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The Northwest Experience

A Family Affair by Jim Farrell Each sailor’s experience with their family is a little different when they go sailing...or is it? You dear reader may see some of your family in my family or then again, maybe not. When I met my wife Becky, she had only sailed once. I was already a sailor living on a floating home. She was basically a land person. What I mean by that is that she had a house with a garden, both in the front and back yards. I on the other hand had a house on logs that I was trying to keep afloat and remodel so I could make it nice enough to sell—so I could buy a bigger sailing boat. Becky came from a family with a strong, independent mother, and three strong independent sisters. I too came from a family with a strong mother and three strong sisters who are also independent. Needless to say, I’ve gotten used to living with strong women. If you’re not familiar with strong, independent women, let me enlighten you. Normally you don’t have to ask what’s bothering them, because before you get the words out of your mouth, they’ll tell you the problem and probably way much more.

(Above) Another reason Mom Farrell wanted to come to Alaska. (Inset) Upclose viewing of Mendenhall Glacier. Photos by Jim Farrell

There are many ways to do something, the right way, the wrong way, your way and the way that you end up doing it—her way. In my wife’s case, most of the time her way is the right way and every so often, my way which happens to be also her way may likewise turn out to be the right way. I’m telling you this because I don't want you to think that I’m a total whussy. I think I could write a whole paper just about living with strong women, but I don’t want to scare you unnecessarily... Let’s now put three of her family on our Beneteau 423: her 80year old mother, two of the daughters (let’s say, a little over 50 trying to be safe) and a growing stronger, 11-year old niece. Of course I’m the only human of the male gender aboard.

To begin with, we had to get them from Portland to the boat on Puget Sound. Becky and I decided to drive up on our own while the other three came by train. That way we would only have to endure a packed car on the trip home. The added benefit to the 80-year old mother and 11-year old niece was

that they are from St. Louis, Missouri and the Amtrak scenic ride along the Columbia River and South Puget Sound is a fantastic trip. The first glitch arose when I picked them up at the train. Sisterin-law disappeared while we were walking to the car. Mother-in-law told me not to worry about it be-

Riding on Air

Gunkhole Drift Fishing in an Inflatable By Adam Fry The warm sun began to rise over the ironwood trees near the river mouth as I was working the rusty foot pump trying to get my boat aired up. The Hawaiian easterly tradewinds were just starting, the salt water was warm, and flocks of birds were already spotted circling a couple miles offshore. My little nine-foot inflatable was quickly launched with only a gas can, two mediumsized rods and reels, and a large gaff. Off I went with my buddy making an attempt to catch a yellow fin tuna. Two hours later, we found ourselves quite scared while being

towed backwards into the swells as the boat was nearly swamping itself. I kept the engine in gear allowing the boat to self bail and knew we were fine; it was time to bring in a big fish. It was another hour before we landed a thirty-pound Wahoo. We figured we did well as everyone at the boat basin was astonished when seeing a tail over the starboard and a head over the port tubes of the little boat. Wahoo has always been one of my favorite. After many years and now living in the Northwest, I am once again getting back into fishing from my continued on page 3

There’s enough stability in a small inflatable for stand-up fishing.

cause she thought she had to go to the bathroom. What, they don’t have those kinds of rooms on the train coming up? That was my thought, but being the dutiful sonin-law/brother-in-law, I kept my thoughts to myself, although the continued on page 5



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One of the last times a friend and I went gunkholing, we headed to our usual spot. It’s tranquil, silent, with deer and herons among the trees along the waters edge. We putted and paddled into the flats, kicked the engines up out of the water and then drifted with a slight current and breeze while casting away. We usually drift through the shallow, cast in the deep and then let the boats beach themselves on the rocky river mounts where we push off and go again. Perhaps these small afternoon fishing adventures are not exactly wet and wild; but the joy and pleasure are still there. The best part of all, is knowing we may strike some fish and if we don’t, it doesn’t matter—as we still enjoy the feeling of riding on air.

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Riding on Air Gunkhole Drift Fishing...continued from page 1 inflatable boat. My new fish of choice is bass. The sport is entirely different and quite a challenge, but yet again I am finding the inflatable boat to be an easyto-use platform. My recent fishing adventures have taken me into and through shallow waters in the Willamette to find shaded holes filled with rocks, tree branches and old dock pilings. Typically, I find myself tilting the engine out of the water and using a paddle to push my boat over the gravel and mud to reach the hard-to-reach holes. No other boats are ever seen and some holes have been found full of fish. I like to call it “gunkhole drift fishing.” The gunkholing and fishing is fun and exciting, and the catching is still sometimes tricky as the method is so different from tropical game fishing.


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A Family Affair... continued from page 1 niece looked at me with a knowing smile. This is the same niece that grabbed me when she got off the train and told me as we were walking to the car that Grandma was talking to a total stranger and told him more about our family than any stranger had a right to know. Of course the other side of the story that we got from mother -in-law as we waited for sister-inlaw, was about this nice young man who was...and so on. The second glitch was when we got to the moorage, the tide was out, way out, which meant a very steep ramp down. Of course the 80-year old with a prosthetic hip wanted to take her bag herself and I tried to nicely tell her that she would need both hands to navigate the ramp... that didn’t set well, but she did as I asked after a scornful look and gave me the bag and we made the bottom without any problems. The third glitch was getting on the boat itself. I had backed Autumn Daze into the dock in order to use the aft walk-through so no one would have to climb up the side. Mother-in-law decides that since the daughter and niece had no problem stepping from the dock to the swim deck, she wouldn’t either. Just as she began to make the step, the wind picked up and blew the boat a little more away from the dock, creating a wider strip of water than the two before her had experienced. But that wasn’t going to stop mother-in-law with the prosthetic hip who’s been independent her whole life. No, one leg starts to reach for the boat and me knowing what's about to happen, grabs her just as she starts to move forward and stops her only to get that look,

Mom Farrell in Juneau with her walker and bag ready to go back home.

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you know that look. You know, the one that tells you what the hell do you think you’re doing? I then pull the boat back to the dock for her to get on without further mishaps. Finally, everyone’s aboard and we pull out of the dock for a pleasant sail to Quartermaster Harbor. Oops, I must have meant a pleasant motoring, for no wind blessed us for the first half an hour. The wind finally picked up to 5-10 knots and we were able to sail. All would have been good except now the wind began to pick up more and I had to tack... Just try and tell my extremely self-reliant her whole life sisterin-law, who wants to help on the winches, that the tack has to be made quickly and the sheet sheeted in quickly in order not to have the jib flailing about, hence, three sheets to the wind and a torn jib. But alas, the jib did flail about until sister-in-law finally had it somewhat sheeted home. The Captain about this time is grinding his teeth much more than the winch. But with a little help from my beloved wife, we actually got a good sail going. After a short time I figured I could disappear below and let my

streaming through the stew on her face. With a little help from all we were able to salvage most of the dinner, although a year later I’d find bits and pieces, here and there. After dinner it’s decided that all want to go ashore for a walk at Dotson Park; I’d ferry them in the dinghy a couple at a time. Sister-inlaw and niece decide to go first, which went without a hitch. I returned to find mother-in-law with her prosthetic hip ready to jump into the dinghy. Just try and tell her the best way to get off a rolling boat into a rubber dinghy without falling in or out and here comes that look. She’s independent and by God, she'll do it her way. In she comes and there she goes, almost, as I grab her and pull her back into the dinghy. I watched her leg begin to buckle under her and I reached out to straighten it for her, again only to get that look, you know the one that says “I can do this myself.” Finally, all are ashore and safe. Me, I decide to return to Autumn Daze and bring her to the dock and reload all from a dock instead of a bouncing dinghy. Very little is said, but the thankful look that my beautiful wife gave me made me feel all warm inside. The next afternoon as

wife handle the sailing, which helped not only my disposition but hers also. Upon our arrival in Quartermaster Harbor we decided to anchor as we usually do instead of tying to the Dotson Park dock. Now the quiet time, for all to enjoy the abundance of nature all around; or not, as all went below for board games and visiting. The dinner of Becky’s fantastic stew was on the way via the pressure cooker. It’s not hard to see a little tension in my wife as mother-in-law’s set time for dinner draws near and motherin-law clears away the game table and converts it into the dinner table. Becky is trying to rush the dinner and heads upside to release the steam from the pressure cooker and as she began to open the lid, all of a sudden, ka-poof! Stew all over the cockpit, dodger, gunnels and my very sad now stew-covered wife. I can almost feel the tears coming into her eyes as her ruined dinner was dripping off everything. Our niece sees the photographic beauty of the situation and grabs her digital and begins to record the entertainment of the evening. While the rest of us stand there in shock, she sees the humor and we all begin to laugh, even Becky with tears

we reached our home moorage, the rush to get off the boat commenced. (You ever notice how quickly guests head for the car as soon as the dock lines are attached?) I’d decided to take the train back, because I just “had to get some work done on the boat,” leaving Becky to drive all back to Portland. Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife’s family and I do enjoy being around them...uh, most of the time. You’d think that this is the end of the story but no, the last time we were in Alaska, my 87-year old mother, who also had her hip replaced, used a walker and had begun to fall down now and again, decided to join me for the two weeks Becky would be gone back to Portland for work and grandbabies. When it comes to independent women, my mother-in-law would be hard pressed to keep up with my mother. Now as Becky and I will be on our way up to Glacier Bay along the Inside Passage this summer, my now 92-year old mother has decided she’d like to join us for a week in Alaska. So the story continues...

