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The Wooden Boat Festival Turns 40 in 2016 Nobody was sure what to expect 40 years ago when a motley crew of young “boatniks” organized the first Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, held without much fanfare on a September weekend in 1977. To the astonishment of many, the event drew more than 200 boats, 1,000 registered attendees and was described as a ‘Successful Surprise’ in the local newspaper, the Port Townsend Leader. The event has clearly grown over four decades, now hosting more than 30,000 attendees and 300-plus wooden boats. The 2016 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, to be held September 9-11, will celebrate the event's 40th anniversary with special presentations and a reunion party to honor both people and boats present at the first-ever Wooden Boat Festival in 1977. Organizers need your help. If you attended the first Wooden Boat Festival, and have photos or memories you can share of the event, please contact Barb Trailer, director of the Wooden Boat Festival, at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. If you know of particular boats that were displayed at the 1977 Wooden Boat Festival, organizers are hoping to gather some of those first-Festival watercraft for a special display at the 2016 event. Please get in touch with Barb if you have information on any boats that are still in the area and might be available to display.

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NSIA Celebrates Raising $45,000 for Sportfishing at 17th Annual Oregon Banquet The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association is excited to announce today that sport angling professionals raised nearly $45,000 at the 17th Annual Oregon Holiday Banquet on Saturday, December 5, in Portland. More than 230 NSIA members and sportfishing advocates came together over the weekend to show their support for more fish and better fishing. The money raised is vital to NSIA’s continued efforts to pro-

mote healthy, economically successful sport fisheries in the coming year. In addition to the main proceeds, banquet attendees donated $5,500 to NSIA’s Oregon Political Action Committee. That money goes towards supporting lawmakers and policy that will benefit the sportfishing industry for years to come. NSIA also thanks event title sponsors, Pro-Cure and Cabela’s, for making it possible for the banquet to succeed. Without dedi-

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US Power Squadron Offering Classes in Vancouver Seamanship, an introduction to the basics of safe boat operation, seamanship, knots and rules of the road. Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. This is an eight-week class with homework and a final examination. New member cost is $135 and includes books and a one-year membership in the USPS. Location Cascades Presbyterian Church, 9503 NE 86th St, Vancouver. Class starts at 7 p.m., January 25. Instructor is Dorman Holcomb. for more information contact: dormanholcomb@ or to register go to Piloting, learn basic navigation skills with and without the use of GPS. Course covers: Aids to Navigation, charts, dead reckoning and methods of determining a safe course. There is a special emphasis on plotting a safe course across the Columbia River Bar. This is a 10 week course with homework and a final examination. New member cost will be $185 which covers: Books, tools and a one year individual membership in the USPS. Class starts at 7 PM, January 25, 2015. The class will be held at the Port of Camas Washougal office, just to the east of the launch ramp, at 24 S A St, Washougal, WA 98671. Instructors are Al Griggs and Fred Taylor. For more information, contact: or to register go to




NMTA Announces Grow Boating Grants — $15,000 available for non-profits promoting boating in the Northwest The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is pleased to announce a grant program for nonprofits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region. The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program whose mission is to increase the number of boaters and encour-

age current boaters to boat more often. Since 2003, NMTA has spent more than $1 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships and programs. The NMTA will award multiple grants totaling $15,000 by April 15th, 2016. The application can be

downloaded at: grant. “We are very excited to make these grants available to help promote boating in the region,” said George Harris, NMTA’s president. “Our own efforts and programs have introduced boating to well over a million people since 2003.

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ceived by January 29, 2016. Grants will be awarded by April 15th, 2016. To apply for a NMTA Grow Boating grant, visit or and download a grant application. For questions, contact Karsten McIntosh at NMTA: or 206-634-0911.

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens Jan. 4 Fresh Oregon Dungeness crab is back on the menu after fishery managers determined the fishery is ready to open Jan. 4, along the entire Oregon coast. Fishery managers exercised an abundance of caution in opening the crab season this year due to unusual levels of domoic acid found in crabs along Oregon’s southern coast. The month-long delay in opening the season allowed for additional testing for domoic acid in order to provide confidence that crab harvested from Oregon waters are safe to consume and of excellent quality. “Along with the state agencies, the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry has taken a very proactive and precautionary approach to the opening of this

crab season in the interest of public safety,” says Caren Braby, ODFW Marine Resources Program Manager. Testing of crab in recent weeks show the elevated levels of domoic acid in the southern half of the state have decreased and are all below U.S. Food and Drug Administration alert levels for three sample periods in a row. Based on these results and consultations with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon commercial crab industry and Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season along the entire Oregon coast just after the New Year, Jan 4.

Commercial crab boat lights will start dotting the horizon Jan. 1 as boats are allowed to set gear three days prior to the fishery opening. The recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon’s bays and ocean is currently open coastwide. As the season gets underway, state agencies will continue to monitor marine biotoxins in shellfish to ensure that the concentrations remain below the alert level to ensure the consumer safety. For more information about Oregon’s shellfish marine biotoxin monitoring, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at 800448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.

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New Powerboat Sales Continue Surge in 2015 New powerboat sales are on a multi-year rise with pre-recession levels on the horizon in several boat segments as early as 2016, says the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the leading trade association representing the North American recreational boating industry. It estimates new powerboat unit sales will be up as much as eight percent in 2015 when the industry tallies its final figures, and anticipates the industry will continue its growth spurt with an increase in new powerboat sales of six to eight percent in 2016. “A steadily improving economy and flurry of product innovation have boosted new powerboat sales, which is encouraging to see as we head into the winter boat show season, one of the busiest selling periods of the year,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. “We anticipate six to eight percent growth in 2016 which would take total new powerboat sales back to pre-recession levels of

250,000 units.” Most powerboat categories experienced year-over-year growth through the second quarter of 2015, including: jet boats, up 18.1 percent; wake sport boats, up 12.1 percent; deck boats, up 11.3 percent; personal watercraft, up 8.2 percent; pontoon boats, up 6.6 percent; and, bass boats, up 5.3 percent. Other fiberglass outboard boats (including center console boats, sportfishing boats, and flats boats) were up 11.1 percent, and other aluminum outboard boats (including all-purpose fishing boats and jon boats) were up 5.8 percent. Sales of larger boats, particularly those equipped for offshore fishing, are on the rise following a sharp decline during the recession. Sales of new powerboats 40 feet and above were up 9.4 percent through June. Noted Dammrich, “The saltwater category is hot and has seen double-digit growth for three years, likely given growing popularity of the sport coupled with the trend to

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make what used to be exclusively fishing boats into more versatile family day boats that can also be used for hardcore fishing. The innovations we’re seeing in this category are bringing out buyers who want the best of both worlds—an eventful day of fishing and a relaxing day cruising with friends and family.” “Sales are up in most segments and with larger boats on the move, it’s helping to lift the industry and support thousands of marine industry jobs nationwide—numerous people are employed when just one large boat or yacht is built given how precise and vast these craft are, so when multiple boats are sold you can imagine the jobs this sustains,” added Dammrich. “Smaller, entry-level boats were the first to return post-recession, so it’s encouraging to see sales up across nearly all boat categories as we look to the winter boat show selling season and year ahead.”


