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Catastrophe (Almost) on the Sandy River by Brad Halverson It was a brisk, sunny January (13th wouldn’t you know it) day when John Hydorn, Steve Childress and the author launched the author’s drift boat at Oxbow Regional Park for a day of friendship and fishing. All three are experienced steelheaders and boat captains in both drift and power boats. The run was in, the water dialed steelhead green, weather was perfect and anticipation was high. Within 100 yards of the launch comes his first decision: to follow the mainstem to the left, or venture down the back channel along the right-hand bank. The latter can produce some fine fishing opportunities, especially under higher flows (which we were not experiencing that day), as it provides softer current for the fish, and channels them into a narrower zone for targeting. And, while the captain (yours truly) had floated this section often before, he had not been on it yet this year. Less than 1/3 of the way through, disaster struck. Around the first bend in the channel, a gravel bar further divided it into two smaller seams. One clearly appeared too shallow to float their vessel. But, the author, who had not yet put on his sunglasses, was momentarily but completely blinded by the sun as they ventured down the deeper seam. A couple of the photos show the glare off the water they experienced. When visibility returned, it was too late to pull back from a deadfall that blocks all but 20 per-

A fun day of fishing turned into a day of lessons learned the hard way.

cent of this seam. The hydraulic force pushing the boat into the tree won the day against the captain’s best efforts to pull back. While the collision was head on, the impact was not as forceful as you might expect. The current, however, easily persuaded the boat to turn sideways in the channel;

and, with enough weight in the boat configured to make her list a bit to port, you know what happened next: indeed, once the gunwhale was just a skoosh below the waterline, she took on water in a flurry and began her descent to Davey Jone’s locker. (Wasn’t he a Monkee in the 60’s?)

Photos by Brad Halverson

At this point, all three souls onboard proceeded to abandon ship. And, as captain, I would like to think it was I who gave the command. Rather, my sense is that on their own, systematically, all three seasoned boaters evacuated the sinking vessel in an orderly fashion; with Steve exiting first, as he

The Northwest Experience Fair Winds and Calm Waters for Gentle Gene by Jim Farrell and Mary Katke On January 30th we in the boating community lost the voice of a very gentle, honorable and knowledgeable friend. Gene Katke, president of Sexton’s Chandlery and Tomahawk Boat Yard. Gene was born in Portland to Albert & Marie Katke and graduated from Benson High School in 1952. He went on to Oregon State for his bachelor’s degree, then in 1976 for his master’s in business administration, at Portland State. As a youth, he spent time fishing on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers with his dad. One of his other interests was hot-rodding, and he was a founding member of the Road Knights car club. Probably the biggest influence on Gene’s interest in boating came

from Portland sailing legend Bob Smith, and his time crewing aboard Nimble. Gene’s first boat was a Lightning, and he enjoyed racing it with his two eldest sons alternating as crew. They successfully campaigned it in 1967 when the won first place in the PYC regatta. Later, Gene’s interest shifted to more comfortable cruising with his family, and he bought a Columbia 22 sailboat. He was also a member of, and taught classes for the Portland Power Squadron. Having the opportunity to use a friend’s boat in Puget Sound led to lots of summers exploring the San Juan Islands, and eventually buying the boat, a Catalina 27. In 1979, Gene turned his love for boating into a business by purchasing the fledgling boating retail store, Sexton’s Chandlery. At the time, it was owned by Earl and

Ardis Sexton, who were busy building a sailboat with the aim of going cruising. The chandlery was located in the Kenton district, on North Denver Ave. Soon, Gene began looking to relocate to a more favorable location. He found it on Hayden Island, and it included a shop and boat yard. In 1983, with the help of his sons, the business was moved to the current location at 303 NE Tomahawk Island Drive. The shop was leased to Charlot Marine, and the yard was incorporated into a new business called Tomahawk Boat Works. Working with his sons, Gene stayed active in the businesses until very recently, and now his three sons Marty, Gregg and Scott are taking over the helm and knowing the continued on page 5

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was seated on the starboard side. John was next. I followed, and was able to attain the bowline from the front deck and secure it to the bow cleat on the exterior of the boat and drag it (the line not the boat) along with me to the shore. Let me underscore here, it was continued on page 4



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Catastrophe... continued from page 1 not the line that held The Spirit (the boat’s designation since it was purchased new 20 years ago) in place. The force of the river effectively pinned it tight to the tree,. which is also demonstrated in a couple of the photos. Believe me, it was not going anywhere anytime soon! The actions we took to exit the craft and make our way along the tree (bareback style) to the beach seemed more like an adventure than a disaster. We were dry, had some of our gear (sadly not much of the skipper’s) and our wits about us. Once ashore, I was able to make contact with the 911 dispatcher and was connected with Multnomah County River Patrol. Steve ventured to the mainstem side of the island to scout it out, and decided we would be more visible to rescuers on that side. We shared a cup of coffee from the thermos in Steve’s bag which was retrieved, and proceeded to leave The Spirit as it lay. That was difficult. Gresham Fire was actually the first responder, launching at Lewis and Clark Park and speeding upriver in their jet-powered craft arriving at our position within 20 minutes of our distress call. But, just as no good deed shall go unpunished, sure enough these brave responders ran aground on the shallow mainstem. We proceeded to walk out to them and boarded the raft, some might say somewhat clumsily, but we were dry. After exiting the raft themselves and rocking it off the shelf, they com-

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pleted their mission of seeing us safely to shore at Oxbow Park. An exceptional brunch at Shirley’s Tippy Canoe on the Old Historic Highway in Troutdale completed our adventurous day much earlier than anticipated. But, we parted friends thankful for our wellbeing, and started planning our next fishing trip. Such is the mindset of a steelheader. Now, before sharing the “rest of the story” with you earnest readers, let me make two points for you, The Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol, while responsive to our distress, and concerned for our safety at all times, were not enthusiastic about offering suggestions for retrieving the drowned Spirit. Their helpful suggestion regarding salvage was to check it out online. My wife and I did just that, and found Columbia River Marine Assistance, shown in their salvage photos to be quite responsive.