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Dale’s Corner

by Dale Waagmeester

A 40-Year History of Sail Battens Batten: by definition, a thin strip of solid material typically made of wood, plastic, or metal. There are lots of uses for battens. In construction they are Dale used for roofing, Waagmeester trim, or siding. In cabinetry they are used to strengthen panels made up of multiple boards. Batten could also refer to a female guitar player named Jennifer Batten, an absolute shredding guitar master who used to play in Michael Jacksons band...but I digress. For the purpose of our discussion, battens are used to support the roach or leech of a sail. The roach of a sail (usually on a main) is the positive curve that lies outside of the straight line running from head

to clew. Without battens this extra material would flop around in the wind and curl over itself. You will sometimes see a batten being used to support the foot roach of a main or jib, but this is not that common of a practice. Most non-overlapping headsails are built with a lot of leech hollow in order to prevent the leech from motor boating in heavy air. Installing battens along the leech lets the sailmaker use less leech hollow (thus getting more sail area into the jib) and it also helps keep the leech profile flat, something that is important in the heavier winds in which a jib is typically used. So, what materials do we make these battens out of? In my four decades of designing and building sails, I have seen a lot of batten makers come and go. The first battens that I can remember

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seeing were made of wood. The most common manufacturer of those battens was a company named Bete, which later became Bete-Flemming. To the best of my recollection, these battens were made of Ash, and they were very light. They were not, however, very flexible, even though they were tapered, and they were certainly not very strong. Typical widths were 1" to 2". Flexibility in a batten is important in order to allow the sail to curve gently in the batten area. Battens that are too stiff don’t curve gently, causing a hinge or “V” shape in the cross section of the sail in the batten area. When these battens got wet and were laid improperly over a boom when the boat was put away and then allowed to dry out, they would get a permanent curve in them, kind of like the blade of a hockey stick. You can imagine what the leech of the sail looked like when this happened. Better yet, these battens broke quite easily, leaving little pieces of wood in the batten pocket. The batten pocket would need to be lifted and emptied out in order to clean out all of the little splinters and wood chips. You would be surprised at how many sails we still see coming into our loft that have wooden battens, and even more surprised to see what people use to replace a broken wood batten; a chunk of yardstick!! Yardsticks are typically made of trashy, easily broken wood, so these make a very lousy batten indeed!! Bete-Fleming is still in business, making fiberglass battens, flagstaffs, shroud rollers, mast hoops and flag poles, all made of wood or fiberglass. We get advertising materials from them occasionally, but haven't used their battens in years. Somewhere in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the batten of choice was made by Radco. These battens had a wooden core with fiberglass laminated to each side. They made battens in 5/8", 1", 1 3/8" and 2" widths. I think that you could get them even wider for very large boats, but 2" was the maximum size that we needed in Portland. They were readily identifiable by their aqua color. Radco battens came in two types of tapers, Standard and Hi Flex, as well as in stock 8-foot untapered sections. Typically you would use tapered battens for the top two battens, where flexibility was needed to maintain a smooth sail shape, and the bottom two battens would be made of the untapered stock material, since there wasn't much need for curve in the lower leech of the sail. Remember, that this was in the old days where the battens were very short—no full length battens in those days. Back then, the mainsail batten length rule was 10% of the E dimension (mainsail foot) plus 12" for the top and bottom battens, and 12% of the E dimension plus 12" for the two middle battens. This is quite a departure from today’s much longer battens. We used Radco battens for many years while other batten products came and went. One of my “favorites” were the floating battens that you could purchase at self respecting sail-

maker would have dreamed of selling these. These had a rather thick cross section in order to have air in the body of the batten, allowing it to float. They floated very well, but as far as batten performance was concerned, they were horrible. They had virtually no flexibility at all. You might as well have used an aluminum rod, although those don’t float, if that is your batten criteria. Funny how floating became more important than the actual performance of the batten. They might as well have used the yardstick mentioned earlier. Same performance and yardsticks float too!! I am not so sure that you can't still buy those floating battens somewhere, if you really want to. Of course, during this time you could always buy pultruded battens. These come in all shapes and widths and are used on all types of boats. Pultruded battens are not tapered, they just come out of a pultruding machine in one consistent cross section. There is a cross section available that has a little hump in the middle of it. This hump can be sanded down gradually to effectively taper the batten. This is commonly used as batten material for Hobie Cats, Sol Cats, etc. It’s not a great job grinding down those battens to taper them. It is a very itchy proposition. Pultruded battens work fairly well for full length battens, and lower battens where their inability to be tapered is not detrimental to sail shape. They are not all that wonderful for the upper battens, however. They also make round pultruded battens. These are VERY stiff for their size and are also untaperable. They are so stiff that they are generally only used as economy battens on large roached multihull sails, where their stiffness helps support the extra material outside of the straight line leech. Round battens also have a bad tendency to splinter. A word of warning on ALL pultruded battens. Sliding your hands across them tends to pick up fiberglass splinters, a painful and annoying malady, and it takes days for the minute splinters to work themselves out. Sometimes a good hand washing with COLD water (this keeps your pores closed) can help relieve the problem, but, still, you are usually stuck with fiberglass splinters for a few days. Aquabatten (Bainbridge) is a company that started offering nice tapered fiberglass battens, although they were fairly expensive and heavy. They were probably first available in the early 80’s or so but became much more readily available when Aquabatten purchased Bainbridge; probably sometime in the late 80’s or early 90’s. A company called Rat Battens also came around in the early 1990’s, making fiberglass skinned battens with foam cores. These were light and fairly economical. The problem with Rat Battens is that if you over flexed the batten enough, the thin fiberglass outside would snap, leaving the foam core to literally explode, leaving chunks of batten all over the place. When Rat battens failed, it sounded like a shotgun blast when they exploded. There was never any doubt that you

had broken a batten when you heard that sound. When we joined Banks Sails in the mid 90’s, the batten of choice was Bluestreak. These are pretty nice battens that come in different styles for dinghies and larger yachts, featuring stock Standard tapers and Full Length Batten tapers. They use different cross sections in order to get different stiffnesses that you can vary throughout the sail, depending on the flexibility needs. Today I think that just about every sailmaker would agree that the batten of choice is an RBS batten. RBS stands for Robichaud Batten Systems, and the company is headed up by Romeo Robichaud and his sons. Their business is located in Hood River, just a short drive up I-84. RBS started out making windsurfer sails in 1985. These battens were so successful that a number of Star sailmakers started bugging them to make Star battens for them. This started their journey into the sailboat market, which they entered full time in 2000. RBS offers Epoxy and Carbon battens in various widths. Typically their battens are narrower than the competitions, as they realized that you don't need width but rather thickness to add stiffness to a batten. RBS offers various thicknesses of batten in every width, allowing the sailmaker to get EXACTLY the stiffness characteristic that is needed for the job. They also offer custom tapering so that you can get full length battens that are tapered to match the designed draft position of the sail, and you can get the front end of a long batten tapered so it gently marries with the shape of the sail without causing a bump. They can taper these battens to a razor thin thickness if need be. RBS battens are extremely difficult to break (I don't think that I have ever seen one break). I have twisted them into a pretzel without having them fail, and they generally do not take a set if stored in the sail on the boom improperly. HOWEVER, THEY DO NOT FLOAT. Not for a second. Take it from someone who knows. If you accidentally drop one in the water, instead of settling on the surface for a fraction of a second where you can hopefully jump off the boat and rescue the batten, these battens go straight to the bottom like a stone, before the splash even ripples the water. Perhaps Romeo and his charges can work on that. Sink or not, however, the RBS batten is generally the batten of choice for sailmakers around the world, and with good reason. They are reasonably priced, they are a great product, their customer service is impeccable, and the company is run by some of the nicest guys that you would ever want to meet. If your priority in a batten is performance rather than floatability, you want RBS. If you want something that floats, you can always check the chandleries for those old floating battens, or you can use a chunk of yardstick. The season is upon us! Happy Sailing!