EPA Increases Ethanol Level in Gasoline to E15 The Environmental Protection Agency finalized renewable fuel standards through 2016, angering the ethanol industry but still increasing corn-based ethanol requirements to E15 and effectively breaking the so-called “blend wall.” This is the term given to the amount of ethanol in the overall fuel supply that newer engines can tolerate without damage. Most industries believe it is E10, or gasoline blended with 10 percent ethanol. E15, or gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, has been shown to cause damage to marine and other small engines. The EPA acknowledged the comments and testimony from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and other industries that opposed the increases proposed. “Due to this ruling, more ethanol, largely in the form of E15, will be required across the country’s fuel supply.” the NMMA said in a post. Biodiesel standards grow steadily during the next several years, increasing every year to reach 2 billion gallons by 2017. “The final requirements will boost renewable

fuel production and provide for robust, achievable growth of the biofuels industry,” the EPA wrote in the ruling. “The final rule considered the many public comments EPA received on the proposal and incorporates updated information and data. The final 2016 standard for advanced biofuel is nearly 1 billion gallons, or 35 percent, higher than the actual 2014 volumes, and the total renewable fuel standard requires growth from 2014 to 2016 of more than 1.8 billion gallons of biofuel, or 11 percent more than 2014 actual volumes. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued a statement saying he was “extremely disappointed” that the EPA’s final decision failed to follow renewable fuel standards Congress set in 2007. Critics say those mandates were based on the assumption that gasoline consumption would rise. It has significantly dropped since the RFS was passed. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association told the Des Moines Register that the new standards would

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NMTA Holding Marine Career Fair at Seattle Boat Show, Feb. 1 The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is organizing a career fair at the Seattle Boat Show on Monday Feb. 1, 9 a.m. -

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River City Boat Club is simply a cruising club. Since we have no clubhouse we have no required clubhouse maintenance duties or high membership fees. Ten months out of the year we cruise to different destinations from Astoria to Beacon Rock and beyond. Some years members have traveled through the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands together. At our cruises we have on-the-dock dining and “potluck on the dock” is our usual format where the main course is hosted by the club. At some cruises we have been known to play games and go shopping as well as have a lot of camaraderie around the dock.

We have many years of combined boating experience and knowledge to draw upon, from chart plotting to advice selecting the right batteries or inverter, someone has already done it and can help guide you away from the pitfalls. If you would like to go boating with people who have similar interests and enjoy seeing different destinations on the river, come and cruise with us. You can contact us through our web site: or visit us at the Portland Boat Show January 13 thru 17 at Booth #50 near the ticket booth before you enter the main exhibit hall.

Northwest Sportfishing Industry Leaders Look Forward to Another Strong Year Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association members and business leaders are preparing for another strong year of fishing in 2016 following a good outlook from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho fisheries managers. Members of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association met with officials from ODFW, WDFW, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday to get a better idea of how 2016’s fisheries will shape up. There was some good news to go around for the sportfishing industry leaders who packed into the run forecast meeting. Following last year’s record-setting run of 1.4 million Fall Chinook, anglers

and businesses can look forward to the upcoming spring and summer runs with forecasters expecting average to above average returns of Columbia, Willamette, and SW Washington Kings. With nearly 450,000 angler trips in 2015 in the lower Columbia River alone, news of good returns should drive tens of millions of dollars in economic impact to sportfishing businesses and communities across the Northwest. Forecast highlights: • C o l u m b i a R ive r U p r ive r Spring Chinook = 188,000 Around average • Upper Columbia Summer Chinook = 93,300 - Twenty thousand more than 2015 prediction • Willamette Spring Chinook = 70,100 - Much higher than 2015’s 55,400 forecast • Cowlitz = 25,100 - More than double last year’s forecast • Kalama = 4,900 - More than double 2015 forecast • Lewis = 1,100 - Equal to last year’s forecast Predictions for Fall Chinook are still in progress, but forecasters expect returns to be in line with the extraordinary returns of recent years. Businesses and retailers serving Columbia River anglers can look forward to another outstanding season if 2016 returns hold up to the consecutive record-setting runs of 2014 and 2015. Updated

forecasts for Fall 2016 runs will be available early this year. Unfortunately forecasts for sockeye do not compare to 2015's return which was the 3rd best on record. The 2016 prediction falls in at nearly 102,000 which is around a quarter of last year’s return. Similarly, although preliminary, Coho jack counts were below average in 2015 and 2016 could be another below average year for silvers. Conditions in the Pacific is another issue weighing heavily on the minds of sportfishing industry leaders. ODFW Fisheries Chief, Ed Bowles says 2015 was the hottest year on record for Oregon and that is presenting a real threat to cold water species. “One of the things we would like to work with our sportfishing partners on is working with us to find out what we can do to work on solutions together. We need to work as a state to secure our cold water assets and find how we can set ourselves up to protect our interests because we’re not getting out of this one,” says Bowles. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from NSIA representatives to talk about recent policy shifts in Washington that now put a larger focus on the economic benefits of sportfishing when considering changes to laws or regulations. To see the full run forecast predictions, visit our website at

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Sip Back and Relax at Uncorked, Seattle Boat Show’s Opening Night Wine Event, Friday Jan. 29, 2016 Uncorked, opening night at the BIG Seattle Boat Show on Friday Jan. 29th, 2016 is a BIG deal. It’s the biggest party of the year for Northwest boaters and wannabe boaters. It’s where they can taste some of Washington’s most popular wines while cruising through the show looking at the latest models, gear and accessories. The show, the West Coast’s largest, opens at 11a.m .on Jan. 29th, and Uncorked, presented by Basta Boatlifts, runs 5-9 p.m. Nine tasting stations will be set up throughout the indoor location at CenturyLink Field, offering premium wines for tasting. Washing-

ton wineries represented include Bowne Family, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Cavatappi, Ross Andrew Winery, Sagelands Vineyard, Topsail, Willow Crest, and Waterbrook. To add to the festive nature of the evening, Gruet sparkling wine from New Mexico — rated one of the Top 100 Best Buys of 2015 by Wine and Spirits Magazine — will also be poured. Additional great news for showgoers and wine lovers: Canoe Ridge is the Official Wine of the Seattle Boat Show and Canoe Ridge wines will be available for purchase throughout the nine days of the Show at concessions and the full

bar and lounge located on the Concourse Level at CenturyLink Field. Packages for Uncorked may be purchased online for $27 at This price includes a single adult admission to the show valid throughout the day at both locations, plus a complimentary souvenir wine glass and 10 wine tasting tokens. Tickets for Uncorked will also be available at the Box Office. Sails & Ales – Friday Feb. 5 For those that prefer the grain to the grape, the second Friday of the show - Sails & Ales Craft Beer Night – is for them. Showgoers can taste and toast the

