined together. The notch in the stern is where the specially-built tug attaches via two massive pivots—giving it the title of “articulated tug and barge” or ATB. These ATB tugs are semi-
During the cruise from Portland to Warrenton, Oregon for the 2015 buoy 10 fishing season, ‘THE GAMBLER’ had an encounter with a submerged log, or something. We knew there was damage but not sure to what extent. I called the Warrenton Boat Yard and left a brief message to call me. They returned my call within minutes and said my boat would be hauled out that same day at high tide for an inspection. Warrenton Boat Yard owners along with West Coast Propeller Service were all on hand at the time of the haul out to assess the damage and determine what parts needed to be replaced. ‘THE GAMBLER’ was repaired and launched back into the water. Thank you does not begin to express my gratitude.
The barge towered above the Willamette, looking ready to slide into the river at a moment’s notice.
The Clan Macleay Scottish pipe band is a tradition at Gunderson’s launches. permanently connected to the barges. The two 130' tugs were built by Nichols Boat Builders on Whidbey Island, Wash., which makes this an unusual regional collaboration for a customer based on the Gulf coast and a testimony to the high-quality work done locally. Cost was in the $75-85 million range. Gunderson has been a ship and barge builder since 1942, when it
built small vessels for the war effort. The company has built about 300 barges since the 1970’s. and recently boosted its workforce to around 1,000 to handle the increase in orders for its marine and railcar divisions. Approximately 200 workers are involved in the marine sector, while the railcar operation can turn out as many 12 container-carrying cars per day.
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The historical Skagway Graveyard.
Soapy Smiths telegraph office in Skagway where there were no telegraph.
Taiya Inlet the end of the Inside Passage.
nine blocks away. (Even hardened sailors need a little luxury in their lives!) (NOAA has recently reported that 2015 was the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880.) Once we were settled into our room, we decided to rent a car to explore. Renting a car in Skagway in the dead of winter is no easy task. The normal car rental places don’t exist or they were closed for the winter. No cruise lines dock in Skagway during the winter, and not too many other tourists care to travel that far north by ferry either, just two crazy sailors. However with the aid of the B & B owner we did get the phone number of a local company, Sourdough Car Rentals, and left a message on their phone. A few hours later, we got a call back from the owner
who informed us that he was in San Diego having knee surgery, but he had someone in Skagway who would rent us a car. We met the lady who worked sometimes for the owner at a gravel and ice filled lot where she had a van running for us (temperature was in the single digits). A mile away we turned on the windshield wipers as another snow squall was upon us and nothing...nope they didn’t work. Another call and the lady met us back at the lot with an older PT Cruiser with bald tires that also was running. Off we went to visit Dyea, Alaska—the beginning of the Chilkoot trail where somewhere around a hundred Klondikers died in the April 3rd 1898 avalanche. On our way back to Skagway another squall hit and ...oops, the
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windshield wiper rubber came off, instigating another phone call (when we got back into phone range) and now back at the lot we found an old van, with a full tank of gas (according to the gauge) was running in the lot for our trip up White Pass... nope, no lady, just the van. The only problems with our driving over the pass to Whitehorse BC were the white-outs at the top of the pass and the fuel gauge in the van that always stayed on full. If you’ve never seen a white out, count yourself lucky. Visibility was down to maybe 15’ on the ice and snow-covered highway with an occasional semi-truck coming out of the gloom toward us. Being the world-wise sailors we thought ourselves to be, and a certain part of our anatomy puckering, the better part of valor dictated that we turn around and head back to Skagway, where we spent the rest of our visit touring the village itself and submerging ourselves in the history of a time that I’d read volumes about with a flashlight under the blankets when I was a kid. To visit the graveyards of Dyea and Skagway one could feel the restless spirits of those “who dig for gold in the midnight sun.” In the Skagway graveyard overlooking the end of the Northwest Passage lays con man Jefferson (Soapy) Smith. Just a few feet away is the grave of the city’s engineer, Frank Reid who killed Smith in a shootout only to die himself 12 days later from Soapy’s last gunshot. If the history of the north doesn’t get the juices flowing, then the trails around Skagway offer fantastic views of lakes, waterfalls and even glaciers. Of course if you feel the need you could fill a 100lb pack and head up the 33-mile Chilkoot trail, only I’d be real careful not to head up it in early spring when there’s a heavy snow pack. All through the Inside Passage, from Tacoma to Skagway the history the writers and story tellers of my youth wrote about came to life for me as Becky and I caught each tidal current that carried us further north to Skagway and the passage’s end. From the wintertime quiet of Skagway to the tidal plains of Taiya inlet, if you listened very hard, carried on the ‘k’eeljáa’ (Chinook) wind, you could hear the songs of the Tlingit people who used the Chilkoot trail and the sea for trade long before white men ever sailed north to the land of the midnight sun.