MARCH 2014

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Last September NSIA filed comments that urged the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to do the spill test as well as conduct an economic impact study of salmon from the Columbia Basin on the regional economy. NSIA has been deeply involved in Columbia River salmon recovery since the mid-1990s and with today’s report, Hamilton said she feels a robust spill test will help settle the long-standing debates surrounding the benefits of spill. She also expressed her optimism that an increase of spill to appropriate levels has the potential to recover fish runs to levels outlined in the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Plan, keep dams in place and not impact farmers. Last September the NSIA filed with the council several concerns, which are listed below: • Adopt testing methods to test increased levels of spill in the spring to achieve better, more reliable survival of smolts passing through the hydro system. • Conduct an economic impact study on the benefits of fishing activities in the Columbia basin. This would help drive policy that balances the economics of the issue with the science. • Continue funding SAFE areas in the lower Columbia to benefit wild stocks when providing enhanced economic utilization of hatchery fish. • Continue supporting the coded-wire tag program to give data for run forecasting and harvest management. “We feel that all of these issues are important to find commonground solutions based in fact,” Hamilton said. “We expect that the Council will direct the ISAB to work with the CSS scientists on a spill test for their 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program. NSIA will continue to work hard to be a part of the solution to these very complex and difficult issues.”

MARCH 2014

A Cast Away©



by Hobart Manns

It’s About Time! I never thought I would live to see what happened last month: the Northwest Steeelheaders, the native tribes of Hobart Manns the Columbia Basin, the sport fishing business, the commercial fishermen and the Columbia Basin electric power group all sitting at the same table with one united goal: Save our Hatcheries! Nearly 300 concerned folks showed up to view the new film produced by the Steelheaders with funding and matching grants from other sport fishing interests. The film explains the issues hatcheries have faced for 100 years, and how this can help the recovery of salmon and steelhead stocks. It addresses the need for improved management practices based on science that have been proved to work. The Nez Peirce have run a smolt release program for nearly ten years that is bringing millions of fish back to the upper Columbia. For years Tod

Jones and his egg planting programs in Astoria have had a huge impact. This proves that supplemental plantings must be a part of any long-range recovery effort.

Real Science vs. Political Science These new science-based methods have a proven track record and will continue to return salmon to water sheds that have been almost void of any fish for years. Great job by all who worked on this film. All who represented the groups involved and who answered questions from those present should receive a medal for standing united. So what could be wrong with this picture? In my mind, it must be this: the reason these two programs and their biological science is allowed to work is because they are non-governmental—without the oversight of “political science!” Sadly, that is not the case in the government-run operations.

“If all the parties who have a stake in the future of the recovery of the fish in the Columbia under stand the need to be UNITED, we will have the numbers to win this fight!” The governor of Oregon dismissed the old hatchery directors whose ideas were beginning to work and replaced them with a new group of hand-picked followers. This was accomplished with the aid of the state legislature who voted in a new set of laws this past year covering the hatchery programs.

Oppose Wild Fish Advocates! Add to this the wild fish groups who seem to really hate the idea of viable fish runs in record numbers. O.M.G.!...more fish than we can catch! Too many of these returning fish will escape and become wild fish, they say, and we can’t stop them all. The next best

thing is to stop these recovery programs. Lets set our “tree-hugging” attorneys to work on a law suit to stop the whole hatchery program! So now every one is in court either trying to keep or stop the hatcheries! The fish of the future don't need a court battle to return. They need good science and hatcheries. The big message this excellent film deliverers is that each and every one of us who care must get involved. If all the parties who have a stake in the future of the recovery of the fish in the Columbia under stand the need to be UNITED, we will have the numbers to win this fight!

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Start Planning Now for the Washington Tuna Classic in August In recent years, increasingly complex and restrictive fishing regulations in the Pacific Northwest have driven more and more sport fishers further offshore in search of the plentiful and as-yet unregulated albacore tuna. Such sport fishing requires a substantial boat that can comfortably travel as much as 50 miles offshore, fish all day, and return safely to port in the evening. An albacore tuna tournament for our area had often been discussed since the inception of the ‘Oregon Tuna Classic’ in 2004. So it was, that in 2009, four devoted albacore tuna anglers came together and formed an all-volunteer charity organization and named it the ‘Washington Tuna Classic' (WTC). The board of directors of the WTC made the decision to give the weighed and donated fish to the local food banks and to use the corporation’s other resources to develop our very own Disabled American Veteran fishing program. The underlying goal being to have some fun while doing good things for the community and for our returning wounded heroes. We held the first event on September 12, 2009 in Westport, Washington. Given the poor economy at that time we hoped for 20 or so teams so we could pay our bills and perpetuate what we considered a worthwhile and enjoyable event. We were pleased to have 34 teams registered by the Friday evening before the Saturday event. The upwelling of local community support as well as the rest of the Pacific Northwest was the most gratifying part of the experience and was, we felt, a strong reflection of the strength of our message. Tournament day dawned with twelve-foot ocean swells, light winds, and a thin fog off the coast. This swell condition was apparently caused by a huge storm in the Gulf of Alaska. The good news was that their crests were a quarter mile

apart. But the less than perfect weather could not dissuade the participants who were determined to help those in need and to take the top prize as well. The Coast Guard worked with us to ensure safe passage through the Westport bar and our intrepid teams set forth to gather as many albacore tuna as possible. At the end of the day we donated 178 albacore tuna totaling nearly four thousand pounds. An additional 480 pounds of dry food was also collected and donated to the local food bank. Saturday evening we gathered in the tent set up on the Westport Maritime Museum’s lawn and enjoyed a fine dinner. Following the banquet, cash prizes were awarded and a raffle was held for the numerous items donated by our sponsors. Keeping with our stated underlying goals, we gave away raffle tickets for each fish donated as well as taking wounded warriors fishing. Making all this happen was hectic, as you might imagine. We started with nothing more than a concept and a mission in the spring so we deemed the inaugural Washington Tuna Classic for 2009 a success and went to work on repeating and improving the event each year going forward. But that was only the beginning. While maintaining our relationship with Northwest Harvest, support for our wounded heroes has become our primary focus. To that end, we have begun a program we call ‘Rods for Soldiers.’ This effort includes custom rod builders from as far away as Texas who donate their time and skill to produce beautiful examples of the craft. Necessary components are provided by Batson Enterprises, our very own local top-of-the-line fishing rod component manufacturer. These rods are presented as gifts to deserving wounded veterans. This along with a variety of organized fishing trips gives our returning

veterans an exciting and enjoyable day. We feel privileged to be a part of this time in their lives. We have also acquired International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) sanctioning whereby the winner of our event qualifies to participate in that organization’s world bill fishing championship, last year held in Costa Rica. Team registration has increased each year culminating on August 3, 2013 with 55 fiercely competitive teams who donated more than 600 albacore tuna weighing nearly 14,000 pounds. These folks are obviously the heart and soul of the WTC as they donate, not only the fish they enter in the contest, but all or most of their catch for the day. Of course, there are many more businesses and individuals who support what is now a thriving, much-anticipated event. The ongoing success of the Washington Tuna Classic would have been unlikely without such long term sponsors as Emerald Cove Catering and Ray Marine to mention only a few. They donated the resources to get the event started and are still with us as we move in to 2014. Our inaugural tournament simply could not have happened without them. Check the sponsors list on our web page for a complete list. And so we began our 2014 effort with our third annual Seattle Boat Show booth, donated by the managers of this huge event. We raffled a beautiful fishing rod and reel and talked to many people, explaining our mission and our future goals. We volunteers have drawn great strength in the support of so many who donate their time and resources to helping us bring this event to life each year. Registration for the 2014 Washington Tuna Classic is currently underway. See you all in August.

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MARCH 2014

Cruising: South of the Border by Marili Green Reilly

Reunion and Avalon Return to the Northwest by Ship By the time we made port at Mazatlán for the final time, we had become comfortable with our decision to ship Tamara overland. We’d make apoMarili logies to our friends on Mira to let them Green Reilly know we wouldn’t be part of their cruise up the coast, but were heading up the Sea of Cortez for a rendezvous with a truck driver. Then ship’s cat Moo Moo made her usual leap for freedom as we pulled into our assigned slip. By the time we’d secured our

lines, Moo Moo had made new friends and our confident decision had been capsized. We were sharing the slip with the Kendall 32, Reunion, owned by a couple from Washington who eagerly shared their plans for shipping her home. Marta and Dennis had paid $10,000 cash up front to guarantee a spot on a Yacht Path ship—a price commensurate with our own trucking package—and were promised a ten-day passage to Vancouver Island. Having shipped a boat from Australia to Vancouver via Dockwise in 2004, they were comfortable with their decision.