The West Coast’s Largest Boat Show - the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat - kicks off January 29 and runs through February 6, 2016. The Seattle Boat Show features ~1,000 boats for every budget designed to meet every recreational need featured at CenturyLink Field, plus world class yachts, trawlers and more at South Lake Union. The show, the largest on the West Coast, features a free shuttle service between the two venues. For more information, visit

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People look to their smart phones for everything, why not to monitor their boat? Boat Command Corp. created CONNECT! to do just that. CONNECT! gives boaters the freedom to monitor and control their boats remotely from their cell phone, tablet, or computer. Mike Webster, CEO and co-founder of Boat Command, understands that boat owners can’t visit their boats as often as they might like. He wanted to create a product that would allow him and others to stay connected to their boats at all times. “People have been staying connected for years by using social networks and smart devices,” Webster says. “Now the technology is both available and affordable to connect boat owners to their boats.” Boaters can monitor theirs boat’s GPS location, battery voltage, temperature, bilge pump activity, high water level, shore power connection and boat security. CONNECT! generates reports based on what the device is monitoring. Users can view this information via the mobile app or website. In addition users can set up notification alarms that are sent automatically via email and SMS text messages. In addition to monitoring, CONNECT! allows owners to remotely control certain features on their boats. This can be as simple as turning on the lights or a refrigerator. Three remote controlled relay functions are available. Also unique to CONNECT! is that it communicates via the cellular network. It doesn't require WiFi service at the boat. There are only a handful of products similar to CONNECT! in the United States. Boat Command decided the best way to compete is through price and convenience. Other services use a cryptic text message command and reporting that is hard to use and understand while costing more than some boats. The basic CONNECT! device MSRP is $299.00 with a monthly service charge of $8.99. Using CONNECT! is easy with Boat Command's free Android and iPhone Apps or the Boat Command website. CONNECT! is available at special discounted pricing now at Rodgers Marine Electronics. This can be a do-it-yourself installation or have us install the system for you. Please call Rodgers Marine Electronics for more information at 503-287-1101 and visit

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Hidden away from public view at the Port of Portland moorage at Swan Island is a former U.S. Navy Landing Craft Infantry. LCI-713 is owned and being restored by the Portland-based nonprofit Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum. The 70-year old LCI is the only landing craft of its type still afloat, — anywhere in the world — that looks the way it did when it served in World War II. In March 1945 it carried soldiers of the 41st Infantry Division, Oregon National Guard and landed them at the Japanese-held island of Mindanao. After the war the ship escaped the scrapper, and was stripped of its armaments. Several companies owned the vessel and one owner unfortunately stripped the ship of its engines then abandoned the hull on the Columbia River. The hulk was purchased in 2005 by the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum. For the past 15 years a crew of volunteers has been meticulously restoring the ship. But now, AFMM is facing an almost impossible task of readying the ship to get underway once again. To complete the restoration the ship needs only one more thing: new steel plate welded over the rusting worn-thin, hull. AFMM owns enough steel plate to do the job. AFMM president Rick Holmes and board members met with Vigor Shipbuilding of Swan Island. Vigor said sure, they could do the job in about 30 days — for only about $900,000.

There was a stunned silence. The next question was: “Is there a Plan B...or C...or...? Yes, said the folks from Vigor. AFMM could rent a heavy-lift floating crane and a big barge. The crane would lift the entire ship onto the barge and settle it into place. If AFMM didn’t need the ship right away then Vigor’s ship-fitters could work on the hull as time and finances permit. The job could take up to a year. How large a barge? How big a lift? The LCI is 158 feet long and 23 feet wide. AFMM would need to rent a barge about 200 feet long and 40 feet wide. The ship weighs about 200 tons. The added hull plates will add about 40 tons to the ship. So, AFMM would need to find a floating crane that could lift she ship out, and then put it back into the water. If any reader of Freshwater News happens to have a colossal crane they’re not using, and know where we could rent a large barge for about a year, please contact Rick Holmes, president of AFMM. In the meantime check out our website: If you’ve got a free Saturday, come and visit. We’re at Gate 18, North Lagoon Drive. J. Wandres serves on the AFMM Board as the LCI-713 public affairs specialist. He is a veteran U.S. Navy Public Affairs Specialist, and author of THE ABLEST NAVIGATOR: Lieutenant Paul N. Shulman, Israel’s Volunteer Admiral (Annapolis, Naval Institute Press, 2010).

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Escape the Winter at the 2016 Portland Boat Show!

The 56th Annual Portland Boat Show returns to the Expo Center this month from Wed. Jan 13 to Sun. Jan 17. This is the only boat show in Oregon and it’s your best chance to escape the weather and look over a huge variety of boats inside 250,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Each year hundreds of boats are moved into the Expo Center, including sailboats, sport boats, wakeboard boats, pleasure craft, fishing boats, off-shore vessels, and personal watercraft from local and national manufacturers. Boaters come to see what’s new in boat lines, technology and accessories. There will be over 150 exhibitors, including plenty of boating groups, accessory suppliers, with TwinStar Credit Union providing financing right on site! Plus, there will be experts in every field to answer your questions from anchors to wakeboards. And this year the big boats are back: we are seeing dealers bringing in boats over forty feet long, so be ready to tour luxury power and sailing yachts! Yes, the Junior Boatbuilding stand will be here to please kids of all ages! Once again, Schooner Creek Boat Works will provide wood parts and tools for kids to make their own model sailboat to take home. This is always a favorite stop for families enjoying a day out! The Portland Boat Show will also have a nice selection of previously owned boats at the show inside Hall C where you can shop and compare to your heart’s content. The demand for previously owned boats is always good, the local dealers will help to find the boat that fits your needs, and they are ready to make great deals. Need another reason to come to Portland Boat Show? How about the first 100 paid attendees each day will receive a free ticket to the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show; a $12 value. AND 2 for 1 is back! Once again we are excited to offer 2-for-1 coupons for admission good all days of the show. Plus, FREE PARKING will be available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings only (from 5pm to 9pm) – come by after work, forget the traffic and enjoy the show. That could mean a savings of $18.00. So forget about the rain, inside the expo center you can find everything you need to be ready for boating fun and adventure next summer. PORTLAND BOAT SHOW DATES & TIMES:

Wednesday, January 13 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 14 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, January 15 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 16 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 17 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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“Backbone” of America’s Boating Safety and Angling Conservation Reauthorized In a victory for boaters and anglers, the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act also includes reauthorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through the year 2020. After significant lobbying by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) along with other boating and angling organizations, in 1984 Congress passed legislation establishing what was then called the Wallop/Breaux Trust Fund. Now called the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, it continues to serve as the backbone of boating safety, infrastructure, clean water and fisheries conservation funding in the United States. The practical “user pay, everyone benefits” program uses federal boat fuel and fishing tackle taxes to protect natural aquatic resources, enhance boating safety and provide more recreational fishing and boating opportunities.