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to announce the commencement of a new business venture, W S Yacht Brokers! My business partner, Chris Schweiger, and I have formed the new brokerage, out of our love of boats, and the desire to help clients find the right boat, so that they might enjoy being on the water as much as we have and will continue to do. Many of the boating community will know and recognize Chris as owner of the Mumm 36, Panama Red, and his involvement in sailboat racing on and off the river, as well as his almost lifelong involvement in the Portland boating community. I bring over 20 years of marine industry experience, including trans-Atlantic deliveries, crewing as a first officer on large motor yachts, building 115 ft. aluminum commercial vessels, and managing the Rocky Pointe Boatyard. We look forward to our first year in business, and encourage everyone to call with any questions you might have about buying, selling, or particular models of boat that you like. We would be more than happy to help however we can. You can contact me (Jason Whitaker) on 9 7 1 - 2 4 4 - 2 6 6 7 / w h i t a ke r m firstname.lastname@example.org, and Chris Schweiger on 503-969-8588 / email@example.com. We will be getting a website up in the next few weeks, which will have contact info as well. We look forward to hearing from you. My year in South Africa (2015) I spent 2015 in Cape Town, working as a Project Coordinator
for Nautic Africa. Nautic builds a wide range of commercial vessels, but their main model is the 35M Sentinel Series, a 115ft vessel, built from aluminum, used mainly for the oil and gas industry. Power came from 3 CAT C32 marine diesel engines, which provide enough thrust to reach a top speed of 29.5 knots. They each carry approximately 15,000 gallons of fuel, and can stay in their operating areas for up to a month when operating at around a 10 knot average. Some models are also ballistically protected (wheelhouse and deckhouse), to be able to operate in areas of high piracy. They serve as crew supply boats ferrying 40 passengers with a crew of 12, or an offshore patrol vessel with a crew of 18 and no passengers. Never having been involved in such a large or complex project as this, it was an extremely steep learning curve, but incredibly enjoyable working with a young and dynamic team. Large aluminum continued on page 7
Hello to all from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol by Deputy Scott McDowell, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol 2015 was a good year for the River Patrol: here are some of the statistics to prove it. The River Patrol spent over 8,388 hours on the waterways in the county, not including time teaching classes, working in the office and other activities. We contacted over 1800 boaters, we wrote over 150 citations for those that were in violation. We also contacted over 1500 non-motorized boaters, and issued over 50 citations for violations with those non-motorized activities. The river patrol responded to over 600 calls for service over the year with a reported $490,000.00 dollars in loss, damage, or theft. In those incidents there were over 720 individuals involved with 36 injured. It is that time of year again when all of us need to get our boats ready, check on the power supply, and make sure that everything is prepared for the weather that will be heading our way. Along with that preparation, most of our boat registrations expired in December, and all of you that have already purchased your registrations and have your new tags, please put them on to your boats. It is a violation to have them and not put them on the boat just like not renewing them to begin with. We understand that with the worst winter in the last 40 years, it has been very difficult to get them onto the boats or even get to your boats. But please do this as soon as possible. The River Patrol Deputies will be out on the water checking marinas and moorages for those boats that are not in compliance with the current laws. On a lighter note the river patrol is getting ready for the upcoming “Polar Plunge” benefiting the Oregon Special Olympics. On February 27 at the 42nd street boat ramp there will be a lot of people going into the water! For more details visit www.plungeoregon.com to sign up a team or individually or if you just want to come down and watch the plunge. It will be a great time and the proceeds will benefit a good cause. As a reminder, please obey the dock rules on the multitude of public docks on our waterways. Remember most of them are 24 hour only tie-up. Some are up to three days but most aren’t. Please obey the rules so the River Patrol doesn’t have to become involved and