The Salvage We met them at Oxbow the following day at noon for the salvage op. The methods employed were more muscle than technical or mechanical. We used the captain’s Zodiac RIB to proceed down the side channel 2/3 of the way to the sunken drift boat. At that point, we shouldered the block and tackle, line and miscellaneous gear to The Spirit. It was good to see her, very good, just as we had left her the day prior. Attaching the winch to a downed root ball on the island, we proceeded to crank it slowly toward shore, with the initial objective of getting the port side (upriver) gunnel above the water line to prevent further flooding of

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the vessel. Once that was achieved, we manually bailed it out with a 5gallon bucket. When one person tired, another would proceed, then the third, until draining as much as could be achieved with this method. The captain of the salvage vessel used a hand bilge to further reduce the weight in the drifter. When we had removed all we could, we roped and pushed the boat back upstream to the salvage Zodiac and attached it with rope for towing back to the original launch point. The return trip up the narrow, shallow riffle at the head of the side channel proved to be adventuresome, but safe nonetheless. Within three hours of first meeting at Oxbow, our boat was tucked snuggly back on its trailer. This exercise required another stop at Shirley’s Tippy Canoe, this time for dinner. Under less demanding situations, I will certainly return to this exceptional eatery. Let me take just a moment here to say how highly I recommend Columbia River Marine Assistance, and Captain Ron Micjan, USCG Master 100T, for any of your C.R. or vicinity boating mishaps. I’m pretty sure there is no type of salvage op with which he is unfamiliar. He has risen fully sunken vessels from the bottom of the Columbia and beyond, with experience in ocean rescue and salvage as well. He had never attempted a shallow water retrieval in rapid water, but was not deterred. The complete, satisfactory and safe retrieval of The Spirit is totally owing to Ron’s experience, energy, determination, and in no small measure--muscle. In addition, he was quite ably assisted by Jim Virgin, a teammate of his on the SW Washington Organization of Rescue Divers when they trained together for Swiftwater Rescue, a ropes and fast water class. It was Jim who first scouted the back channel (via his kayak) and the condition of my boat, to determine the feasibility of the salvage operation before it began. He might appear small in the photos,

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but he is all muscle and contributed a huge share of the heavy lifting. The thankfully small amount of lost gear for John and Steve has been restored. The captain’s loss is more substantial, and deservedly so, to underscore the lessons imparted that day. It will be re-established over time, necessitating many trips to Fisherman’s and Bob’s. Darn. Finally, this story would not be complete without a shout out to the Sandy River chapter of NW Steelheaders. I’ve been blessed over the past three years to be a very small part of this group, and develop meaningful friendships which I hope will be lifelong. Just an exceptional group of thoughtful, open, dedicated sportsmen and women. I received numerous calls and emails of encouragement and sincere caring from them. Each one hit home and buoyed my spirits. The offending tree remains in that side channel, so proceed with caution. But, as the good stewards of the Sandy River that this chapter of Steelheaders is, it would not surprise me if some day it will be dealt with, in order to assure safe passage for future boaters. That’s just how they roll. Safe boating and tight lines my friends.

What did I do wrong? It was an accident, right? No fault, right? Not hardly. Because I had not yet floated this back channel, I was unfamiliar with any change to it in the year plus since I had last been on it. So much happens to a river each year, especially after high water events. Over time, entire channels are barred, while others become exposed. Being unfamiliar with this path, I should have beached the boat at the top of the island separating the side channel from the mainstem and walked the island to inspect it. You can examine its entirety if you take the time. I would have seen the deadfall, and the shallower option off to the right, and opted to save that course for a higher flow. At this point, I could have pulled back from the island, albeit with a bit of heavy oaring, and floated the mainstem for a full day of enjoyable fishing and boating with friends. No worse for the wear. In technical water, taking time to mentally chart your course is

strongly urged. How you set up to begin the technical portion of a run to a large extent determines your success. Moderate course corrections taken well in advance of pending doom are often successful. Major course corrections well into rapid current rarely are. But, even excusing that error in judgment, if I had been using my sunglasses, there is high likelihood that when we made that first bend, I would have seen the tree blocking the deeper seam; and opted to take the much shallower seam to the right, putting everyone safely onshore and roping the boat around the worst of it, avoiding the deadfall altogether. No lifejackets were worn by two of the members of the party. I will commend Steve Childress for wearing his, and let you draw your own conclusions about the others. As captain of our 22’ Thunder Jet, lifejackets are a requirement, and provided for all hands, because we only use it in the Columbia River and the ocean… big water, right. But, in 20 years of safely floating our drift boat, in varying degrees of technical water mostly on coastal streams, I have never seen it to be a necessary accoutrement on the small water drift boats reside in. That point of view was forever altered on 1-13-15. Finally, I do not want to embarrass two good friends and Sandy River Chapter of NW Steelheaders brothers, but this point is crucial: if at all possible stay out of the water. Certainly, once safely onshore, stay there. No gear is worth a life. But, you may be confronted with an “option” to return to a breached vessel to retrieve gear that temptingly is in view and an easy get. If getting in the water is optional, and not vital to survival, don’t do it. I will say again the hydraulics in our vicinity were extremely forceful, and could sweep us off our feet, and potentially pin us under the tree that had already provided our bridge to safety. Keeping with this thought, you may note in one of the photos a person barely visible on the far shore, walking with the aid of a walking stick. This good friend was in the boat ahead of us downstream. They took the mainstem, and I think I mentioned in jest as continued on page 5

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Catastrophe...continued from page 4 they departed that if they didn’t see us in 15 minutes we were in trouble. Well, you can imagine what they supposed when 15 minutes later they viewed our bait cooler floating to their position. The dear friend in the photo walked back to our position on the far shore, and ventured into the river to come to us. I’m guessing he had no idea exactly how he would help us. All he knew was, his friends were in distress and he

was going to help. Thinking about his gallant move, brought tears to my eyes later in the day when I had time to reflect. But, you can imagine the tears I would have shed had he been swept off his feet in that torrent. At the midpoint of the first seam, in no man’s land when it is just as dangerous to turn around and go back as it is to proceed, he opted for the former, and safely returned to the original shore from

whence he came. Both of these anglers are good friends, and meant well, either to retrieve gear, or come to the aid of distressed comrades. But, the lesson to be learned is if going in the water is optional for your own safety, don’t do it. In cold water survival classes they teach that if a party member is afloat or worse going under, don’t you yourself enter the water to save them, as that action often ends in two fatalities!