Since its inception, more than $7.5 billion has been collected and allocated to the states. More recently since 2004, over 3.8 billion fish have been stocked, 11,000+ boat ramps and access sites have been created or renovated and over 1,100+ transient boating facilities built, 4.7 million students taught aquatic education, over 63,000 acres of fish habitat protected, and over half a million boaters, sailors and anglers have completed an approved state boating safety education course. BoatUS, as a longtime champion of the Trust Fund along with other members of the Angling and Boating Alliance (ABA), has worked tirelessly to make certain it continues to be used for key boating and fishing programs. Said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich, “Some in Washington might have viewed these boater and angler tax dol-

lars as a way to solve their own budget problems. BoatUS along with the ABA made certain this reauthorization ensures that the money boaters and anglers pay stays intact for the intended use: saving lives, keeping our fish stocks healthy and making it easier to enjoy the water.” Podlich went on to state, “We appreciate the leadership of the multiple House and Senate Committees that included the Trust Fund in the FAST Act. Congressman Bill Shuster, Senator James Inhofe, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator John Thune and Senator Bill Nelson are all to be commended for their continuing support of America’s boaters and anglers.”




Cathlamet Wahkiakum County –

A Boater’s Dream! Wahkiakum County is located in Southwest Washington, between Clark and Pacific Counties, and is bordered on the south by the Columbia River. With an area of 261 square miles, Wahkiakum County it has become the hub for many outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hunting, camping, sightseeing, birding, shopping, and more. Cathlamet, the county seat, is a boater’s town. It was built on the river’s edge in a place first settled by Native Americans. It was totally dependent on water-transportation for nearly 100 years. and continues to cater to those who come and go on the mighty Columbia River. While Cathlamet now has a road through town, the river still defines this place. Sailors, fisherman, canoes, kayaks, yachts and mariners of all sorts have been coming to Cathlamet for years to enjoy the unique experience we offer. If you’ve been to Cathlamet, you know the town is filled with historical charm, wonderful eateries, and unique shops all within walking distance of our upgraded marina. If this is your first time, you’ll notice that Cathlamet is an easy place to dock your boat. You can then be downtown with a short walk. Tie up at the “Full Service” Elochoman Marina and RV Park and start your discovery of this intriguing little town. In addition; our marina has recently added five cabins for a comfortable stay for

your family and friends. As you venture around our town you will you see a lot of historic buildings in Cathlamet. Just at the top of Butler Street you will find the home of Julia Butler Hansen — the oldest house in the county. Across the street is the historic Bradley House, once our town library. As you walk down Main Street you will find our new Art Gallery, restored Cathlamet Hotel, small shops, and at the end of Main Street you will see the trademark of Cathlamet, the famous Pioneer Church which has been restored and turned in to a place for art, shows, musicals, and weddings. As you enter Broadway you can stop in our newest restored building the Scarborough, home of Captain Scarborough. This is now the home of the Wahkiakum County Chamber and Visitor’s Information Center. Browse brochures, maps, and information on Wahkiakum County. After you have explored town, make sure to check out the Wahkiakum Historical Museum. Here you will find history and photographs showing how early life was like here on the lower Columbia. Be sure to check out the other unique communities throughout our county. Lewis & Clark: Wahkiakum County has one of the highest concentrations of Lewis and Clark Heritage Sites in Washington. Visitors may explore and experience

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the Lewis and Clark adventure at eight different locations. Puget Island: Just South of Cathlamet this island sits in the middle of the mighty Columbia River, and is home to many of the local commercial fishermen. It is sometimes called Little Norway. Take a drive on the outer loop to see wildlife and many scenic views. If you are interested in bicycling, Puget Island has many roads crisscrossing dikes and sloughs. Take a ride on the new, bigger Wahkiakum Ferry to Oregon, the last passenger ferry on the lower Columbia. It leaves Washington on the hour from 5am to 10 p.m. and leaves Oregon on the ¼

hour from 5:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge: Just west of Cathlamet, on a short drive or walk, enjoy watching the eagles, heron, swans, otters, elk and endangered Columbia River Whitetail Deer in their own 5,600-acre refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Skamokawa: Visitors can experience local history at the Redmen Hall River Life Interpretive Center and rent kayaks and canoes at Skamokawa Landing. Stop in Vista Park camp and watch the big ships go by on the Columbia River. Grays River: Home to the old-

est covered bridge over a public road in Washington; built in 1905, the Grays River Covered Bridge is just a mile off the highway and is one of most popular photo spots in the county. There are terrific eateries as well, and a cozy riverfront tavern. Deep River: On the west edge of the county, stop and make sure you see the perfectly restored Deep River Pioneer Church. It has never had electricity; however it is still used all summer. If you visit on Sunday afternoons you will be treated with music and a free service. A picture of this church is a must for your photo album. continued on page 11

Chinese Trimaran Makes Most Amazing Voyage of 2015 Of all the amazing surprises in competitive sailing in 2015, from flying catamarans in San Francisco Bay to the re-building of the wrecked Volvo 65, we think the prize winner is none of the above, but an unknown Chinese skipper leading an international crew on a superfast trimaran along the NE Passage in a record time of 13 days. This remarkable voyage took place in September, before the sea ice froze again, and was barely mentioned in the nautical or national media. The ’98 trimaran, which was used by French singlehander Francis Joyons to set numerous long-distance records, was re-named Qingdao China after the port where the Olympic sailing events took place in 2008. It set sail on Sept 3 from the Russian port of Murmansk, headed east and successfully passed the finish line on the Bering Strait after a 13-day, 3,240 nautical-mile voyage through the Northeast Passage of the Arctic Ocean. It is the first time in history that a large racing multihull completed a voyage along this perilous route which is far shorter than the normal shipping course via the Suez Canal. Led by Guo, the five-men international crew onboard were Jochen Krauth and Quentin Monegier from France, Boris Herrmann and Tim Frank (media crew) from Germany and Sergei Nizovtsev from Russia. After achieving the feat, German crew Herrmann took out a white board and Guo wrote the historic line onto it, "Arctic Ocean, Northeast passage, World Record, 15 September, 2015." "I'm so on the top of the world. It's such an unbelievable moment. Even two months ago, I wouldn't have imagined I could have a moment like this. It is a moment that could only happen in a dream," said Guo, a 50-year-old Qingdao native. However, the start of the voyage was treacherous as a strong wind came up in the first three days. After sailing

among growlers and icebergs across the Laptev Sea, the crew experienced the extreme coldness and gust on the East Siberia Sea. Sunshine welcomed them on the Chukchi Sea and to the finish line between the Cape Dezhnev and the Big Diomede Island on the Russian side of the Bering Strait. (Little Diomede Island 2.4 miles to the west, is in Alaska.) Previously, sailing nonstop through the Northeast Passage was impossible without support or assistance from icebreaker ships, but increasing global temperatures have thawed the Arctic ice and facilitated Chuan’s attempt at making history. Coming from a country with almost no yachting history, Chuan defied tradition by being the first Chinese sailor to participate in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008. His first record breaker was a 138-day solo nonstop circumnavigation from China on a Class-