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remove any boats. We have spent a lot of time and energy to clear the Duckworth memorial dock and the RiverPlace dock and we would like for them to remain clean and open for use. Also please try to be courteous to those that are less fortunate or have lesser boating skills and assist them when needed. In that rare occasion that you have an emergency, please call 911 or if you feel that it is not quite an emergency but need assistance call the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333, or attempt to hail us on Marine channel 16. We are all looking forward to the upcoming year and getting involved with the boaters. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact any of us at the River Patrol offices. Be safe, wear your life jackets, and be courteous to other boaters. Strive to make your Good Better, and make your Better the Best. Thank you
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Celebrate 41 Years of Outdoor Adventure at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show® February 10 – 14 The great Northwest tradition returns for its 41st year to the Portland Expo Center, February 10-14. At the 2016 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show and Sport Fishing Boat Show®, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, there is always something new to see, to learn, and to pass on. Experience big names, big brands and a big selection, all in one big location at the Portland Expo Center. If you fish, hunt or just love to play in the great outdoors, this is the big one, right here in our backyard! Find something for everyone, all at special show pricing, including top-notch fishing, hunting and camping gear, guides and outfitters, taxidermy, information on lodges and resorts, boats, campers and tent trailers, ATV’s, backpacking, optics, outdoor clothing, vacation packages and much more! The show offers a one-stop shopping experience, with great values on fishing and hunting gear, clothing, camping equipment, sportfishing boats and RVs. If you’re planning a special adventure
for 2016, it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with top professional guides and outfitters, and representatives from leading hunting and fishing lodges and resorts. Plus, you’ll find unparalleled features including the return of the world’s only live action Indoor Steelhead River, the exciting annual Head and Horns Competition, the much-loved Free Kids’ Trout Pond and the popular Camp Cooking Demonstrations. And back by popular demand, be sure to visit the Million Dollar Ammo Sale that takes place every day of the show. Hundreds of vendors and top local and national outdoor experts will fill the Portland Expo Center wall-to-wall with the best in outdoor gear, tools, tips and gadgets. Enjoy free demonstrations, seminars and interactive displays, and the most up-to-date information for outdoor enthusiasts of every kind. Plus, connect with guides and outfitters from exciting locations throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
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BPA’s Estuary Habitat Mitigation Plans Crumble At The Head of Multnomah Channel Since 1946
The agency’s mitigation portfolio counted on a big project that it doesn’t own and doesn’t have under contract. In a recent filing, a coalition of conservation and fishing groups, including the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association (NSIA), alerted the United States District Court, District Of Oregon to the fact that Bonneville Power Administration has again fallen short on its promise to mitigate harm caused by the Columbia and Snake River dams through vague and uncertain “commitments” to habitat restoration projects. Since 2008, the plaintiff coalition in the long-running litigation has demonstrated that the federal agencies have illegally relied on uncertain and speculative habitat improvement projects outside of their control. This has been particularly
true in the estuary, where the hoped-for projects have not materialized in spite of a previous court remand notifying the federal government of the shortcomings in that area. In response, BPA and other agencies have repeatedly insisted that they will “catch up” with several projects before 2018, when the current federal salmon plan expires. The papers filed demonstrate that the largest of these “catch up” projects — by itself representing 53 percent of BPA’s entire habitat restoration plan under the 2014 Supplemental Biological Opinion – is now off the table. The project, which is listed in previous BPA documents to the Court as the “Large Dike Breach Reach E” is also known as the Deer Island Conservation Bank. The project is owned by Community Restoration Network, LLC in partnership with a
group of Deer Island landowners. “It appears BPA has tried to claim credit for a restoration project that it never owned nor had under contract,” said NSIA Executive Director Liz Hamilton. “Because BPA failed to secure the Deer Island project, much of BPA’s planned habitat mitigation for the Columbia River Estuary is now non-existent, making it very unlikely that BPA will meet its mitigation requirements under the Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System. This is just further evidence of the fundamental shortcomings of BPA’s ‘trust us’ approach to trying to address the very real and present harm caused by the Columbia and Snake River dams. Smoke and mirrors won’t save our salmon.”