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Seasoned cruisers, their original plan was for Dennis to singlehand back to the Northwest. But Marta was concerned he'd encounter debris from the Japanese tsunami. “Dennis has done that trip twice already,” she said, “but now we are older and there is a risk with everything.” Their enthusiasm was contagious, and I was soon imagining a summer cruise in the Gulf Islands followed by an autumn sail down the Washington coast. Dave contacted Yacht Path, but couldn't get the same deal. Once more the truck seemed our best option, so we enjoyed the time we spent in Mazatlan with new friends and old, then we took our leisurely sail up the Sea. While in San Carlos, preparing Tamara for haul-out, we began receiving emails from Reunion. The ship had arrived in La Paz and Marta wrote of “blustery 15-20 knot winds, choppy seas...and angry dark clouds” before it calmed down enough to load the boats on June 3. Marta and Dennis were able to watch the ship’s progress via the web, and after a ten-day passage, the Pac Acrux arrived in Nanaimo, B.C. The next two days’ emails brought more worries as unloading was delayed. The ship’s cranes were considered unsafe by the port authorities and longshoremen, Marta wrote. “This seems strange as the cranes were certified and checked in Florida...word is something else is going on.” The Oregonian was reporting longshoremen strikes in Portland about that time, so we sent her the link, commiserating by email. After incurring additional hotel expenses, the couple finally watched the 35 boats being unloaded during calm conditions on June 16. It was much later that we learned their experience with Yacht Path had not been all that positive. In Mexico, Reunion was sitting beneath the cranes used for loading, Dennis wrote, and during the loading “Little bits and pieces of steel rained down on our boat...Then on the passage north the salt water coming over the ship turned all those little pieces to rust.” Reunion’s departure was also six weeks behind schedule, due to the company’s financial problems. “We, and everyone else were

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thinking we'd lost our money,” he said. Another Northwest couple we'd met in Mexico planned to put their Catalina 42, Avalon, on a Yacht Path ship at the end of the 2012-13 cruising season. I wrote to Phil and Katie when I heard from Marta about their plans. “(We) received mostly favorable reports” from other cruisers who’d used the company, Katie wrote. To get a 20 percent discount, they'd wired the company their payment of $15,300, along with freight insurance, then “set off for our winter cruising season down the coast, feeling that we had all our ducks in a row.” News of the bankruptcy caught up to them when they returned to LaPaz in March 2013. The company's business model, Katie said, "apparently, was to use boat owner deposits on future sailings to pay current operating expenses. The company had virtually no assets." The couple continued with their plans, hoping a reorganization would allow the company to eventually honor their contract. She even talked to the company president “who expressed confidence that if he was permitted to resume business he would be able to repay his creditors ‘within five years.’ Indeed, he was planning a new business model where boat owner payments would be held in escrow, to be disbursed to the shippers upon delivery.” He encouraged them to put another $12,000 into an escrow account for a future sailing, but wisely, they declined. “We subsequently learned that Yacht Path had been unable to find a shipper or escrow company willing to do business with them, and a few days later the courtappointed trustee suspended all Yacht Path’s business operations indefinitely.” By this time Phil and Katie were looking into other alternatives, including trucking the boat, as we’d done with Tamara, or hiring a delivery skipper. “We just didn’t want to tackle” the bash ourselves, she said. By mid-June, with their Mexican tourist visas about to expire, Phil and Katie prepared Avalon for the hurricane season and left it in the care of Dennis and Susan Ross at Ross Marine Services in LaPaz. "If by some miracle Yacht Path (or another shipper) sent a ship to La Paz over the summer, Dennis would deliver Avalon to it.” If not, they’d return to LaPaz the next

cruising season, 2014, and look for new shipping options. Behind the scenes, Dennis Ross was working on behalf of a number of cruisers “stranded in La Paz by Yacht Path’s collapse.” He approached England’s long-established shipper, Peters and May, and they found it worthwhile to add LaPaz to their itinerary. Katie had her sailing cousin in England "do some due diligence on Peters and May, and we received nothing but favorable reports. The price quoted for transportation from La Paz to Victoria, B.C., in July - $23,212.75 including cargo insurance - was quite a bit more than Yacht Path had originally quoted, but we figured that we would save the La Paz marina fees and boat management fees for the rest of the summer and fall, so it made the increased cost more palatable. “The only thing that made us a little nervous was that Peters and May could not offer escrow protection for our payment, due to the short lead time between our booking and the sailing. Apparently no one had ever asked them for this before.” They wired the 35 percent deposit with an agreement to pay the balance a few days before shipping. Ross Marine took care of paperwork and boat preparations in LaPaz, and Phil and Katie met the ship in Victoria. “The loadmaster and crew… took time to make us welcome on the ship as we watched some of the other boats unloaded. Finally it was our turn. As Avalon reached the lower deck we jumped aboard and helped fend off as we were lowered down into the water. The slings were dropped, we started the engine and motored into the inner harbor. “It took us a few days to get Avalon back into sailing condition, since she had been completely stripped of canvas, sails, and running rigging for hurricane season, but the boat suffered no cosmetic damage whatsoever during the shipping,” Katie wrote. Peters and May employ “top-notch people,” use “first-rate ships,” and “communicate with the boat owners at every step of the way.” They couple said they’d “certainly recommend the company to other cruisers needing to ship their boats.” “As for Yacht Path, all we have to show for our money is a threecontinued on page 14

MARCH 2014




Broad Reachings

Sea Gals on San Francisco Bay by Eric Rouzee


o, I recently read an article about a group of ladies down in the Bay Area who’ve been getting together on a regular basis to sail on San Francisco Bay. The “Sea Gals” ( I always thought that was the Seattle Seahawks’ cheerleading squad) are a group of women who initially served as crew on their husbands’ boats. When they got tired of all the yelling and testosterone, they decided to form their own sailing group. This started sometime after World War II, and they’re still in business today. Considering that members have been coming and going for a variety of reasons over the years, maintaining membership levels has been no mean feat. One of my favorite aspects of the Sea Gals, other than the fact that they’re getting out there every week to begin with, are their membership rules. Membership is by invitation, and their only requirements are that one provides a boat to sail, and that no yelling is allowed. Oh, and here’s my favorite Sea Gal rule: cell phones are forbidden. While I suppose sailing, or at least competitive sailing, could be construed as a male-dominated sport, there’s no shortage of women on the water who are taking orders only from themselves. The upcoming Volvo Ocean Race will feature an allwomen crew, the America’s Cup has already seen this, and from a local standpoint, the Wednesday Night Sailing program hosted by the Oregon Women’s Sailing Association has been a success over the years in getting more and more women out on the water and at the helm. I’ve personally sailed on board Steve and Nancy Rander’s Rage with good friend Jacki McLaughlin as the only woman on board, and believe me, NOBODY was telling Jacki what to do. Least of all me. All of which got me to thinking about a group of local ladies who several years ago took on a touch more than just a day sail up to Government Island...

“It Was 20 Years Ago Today” As part of my “research” for this article (and believe me, most of the research I do is paired nicely with a good IPA or pinot) I gave Nancy Rander a call. I knew that years ago, Nancy and a group of Portland-based women had been the first all-female crew to do the Pacific Cup Race from San Francisco to Hawaii, sailing the Schooner Creek-built Magic Carpet. (Want to exhibit a little extra dash of panache? Call her the "Rug".) Carpet, sorry, I mean Rug was and still is a beautiful yacht with more than a bit of speed. All I’d really wanted to find out from Nancy was how this all-women crew had done in the race. When I talked to Nancy however, I found out that this year is actually the 20th

“One of my favorite aspects of the Sea Gals, other than the fact that they’re getting out there every week to begin with, are their membership rules. Membership is by invitation, and their only requirements are that one provides a boat to sail, and that no yelling is allowed. Oh, and here’s my favorite Sea Gal rule: cell phones are forbidden.”

anniversary of this local group of excellent sailors taking on the challenge of racing over 2,000 miles on the Pacific Ocean. They didn’t just coast along either. They completed the race in 11 days and 20 hours (which by the way, is still a record for an all-women crew), and finished a very strong 5th out of 60 boats. More importantly, they broke a barrier and proved (as if proof were needed) that’s it's more about your skills and judgment out there than whether you're packing an “X” or “Y” chromosome. The crew back in 1994 consisted of Nancy, Jacki McLaughlin, Becky Hill Huseby, Michelle Ashmore Bennett, Karen Owings, Lenny Severs, Erin Gately, Leslie Keller and Jill Hardiman. One of my favorite stories from that voyage centered around Becky Huseby, then Becky Hill. At the time, Becky was dating Bill Huseby, a crew member on another boat. Somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii, Bill hailed the crew of Carpet, got Becky on the VHF, and proceeded to propose to her then and there on what could only be described as a nautical party line. Not a bad idea actually, since if Becky had said no, they were at least on different boats and wouldn’t have had to share awkward watch schedules together. As it was she accepted, and the rest, as they say, is history. As for Magic Carpet, she’s still around and, having gone through an extensive refurbishing and refitting, is now moored over at Tomahawk Bay Marina, just a few slips down from our boat. She’s as beautiful and as fast as ever, but more than that, she carries with her a special place in west coast sailing history, and women’s sailing history. Not bad girls. Not bad at all.