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26, 27 & 28 Fisher Poets Gathering Various Venues MARCH 26 - SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup Oregon Beaches APRIL 9 – 10 - Razor Clam Festival Long Beach, Wash. 22, 23 & 24 - Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival Clatsop County Fairgrounds MAY 8 – September - Astoria Sunday Market Season OPENS 12th Street in downtown Astoria JUNE 7 - Goonies Day Various Venues - Astoria,


14 - 28 Astoria Music Festival Liberty Theater

AUGUST 10 – 14 Astoria Regatta Festival Various Activities - Astoria

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The Pineapple Express by Jim Farrell Many old timers in the Pacific Northwest were saying “it’s about time” when the fall rains arrived later than usual this year after an extremely dry summer from Alaska on south. This helped to extinguish the last flames from the forest fires that burned on the east side of the Cascades all summer and by December began to re-build the snowpack in the high country. Now the hordes of winter sport enthusiasts are returning to the slopes while our dams, lakes and waterways are filling with water. Overall it is looking like a perfect Northwest winter--or is it? Only time and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), better known as the "Pineapple Express” will tell! The Pineapple Express is a warm S.-S.W. wind that comes with a heck of a lot of rain; I firmly believe is the Hawaiian Islanders attempt to send us a bit of their winter warmth to entice us to visit their tropical island in the winter, thereby spending our excess money with them instead of on new gear for our boats. Joking aside, this weather pattern can be very destructive. Many of us in the boating and floating home community remember what led up to the great flood of “96”, not too fondly... El Nino was off the Oregon coast, as it is now, creating a very wet fall and early winter as this writer remembers, with a good snowpack in the mountains, followed by 4-8 inches of snow in the Willamette Valley. Some of us who lived on houseboats were on our roofs cleaning the snow off. At Rocky Point Marina, I was on my roof shoveling snow when the new boat house behind me collapsed, creating a chain reaction. This caused the dock to bounce up and down throwing this writer off the roof and onto his snow-covered deck for a soft landing, watched by his terrified soon-to-be bride. After a week of freezing weather and more snow, the jet stream shifted south again, bringing a warm rain and wind. The snow covering the valley melted almost causing the rivers to rise throughout continued on page 14

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gal established by a vote of the people. 1938 – Port acquires the Tidelands. 1940 – Marina established. 1948 – Vanport flood produces local high water levels of approximately 37 feet. 1954 – Marina grows to accommodate up to 150 vessels. 1962 – Columbus Day storm wipes out much of marina; rebuilding takes place. 1980 – Major snowstorm collapses marina and dozens of vessels sink; repairs made. 1996 – Columbia River flood impacts marina, crests at 27+ feet. 2009 – Port earns “Clean Ma-

rina Award” from University of Washington Sea Grant Program. 2012 – Port acquires waterfront property adjacent to marina; park, trail and non-motorized vessel use planned. 2014 – Major upgrades: larger H-Dock; new pilings; new headwalks; improved gate security. 2015 – Port re-qualifies and maintains designation as a “Clean Marina.”

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H-Dock now accommodates 35’ vessels, including sail boats. Electricity is available on the dock. The Kayak Shack continues to draw enthusiasts to rent space for convenience and easy access. Several Waverunner ramps available to rent were added to the marina in 2015. Due to their popularity, a waiting list was established. More ramps are being added in 2016. Take advantage of the Fishermen’s Special: three months for the price of two! Contact the Port Office for more information at 360835-2196 or

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the Northwest from the Wallowa to the Coast Range. The floodwaters picked up the debris that previous floods had left high and dry. Then with more warm wind and rain, the flotsam and jetsam was joined by lawn chairs, decks, trees, derelict boats and dead cows began to fill the Columbia. As the water rose higher and over the top of the pilings in moorages, boat houses, floating homes and watercraft floated free and joined the debris floating crazily downstream. Some desperate boat owners and floating home residents decided to stay on board to protect their property. It was a long, dark, extremely windy and rainy night, as the river crested over the ’99 year flood’ height the pilings were supposed to withstand. The ramps to the shore and even the parking lots were covered with water, trapping them afloat. The real “river rats” used boats between their homes and land to go to work, shop or whatever they needed to do until the waters subsided and repairs were made to the marinas. The Columbia River becomes especially treacherous during floods, warns NOAA. By the time the water hits the Columbia River Bar, it’s dumping 1.5 million cubic feet of water per second into the ocean. That’s about six times its normal high water rate! This turbulent water even caused an ocean going continued on page 19




Yacht clubs: Dispelling the Myths by Ken Tennefoss Yacht clubs are often characterized by the general public as places where rich people go to rub elbows with other rich people. A place where the men dress up in blue blazers with white pants and shoes and ladies drink tea with their pinky fingers pointed up. While it does take a certain amount of financial commitment to own and operate a boat, by no means do you have to be “rich” in the literal sense of the word. As many of us know, boating can be a wholesome and affordable family activity for even those of us with modest means. The same holds true for being a member of a boating or yacht club. No coverage of Portland area clubs would be complete without

first looking at the Columbia River Yachting Association (CRYA). CRYA represents 19 clubs and over 2,000 members and serves as central coordinator for the member club's cruising schedules, keeps the clubs aware of local, state and federal government activities, promotes development of new recreational boating facilities and safe boating and water safety activities. The member clubs of CRYA are a diverse group but even though their membership may be diverse, they all share a common interest and that is boats and boating. Whether your boating interests lean towards sailing or powerboating, social functions at a club house or destination cruising, adult activities or family

Crab/seafood feeds and potlucks on the docks are regular traditions at cruises.

events, there is a club that is right for you. Just like there are different types of boats and boaters, there are different types of clubs. Traditional yacht clubs have land-based facilities such as a club house, many with dining or entertaining areas. Some offer moorage for member’s boats and/or boat houses, often with fuel at discount prices. Some people join for the status and networking that comes with membership. Some clubs may still have “yacht” in their names but describe themselves as “Cruising Clubs,” others call themselves “boat clubs.” No matter the name, their emphasis is towards “on the water” activities. Some may not have a clubhouse or marina, or fuel at a discount, but their membership fees are usually lower. These clubs usually have a more active cruising schedule as they don’t have a club house for non-cruising activities, with many of them cruising year round and they often promote a more casual atmosphere at their functions. There is a certain amount of traditional ceremony at some clubs, but yacht and boating clubs are so much more than that. Here are a few other myths that need to be dispelled:

Depending on the offerings of a particular club, membership costs vary. Some clubs even have different levels of membership depending on your needs, like moorage or participation. No matter the costs, the savings in fuel, vendor discounts or moorage will often offset the cost of membership. In addition, the knowledge that you

have from an organization of likeminded people who have your back should you need help or advice is priceless, as is the bond between friends that develops. MYTH: Members are mostly “old” people. continued on page 17