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Boat Center has specialized in selling and servicing new and used high-quality boats. We currently stock new Monterey, Striper, Scout, and Alumacraft boats, along with Premier and Palm Beach pontoons. These boat lines range in sizes from 15ft to 45ft and cover a wide variety of different styles including offshore fishing, surf boats, cruisers, center consoles, pontoons and small aluminum boats. Northwest Boat Center also offers full brokerage and consignment services. Northwest Boat Center was founded in 1988 by Buzz Nielsen and his wife Kelley. Their son, Alec, joined the company in a full-
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WDFW starting gene bank for wild steelhead on Columbia River State fish managers held a public meeting in Cathlamet to discuss two options for establishing a wild steelhead gene bank in rivers and streams near the mouth of the Columbia River to support the preservation of wild steelhead populations. One option would
eliminate production of hatchery winter steelhead on the Grays and Chinook Rivers. The other would prohibit production of hatchery steelhead on Mill, Abernathy and Germany Creeks. “This is the last of four gene banks currently planned for tribu-
taries to the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam,” said Cindy Le Fleur, WDFW regional fish manager. “Our advisory group was divided on two options, so we’d like to get some additional input from the public.” Le Fleur said both options under consideration by the department meet standards outlined in the state’s Statewide Steelhead Management Plan, which calls on WDFW to “establish a network of wild stock gene banks across the state where wild stocks are largely protected from the effects of hatchery programs.”
ODFW rolls out new and improved fishing regs for 2016 Anglers this year may have noticed that Oregon’s fishing regulations for 2016 are in a new magazine format publication, which is not only more colorful but simpler and easier to read. Over the past year, ODFW worked on streamlining and simplifying the angling regulations. Anglers should notice plainer language of regulations. Content was also rearranged so that license information and fish ID photos are in the back of the regulations. Updated full-color zone maps can be found at the end of each section. “Please read the zone regulations carefully as there have been some zone wide changes as well as some changes to the zone regulations exceptions,” said Mike Gau-
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That plan, adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2008, was based on studies showing that hatcheryproduced fish can interfere with wild steelhead in ways ranging from interbreeding to competition for food. WDFW established the state’s first official steelhead gene bank in 2012 in the Sol Duc River on the Olympic Peninsula. In March 2014, the department designated three gene banks in the
lower Columbia River drainage on the East Fork Lewis River, the North Fork Toutle and Green rivers, and the Wind River. The department will also accept public comments electronically starting Jan. 25, when additional information on the two options will be posted at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/steelhead/gene_bank /columbia_river/
NSIA Forecasts...continued from page 1 Columbia River Basin. This attack has the potential to cripple sport, commercial and tribal fisheries, while undermining conservation efforts and funding, while providing little benefit (other than to lawyers). These hatcheries are funded through the Mitchell Act, passed by the federal government back in 1938 to mitigate the negative impacts on native fish runs caused by the federal dams on the Columbia River. The adult fish produced by these hatcheries account for a large portion of harvestable fish in the ocean, as well as the Columbia River and its tributaries. Losing these fish would mean lower angler turnout, less money spent on gear, and loss of thousands of jobs throughout the basin. The WFC (and their allies) would contend that the introduction of hatchery fish causes undue competition for wild smolts and negatively impacts native fish
runs, but if the WFC were truly interested in helping wild salmon and steelhead return to healthy numbers they would invest their time, money, and effort into proven methods of improving the health of wild runs including more spill and habitat restoration. This is an attack on hatcheries plain and simple, and would accomplish little more than reducing our current returns of fish to a fraction of what we expect today. NSIA is watching this issue closely and will likely be calling on sportsmen and women, sportfishing industry businesses, and advocates to assist us in battling this potential lawsuit. Representatives from the sportfishing industry will be heavily involved in efforts to improve the North of Falcon process in hopes of getting a more fair allocation of fish to recreational anglers in the Puget Sound area. For the past several years recreational anglers have had to bear the burden of