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Marine Sales The Northwest Experience...continued from page 1 boys, Sexton’s will still be a great place to learn and get your new and used supplies. Some may have known Gene as Major General Katke of the Oregon Air National Guard, he enlisted in 1953 as an airman and rose to the rank of Major General before his retirement in 1994. His military service to Oregon and Washington is well documented by his numerous ribbons from the Legion of Merit to the Oregon Distinguished Service Award. This writer first met Gene in 1993 when I was supplying my new to me, 30’ Newport ‘Blue Chip’ that I was living on. Gene became a mentor as I plied him for the “how to” of sailboat maintenance. As I walked into Sexton’s, he would make me feel like my problem was the most important task he had for the day and if I called, he would take to time to explain a way to fix whatever problem that I was having. If he didn’t have whatever item I was looking for he would know where to find it and best of all, his price would be completive with the chain boat suppliers in the area! Gene showed his love for teaching when talking about sailing especially if you were new to sailing. Few of us are able to say goodbye to an old friend before

they die. I was very lucky to have been able to talk with Gene about his cancer prior to sailing for Alaska last summer. I know that wherever he is; he’s with the love of his life for 55 years, Harleen

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No One Did More for America’s Boaters than BoatUS Founder, Richard Schwartz Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Chairman and Founder Richard Schwartz, who created and grew the association to become the predominant advocacy and boater services organization for the nation’s recreational boat owners, passed away in February after a short illness. He was 85. Two years ago Schwartz announced his retirement from a 47-year run as the leader of the over half million member boating association, and until his passing, remained Chairman of the BoatUS Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the BoatUS National Advisory Council. The creation of the nation’s largest and most influential recreational boating organization all began with a day on the water back in the early 1960’s.

“Schwartz created the only Consumer Protection Bureau for boaters to seek redress with manufacturers, suppliers or businesses as well as a Dispute Mediation Program.” Schwartz was invited aboard a friend’s boat, and, soon after departing the dock, the vessel’s owner was given a ticket for improper engine compartment ventilation—which Schwartz viewed as clearly unfair as the owner had no responsibility for the boat’s construction. A Princeton and Yale Law School graduate and young anti-trust attorney at the time, Schwartz asked his boating friends if there was anyone fighting for their interests—and the answer was no. With that incident, BoatUS was born with a mission of “ser-

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ing, starting with a single product—a floating flashlight – eventually opening a nationwide chain of 62 BoatUS retail stores. He also made BoatUS a major influence on the national boating safety stage with the development of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, which runs innovative programs ranging from the free Online Boating Safety Course to the only nationwide Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids and EPIRB rental programs. When Congress directed the US Coast Guard to stop providing routine on-the-water assistance in the 1980’s, Schwartz created the largest on the water towing service in the nation, the red boats of BoatUS Towing Services. Schwartz created the only Consumer Protection Bureau for boaters to seek redress with manufacturers, suppliers or businesses as well as a Dispute Mediation Program. BoatUS Reports, the association’s early member newsletter, eventually grew to become BoatUS Magazine, the largest boating magazine in the country with over half a million circulation. The BoatUS Marine Insurance program, started in 1967, offered the first recreational boat policy in clear, understandable language rather than the unintelligible, centuries-old, commercial ship language from Lloyd’s of London. Schwartz wrote a primer on what a boat policy should have in plain English, which today has been

adopted industry-wide. Long before there was publicly available data on the causes of insurance claims, BoatUS developed the only recreational boat Damage Avoidance program and publication to help BoatUS members avoid claims and injuries, Seaworthy. BoatUS insurance programs now total over $8 billion in hull value. Ironically, in the early years Schwartz didn’t own a boat. However, he grew his fleet of watercraft to include a favored 22foot Chris Craft rumble seat runabout and 42-foot catamaran deck boat for family runs to the local crab shack. He is survived by his wife, Beth Newburger Schwartz, seven children and 16 grandchildren. Schwartz helped found and then later served on the National Safe Boating Council and has received a wide range of awards, including: the US Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Commendation (2000); the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Charles S. Chapman Award (2006), and was made the national spokesman for the US Coast Guard’s Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check program. Said Schwartz at his 2013 retirement, “We’ve become the largest boat owners organization in the US and fought major boating battles along the way. Boating should be a pleasure—not a hassle. I am proud to have led this organization.”

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The World’s Biggest Container Ship—But Only for a few Months! The shutdown of the west coast ports has focused attention on cargo ships, especially container ships, which will no longer be calling on Portland since Hanjin Line called it quits after years of diminishing returns at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. Although these ships were typically over 900 feet in length with a capacity of over 5000 TEU’s (twenty-foot containers), they have already been replaced by far larger ships wherever the route permitted. These giant ships carry nearly four times as many containers and are far too deep a draft to transit the Columbia’s 43’ channel, so finding another service with a small container ship is unlikely. Even the common 600-700’ long Panamax bulk carriers that are limited to 106’ of beam to fit in the canal locks have to pay close attention to their draft when full of American wheat or soya beans, or they might be bumping the river bottom in places. The latest container mega-ship is the MSC Oscar, recently launched from a shipyard near Busan, South Korea, its capacity is roughly equal to 40,000 cars! This ship is so big that it’s hard to comprehend without seeing in person. With a length of 1297’ beam of 194’and draft over 50’, the deck of the Oscar is nearly as big as four football fields laid end-to-end. It will be the record holder, but not

The CSCL Globe and its four sister ships held the container record for a few weeks in 2014-15. Together they can carry over 95,000 containers!