The Ultimate Girls Night Out. The all-women crew of Magic Carpet, prior to their 1994 Pacific Cup campaign. Front row – L-R, Jacki McLaughlin, Nancy Rander, Leslie Keller, Jill Hardiman Back row – L-R, Erin Gately, Lenny Severs, Karen Owings, Michelle (Ashmore) Bennett, Photo courtesy of Nancy Rander Becky (Hill) Huseby

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In the Galley with Captain Sandra Bes

It Was a Dark and Stormy Molé NOAA reported a ridge of high pressure over the inland waters, with a forecast for wind of 8-10 knots. Great sailing weather, I thought. The forecast also called for showers, but who cares if it's a little wet. The boat has heat and a cockpit enclosure. We’ll be FINE, I said to Roy. OK, so maybe it was desperation speaking, but after weeks of foggy windless days, followed by snow and ice, who can blame me? Woman can only go without sailing for so long. Roy and I invited Shannon, a flying friend, and his wife, Biatta to join us. Shannon had always wanted to try sailing. Biatta was uncertain, but willing to give it a try. As soon as we climbed aboard Tranquility, the sky opened up and it POURED. Roy looked at me dubiously. Shannon made a joke about Gilligan’s Island. Not to be deterred from the forecast of 8-10, I pointed out a thin stretch of blue out in the bay. Desperation, I tell you. It makes us do crazy things! That little stretch of blue graced us for a while, and sure enough, there was a nice breeze. We set the sails and turned off the engine. “It’s so quiet,” Biatta said. Shannon was less interested in the poetry, and more in the mechanics. He peppered me with questions and eagerly accepted my invitation to take the helm. I was doing my best to explain points of sail with engineering precision, while trimming the jib, when I noticed a black wall clocking across the bay, making straight for us. “We need to take in sail,” I said. Roy cocked an eyebrow—“It’s seems nice enough,” he started, and then caught my line of sight. “OK—Let’s do it,” he said. “What do we do first?” I was surprised at the question, then dismayed. I realized we hadn’t been sailing together in months, and it had been years since we had sailed together in heavy weather. He’s the airplane pilot. I’m the sailor. We get on the boat; he helps with lines, then I sail while he naps. It works for me... until we are in a squall with newbie’s aboard.

The wind whipped up gusts and the ship at anchor a half mile off our beam disappeared in a cloud of rain just as Roy cleated off the furling line. Biatta looked worried. Roy regaled her with tales of passages I’d made in much worse conditions, but his pat on my knee let me know he felt my concern. Shannon didn’t seem to notice. “This is so cool!” he grinned earto-ear. It was a real-life sailing adventure. The squall left a stiff breeze in its wake, with cat’s paws chasing us out of the bay. “Hey, sweetie, would you take the helm while I make lunch?” I asked. He shook his head; He was more comfortable being the galley wench. It was a good plan. We were on a screaming broad reach, so I gave him the run-down of the turkey mole I had planned, and in no time at all, I could smell onions and garlic cooking. Shannon followed Roy to the galley to examine our cooking setup and Biatta followed them. I had a blissful few minutes at the helm, then WHAM, a gust hit solid on the stern. I over-compensated and to my dismay, lost the helm and the boat rounded up. Roy popped out of the companionway, molécovered spoon in his hand. “Are you OK? Is something broken?" I got control of the helm and shook my head, trying to look calm. “It’s fine—operator error,” I said, Biatta pushed Roy aside and climbed back to the cockpit, green around the gills. Enough was enough, I decided. “I think its time to head towards home," I informed the galley crew. Would you hand Biatta a tortilla? She needs something in her stomach. I pointed out Point Robinson lighthouse, Saltwater state park and other landmarks to Biatta to get her eyes on the horizon and her mind off her queasy stomach. Roy handed up bowls of turkey mole and warm tortillas. It looked muddy, or rich and chocolaty depending on your perspective, and tasted delicious. “Who knew you could have so much fun at six

knots!,” Shannon exclaimed between mouthfuls. As for myself, I was looking forward to being back at the dock with nothing damaged and nobody hurt. We tacked upwind, the bow bouncing and splashing through the cat’s paws. The sky cleared, the wind was crisp, and six knots felt wonderful. The difference between muddy and chocolaty, between ordeal and sailing adventure—it’s all in the attitude! Fair Winds and Bon Appetit!

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The Clipper: the Round-the-World Race Anyone Can Join! by Peter Marsh The Clipper Round the World Race is the biggest (12x70’ yachts) longest (40,000 miles) most frequent (bi-annual) event on the sailing calendar, and draws huge crowds to the far-flung ports it visits. It will be arriving in San Francsico in mid-April after a perilous 6,000-mile crossing of the North Pacific from China. But don’t expect to read about in the US yachting press! Indeed, I should warn you that even a casual mention of the race among hard-core racing sailors could expose you to an earful of l of insult and derision about this so-called “race.” (This has certainly been my own experience!) Why? you may well ask. Because the crews on these boats are—I can hardly bring myself to type the word—”amateurs” who are degrading the noble sport of yachting! In fact, they are actually paying handsomely for the privilege of participating in this highlyorganized event.

A Freshwater Look I am afraid to mention the subject again, but I want to say is: nobody ever paid any of us to go sailing. We are ALL amateurs around here! Happily, most of us freshwater sailors are less judgemental than the ivy-league types so fearful that sailing could become a sport for the lower classes. We have already had a report from

Eric Rouzee on the fleet encountering a blast of wind over 100 mph between South Africa and Australia! And I continue to receive weekly emails on the exploits of the Clippers and their amazingly brave—and often unsuspecting—amateur crews. Since we all aspire to sail, cruise or fish on the mighty Pacific—in the summer—this is an appropriate time to consider what it takes to set off from China in March—a time when it is really still winter out there. Since I live in Astoria, my weather gauge is the state of the Columbia Bar. When it is closed to shipping, you can be sure you don’t want to be yachting out there! Well, it was closed in February and it could easily be closed again in March... Two years ago, when the Clippers took on this challenge, people were being flung all over the boats by violent waves. It was only by luck (if you can call it that) for the worst injuries to happen close enough to Japan and the US for evacuation to be possible by rescue boat or helicopter! So yes, they are amateurs, but no, they don’t have an easy ride! (Note that no one has ever died on the Clipper.) So here is a rough guide to the race—and why people either love it or hate it! I am still undecided on this myself, so I will offer you the facts and let you judge for yourself. The Clipper Race was established in the early 1990’s by

The competition in the Clipper Race is intense even on the start line, although there are thousands of miles of open water ahead.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the most distinguished English sailor who won the first solo non-stop race around the world in 1969. He wasn’t the first Brit to give paying amateurs the chance to sail around the world in a fleet of big identical yachts—that honor goes to Chay Blyth, whose 70 footers went around the world through the southern ocean the hard way— against the prevailing west winds. That idea lasted from 1992 to 2005 and four races took place. So

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Knox-Johnson’s event was a lot less intimidating than Blyth’s. It is run every two years, and it wasn’t until the fifth race in 2005 that the fleet sailed in an easterly direction, crossing the southern Indian Ocean to Australia for the first time. This year’s race is the ninth, proving the concept has been an incredible success with 18 crew on each boat and a professional skipper. Sailors with prior experience are allocated to different boats to equalize the skill levels across the fleet. It’s certainly not a cheap vacation: the cost of a complete circumnavigation is $65,000, and remarkably, many of the people who apply to join the race have never been on a boat—I do mean never—yet sign up to race the entire 40,000 miles! This was something I checked on when I visited the Clipper HQ in Gosport in the south of England last fall. And yes, being English myself, I must admit that the Brits seem to have an affinity for extreme group activities like this—where 18-20 strangers are crowded into a small space for long periods of time in all weathers. The English way of explaining this it simply to say “It’s for the challenge.” Still, by the time the fleet reached Sydney in December, the crews were skilled

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enough to race competitively in the famous annual race to Hobart. Over 3,000 people from all walks have raced with Clipper on one or more legs. Their ages have ranged from 18 to 69 and around 40 percent are women. There is a great spirit of competition between the crews, and the fleet is welcomed at ports all over the world as an example of the true Corinthian spirit of sport. The type of yacht has changed every three races to follow the trend in higher performance. The next three races will use a new design, the Clipper 70, designed by Brit Tony Castro and built by Nauticstar Marine in Qingdao, China in fiberglass and foam sandwich. N ew f e a t u r e s i n c l u d e t w i n helms, twin rudders and a six-foot bowsprit instead of spinnaker poles, and a huge code zero sail. The yachts have watertight bulkheads and doors placed at strategic locations to provide buoyancy in case of flooding. So that’s the Clipper Race in a nutshell. With the winter Olympics just ended, you could say these happy-go-lucky sailors are a bit like the Jamaican bobsled team. They go down the same course at very high speed, they take the same risks as the experts, and they have the same satisfaction at the end. And let’s remember, until the 1970’s, everyone in the Olympics and the America’s Cup was an amateur and pro’s weren’t even alllowed in many classes. Personally, I think that $65,000 is more than enough to buy a used Cascade 29 (or 36), equip it with modern electronics and new sails, sail away for a year or two in the South Pacific, and then return home with money to spare, and sell the boat if you have had enough cruising for a while. Clipper 2013-14 route September 1, 2013. London Stops in Brest, France; Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Western Australia, Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Singapore, Qingdao, China, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Northern Ireland, finishing back in London.

