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VOL. 34 • NO 5 • May 2016

Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee

Crewing a Clipper 70 – For Free? About a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a piece for this column on the cost to crew aboard a Clipper 70 in the Clipper Round the World race. If memory serves me, the bar tab, in U.S. dollars, was something like $72,000 if you chose to do the entire circumnavigation, or something around $17,000 if you chose to do just one leg. I think that price included a free tee shirt, but I’m not positive. Being a veteran male, I never SERIOUSLY ran the idea of trying out for a crew spot past my wife, other than to make subtle suggestions, but what a fun exercise it was to imagine taking part in Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s 40,000 mile globegirdling endurance test, bashing through the Southern Ocean, making dramatic landfalls, and being welcomed into exotic ports of call around the world. Followed by adjusting to life in the asylum my ever-patient mate would most surely have me committed to once I returned to terra firma back home. So I don’t have to tell you how my heart skipped a beat when I discovered a way to

sail one of these beauties, in the very waters where I first learned to sail, FOR FREE. It all came about simply because I was on the Clipper race’s email list. The fleet was scheduled to make a stop in Seattle, and if nothing else, I wanted to head up and check the boats out. I shared the idea with my wife, and showed her the email. That’s when she noticed a Sunday morning event where one could sign up for a five hour sailing session on board one of the yachts, for the more-than-reasonable price tag of… nothing. Be still, my beating wallet. No doubt my wife was simply attempting to quell any circumnavigatory (and yes, I think I just made that word up) dreams lurking within my soul, all for the price of a one-night Seattle hotel bill at the venerable Edgewater Inn, plus the tab from the hotel bar. Which turned out to be almost as expensive as sailing one leg in the race itself. But as usual, I digress. Anyway, I rushed to the website, found

Garmin and PSP Logistics in tight quarters. Photo Credit: Patrick Doran

Your author, geared up in official Clipper Boat foulies, ready to do battle on Elliott Bay. Photo Credit: Natalie Winslow

the link to the free sail event, and got my name on one of the crew lists as fast as I could. Perfect. The magical, late-April weekend arrived and we headed north to the Emerald City. The Clipper sail wasn’t scheduled to happen until Sunday, so what better way to spend a sunny Saturday than with some more free sailing aboard a friend’s boat, out on Puget Sound? And that’s exactly what we did, aboard Windswept, a Perry Custom 47 owned by friend Gary Peterson. Like many of Robert Perry’s designs, Windswept is a heavy, very stable platform that needs a pretty good blow to get moving. Fortunately for us, the Salish Sea was thoughtful enough to dish up 20 knots of southwesterlies along with a surprisingly flat sea, given the wind. In other words, we got that 42,000 lb. boat to scoot around the Sound and along the beautiful Seattle waterfront, made all the more beautiful by a (mostly) sunny sky. A perfect way to spend a perfect day. Now all we needed was the same for Sunday. I awoke the next morning to the sound of (I think) a garbage truck outside our cityfacing room at the Edgewater. That’s right, kids. No water view room this year. No fishing out of my hotel window, unless I was hoping to hook one of the myriad of joggers running up and down Alaskan Way. I also awoke to...what? Rain? In Seattle? In April? What are the odds? Fortunately, that liquid sunshine was accompanied by some decent wind, which was all I cared about. We made our way over to the registration tent at Bell Harbor; I signed in, headed down to the docks, and got introduced to the boat I was assigned to, Garmin, and our skipper Ashley

All smiles on board Clipper 70 Garmin. Photo Credit: Eric Rouzee

(Ash) Skett. Ash is a 31-year-old resident of the UK, not to mention having worked as a professional firefighter AND having been accepted into the Royal Marines. He also happened to be a pretty good bloke, and while he was no-nonsense about safety, he had a pretty good sense of humor while apologizing profusely for Garmin’s condition, which was in a bit of disarray, due to a particularly nasty Pacific crossing that the fleet had just endured, which left Garmin with a broken bow sprit, several damaged sails, and a lot of repairs and clean up to take care of. Nevertheless, we were going racing. Albeit pretty relaxed racing. continued on page 4

Multnomah Channel No-Wake Proposal Rejected by Dan Cherry, Director of Communications, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association Boaters and anglers in the Portland area received some welcome news in late April that the Oregon State Marine Board rejected a proposal to turn nearly 50 percent of the Multnomah Channel into no-wake zone. The five member Marine Board voted 4-1 against adopting the proposal which would have expanded slow, nowake zones on the Channel, implementing a shore-to-shore zone from 500 feet before and 500 feet after any marina, floating home moorage, park, dock, or boat launch ramp on Multnomah Channel. The petition had been filed by an owner of a floating home located on the Channel. The Northwest Sportfishing Industry