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fisheries closures and lower allocation of fish, leading to severe negative impacts on the businesses serving recreational anglers. The closures in Areas 9 and 10 last year brought the sport fishing community to the boiling point. Managers and stakeholders have a lot of work to do to prevent a complete breakdown and widespread fishery closures. We all owe it to each other and the fish to get it right. Another major issue the recreational community is facing in 2016 is fully implementing the Columbia River reforms adopted by Oregon and Washington two years ago. The reforms prioritize recreational fishing in the mainstem Columbia, while providing robust fisheries for gillnets in the SAFE areas and transitioning the mainstem commercial fleet to selective gear. This is great news for the recreational sportfishing industry and communities along the river since the reforms would allow for longer salmon seasons from Buoy 10 upstream to Washington and Idaho and still deliver fish to the markets. The reforms would also limit areas where gillnets can fish and would restrict the types of nets used to produce higher survivability of wild fish that happen to get caught. Unsurprisingly, the commercial fishing industry is pushing back in an attempt to undo years of progress, but NSIA is working closely with Steelheaders, CCA and the NW Guides Assn. to maintain the reforms and eventually see businesses reap the benefits of longer fishing seasons. Looking at statistics from 2014, we know that each salmon caught by a recreational angler accounts for nearly $240 in consumer spending. You read that right… $240 per fish. Look at the Buoy 10 fishery for example when thousands of anglers flock to the mouth of the Columbia to chase some of the best Chinook and Coho fishing in North America. Every boat on the water, every truck at the boat ramp, every trailer, every guided trip, every rod, every hook, every hotel room, meal, and tank of gas was bought by a recre-
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tunately, fewer general fund dollars allocated to these agencies has meant higher license fees passed on to anglers, and with higher fees you always price out potential anglers and families. However, it is a classic Catch 22: underfund the agencies and fisheries will suffer, but continue to price out anglers and fewer people are fishing. Either way it eventually trickles down to the sportfishing industry feeling it in the bottom line. Oregon, at least, has formed a task force charged with seeking out a new means of funding ODFW, and NSIA has a seat at the table. We will be seeking out and advocating for a new funding model that takes such a heavy burden off anglers. Finally, we continue to push for full renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the fight for our access to public lands will remain a big issues for NSIA. Recent events have shown us that public lands are under attack. From Congress’ inability to renew LWCF after 50 years of noncontroversial service to the American public, to the effort by some in Congress to sell off our lands, it is clear that we have to remain vigilant. The vast majority of recreational angling in Oregon and Washington takes place on public lands. Fishermen and women seek out areas they can access without trespassing or imposing on landowners’ rights, and we simply cannot sit by while opponents threaten the programs that provide that access. We are excited to accomplish these and many other important goals that lie ahead, but we cannot do anything without the support of anglers and businesses in the industry. The challenges ahead are imposing, but we are going to meet these obstacles head-on and work for solutions that benefit all recreational anglers. As we say at NSIA, sportfishing means business, and we intend to push for healthier fisheries in 2016 so our friends and neighbors in the sport-angling industry can continue to succeed.
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Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee
Got $21.5 million? There’s an old adage that compares sailing to “standing in a cold shower, tearing up $100 bills.” And while I’m not totally convinced that shredding your savings account in mere $100 increments is going to come anywhere near close enough to matching the annual monetary requirements that even the most modest of sailboats requires (unless, of course, you’re spending all your waking hours standing in that forementioned cold shower) I think we all get the point. These little floating darlings that we love so much require one hell of a lot of scratch just to keep afloat at a decent dock with reasonably sound sails, rigging, and a sufficient supply of beverages in the icebox. But $21.5 million US dollars? That kind of money is usually reserved for one of those insanely large, Tiger Woods-owned mega-yachts, complete with a full crew, solid-gold dinner settings and, presumably, one or two swimsuit models lounging on the bow. Or it could get you Endeavour. If you’re up on your yacht racing history, then right about now, you should be asking, “The 1934 America’s Cup Endeavor, Eric?” To which I’d answer, “That’s the one.” And I’m not joking, either. It turns out that the current owner of the legendary yacht has her on the market for a cool 20 million Euros, which