for long. A sister ship of identical size is being launched by the same company (Mediterranean Shipping Company) in April. Yet this move to containers only started in the 1950’s, when North Carolina trucking company owner Malcom McLean grew frustrated by waiting for workers to pack up cotton he’d trucked up to New York harbor. McLean had the idea to use cranes to directly load truck trailers onto the ship. It took a while, but finally, he debuted the very first container ship, a converted T2 tanker that could carry 58 containers. The next year, 1957, he launched the much-larger

Gateway City, which could hold 226 containers, stacked in racks. During the 1960s, he launched even bigger container ships, and his company Pan American began to dominate the shipping industry —his system dramatically cut down on time in port, as well as the labor needed to load and unload cargo. The containers also helped secure goods, cutting down on theft. By the end of the 1970s, the majority of consumer goods coming to the US were being shipped by container. Eventually, the trend led to an arms race between shippers, because larger boats meant lower

shipping prices—roughly the same amount of sailors were needed on a ship regardless of size, and proportionately less fuel per container was needed to move larger ones. This led to the huge growth in ship size. To accommodate these giant ships, ports were rebuilt, with vast yards to store the containers, huge cranes to load and unload them, and highway and rail terminals to send them directly on their way. Today, the biggest container ships are too big to unload in any US ports, they’re used mostly for shipping between Asia and Europe. Nonetheless, the US now

imports more than 17 million containers of cargo per year, with Los Angeles and Long Beach, being the biggest importer, handle more than 2 million containers per year. Shipping experts are speculating that ships capable of holding more than 20,000 containers may be next...Of course, one positive for this situation is that local boaters will never meet one of these mammoths with extremely limited visibility over the bow. Still, never assume a ship’s crew can see you from their lofty perch—and remember: ships always have the right of way on the river, whatever their size!

New Legislation Would Freeze Ethanol Fuel Standard New bipartisan legislation would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative to support the bill. “The new bill would recognize the failure of the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its out of date ethanol-mandate, and make the necessary changes so there is a safe fuel for all gasoline-powered engines,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Palya Wood. According to Wood, BoatUS supports the bill because, “The RFS Reform Act acknowledges the reality of America’s declining fuel consumption, allows for the investment in other more compatible bio-fuels, and erases the twisted math that forces more ethanol onto a marketplace that

neither demands it, nor can physically absorb it at safe levels.” Currently, there are no marine engines in the US warrantied to run on any gasoline blend greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10). According to AAA, only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roads today are approved to use E15 gasoline, based on a survey conducted by AAA of auto manufacturers. Any damage from the use of higher ethanol fuels (E15 or greater) in cars and trucks will void many manufacturers’ warranties. When the RFS was written in 2005, it assumed that Americans’ gasoline use would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of bio-fuels to be blended with our fuel. However, since 2005, gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily. The unintended affect is now the law that forces more ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply. Yet it is illegal to use E15 in boat engines, lawnmowers etc. as well as any vehicle

made before 2001. The new bill would cap the ethanol requirements at E10 (10 percent ethanol), would effectively prohibit the use of corn-based

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Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee Aussie Sailors Go Down but not Under There’s a well-known adage amongst Pacific Northwest offshore sailors that basically warns sailors to stay away from the Oregon and Washington coasts in any month with an “R” in it. And while I’ve made the run as late as October and gotten away with it, it’s probably fairly sound general advice. The same thing could be said (and probably has) about the North Atlantic up around Massachusetts and Rhode Island and points to the north. Not that such sage wisdom mattered much to Reg and Jason McGlashan. This fatherson duo recently decided that sailing from Newport, Rhode Island to their home in Port Macquarie, Australia (via the Cape of Good Hope and the Roaring 40’s) sounded like a fine adventure. And in a way, they were right. Jason (the son, and the one with some sailing experience) found a 43-foot sloop, Sedona, on eBay, and with a bid of exactly $10,000, took ownership of the boat, described as “fast and durable” (and also requiring more work than Jason and Reg had originally anticipated; but hey, it only set Jason back ten thousand bucks). In an article in the Newport Daily News prior to the McGlashans shoving off, Jason was quoted as saying, “We’ve never done anything like this. Dad’s not even a sailor, but he’s a quick study.” And my favorite line from the younger McGlashan was, “We’ve got plenty of food, plenty of booze, good sails and all the safety gear you could ever need, so we’re going to be OK.”...Or not! Ignoring a classic New England winter snow storm that eventually produced winds in excess of 55 knots, the McGlashans left Conanicut Marina in Jamestown, Rhode Island on, of all days, Friday the 13th of February. They managed to get exactly 150 miles south of Nantucket before encountering strong winds and big seas (no, really) at which point the weather disabled their engine, shredded their “good sails” and probably produced numerous “DWL’s” (Deals With the Lord) from the crew. Plenty of food and booze aside, the McGlashans finally acknowledged that they might be in over their heads, and radioed the Coast Guard for help. The Coasties dutifully flew

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an MH-60 Jayhawk out to Sedona and plucked the two seasoned circumnavigators from the North Atlantic (but only after a Coast Guard rescue swimmer was forced to enter the forty-three degree water and lift each McGlashan into the helicopter). By then, conditions had basically deteriorated to seas of 25-feet and the aforementioned 55+ knot winds. “They were right in the eye of the storm,” said Coast Guard Lt. Bryan Hoyt. Reader comments in the Newport Daily News ranged from hope that the newspaper had simply printed a typo when Jason talked about heading to Australia via the Southern Ocean to kudos for the Coast Guard risking all to save a couple of guys who eschewed common sense in favor of a “once in a lifetime” experience. (Which is actually what they just about ended up getting.) Incidentally, a quick scan of the continent of Australia shows that Port Macquarie lies on the east coast, about midway between Sydney and Brisbane, so presumably the McGlashans were planning to get home not just through the Southern Ocean, but also via the Bass Strait, another nifty place to get yourself in trouble if you’re not ready. Hey, I get that ocean sailing (or any sailing for that matter) is never going to be free of risk. I also get that we all want to push our limits from time to time. But ignoring the weather and smart route selection is just asking for trouble. Hats off to the US Coast Guard for giving this crazy story a happy ending.