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Full Circle for MLB 36391: Six-Year Restoration of 1930’s Coast Guard Lifeboat



by Peter Marsh I met Glen Cathers last year at the Port of Astoria boat yard, where he was working on a boat that appeared to be a 36' USCG motor lifeboat—MLB 36391. I was intrigued by this craft, which he told me was an authentic recreation of this 1920’s design. After a 6-year restoration from a bare hull at his house in Goldendale, Wash. at the east end of the Gorge, the boat was re-launched in The Dalles. He had hauled it out again to check the hull in preparation for a cruise down the coast to all the original Coast Guard stations that had been equipped with these classic boats into the 1960’s, when they were reolaced by steel 44 footers. In August, I saw the boat again at the 17th St. dock in Astoria, and learned that Glen and his partner Naomi had succeeded in their goal by visiting the CG stations in Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport and Florence. “We were given a great reception by the Coast Guard and local people and were the center of attention when we moored at the station or the public dock,” he told me. He estimates about 500 people got a close look at the boat, and over a hundred came on board. I thought this was a fitting reward for all the skilled work he had put in, working alone. So I asked him how this project came about. “I had fallen in love with the motor lifeboat when I was ten years old,” he recalled. "That was when my father, John L. Cathers was officer in charge at CG Point Adams during the 1940s and 1950s. He took me out in the station’s MLB. I was riding in the “glory hole” (foredeck hatch) up in the bow, they stuck the boat into a wave a couple of times, I got wet and I was smitten!” Glen served in the Coast Guard on the east coast in 195963, so he was never able to ride on the 36’ MLB except in port. He stayed working on on the ferries in New York harbor, and returned to the Columbia River when he retired. Looking for an older boat that he could restore, he re-discovered his childhood fascination with the historic Coast Guard lifeboat. Here is a short history of his boat that he wrote specially for the Freshwater News.

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MLB 36391 departs Astoria on her way south — 70 years after serving here in the Coast Guard.

The USCG’s MLB 36 “This boat is very fortunate, as the vast majority of these vessels, long the backbone of the Coast Guard rescue service, were just hauled up on the beach, stripped and burned for their scrap metal when their working life was at an end.” (They were replaced by the new steel 44-footers beginning in 1963. You can see both types in the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. There are old wooden MLB 36’s on display on shore at many CG stations and but none of these examples are seaworthy and many have been sadly neglected.) “MLB 36391 is one of only two 36’ motor lifeboats that are in operating condition. (The other is the famous 36500 maintained by the Orleans Historical Society in Cape Cod, Mass.) 36391 was built at Curtis Bay, Maryland in 1934--one of approximately 228 built between 1929 and 1954. She is a TR model, 36' 8" long with a 10' 6" beam and 3 ½' draft. She is self-bailing and self-righting thanks to a 2000 lbs bronze keel. She had retained the original Sterling petrol engine, while the vast majority of the class were reengined with 4-71 Detroit diesels after WWII. She was sold out of service in the late 1950s. and probably used as a commercial fish boat for many years. When I found her in 2005, for sale at the Port of Astoria boatyard, the boat was almost unrecognizable as a motor lifeboat except for the bronze bullnose on the stemhead and canoe-sterned


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hull. I believe the only thing that saved this vessel was that it had been kept afloat for all those years. Unfortunately, the original layout had been replaced with one huge cabin, making it essentially a cabin cruiser. So all six watertight bulkheads, the engine room, lazarette, side decks, well deck, and cockpit had all been ripped out. But I thought the hull could be restored, so we purchased the boat, brought it home, and put a roof over it.

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Reunion and Avalon Return to the Northwest by Ship...continued from page 8

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To be accommodated by the ship’s crane, Avalon’s backstay had to be removed. This entailed also removing the radar, floodlights, and several antennas, which were mounted atop a hollow aluminum pole encircling the stay.

inch stack of court papers. Since the company had minimal assets, we doubt we will get any money back at all after the attorneys take their fees, although we did get a prompt refund of our insurance premium from Omni Risk Management.” As Marta reflected recently, cruising is always a calculated risk, but for retirees especially, being able to ship their boats home is a

real asset. They’re keeping Reunion in Oak Harbor, Washington and Dennis is at work building a hard dodger to enhance her comfort. Katie wrote that Avalon now sits contentedly in John Wayne Marina” in Sequim on the north Olympic coast. Both couples are looking forward to this season’s cruising adventures, back in their home waters.

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their boats are secured. “No Yacht Path crew ride with the ship to take care of any problems,” Dennis noted, and the ship’s crew “don’t know the difference between a sailboat and a container, you’re just cargo. So there is some luck involved.” Katie and Phil shipped their Catalina with the English company, Peters and May after Yacht Path declared bankruptcy, and were pleased with how they were treated. They also reported that a Canadian company, Raven Marine, is now available for east-west yacht shipping. Check for schedules and costs at the companies’ web sites: and

Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Two Proposed Rulemakings The Oregon State Marine Board would like to gather feedback from the boating public about two potential rules. The first rulemaking pertains to the Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program and would establish procedures that will allow enforcement agencies to apply for reimbursement for the removal of derelict and abandoned vessels from the Marine Board’s Salvaged Vessel Account. The rules would also establish procedures for distributing funds from the account to public bodies to run vessel turn-in programs that would proactively dispose of vessels before being abandoned or sinking. The second rulemaking per-

tains to defining slow-no wake and within the Definitions applicable to OAR Chapter 250. Additionally, local and special area rules that use the term slow-now wake would be amended so the wording is consistent in all restrictions zones to read, “slow-no wake, maximum 5 mph.” The Marine Board would like to hear if the public has other options that should be considered for achieving the goals that reduce negative economic impacts of the rule on businesses. Public hearings are being held for both potential rules: • Public Hearing on Salvaged Vessel Subaccount: March 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Oregon State

Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street N.E., Salem, OR. • Public Hearing on Slow-No Wake: March 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m., Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street N.E., Salem, OR. Written comments may be submitted March 1, 2014 through the close-of-business on March 31, 2014 and can be submitted by email to osmb.rulemaking@ or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street N.E., Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

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to stow all canvas below deck, including small items such as winch covers. If you don’t remove the main, he suggested, “at the very least 'hurricane hitch” it to the boom. “Remember, the ship may travel at 20 knots, so add a head wind of 2030 knots and you get some serious wind across the deck of the ship.” Some of the boats incurred cosmetic damage during the trip—Reunion arrived spotted with rust from the ship’s cranes—but for Reunion and most boats, the spots came off with a persistent scrubbing. Depending on ship’s policy, boat owners may not be able to go aboard the ship to check how

So began six years of joy and frustration as we brought it back to life. I researched the TR model all over the country, finding drawings, visiting static displays, taking pictures, and talking with many, many people with an interest in the history of these boats. Many people around the country have donated or sold us parts and fittings of other MLBs over the years. I could definitely not have completed this restoration without the contributions from all these people. The big break came when a friend happened to see an old MLB 36 on Lake Union when he was driving through Seattle. I drove straight up to see it, and found it was really rotten, but had some parts and a GM 6-71 engine I could salvage. The result of all this scavenging is a vessel that is really a fusion of at least 11 different motor lifeboats. After the 60-odd years that have passed since my first ride, I have learned a great deal about these historic craft in the process of rebuilding. So you can imagine the surprise and the thrill that I experienced when I was stripping off all the old layers of paint and

discovered the original boat number-36391. I researched where the boat with that number had been stationed and lo-and-behold I discovered it had spent its career at Point Adams in Hammond at the mouth of the Columbia. It was the very boat I had been on as a boy! To further my amazement, my aunt gave me two pictures of my father and my uncle on the very same boat.

Back on the River Glen generously let me climb around the boat and explained how he had carefully re-established the original layout by building the six wooden water-tight bulkheads from planks, and recreated the original foc’sle (called the survivors cabin) with two single bunks, the center house over the engine room, the helm station etc. He re-planked the hull above the waterline with 1 ¼" yellow Alaskan cedar, and doubled all the frames with steamed oak timbers. Then he and Naomi riveted over 5,000 copper nails and roves to make the hull as strong and tight as it has ever been. “The boat has performed perfectly in some tough conditions,”

he said with pride. “We were in big 8-12' seas off Cape Meares and on our way back, so I decided to open the motor out and give her a chance to run with the weather. I increased the speed to 8 knots and we were soon flying over the waves with no hesitation. The motion is quick but not harsh, and we always feel very secure.” So, it was only appropriate that Glen and his boat should be the main attraction at the Veteran Lifeboatmen’s Reunion, hosted by Cape Disappointment Station on August 2-4. Glen was honored to have the 13th district district commander Rear Admiral Richard T. Gromlich board the boat and show his appreciation for the years of work the restoration took. On my last visit, Glen invited to come me for a run along the waterfront with one of his Coast Guard buddies, and I spent the next two hours enjoying the ride as they explored around the piers at Tongue Point, while the Jimmy diesel chugged contentedly away at 1100 rpm. It was a rare opportunity to experience this iconic vessel under way, and I soon found myself becoming another member of the MLB 36 fan club!