apparently translates into $21.5 million USD. Although by the time you read this, given the current state of the market, I have no idea what 20 million Euros will be worth. But back to Endeavour. It was designed by Charles E. Nicholson for T.O.M. Sopwith, and built for the then-astronomical sum of $400,000. Endeavour was the J-boat horse that Sopwith was going to ride in his attempt to win the 1934 America’s Cup race. At 130 feet LOA (83 feet at the waterline), she was a massive steel yacht. There weren’t all that many people in the middle of the Great Depression who could shell out the kind of money needed to create such a boat and pay a crew to sail her, but Sopwith had made a fortune building airplanes, most famously the Sopwith Camel, which was instrumental in helping to defeat the Germans in World War I and which, I suppose, could have been considered an easier task than prying the America’s Cup from the clutches of the New York Yacht Club. Endeavour was absolutely beautiful, but more than that, she was fast, very fast, as she proved in her first season at home by consistently beating other yachts throughout Britain. Her speedy ways continued when she reached the United States and the Cup races, pushing the American defender, Rainbow, to the very brink of defeat. In fact, to this day, many believe she was the faster yacht, and that Mike Vanderbilt and his crew on board Rainbow simply sailed smarter races, and got lucky more than once when the amateur crew on board Endeavour made grievous tactical errors, something that was magnified by the fact that Sopwith had recently fired his professional crew when they struck for The beautifully restored J-boat Endeavour. higher wages, This got them rePhoto Credit: Remi Jouan placed with a mostly amateur crew,
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Endeavour, in all her glory. Photo Credit: Yacht Essentials many of whom had never sailed a J-boat before. And wouldn’t it be fun to see THAT sort of labor dispute in the modern day America’s Cup? Anyway, whatever the culprit, Endeavour failed to bring the cup back to England, and like so many J’s of that era, she ended up in disrepair, waiting to be melted down and turned into airplanes and bullets and the like, this time for World War II. Endeavour was laid up in Britain, and in 1947, she was sold for scrap, only hours before she was due to be demolished. From there she languished as a houseboat until the 1970’s when she endured yet another indignity, this time sinking in the River Medina on the Isle of Wight. And this is where it starts to get really interesting. She was purchased for the grand sum of 10 English pounds, and no, that’s not a misprint. We have close friends who once purchased a beautiful yacht that just needed some refurbishing, and they paid less than what a standard latte at Starbucks would set you back, but picking up a legendary America’s continued on page 14
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Reader Questions Revisited 2 Continuing with the theme of answering questions from our FWN readers, let’s look at a very common question for this Dale time of year. Waagmeester 1) What should I do “sail-wise” to winterize my boat? We have covered this in earlier columns, but it bears repeating. The typical advice that I give sailors is to remove the mainsail from the boom and take the genoa off of the furler to avoid wear and
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with similar characteristics. These fabrics come in many beautiful colors and they lose very little of their original color over the years. They are relatively water resistant and also shrink very little, if at all. Acrylic fabric is perfect for awnings and, more important to sailors, canvas work for the marine trade. About the only flaw this material has is that it is not very resistant to abrasion. Any abrasion points on a cover must be reinforced with leather or vinyl to avoid wear. If you drape a poly tarp boom tent over a brand new sail cover and the tarp is allowed to work back and forth over the cover in high winds, you can wear through the top edge of the cover over the course of a weekend. Unfortunately, I have seen this time and time again over the years, despite the warnings given. You can go to any moorage in town on any day of the week and see poly tarp boom tents draped over sail covers. All you can do is shake your head. Sometime soon these sail covers will need extensive patching across their top edge or, worse yet, they will need to be completely replaced. Speaking of new sail covers, and problem number two on this months list, is that it is not uncommon for sailors to order new sail covers for the winter in an effort to keep their mainsails clean and dry over the winter. When a