Get Safe! Speaking of safety, here’s a reminder that the Portland Safety at Sea seminar is right around the corner, and spots are filling up. The all-day event takes place Saturday, March 14 at the Columbia Crossing clubhouse on Hayden Island. If you’re planning on entering the Oregon Offshore race, this is one event that you’ll need to have on your resume. For more information, go to and get signed up. Again, this one is almost full, so don’t wait.

The J’s Are Back In Town! If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to the America’s Cup, you’ll be delighted to learn that eight J-Class yachts are scheduled to be a part of the next Cup races. The J Class Regatta, which is scheduled for June of 2017, will feature 8 yachts, including two of the original J’s that raced for the Cup back in the more elegant age of sailing. The yachts competing include Endeavour, Anuman, Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V and Velsheda, with the eigth J to be launched later this year. Considering that a fair number of the originals got scrapped and melted down for WWII bullets and hardware, finding two originals still afloat is amazing. What’s more, having eight together in one location will be a first in over 80 years. The J-Boat regatta is scheduled to coincide with the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match, which should be an interesting juxtaposition of old and new technology, to say the least. Or, as Russell Coutts, now the director of the America’s Cup Event Authority said, “Having the J-Class join us in Bermuda will create a spectacular blend between the old and new.” No argument there, Russell. And it will be joy to watch these legendary designs trade tacks with each other again. For more information, or if you simply want to learn more about the history of the J-Class, head over to

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In the Galley with Capt. Sandra Thoma Letters From Mexico I loaded a copy of The Plover by Brian Doyle on my tablet the night before I left for Mexico. The Plover is a story about a small boat that sails west from a small town on the coast of Oregon. It was appropriate reading for a seven-day sailing trip with friends who also sailed west and south from a small town on the Oregon coast. I packed a journal whose cover is entitled “If I Were Going” along with sunscreen, sunglasses, a swimsuit, mask, fins and snorkel. My daughter called me the next morning, as I was standing in line to get a pre-boarding latte. She has called me every single day since announcing the impending arrival of my first grandchild. (Mention here that she lives in Delaware.) “I’m not going to be able to talk till I get back next week sweetie,” I tell her while handing the cashier my card. “Take care of yourself and our sweet little Ava.” So along with the book about a boat, and the “If I Were Going” journal, I took the thought, vision and anticipation of my soon to be born granddaughter. Once aboard the plane, I easily left the stress of the workday world behind and fell in to a dreamy-sailing trip rhythm. At night I read about the little boat sailing the pacific. I read on the plane, while standing watch on an overnight passage, and in my bunk at anchor, where an insistent west swell rocked me to sleep. Every day I was immersed in azure water, crisp white sails, and thoughts of my granddaughter. Every morning I woke just before dawn and curled up in the cockpit with strong coffee and my journal. My entries became lists and letters, prompted by the title of my journal: Dear Little Ava, If You Were Going to be on a sailboat on the Pacific side of Mexico you would see: Whales breaching off to port as you left the harbor bound for open water. Two whales to be exact – a mother and calf, breaching and spouting and as suddenly as they appear they are gone, diving deep into cool-aid blue water. Dolphins, brown and gray, a pod of them, too many to count, coming in close to see what kind of creature the boat is, breaching and spraying, then singing and

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swimming away, around and past the boat, while you waved and sang back to them. Logs, with little heads that rise out of the water. Coming in close, you’d see that they are not logs at all, but sea turtles. They look up, startled, then slowly turn a flipper and like the whales and the dolphin, swim away to the deep. Little Sweet Ava, If You Were Going to be out in the ocean, standing the midnight watch, you would feel the warm night breeze wrap around your arms like a caress. You would see the sparkling, foamy gold and white phosphorescence as water rushed past the hull. Lie down in the cockpit, look at the sky and behold a vast lacey array of stars. You would see Jupiter so bright and clear even its moons are visible and so are the rings of Saturn. If You Were Going to wake up on a sailboat at anchor in an azure blue cove, you would be delighted to see palapas – little huts, open to the beach with roofs of dried palm fronds. You would gather your mask, fins and snorkel and fall into the azure water where thousands of little fishes, sliver, blue, yellow and black striped, long and skinny and flat and fast would swim all around you. If You Were Going to swim to the beach you would be greeted by Jorge and his wife and their tray of mangos on a stick and pineapples stuffed with fresh fruit and dusted with sea salt and chili powder. You would take a seat in a plastic chair at a plastic table and a young man, whose English is much better than your Spanish would bring you a

fresh-cut coconut with a straw sticking out of the top. You’d sip and nibble on fruit untainted by refrigerator trucks and wiggle your toes in the warm sand while watching yellow-billed pelicans fish and sailboats bob in the bay. Dear Little Mermaid Ava, If You Were Going to sail in to a wide, blue bahia, where that was a sunburnt Grand Hotel, and little town called Christmas on a spit of sand sticking into the ocean, you’d wave at fishermen in flat-bottom pangas, then take a water taxi from the marina at the Grand Hotel to wander the streets of the little town called Christmas on the spit of sand. You’d stop at a group of exactly five tables in front of an open air kitchen – table neatly laid with yellow and orange table clothes and paper napkins. Senor Antonio would bring you a cold limonada, and his wife would wave from the kitchen, where she is making your tacos de camarones (shrimp tacos). If you wandered back to the kitchen, Antonio’s wife would smile and speak to you in soft, rolling r’s and show you her kitchen. Her children are playing just out back in the sand dunes, past the back room that is their home. If you had to get on a plane and fly home that afternoon, you would savor the shrimp tacosyour last taste of Mexico, then shake Antonio’s warm brown hand, and say adios to his wife, and say how beautiful Mexico is, then kiss your friends and their boat goodbye and want with all your heart to return – perhaps one day on your own sailboat.

Sandra enjoying her latest treat on the beach in Mexico.