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Wanted! Classic and Historic Boats for the Maritime Heritage Festival, July 25-27 The Maritime Heritage Festival sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and presented by the Maritime Heritage Coalition and the City of St. Helens Tourism Committee, returns to St. Helens on July 25-27. The 7th annual festival weekend will bring together scores of historic pleasure creaft, plus the steam-powered sternwheeler PORTLAND, built 1947, and PT 658, the last operating PT boat from WW II.

WW II Re-Enactment New this year will be the appearance of WWII re-enactors with a n impressive display of a large number of WW II vehicles, living history sites, live USO Show and more. Hundreds of WW II enthusiasts will be wearing the uniforms and carrying weapons from that era, which they will use in battle re-creations. There will also be a public art show, historic and cultural displays, Portland Water Spectacular water skiing show, food, live music, Peo-

ple’s Choice Boat Concours and a vintage car cruise-in. Last year the event drew approximately 6,000 people from throughout the region.

Festival Registration Now Open In 2013, the Maritime Heritage Festival featured more than 50 vintage and historic vessels of all types. Registration is now open; please note that dock space goes quickly, so register early! The deadline is in early July. Contact Jolene Coats of Freshwater News at jcoats@ to receive registration materials. The modest fee to exhibit your boat iincludes a memorial plaque, a private VIP reception and priority to attend the private salmon dinner hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde on the St. Helens Waterfront. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Maritime Heritage Coalition, which aspires to build a regional maritime heritage center.

Classic and historic vessels of all types will gather in St. Helens for the festival.

Attention paddlers! 2014-15 Aquatic Invasive Species soft tags available online Aquatic invasive species prevention permits for paddlers expired December 31 and the Marine Board has several advance purchase options from the comfort of your home! Through the Marine Board's online storefront, you can buy your annual or two-year Tyvek tag—cost is a flat, $5 or $10, and the Marine Board does not charge an online processing fee. The revenue that is raised from permit sales directly benefits Oregon’s efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and deter introduction of new species into the state. In 2013, funds from the aquatic invasive species program were used to build a first-of-its-kind boat wash station at Tenmile Lakes, expand inspection stations around the state and keep the stations open longer. There were 7,436 boat inspections conducted from May through October and 297 boats were found with live weeds, mussels, snails and other organisms. Of the contaminated boats, three boats were carrying mussels and 14 boats had standing water in various compartments. Any areas with standing water are capable of transporting mussel larvae and weed fragments that can easily contaminate a waterbody. Law enforcement partners reported a range from 70 percent to 90 percent compliance, depending on the region of the state, for people carrying their AIS permit. Other highlights for 2013 in-

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ONE COVERED 350’ BOAT SLIP AVAILABLE. BEAUTIFUL CHANNEL ISLAND MARINA. SECURED GATE. $340 PER MONTH, WATER, RESTROOMS, SHOWER. ELECTRIC BILLED SEPARATELY. UPPER MULT. CHANNEL INFO CALL (503) 805-4660 or (928) 855-2803 SCAPPOOSE MARINA Covered Slips 50’, 44’, 40’, 30’, 26’. Located on the Multnomah Channel - Scappoose Moorage, Channel Moorage also open slips to 70’. Call Ken Dye 503-709-5552, Office 503-543-3939 or 503-543-3337

39' 1995 carver CPMY $89,500. TEAK, 2 staterooms / heads, roomy galley, convertible dinette, double berths in both staterooms, flybridge seats 6 around a center helm station, deck carpets, hardtop covered aft deck. Complete canvas, w/ bimini & enclosure.Crusader 330's (1045 hrs.), 6.5 KW Kohler generator, hardtop w/arch, davit w/RIB. Boathouse available." Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

64' Custom Boathouse 1985 $90,000.00 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 BOATHOUSE, IMMACULATE, STEEL STRINGERS. BOATWELL 24'X8.5'. 8X16' FRONT ROOM. ELECTRIC, WATER, SEWER AVAILABLE, SECURE GATED MOORAGE, CLOSE TO EXCELLENT FISHING, PRICED TO SELL AT $35,000. ST. HELENS, OREGON. 503-438-8282

36' 1971 Grand Banks classic. Priced way below surveyed value. Everything works. New stove, upgraded electronics, low hours on twin 120 hp diesels. New Bottom Paint, New 24in Bronze Propellers. New zincs. No need to Haul out for at least 3 years. Very economical, 4 gph. Very good condition. If you are looking for a Grand Banks woodie you will want this one. $53,000. More info at or Call Ron. 503-396-1479

50' Steelhead-Morrell Boathouse $50,000.00 "STEEL STRINGERS! METAL SIDED! LOCATED IN TYEE Y.C.. 50' X 28' with a 40"6"'L X 16'W X 19'H well including an electric door!Condition is excellent, metal is very good, and steel stringers WILL NOT ROT.A 6" X 12" second deck support beam has been installed for future use. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467 98’ Lindome Boathouse 2005. Purchased new in 2005 and lightly used for off-season storage for the last 7 years. The roofing is translucent UV protected flame retardant vinyl coated polyester weave. Anacortes, WA. $598,000. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

76' Christensen Boathouse $145,000. "Steel sidingstringers, 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

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. $97,500. Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

68’ Larson Boathouse 1995. Cement float. The lower level includes a washer-dryer, sink, work bench, storage locker and refuse containers. A remotely monitored fire-smoke-heat alarm system is also included, and the electrical system has recently been inspected / approved. There is a fully furnished apartment on the second level with a outside deck. It is completely furnished and will be sold as shown except for a few stipulated personal items. This sale is subject to Columbia River Yacht Club Membership Application. $175,000 Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

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Moorage available North Portland Harbor, outside slip, uncovered, 30’ to 100’ White Marine (503) 285-4407 MULTNOMAH YACHT HARBOR - Slip for Boathouse Available - Slip space for up to 32’ to 34’W and up to 65’L Floating Boat House (non-residential only) for rent in Portland Oregon, at Multnomah Yacht Harbor. Located approximately 1 mile west of the intersection of the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel off Highway 30. It is the first boathouse moorage on the upper Multnomah Channel. Only 15 minutes drive from downtown Portland, this unique marina is situated across from tip of Sauvie Island in a lovely setting that is home to natural wildlife. The marina features 14 houseboat and boathouse slips, plus open and covered slips for recreational power or sail boats. Amenities include: On-Site Harbormaster, Abundant Parking, Upland Trailer and Boat Storage, Garbage and Recycling Services, Water/Sewer, Marine Repair Service at Multnomah Yacht Repair. ph 503737-1651x0 or e-mail:

Rocky Pointe Marina - Covered Slips (30ft and 43ft), floating home spaces, boathouse spaces and open boat slips 25ft to 50ft and side tie slips 50ft to 100ft. All new tenants get 2nd month free (4 month min) . All tenants get 50 cents off per gallon on fuel. Oregons 1st Clean Marina. Safe and secure with deep water and no jet noise. Located on Multnomah Channel near popular boating destinations. On site boatyard. Rocky Pointe Marina and Boatyard. 503-543-7003 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



Anchor Marine ..........................................14 Bedtime Matress ......................................14 Commercial Marina For Sale...................15 Cook Engine ...............................................7 Danish Marine...........................................10 Duck’s Marine Construction....................19 For Sale Floating Home .............................4 Jane Betts-Stover Oregon Realty ...........19 Hayden Island Canvas ...............................6 Historic Riverfront Craftsman.................11 Irwin Yacht Sales ........................................2 Just Us Travel .............................................4 McCuddy’s Marina......................................4 Mike DeVaney Insurance .........................13 Multnomah Yacht Repair............................4 Neal Booth’s Boat Insurance Agency .....6 Norgard/Kirkpatrick ...................................8

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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)-703-7983. Photos and specs. at

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2-Deep Diving, LLC ...................................16 A. Mazon & Associates .............................17 Banks Sails ................................................17 Bentley’s Manufacturing...........................17 Blue Heron Marine.....................................17 Boat Insurance Agency ............................17 Brightwork NW ..........................................16 Carol’s Custom Metal Fabrication............16 Carol’s Custom Canvas ............................17 Columbia Marine Assistance .....................16 Columbia Marine Exchange .....................16 Craig Fahner, Berkshire Hathaway ..........17 Darb’s Mobile Marine ................................16 Dike Marine Service ..................................16 Divine NW Realty.......................................17 Firehouse Boatworks................................16 Graham Marden .........................................17 Hayden Island Canvas ..............................17 Impact Marine Services ............................16 Inflatable Boat Center ...............................17 Jack’s Overhead Doors.............................16 Larry Goodson, Surveyor .........................17