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Sweethearts Dinner Aboard Before there was Tranquility, our Catalina 36, there was Lookfar, a MacGregor 26. Before there was Roy, it was just my two daughters and I. Lookfar was our floating base for all things joyous. We sailed up and down the lakes of eastern Oregon, went swimming and fishing, had campfires on the beach and slept on the decks, floating under the stars. One cold winter day, I was cruising the Portland Boat Show when I noticed a large, pink sign that read “Sail for the Cure.” That’s something I can get behind, I thought. After all, as a then two-year cancer survivor, that is exactly what I had been doing — sailing my way back to life. That spring I joined Oregon Women’s Sailing Association, and signed up for the Sailing Basics class, and the Wednesday Night Sail program. At the encouragement of the notorious Captain Chum-bucket, who told me I should be sailing my own boat, I launched Lookfar on the Columbia that summer. Late that summer, a friend called me. “There is a fellow who would like to meet you,” she said. Meeting a man was not something I wanted to do. After all, I had two kids and a full-time job, and dating was not something I had time for. I received an email anyway asking me to drinks or dinner. I politely declined the invitation, but asked what his sailing experience was, as I was sometimes looking for capable crew. He replied with pictures of himself on sailboats in exotic places. At that, the possibility of adding new crew seemed more appealing. The following spring I found Roy was indeed capable crew and first mate. We decided to stretch our wings and explore beyond the well-trodden waters between the I-5 and 205 bridges. So it was that one summer day, on the eve of my birthday, we tacked under the I-5 Bridge and headed downriver. We tied up that evening under the lovely view of the riverside town of St. Helens, proud of our first long voyage together. While I coiled lines, Roy lit the BBQ, put steaks on the grill and arranged a beautiful appetizer platter of duck pate, olives and tiny little pickles called cornichons. We were relaxing in the cockpit, sipping champagne when some couples from the large power yachts moored behind us walked by on their way to town for dinner. The crisply dressed wives paid our little sailboat no mind, but two of the gen-
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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 (non-residential 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 503-737-1651x0 or e-mail: email@example.com 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
Boat Slips available on Willamette River near downtown Portland/Sellwood Bridge. Year Round Boater Member Joining Fee = $900 Annual Dues = $110
1979 Capri 21’ Sloop sailboat, w/5 ½ hp Mercury long Shaft, 2 stroke motor, extra sails, fixed racing keel, w/trailer $2,200.00. 360-430-2615
COVERED One 50’ and one 35’ slip $120 per mo. BEAUTIFUL CHANNEL ISLAND MARINA. SECURED GATE, WATER, RESTROOMS, SHOWER. ELECTRIC BILLED SEPARATELY. UPPER MULT. CHANNEL INFO CALL 503-805-4660 or 503-446-8692
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. 503250-2237
BOAT SLIPS: SAIL OR POWER. UP TO 11'X29', SOME WITH ELECTRICITY AND WATER. LOCATED AT 501 NE BRIDGETON ROAD ON THE NORTH PORTLAND HARBOR. CALL JIM AT 503-221-2003 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
PREMIER BOAT SLIP FOR RENT: 45’ END SLIP, SIDE TIE, NORTH PORTLAND HARBOR, TOMAHAWK IS. CALM, SECURE, CONVENIENT. NO LIVE ABOARDS. 503-793-8602.
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3 Swim floats/work platforms. 10x12’ $500, 8x24’ $1000, 10x20’ $1000. Good condition. Will accept reasonable offers or trade 503-706-0716
Waterfront Living • Floating Home & Waterfront Properties PUBLISHER’S NOTICE:
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Susan Colton, Broker Working and Living on the Island Visit my web site www.susancolton.com Direct: 503-270-4582 Mobile: 503-936-0161
BRIDGETON ROAD - $179,000. Move in ready fresh paint and Carpet! 1100 sf , Great room plan, Large Kitchen with maple cabinets, Eating Bar, French doors, all appliances, Large swimfloat for Entertaining. MLS 15603735 501 NE Bridgeton E4. Nice water views, Call Susan Colton, Broker, 503-936-0161
1815 N Jantzen Ave. Slip for sale (31 x 64) in lovely location. In gated private moorage, Low HOA covers water, sewer, garbage, parking security and more. Near shops & restaurants. $110,000. Jane BettsStover, Broker Oregon Realty Co. 503-422-3340, 503-254-0100
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 - email@example.com
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NEW LISTING - Jantzen Beach Moorage. Cute as can be 2 Bdrm, 2 BA, wood floors, Grt Rm, Open Kitchen with eating bar, SPA like Bath. Swim Float, Slip Ownership, $234,000 MLS 15632663 Call Susan Colton 503-936-0161
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25000 NW St Helen’s Rd N-2 Brand spanking new from logs up! 2 bd/ 1 ba. Master on main, 2nd bedrm in large loft. Bamboo laminated floors, granite counters, High vaulted ceiling. Outside Slip –open views. In gated private moorage, low moorage fees. Can moor a boat next to home. $169,000 Jane BettsStover, Broker, Oregon Realty Co. 503-422-3340; 503-254-0100
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Name: Address: 1845 N Jantzen Ave. Slip for sale (25 x 60) at private gated moorage near shops & restaurants. Slips are rare; move in a home or build! Low Moorage fee, covers water, sewer, garbage. Can moore a 25 ft boat! $95,000. Jane Betts-Stover, Broker Oregon Realty Co. 503-422-3340, 503-254-0100
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