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(tropical is best, but use what is readily available). Arrange the fruit slices in the hollowed out pineapple. Dust lightly with chili powder and a bit of sea salt. Serve in a bowl with sliced limes on the side, a spoon and a straw. Note, I’ve left out the rum. Of course, this occurred to me, however this is a treat sold to children (young and old) playing on the beach. Use your discretion, and please never drink until you are at anchor or at the dock. Fair Winds and Bon Appetite!



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Race Mentor Initiative Racing your sailboat is great fun and a good way to gain confidence and boat handling skills. If you’ve seen boats out racing on the Columbia River in midweek or on the weekend, and wanted to join in, but did not know how, now it’s easier than ever. The Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon (SYSCO) is providing mentors to help new racers get started. Every year, SYSCO offers a free race clinic, this year it will be Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Rose City Yacht Club. But this year SYSCO is also offering to connect new or inexperienced racers with an experienced mentor, free of charge or obligation, who will help you prep your boat and crew and answer any questions. They spe-

cially want to encourage newcomers to try the Cruising Class-one of the largest and fastest growing fleets on the river The Cruising Class includes a wide mix of keelboats of all sizes and types, which race without spinnakers, so do not require the effort and extra crew needed to fly a chute. In addition, the Cruising Class races level, meaning that there is no need to obtain a rating or handicap certificate. Learning to race as part of Cruising Class, with a mentor to help, is the easiest way to start racing. If you are interested in talking to a race mentor or to a representative from the Cruising Class, send SYSCO an e-mail at

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NOAA Unveils the First National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy On February 12, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled a national saltwater recreational fishing policy that was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders. ASA has urged the agency to develop and adopt an approach to define and coordinate federal efforts to advance saltwater recreational fishing. The first-of-its-kind, the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy was one of the key recommendations of the Commission

on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, of which ASA was a contributor. NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Eileen Sobeck made the announcement during a press conference at the Miami International Boat Show. The policy identifies goals and guiding principles related to recreational fishing to be integrated into NOAA Fisheries planning, budgeting, decision-making and activities. The goals of the policy are to:

1) Support and maintain sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources, including healthy marine and estuarine habitats; 2) Promote saltwater recreational fishing for the social, cultural and economic benefit of the nation; and, 3) Enable enduring participation in, and enjoyment of, saltwater recreational fisheries through science-based conservation and management.

Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor 23rd Annual Spring Fishing Classic registration underway The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, in conjunction with Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor, is happy to announce the 23rd Annual Spring Fishing Classic, Saturday, April 4 at the Kliever Memorial Armory. This tournament is sure to be a classic, as it celebrates the return of the spring Chinook salmon and raises money to help protect sportfishing opportunity and fish conservation! The tournament fishing area includes the Columbia and its tributaries. All teams consist of three people; boats may have three, five or six people in them. Please contact NSIA or Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor for official derby rules. After fishing, participants will bring their catch to the Kliever Memorial Armory, where it will be weighed. Once again there will be a $500 prize for biggest fish, the best team will receive Lamiglas rods. Then they can enjoy a silent auction and a buffet dinner while waiting to see if they win a widerange of raffle prizes including a brand new Willie Boat with an R&D Baker trailer, Tempress

Last year’s winner for “Biggest Fish.”

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calling 503-631-8859. Free Spring Fishing Classic t-shirts come with registration. The first 35 teams to register are entered into a raffle for free entry in 2016. Proceeds support the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, a non-profit that is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of sport fisheries and the businesses dependent upon them.

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Willow Grove Marina - Covered and Open Moorage starting at $125.00 per month, Floating Home spaces also available. Located on the Columbia River west of Longview. Live a boards Welcome. Gated and secure 360-5782584. 360-430-2415

2013 RANGER TUG 31 Like new. 283 engine hours on 300HP VolvoD4. Top notch Garmin electronics including auto pilot. Satellite TV and collapsible mast for trailering. Two staterooms and electric heads. Beautiful finishes. Kept in boathouse in freshwater. Comes with solar panel, RIB inflatable boat, EZ loader tr ailer. M an y u p grades. $284,600 Emai l : for details and photos.

Boat Slips available on Willamette River near downtown Portland/Sellwood Bridge. Uncovered $44, Covered $88 per month with PRC membership/Annual Dues. Slips are 8ft wide 21ft long. (503) 250-2237 68’ Custom Boathouse 1985. A total float restoration ($35,000.00) that included new stringers, floatation, exterior decking all around, etc., was completed in December 2011. Overall dimensions are 68' X 30' w/electric roll-up exterior door. 2 X 6 construction. Includes Water Rights ownership in Columbia River Yacht Club (2144 sq. ft.) and Membership Application is required. $85,000. Reduced to $85,000.00 Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467.

SCAPPOOSE MARINA 47' Hargraves 1980 w/upgrades-- O/A 47' X 21' w/40' X 13'6" X 12' well. Some stringers and exterior decks R&R'd and new door 2011. Electrical inspection and heat-smoke-fire alarm system 2012. 2108' sq. ft. of Water Rights in local yacht Club. $55,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

Covered Slips 50’, 44’, 40’, 30’, 26’. Located on the Multnomah Channel - Scappoose Moorage, Channel Moorage also open slips to 70’. Call Ken Dye 503-709-5552, Office 503-543-3939 or 503-543-3337


Channel and Scappoose Moorage has outside 115 ft outside dock slip, $700/mon., includes shear boom. Secure gated community, live-in manager & maintenance mgr, clean showers, restrooms, laundry, fully equipped wood/metal workshops. Next to parking lot is a community garden. Adult live aboard potential with approval. Call Laurie @ (503)543-3939 for more info.