Legendary Yachts ......................................16 Lewis Company .........................................16 McCuddy’s .................................................16 Multnomah Yacht Repair ...........................16 North Sails Oregon ...................................17 Northwest Inflatable Boats .......................17 Oregon Realty-Stover ...............................17 Oregon Realty-Richard .............................17 Pacific Power Boats.............................16, 18 Pacific Power Products.............................16 Passion Yachts...........................................16 Premier Rubber & Supply.........................16 RE/MAX-Susan Colton ..............................17 Rocky Pointe Marina .................................16 Rodgers Marine Electric ...........................17 Schooner Creek Boatworks................16, 17 Sells Marine ...............................................16 Sheffield Propellers...................................17 Tomahawk Boat Works..............................16 Waagmeester Canvas................................18 White Marine ..............................................16

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Time to Sell!! Susan Colton, Broker

Oregon’s Own Boating News Monthly

Working and Living on the Island Visit my web site Direct: 503-270-4582 Mobile: 503-936-0161 SOLD on HAYDEN ISLAND! Beautiful Waterfront home, gated community. 3200 sf and private dock. Loaded with extras. Listed at 749,000. Call Susan Colton 503-936-0161

BIG Oaks Marina- $129,500. Great Boat House w/Nice Living quarters. Garage area with lift will take about a 29ft. Electric Door. Master Main with new floors, Bath on Main. Kitchen & Vaulted Living room up w/views. MLS 13441953. Call Susan Colton – 503-936-0161

NEW 900 sf 2br, 2 bath floating home for sale. Granite counter tops, all stainless appliance, covered deck, jetted tub in master, many extras. Available now or will build to suit. Slips E 1+3 at McCuddy’s Landing, Scappose, moorage buy in and 6 months dues included. Call Dennis @ 509860-5013 or John @503-384-0329 email


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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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FLOATING HOME SERVICES Jantzen Beach- $243,000. Nice 2bdrm,2 bath, about 1400 sf, Large Master suite & loft office. 1915 N Jantzen. MLS #13664218 for more photos. Nice deck and water ways. Call Susan Colton, 503-936-0161

BIG EDDY’s – $199,900 - Quality Craftsman on the river –Built in 2007. On the outside, about 1100 sq ft. 1.5 baths, Galley Kitchen and Nook. Bamboo floors take the tour- Call Susan Colton 503-936-0161,

Floating Home Slip For Sale at Jantzen Beach Moorage. 31'W X 64'L Now asking $105,000. JBMI may carry contract for qualified buyer. Call Pam Pariseau @ 503-283-2151 Casselman’s Warf - Multnomah Channel.

Randy Olson

Available this summer, 16 unobstructed river view, extra wide (50ft) premium floating home spaces. Amenities include clubhouse, fitness center, kayak house, floating gardens, upland victory gardens, modern security and wide docks. $45,000 move in fee includes 25yr transferable lease and membership. Monthly fee around $700 includes garbage, water and sewer. This is a planned community for new or newer and/or remodeled homes meeting title 28 building code and marina CC&R’s. The Landing at 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 CLASS HARBOR MOORAGE – OUTSIDE SLIP & HOME $374,500. Plus garage and reserved parking. Beautifully done 2 bedroom & office, Wall of windows to enjoy the views. MLS #13522171 or/photos Call Susan Colton, Broker 503-936-0161

Floating home with 17' boatwell. All new inside. Small, yet feels spacious and comfortable. Full time liveaboard. Washer & dryer & natural gas. $69,000 includes sewer hookup, water & trash. 503-8600048

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23946 N.W. St. Helens, L-20

18699 N.E. Marine Dr.

11626 N. Island Cove Ln.

1 Bd/ 1Ba Totally remodeled in 09, this cottage on the water offers big/open kit, travertine counters, hrdwoods, & woodstove. New stringers. Outside slip w/great views and fishing! Quiet & serene w/gated parking. Wonderful home for price of $115,000! Call Jane.

2bd/2ba Quality new construction to be finished w/granite & stainless steel appliances. Soaring ceilings, spacious rms, big windows. Select your own colors. Different slip locations available. Moved free of charge! $229,000 Call Jane.

1+1 Bd/1Ba Fresh, bright & newly remodeled w/hardwd flrs, vaulted ceilings, new kitchen & bath. Use loft for 2nd bdroom or office. Steel stringers. Lovely, gated moorage. NOW $169,000. Call Jane.

1817 N. Jantzen Ave. 2 bd/1.1ba Honey of a home, lovingly remodeled w/gas fireplace, shining lam floors, lrg fam room, French doors to deck. Great logs & stringers. Slip ownership is included and located in secure gated moorage convenient to shops, dining, & public transit. $229,000

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11690 N. Island Cove Lane

1691 N. Jantzen Ave.

2bd.1ba with large office/bonus room. Lots of personality! Huge master with tons of storage areas. On outside slip iwth unobstructed views. Can moor boat. In gated desirable moorage. $145,000. Call Jane.

2 bd/ 2.5 ba Large light and open! Huge master suite on main, gas firepl, Artists studio on 2nd! Slip Ownership included! Exceedingly large slip. Private gated moorage. Wonderful views of the river. $318,000. Call Jane

17647 N.W. Sauvie Island #36

173 N.E. Bridgeton #4

2bd/1ba Enjoy panoramic views from your outside slip in desirable Sauvie Is. moorage. Hi vaulted ceilings, gas fireplaces in both liv rm and master bdroom. Remodeled to studs in ’98. 2nd bedrm w/loft area perfect for office or guest BR. Plenty of outside storage. Quiet & scenic. $230,000. Call Jane.

2 bedrm/ 2.5 bath, 2 offices, formal dining room, family room! 2 levels of decks and big windows and wonderful river views. High vaulted ceiling, granite, hdwds, 2 gas fireplaces. Slip ownership with no moorage fee! Desirable Bridgeton area, easy access to City, freeways. $419,000. Call Jane



SOLD 2901 N.E. Marine Dr., A-19

17809 N.E. Marine Dr., D-2

17557 NW Sauvie Isd Rd. #45

27448 N.W. St. Helens #478

2bd/1ba Wood shake exterior; tiled kitch floor, wood stove in Living Room. Open floor plan. Wonderful, rustic, & well maintained. Spacious rooms, large covered porch. $95,000. Call Jane

2bd/2.1ba Over 1850 sq ft of quality living. Front row slip, spectacular views, 2 fireplaces, living rm & great rm w/balconies and decks, family room. Too many features to list—an entertainer’s delight! 23’ boatwell. Low HOA in desirable moorage. $435,000 Call Jane

Cute & cozy, low price, outside slip on highly desirable Sauvie Island. Use it as a get-away or for full time living. Open floor plan, newer gas fireplace. Motivated seller. ONLY $119,000. Call Jane.

2bd/2ba Spacious home, outside slip. Living rm w/gas firepl, open kitch, sweeping river views. Master suite w/gas firepl. Huge balcony & lower deck. Separate tender. Slip included! Reduced to $369,000. Updated kitchen and baths, all new appliances, new paint carpets! Call Jane.

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173 N.E. Bridgeton Rd., #23 2bd/2ba Lovingly remodeled in 08, this charmer has new kitchen, hdwds under carpet & open flr plan. Big deck/patio area. Finished tender w/ 2nd br & ba. Great flotation! Desirable neighborhood. $184,000. Call Jane.

19609 N.E. Marine Dr., E-4

27448 N.W. St. Helens Rd., #424

1bd/1ba Cedar Cabin is perfect for your weekend getaway yet roomy enough for full-time living. Vaulted Master opens to back deck. Newer appliances incl. Great logs & stringers. Quiet gated moorage. $118,000. Call Sue.

2bd/3ba Open, big decks –balconies- big views! Slip Included!. Granite counters, hickory cabinets, gas firepl. Master suite w/open views of river. Lg workshop. Serene, secure moorage. $392,000. Call Jane.

26400 N.W. St. Helen’s, #54 1 BR/1Bath. Sunny Custom Home with 9 Skylights and Vaulted Ceilings. Terrific Large Covered Patio. Bamboo floors with radiant heat. Built-in Wall Beds. Serene quiet location. $177,000. Call Sue.

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of dis- crimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-6699777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

23690 N.W. St. Helen’s U-82

1677 N. Jantzen Ave

19609 N.E. Marine Dr., G1

23680 NW St. Helens U-76

3 BR/2 full bath, Outside Slip with views of Sauvie & Mtn, Master with large Balcony, Open Kitchen. $219,000. Call Sue.

3 bedrm/2.5 ba. Sunshine Bright! Hickory floors, granite, marble. Outside slip with open river views. Slip Ownership, low moorage fee. 2 large swim floats for outdoor enjoyment. Can moor large boats! In gated, private moorage. $425,000. Call Jane

1 BR/1 bath, lots of sunny windows, great views, large storage area, spacious decks, high ceilings. $115,000. Call Sue.

2bd/1ba New in ’02. Hi ceilings, firepl, spacious. Huge master w/ French drs to lg deck. Outside slip. User/utility fee paid thru 2029! New low price $219,000. Call Jane


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