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Opening Day Since the late 1800’s when the weather began to warm, yacht clubs would hold celebrations to mark the arrival of spring as well as the opening of the yacht racing season. These “Opening Day” festivities included ceremonies such as the raising of the colors, firing of ceremonial cannons, sailing races, dinners and dances and often a grand floating parade where all the boats were decorated with flowers and flags, often to a central theme. The Columbia River Yachting Association held its first Opening Day ceremonies in 1951. Portland Yacht Club, Columbia River Yacht Club and Rose City Yacht Club held an interclub boat parade on April 28, of that year. Opening ceremonies were held at Portland Yacht Club, which was the host club. Since then, the event has changed some. More clubs have joined in the celebration, and the event is held in conjunction with Portland’s Rose Festival. In 2015 the parade theme was “Bloomin Good Time.” The day-long celebration be-

gins with a no host breakfast followed by Opening Day ceremonies, which include raising of the colors, firing the cannon, introduction of dignitaries, guests and Daughters of Neptune who will be on the official review vessel located on the decorated boat parade route. At near midday the fleet of decorated boats from each club pass the review vessel, in formation, to be reviewed and judged for awards on participation, seamanship, appearance, and best decorated boat and club. After the parade, clubs gather for hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar while waiting for the announcement of the award winners. If you have never attended, Opening day provides an opportunity to participate, along with members of the other clubs in the area, in a tradition that is nearly as old as our nation. It is also a chance for clubs to show off their members’ seamanship and decorating skills in a good natured competition with other clubs. It’s a great day of fun for the whole family.

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boat, or who you should avoid, as well as where to find a particular part or service can save you time as well as money.

The variety of ages and experience of members is one of the things that gives clubs their unique quality. Sharing a common interest in boating is ageless.

• Political voice With various groups trying to push their own agendas, boating activities risk being reduced or eliminated on much of our waterways. Non boating interests are trying to take monies that have traditionally been generated by boaters for boaters. Membership in a boat or yacht club will give you a voice on those matters as well as keep you informed on other important events. Even if you’ve never really thought about joining a club, you owe it to yourself and your family to check them out. Next time you see a club gathered on the dock, go talk with them. You will find a great bunch of folks who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Just don’t be surprised if they invite you to stay for dinner. For a list of all CRYA clubs....go to See you on the water.

MYTH: They spend their time in the clubhouses not on the water No matter what your level of skill or the amount of time you desire to be on the water, there is a club for you. MYTH: Clubs are geared towards “adult” activities, drinking, partying Many families share boating as their family pastime and clubs welcome them. A weekend spent with a family oriented club will be an experience you and your family will look forward to again and again. All clubs believe that building that next generation of boaters is so important to boating as a recreational industry.

Why join? • Social activities Beyond the usual boating activities, clubs offer an amazing variety of social events you can join in. From dinner and movie nights, to bowling tournaments and baseball games, or trips to museums or wineries, club activities are limited only by how much or how little you want to be involved. • Cruising First and foremost, cruising is an integral part of club activities. Through the efforts of the CRYA, club’s cruising schedules are coordinated and published so conflicts with destinations are kept to a minimum. If you cruise to northern waters, many clubs have reciprocity with each other so their facilities are available to other clubs.

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Hello to all from The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol by Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol Deputy Scott McDowell This past year was a good year for the River Patrol, and here are some of the statistics that might interest you: 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. The river patrol has responded to over 600 calls for service over the year with a reported $490,000 dollars in loss, damage, or theft. In those incidents there were over 720 individuals involved with 36 in-

jured. 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 503823-3333, or attempt to hail us on Marine Channel 16. The summer ended up being a very low water year on the rivers of Multnomah County, surprisingly we had very few groundings and low water related issues. Hopefully we will get enough snow pack in the Cascades to keep the water levels a bit higher this coming summer, if not I’m sure that we will thrive with the low water as we did this summer. If you are still out on the water after the season has come to an end and the weather has turned, beware of the rising water levels and debris in the water. And please remember to obey the dock rules on the multitude of public docks on our waterways. Remember most of them are 24hour only tie-up, though some are up to three days, but most aren’t. Obey the rules so the River Patrol doesn’t have to become involved and 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. Please take the time during the off-season to make sure that your boat is in good working condition. continued on page 19

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Doing it Yourself at Dike Marine by J. Wandres It was a warm afternoon in the spring of 2015 when Scott Torrey and friends in their boats were tied up to a piling at their favorite hang-out place, under the Sauvie Island bridge. He heard and felt something underwater slam into their boat, a 30-foot Bayliner. It didn’t sound serious but he decided to take a look. At the stern, he saw water seeping into the boat and turned on the bilge pump. But the water kept flooding in faster than it was being pumped out. He placed a call to U.S. Boat's emergency service and they hauled the boat out of the Multnomah Channel. The propellers had been trashed, the bell-housing was probably cracked, and the hull looked beyond repair. Scott feared that the Bayliner would have to be scrapped. But more phone calls and $1,500 later Tim Kirkpatrick of Norgard-Kirkpatrick Boat Hauling was hauling the boat to Dike Marine Service & Storage, on Dike Road just down the Multnomah Channel from McCuddy’s Boat Sales. Torrey’s mood was about as dark as the overcast sky, but Dike’s owner, Bruce Helms, helped Kirkpatrick unload the Bayliner from the hydraulic trailer and set her onto boat stands nice and easy. Now Helms was able to take a close-up look. “Nah,” he told Torrey. “All you did was break the seal on the out-drive. The bell-housing is okay. A little plywood-and-glue first aid and you’ll be back in the water in a month.” Which is kinda funny, because first aid is what Scott Torrey does: he is a teacher at the Caregiver Training Institute in southeast Portland. He is a certified RN, and teaches nursing care to entry-level students. Now Scott thinks of himself as an entry-level boat repairer whose mentor during the past year has been Bruce Helms. In a family-style sort of way Scott Torrey has become one of the regulars at Dike who work on their boats. It’s one of the few yards around that still permits D-I-Y repairs and restoration. Helms himself is positive about what he offers:

“I am not a boat builder. I do not want to be a boat builder. I like to help the owners storing boats here work on their own projects.” In addition to a fully-equipped machine shop Dike has a couple of sheds filled with spare parts. Having worked for Silver Eagle, the company that manufactures trailers and haulers, Helms is certified to weld steel, aluminum and machine programmed welding. His wife, Debbie Helms, has been around boats most of her adult life. Her family grew up around the Hayden Island yacht community. For years Debbie began working at the yard when it was owned by Ed Norgard of Norgard Boat Hauling, and still handles requests and price quotes for Norgard-Kirkpatrick. Ed added a pole barn and office and residence structures, and a few boats were already in storage when Bruce and Debbie bought the property in 2008. Handling phone inquiries is not all Debbie does: she has taken advanced training at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is certified in control and removal of invasive species such as Zebra and Quagga mussels that attach to a hull, or their larvae that can infest a boat’s cooling systems. The invasives are killed by live steam. Summertime at Dike also brings out whole families. “We’ll get an RV-load of parents, the kids, the grand-kids,” says Debbie. “The families bring charcoal grills and lay out a picnic spread. The kids play with our 11-year old son Raymond who acts like he’s the harbormaster, and even knows how to drive the forklift.” Scott Torrey’s Bayliner is one of the “newbies” (in relative terms, at least) at Dike. Some hulls have been up on stilts or stands for years. He comes to the yard on his days off, and is learning how to cut, fit and install new marine plywood, and learning how to wait ...and wait for the glue to dry. It is not exactly the easiest work to undertake. In this context the F- word stands for Frustration. “We don’t permit our people to live on board more than six days a month while they work,” Debbie Helms says.