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


26’ to 36’ slips on the Columbia River opposite PDX Airport. Avoid I-5 congestion. Secure card lock parking. Call Bill at Rodgers Marina (503) 287-1101


76' Christensen Boathouse $145,000. Reduced to $125,000.00 "Steel siding-stringers, 30'4" wide X 76' long. Newer exterior deck surfaces, upgraded bathroom, fully insulated, and re-decked and painted interior.22' electric door opens to a well that is 171/2' wide and 60' long. Water space rights to 2250 sq. ft. included. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467


24" Ft Sea Sport Marine Survey Report Done August 2014 Market value 65K, Replacement $155,000. One owner, kept in garage. New diesel engine in 2005 now has 735 hours. Yamaha T9.9 2014. Front and rear controls both steering and throttle Raytheon navigational package factory installed. Toyostove cabin heater carosine, heavy duty TRAILER, new hubs, bearings, and tires. 1998, I custom ordered this boat. Located on: Sauvie Island, $59,500. 907-399-3000



63' Steelhead-Christensen 2012--- O/A 63' X 28' w/52' X 16' X 20' well, STEEL STRINGERS, remotely monitored heat-smoke-fire alarm system, includes Water Rights in local Yacht Club, $120,000. IRWIN YACHT SALES-503-381-5467

MULTNOMAH YACHT HARBOR - Slip for Boathouse Available - Slip space for up to 32’ to 34’W and up to 65’L Floating Boat House (nonresidential only) for rent in Portland Oregon, at Multnomah Yacht Harbor. Located approximately 1 mile west of the intersection of the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel off Highway 30. It is the first boathouse moorage on the upper Multnomah Channel. Only 15 minutes drive from downtown Portland, this unique marina is situated across from tip of Sauvie Island in a lovely setting that is home to natural wildlife. The marina features 14 houseboat and boathouse slips, plus open and covered slips for recreational power or sail boats. Amenities include: On-Site Harbormaster, Abundant Parking, Upland Trailer and Boat Storage, Garbage and Recycling Services, Water/Sewer, Marine Repair Service at Multnomah Yacht Repair. ph 503-7371651x0 or e-mail:

83' Boathouse - Steelhead Construction. OA ap. 83'x32' Well 71'x19.5'x22'h door. Log float with steel I-beam stringers, 200 amp power, 2007. Price includes 3145 sq. ft. of water space rights and transfer fee at Columbia River Yacht Club. Membership application/acceptance required. $184,900. (503) 381-5467. Photos and specs. at 64' Custom Boathouse 1985 $79,000. 64' X 31' X 19'6" high electric door. Interior 55' X 16' X 19'6" high electric doorThe electrical system is 120v X 240v with a 100 amp electrical panel. Both 30 amp and 50 amp cord plugs are available..Water Space Rights are included in the price ( 2262 sq. ft.), and Membership Application to Columbia River Yacht Club is required for a non-member purchase." Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

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50’ Hargraves Boathouse 1980 Well size: 43'3'' L x 13'10'' Wide x 14'3'' Tall. This is perfect for large expres or classic wooden boat, $45,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

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Waterfront Living • Floating Home & Waterfront Properties Floating Home Spaces Size Moorage 50’x55’ $700 30’x55’ 564 40’x55’ 650 Boathouse 35’x55’ $350 Rocky Pointe Marina - 503-543-7003 -

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Floating home slips available. Inside slips for long term lease - $20,000 plus monthly maintenence fee. You are welcome to come and see if this is where you want to be. For information call (503) 543-5183





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Contemporary on the Columbia River! Impeccable Hayden Island Home is an architectural masterpiece. Gated & Private, this extraordinary property has floor to ceilings walls of glass offering breathtaking un-obstructed views of the Columbia River and beyond. About 4000 sf 3 bdrm, plus separate office RMLS #15486770 Offered at $995,000 Please call Susan Colton for a private showing 503-936-0161

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PENDING Big Eddy’s Marina – Built in 2007, Excellent Float, No Issues. Craftsman on the inside, cedar siding, bamboo flrs, Expensive Fir windows and trim, All appliances. See photos: 1048062, $192,500. Call Susan Colton 503-9360161


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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.

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Two floating homes for rent at Larson's moorage. Water, sewer, garbage and parking paid by owner. Call Jessica for more info and to schedule to view. 503-750-3243


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Floating home slip for rent. 35' x 50'. 209 and 225 N. Bridgeton Rd. Portland, Oregon 97217. 503-260-8736

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SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL CLASSIFIED ADS DESCRIPTIONS ARE NICE Full descriptions generate the best response. The more you tell, the better it will sell.

SOLD 1845 N Jantzen Ave

1849 N. Jantzen Ave.

Own your own slip & buy to build or move in your home. Desirable moorage w/low HOA that includes water, sewer, garbage & security. Comes w/2 parking spaces. Close to shops & restaurants. $95,000. Call Jane.

2630 N. Hayden Is Dr. #2

559 NE Bridgeton Rd #1

1719 N. Jantzen Ave.

2BD/1BA + Office. Beautifully renovated. Hi ceilings & Brazilian Cherry flrs., gas firepl. Lg boat well! Slip ownership , low HOA. $288,000. Call Jane.

3BR/2BA 2lev/1800 sf. Opens to LR, DR & Kit area . Lrg Deck. Vaulted ceil, gas frpl, lrg Mstr Suite & W-I closet. 36’boatwell. Prestigious moorage. Slip ownership & 2-car gar. $449,000. Call Jane.

2BD/1BA Light & bright cottage w/open ceilings, skylights; loft w/extra storage. Lrg swim float. In desirable Bridgeton area. Small/private moorage. $168,000. Call Jane.

2bd/2ba+family rm 1750+sq ft. Sleek custom design, open flr plan, dream-kitchen & mstr bdrm. w/2 balconies. SLIP OWNERSHIP. $369,000. Call Jane.

23556 NW St Helen’s N-5

14591 NW Larson Rd #2

3bd/2ba Own coveted corner slip. Huge deck, panoramic views. Open Kit/Liv w/gas stove. Upper Master Suite w/balcony. 19' Boatwell. $325,000 Call Sue.

2BD/2.1BA 2450 sq ft. Custom built, spacious and beautiful, this home has too many features to list. Lrg windows optimize spectacular river views. Mstr Bdrm has balcony & sitting alcove. Concrete float w/space to moor a boat. Highly desirable, gated moorage. Slip ownership included. $699,000. Call Jane.