Multnomah County...continued from page 18 Make sure that all of the safety equipment is in working order and in good repair, and that all the safety equipment is still in the boat. Since the weather is not real good right now, take the time to get it done early. As the year is beginning and we watch the water rise and the debris float by, everyone is dreaming of the warm sunny days of summer. The River Patrol is getting ready for the boating season and if you need to register your boat and want that HIN inspection please try to get it early so all the paperwork is done by the start of the season. We’re all looking forward to a fun, enjoyable, safe boating season, and we ask you to try and make the 2016 a safe and fun time. Remember be safe, responsible, courteous and boat sober, while we’re “Having Fun on the Water.” Let’s set the goal to have the safest boating summer on record and be the safest boating community in the state, let’s be the leader for the country. Always remember if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us on the water or swing in to the River Patrol office we will do what we can to help resolve any of the issues that we can. If we can’t resolve

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But in the long light of summer, it’s not uncommon to hear machinery sounds as late as 10 p.m. “That’s when we lock up for the night.” For some owners, speed and efficiency is paramount: they may not be able to afford the cost of being on the “hard” (onshore) for months and months, and they’re eager to get back in the water and go cruising. Yet, the hard can take hold of some boat owners. In a wry piece titled “The Inmates” (Sail magazine, March 2010), Clark Beek, “Master and Commander of the 40-foot ketch Condesa,” had this to say of the pull of the yard: “The boatyard is a measure of one’s mettle. Everyone is in over their heads and all boatyard projects end up being more than one bargained for ... Invisible evils are revealed when a boat comes out of the water – blisters, corrosion, rot – and no boatyard project has ever been finished on schedule. Life sentences go to those who are really in over their heads... And so the boatyard dwellers each wonder whose stamina, or whose bank account will run out first.” And yet, Beek concedes, “When a boat goes back into the water it is like a prisoner being set free – usually a quiet affair because no owner wants to gloat.” One boat that has been high and dry at Dike for quite some time has an interesting pedigree: it is a 32-foot Lintosh motor cruiser believed built in 1934. Its owner was a doctor who dreamed of restoring it to its glory days. His two heart attacks put the project on hold, and he sold the boat to Helms.

At this, a sad look crosses Debbie Helms’ face. “The reality is that some boats are brought here to ‘die.’” If they’re not worth saving and need to be scrapped Bruce will take apart the vessel, keep some parts, sell what he can to Columbia Marine Exchange, and scrap the rest. As for wood hulls? “It makes great firewood.” Dike also has a contract to remove a dozen boat sitting derelict on the Columbia River. Scott Torrey is thankful that, because of the calming patience and skills shared by Bruce Helms, his Bayliner won’t become one of

those derelicts; or left for dead in a boat yard somewhere. Come fair winds and following seas he expects to be underway again by spring of 2016. J. Wandres is a freelance writer based in Beaverton. A retired U.S. Navy public affairs specialist, he serves as director of public affairs for the nonprofit Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum that owns the last known World War II Landing Craft Infantry still afloat, and still looking like it did when it served in the Pacific Ocean. LCI-713 is moored at the Swan Island lagoon. To visit, contact

Northwest Experience...continued from page 14 freighter coming upstream to get turned sideways off Cathlamet Washington and pushed her up against the bank during one of the ‘MJO’ events. Thinking about crossing the bar? Forget it! if you value your life and those with you, don’t do it. As for the rest of our flotsam-filled rivers in the Pacific Northwest : if you live or work on them, be ready with a flood plan. Use the best part of common sense and stay ashore until it recedes. According to NOAA: The typical scenario linking the pattern of tropical rainfall associated with the MJO to extreme precipitation events along the West Coast of the United States is shown in the NOAA graphic attached. This graphic depicts changes in large-scale circulation and moisture patterns that occurred over the 10-day period leading up to heavy precipitation along the West Coast. Yet, due to its slowly evolving nature, accurate prediction of the MJO is difficult beyond a week or two. Dynamic computer models generally do not predict the MJO well because of difficulties regarding the correct mathematical treatment of tropical rainfall processes. Because of this, it is difficult to predict whether the MJO will remain active during the remainder of the winter of 2015-16. It is important to emphasize that these are relatively rare events and that not all MJO events will lead to precipitation extremes in the western United States.


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Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee Please God, if you get me out of this, I promise… If you’ve never read The Baja Bash, Capt. Jim Elfers’ humorous but very informative manual on how to negotiate the often charming run from Cabo San Lucas to San Diego, then you might not be familiar with one entry in the book’s Glossary of Terms. It’s not specific to sailing, although I suspect it gets associated with sailing, and probably more so with offshore sailing, than with any other sport. I’m talking of course about the time honored tradition of the sea known as the DWL. Actually, if you’ve been sailing for any amount of time, I suspect you are up to speed on DWLs, even if not by that specific name. What exactly are they, you ask? DWLs are the acronym for “Deals With the Lord.” The official definition, at least in Elfers’ book, goes like this: “Bargains made with The Maker under duress.” You know what I’m talking about. “Please God, don’t let me ground on those rocks that I know are around here somewhere, and I promise I’ll never yell at my crew again.” See, I told you you’re up to speed on these things. I can’t be totally certain, but I’m pretty sure the first time I personally made a deal with the Big Guy while sailing, I was around 13 years old. We were on board Windward Side, my family’s 31-foot Piver-designed trimaran, valiantly trying to make the crossing from Port Townsend to Flounder Bay on Fidalgo Island. We’d been held up for three straight days in Point Hudson Marina, waiting for the summertime fog on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to clear. Unfortunately, by the time it would lift each afternoon, it left us little time to make our way across the Strait, seeing as the wind wasn’t bothering to kick in and we were pushing Windward Side along with nothing more than a 10-horse outboard.

“Please God, just get me to Victoria, and I promise I’ll never do this again.” Bashing up the Washington coast in the 2006 Oregon Offshore. Photo Credit: Gary Peterson

Anyway, on one of our attempted crossings, our outboard, which had an unnerv“...if you’ve been sailing ing habit of fouling spark plugs and shutting down at the worst possible time, for any amount of time, did just that. And right smack in the middle of the shipping lanes off Point Wilson. I suspect you are up to To add further spice to the gumbo, we had speed on DWLs, even if a freighter (what we now call on board our boat a “FUBAB,” but that’s another not by that specific name. story not fit for the pages of this publication) headed more or less in our general diWhat exactly are they, rection. you ask? DWLs are My Mom was speechless, my sister was crying uncontrollably, and my Dad was the acronym for working feverishly on the auxiliary. Meanwhile, I promised the Almighty something “Deals With the Lord.” along the lines of, “I swear I’ll never hit my little sister again, no matter what, God.” And it worked. The commercial traffic missed us by a good 30 yards (although to me it felt more like 30 feet), Dad got the engine chugging again, and we actually managed to complete the crossing. Obviously, I wasn’t on board Team Vestas Wind during the last Volvo race when they managed to plant their very fast, very expensive race machine onto that reef at the southwest end of Cargados Carajos Shoals, so I don’t know if anyone on board made any special promises to any deity at the time (other than possibly hoping that they could keep the whole event a secret from the owner and the sailing press), but I’m willing to bet that the Lord’s name was brought up more than once, in one form or another. My personal best DWL moment was during a charter down in the Sea of Cortez back in 2002. We were working our way north, when we got clipped by Tropical Storm Iselle just north of Isla San Jose. Among other things, Iselle had dropped a line of thunderstorms right between us and our destination. Not being in the mood to play around with masses of electricity, I made the call to turn around and run for San Evaristo. The problem was, it was going to be nip and tuck as to whether we’d make that cove before darkness set in. So, while the rest of the crew enjoyed the ride and knocked back a couple of Mexican beers, I stood at the helm, silently calculating our dead reckoning to Evaristo and promising the Lord that I’d give up rum drinks if He’d just see his way clear to getting up in and anchored before things got REALLY interesting. Which, by the way, proves a point when it comes to DWLs: they are often, but not always, immediately forgotten after the original reason for making a DWL has successfully passed. Funny how that stuff works.

Sailing on Sunday Continues By the time you read this, the holidays will have passed, hopefully I’ll still be in the afterglow of having received all sorts of cool sailing gear under the tree, and the brief holiday hiatus for the CYC Sailing on Sunday will be over. Look for this stress-free race series to continue right after New Year’s Day, on Sunday, January 3. And I would imagine, given the recent weather in the Portland/Vancouver region, that foul weather gear is going to be the fashion of choice. In addition to SOS, it’s boat show season. The Portland Boat Show runs from January 13 through 17 in the Portland Expo Center. It’s followed up by the Seattle Boat Show, January 29 through February 6 at CenturyLink Field. I don’t know yet if the regular tenants of CenturyLink, the Seattle Seahawks, will end up with a home playoff game during that stretch, but if they do, be prepared to see the Seattle Boat Show displays once again tear down for the Hawks and then re-assemble for the rest of the show. That HAS to be a fun detail…


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It has been well over three years since I did a Readers’ Questions column, and it seems like it is time to do another series of Dale columns based on Waagmeester that topic. I get a bunch of interesting questions about sails in my work as a sailmaker, and if people are asking me about a topic, I would presume that others are curious as well. So here goes: 1) Should I purchase a TriRadial Dacron sail or is a Crosscut Dacron sail good enough for my needs? My first question to someone that asks me this is what ARE your needs? Certainly a Tri-Radial Dacron sail is going to cost more than a Crosscut Dacron sail—about 20% more. There is virtually no waste in the manufacture of a Crosscut sail whereas a Radial sail typically wastes about 15% of the fabric as you cut it into little triangular panels. More fabric used means a more expensive sail. Also, there are many more panels in a Tri-Radial sail than in a Crosscut sail, which means that it takes longer to cut, tape, and sew a Tri-Radial. Often the various panel sections of a Tri-Radial sail need to be faired out on the floor to smooth the edges before joining them with the other sections. This all adds production time, and more labor means more money. Is the Tri-Radial within your budget? That can be the big decision maker right there. There is nothing wrong with a Crosscut Dacron sail. Many of these come into our loft well into their 20th year of service, still doing the job that they were intended to do when first built. The aerodynamic shape will be significantly different than when the sail first came out of the bag, but many times this is not a major problem for a cruising sailor. The long usable life of the sail is the key feature. What the Tri-Radial does better is align the strongest thread lines of the fabric with the load map of the sail. This means that the Tri-Radial sail will hold its shape better and with fewer wrinkles than its Crosscut counterpart, particularly in the area around the clew and leech. The Crosscut panel layout uses “fill” oriented fabric, meaning that the strongest direction of the cloth is running across the panel, from edge to edge. The fill cloth is laid out perpendicular to the straight line leech, which puts the strong fill fibers running in parallel to the straight line loading of that area. Any seam that is not at perfect right angles to a load line is a place of potential stretch The problem here is that the leech loads on the sail are in a catenary curve and not in a straight line as the fill fibers are arranged. This lack of laying the fibers along the catenary stress



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Tell A Friend About Freshwater News! line of the sail allows the Crosscut sail to have a few more wrinkles and bumps as the sail ages. See Crosscut diagram. Radial construction uses “warp” oriented fabric, where the strongest fibers run the length of the roll, rather than across it. This allows the sailmaker to cut the sail radially, which allows us to align the strongest fibers so that they can radiate out of the heavily loaded corners of the sail, as well as better match the catenary load curvature of the leech, foot, and luff. A radially cut sail will have two to five horizontal “joiner” seams where the various sections of the sail can be slightly rotated around the catenary load curve, and better matching thread lines to load lines means a smoother sail. Take a look at the Radial diagram. The many panels of the radial sail make it a bit difficult to discern between the lines of the panels (blue) versus the catenary load lines (red), but with close inspection you can see that the panels (and thus the warp yarns) very closely match the load lines, particularly at the mid and upper leech and luff. This means less stretch and better shape. This does not mean that the Radial sail will be perfectly smooth, particularly as it ages. As you can see, particularly at the bottom horizontal seam, the radial panels above and below meet the seam at different bias angles along its length. This can cause unequal stretch of the panels at

the seam, which can cause bumps in the sail shape. The best way to prevent this is to use a firmer (stiffer) fabric which will limit the bias stretch. This is why I really like Cruising Mylar in Radial sails. The Mylar helps control the bias stretch differences at the horizontal joiner seams, so the sail stays smoother than its Dacron counterpart. The Cruising Laminate, however, bumps up the cost of the sail yet again. Cruising Laminates also have a reputation for getting mildew between the layers of the laminate. If mildew settles in between the laminate layers it is impossible to get rid of and it is extremely ugly on a nice white sail. Is the sailor willing to take the necessary steps of drying out the sail after use on a rainy day and/or treating it with mildew repellant every couple of years or so in order to eliminate the unsightly mildew? Again, what are your needs? What is your budget? What are your performance expectations? How long do you expect the sail to last? These are all very pertinent questions that you need to think about in order to decide what style of sail best suits you.




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