17537 NW Sauvie Is. #47 Spacious Large, 2 bed/ 1 ba Unobstructed river views! Vaulted, Gas fireplace in Livingrm leads to covered deck. Master has deck and gorgeous views! Second floor open deck with rustic cabin for fun. On green desirable Sauvie Island—close to downtown! $254,000. Call Jane

173 NE Bridgeton #8

1837 N. Jantzen Ave.

2 bd/ 2 ba, Custom home build in 2000. Soaring ceilings, sunny! Master suite w/ river views. Slip Ownership!! New Price $329,000. Call Jane

1BD/1BA 740 sqft. Cute, cozy, & immaculate, this home has been totally remodeled in ’06 & updated in ’09. Quality and attention given to the details. Exceptional home for a get-away or full-time living. Slip ownership & lrg swim float included. Low HOA. $235,000. Call Jane.

PENDING 1815 N. Jantzen Ave. Nice sized slip (31’x64’) in lovely location for sale. Build & bring in, or buy a home and move it to this desirable gated & private moorage. Low HOA covers water, sewer, garbage, parking, security & more. Conveniently located near shops. $110,000. Call Jane.

2915 NE Marine Dr. G-4 2BR/1BA Special Boathouse combo w/hi ceilings; granite counters, bamboo flr. Great livability w/ open kit/din area. Oversized Travertine shower. Huge 40x16 boatwell w/18’ remote door. Fully furnished & move-in ready. $145,000. Call Sue.

27448 NW St Helens Rd #424

34326 Johnsons Landing B-10

2BD/2BA w/office, shop/utility. Great flr plan! Views in all directions w/decks. Recent updates incl gourmet ktch, granite, hrdwds, gas frplc. Outside slip incl. Low HOA. $439,000. Call Jane.

2bd/1.5 ba 3 levels of great living on Mult. Channel. Mid-level kitch w/Great Room & lrg deck. Uppr BR w/ balcony. 19' Boatwell w/remote. $219,000. Call Sue

27448 NW St. Helens #400

559 NE Bridgeton #A

3bd/2ba Fabulous home w/gorgeous views. Vaulted lv rm, lrg balconies & decks. Gazebo & encl. boatwell. Gated moorage. $434,000. Call Jane.

3BD/3BA 1800sf Built in ’06. Wonderful flr pln w/all the conveniences. 2 Mstr Suites w/balconies. Private moorage on desirable Bridgeton. $290.000. Call Jane.

1661 N. Jantzen Ave. 2bd/1ba Classic river home w/retro charm & lrg flr plan. Open kitch, roomy bdrms, bright & airy. SLIP OWNERSHIP! Low HOA. $289,000. Call Jane.

2630 N Hayden Island Drive #40

1677 N. Jantzen Ave

559 N.E. Bridgeton, #6

2BR/3 full baths. Fabulous home in desirable moorage. Slip ownership/2 car garage. 30’ boat well. Heat pump w/AC. Sunny & bright with wonderful potential. Price reduced $375,000. Call Sue.

3 bedrm/2.5 ba. Bright w/hickory flrs, granite, marble. Outside slip w/river views. Slip Ownership, low fee. 2 lrg swim floats. Can moor lrg boat. $415,000. Call Jane.

1bd/1ba End slip w/ big river views! Open w/bamboo flrs, slab granite counters, huge decks w/trex, steel stringers & more. Private moorage. New Price: $198,000. Call Jane.

BE CLEAR AND CONCISE Don’t overlook the essentials. Year, make, model, size, equipment and condition are all selling features.

ALWAYS PUT THE PRICE! Studies show more than half of classified readers won’t respond to an ad without a price.

23690 N.W. St. Helen’s U-82

430 N Tomahawk Island Dr.

3 BR/2 full bath, Outside Slip with views of Sauvie & Mtn, Master with large Balcony, Open Kitchen. New Low Price $211,000. Call Sue.

1BR/2BA Charming former firehouse. Rugged steel construction. Lrg kitchen w/island. Gas frpl and atrium windows in LR. Great views from outside slip. Room to moor your boat. $308,000. Call Sue.


27448 N.W. St. Helens #478

34326 Johnson Landing Rd.

11644 N. Island Cove Lane

2bd/2ba Spacious home, outside slip. Great views.Liv Rm w/Gas firpl, open kitch, Mstr suite w/gas firepl.Separate tender. Slip included! $346,000. Call Jane.

2BD/1BA Little cabin on the water! Loft, high ceilings, inticate hand carved beams. Brand new from logs up! Time to chose own finishes! Must see! $148,000. Call Jane.

2br/1ba 2 story. Liv rm opens to huge deck. Upper Mstr Bdrm w/balcony. Tender house. Newer decking, great logs/stringers. Cozy living. $165,000. Call Jane.

Give your phone number and the best time to call. If it’s too difficult to reach you, buyers may give up.


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1893 N. Jantzen Ave.

23564 NW St Helens N-8

559 N.E. Bridgeton Rd. #4

2bd/2ba 1250 sq ft of charm w/lrg windows & great river view. Renovated w/Fir flrs, cedar sauna & lrg bath in master. Covered porches & cozy nooks. Low HOA. $289,000. Call Jane.

3BR/2BA Totally remodeled inside & out! New heat pump w/AC,new windows,appliances & washer/dryer. New kitchen/bath granite. Steel stringers. Video at $245,000 call Sue.

2BR/1BA/2lev Charming round top w/contemporary remodel. Open LR/bamboo flrs, Frpl. Ktch w/basalt tile. 2nd flr w/space for office or BR. Swim float w/hot tub. Bridgeton area. $176,000 Call Jane.

1755 N. Jantzen

221 N. Bridgeton

2BR/1BA Shake bungalow fixer. Complete interior remodel needed but could be a gem! Open kit/living rm area. Mstr slider to swim float. Does not include slip ownership. $59,000. Call Sue.

Studio/1bath Special studio home w/sleeping loft. Warm wood flooring, hrdwoods, lots of windows & skylights. Extra swim float. Located in popular Bridgeton community. $60,000. Call Sue.

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