Association (NSIA), along with a coalition of anglers, boaters, and other advocates submitted comments and testimony against the proposal which would have placed such a restrictive burden on users that it would have made the Channel virtually unusable. In an observational boat trip made by Marine Board staff, they did not observe reckless behavior by boaters and found that while boats could currently pass through stretches in 3.5 minutes, under the slow, no-wake rule that same stretch would take 30 minutes. With the Columbia already closed to Chinook fishing for an undetermined amount of time, the no-wake petition would have pushed even more anglers into the mainstream Willamette, increasing crowding and decreasing angler trips. The Multnomah Channel is ground zero

for the most important fishery in our industry, Spring Chinook. As the first salmon fishery of the year, successful Springer fishing tees up the rest of the year for businesses and our customers throughout the region. Imagine you had just finished up a 2 mile long drift and now have to travel 5 miles per hour to repeat the same drift, in an outgoing tide. Non-stop, extended ‘speed bumps’ all through the Multnomah Channel would have essentially hung a ‘NO FISHING’ sign in a special place where families have fished for generations. There is no debate that boaters should be courteous and responsible when using any waterway, and there should be consequences for throwing a destructive wake. However, while there are bad apples in any user group, the overwhelming major-

ity of boaters on the Multnomah Channel respect the property of others and abide by the rules already in place. This petition was overly-burdensome and punished all boaters when simply enforcing existing rules on certain individuals would accomplish the goal. The Marine Board made the right decision in this case, and boaters can rest a little easier knowing that passing through this popular waterway will not take hours. NSIA thanks the hundreds of boaters who submitted comments and testified against this proposal. We hope that by bringing this issue to light boaters are more aware of the impacts they have on property and homeowners by throwing an irresponsible wake, but we are happy to hear that the Multnomah Channel will remain a worthwhile recreation area.



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A Safety Message from Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol by Deputy Scott McDowell It is that time of year again, the sun is coming out, the air is getting warmer and it is starting to ramp up to the boating season. But please be aware that the water temperature is still chilly and the air is not real warm yet either. There are also quite a few hazards out on the water that have been brought on by the high water-levels. There are still submerged pilings, new sand bars are popping up, and there is still a lot of floating debris, so be on the lookout. If you are bringing your boat out for the first time for the season, please do a few checks before you come out. Make sure that you have a lifejacket for everyone on the boat, and by a life jacket I mean one that is appropriate size and type for each individual and is in good working condition. Make sure that the boat and all of your safety equipment is in good working condition and the battery is charged. And last but not least, make sure that all the fluid levels are correct and GAS and OIL are both full. Probably one of the biggest mistakes that everyone makes is that they run out of gas because they forget to fill it up. In that rare occasion that you

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We headed out of Bell Harbor, along with fellow Clipper 70’s Mission Performance and PSP Logistics. This wasn’t your normal tourist sail, by the way. You know the kind, where you go out, sit out of the way, and watch the crew do all the work. Everyone was assigned a position, and with the complexity of these yachts, there were plenty of jobs to go around. The race committee had set up a fairly simple course out on Elliott Bay, and while this was definitely going to be a light air day, these Clipper boats can get moving. Yeah, there was a bit of creative

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30th Birthday for the Columbia River Ladies Cruise by Michelle Williamson The Columbia River Ladies Cruise started as a dare 30 years ago and has become an annual tradition on the yachting calendar. It began when a group of RCYC women, Becky Belangy, Gwen Schultze and Mo Corederman, were standing at Hadley’s Landing and chatting. In a collective ah-ha moment they thought, “We can take our boats out without our husbands.” And, they did! Corderman re-tells the story of the first year: “We picked a date, conned four other women into going and went back to Hadley’s Landing, without the husbands. That year there were seven boats. Louise Redding crewed for Becky, there were 20 women in total. We all had drinks on Becky’s boat, a longtime sailor, teacher and mentor in the Portland sailing community, Gail Taylor remembers the

process of selecting organizers they called Cruise Moms. “In the early years the tradition was for the previous Cruise Mom to pick a successor. It was an honor when I was selected to lead in 1999. I formed a team of seven women from different clubs and that year we hosted 23 boats carrying 120 women to the weekend getaway.” Each year the Cruise Moms would come up with new ideas. There were treasure hunts, talent shows, costume contests, boat decorating contests and more. One tradition from the early years stands out: each boat brought a piece of firewood to stoke the fire on Coon, Government, or other area islands. Gail recalls bringing a gnarly piece of driftwood one year that was five feet long. Carrying it up the ramp to the island was a feat in itself. Those nights by the fire represented the heart

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Destination... Ilwaco Good News For Salmon Sportfishing Out Of Ilwaco Regulatory news makes the Port of Ilwaco the top Northwest coastal launch for charter fishing for the 2016 salmon season The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife set quotas at 18,900 for Coho and 10,200 for Chinook. A two-fish daily limit of which one can be a Chinook was also set. This positive go ahead for salmon fishing on the Lower Columbia River came as a relief to charter boat operators out of The Port of Ilwaco, on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. “Salmon fishing has always been the hot ticket here,” said Butch Smith president, Ilwaco Charter Association, and owner,

Coho Charters. “We are happy to squelch rumors by letting sports fishers know that the fishery will be open this year, if only for a shorter window.” Summer salmon season in Ocean Area 1 will open on July 1 and remain open seven days a week through August 31, or until quotas are met. Buoy 10 is anticipated to be announced soon. The shortened season for salmon will translate into fewer seats available on charter fishing boats overall. “Make sure you start making reservations now,” says Smith. “Space is limited due to the length of the season.” During salmon season, fishing charters out of Ilwaco

will run seven days a week with several long-established, professional charter operators. Currently, Pacific Salmon Charters is offering excursions for bottom fish. Halibut season opens May 1 and catch and release sturgeon season begins May 9. “People have a great time catching lots of these prehistoric monsters,” said Smith, referring to a growing interest in the sport of sturgeon fishing. Tuna season traditionally begins mid-summer. Please see play/outside/catch-it/ for listings.

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How My Father Taught Me to Fish or Things I Won’t Teach My Grandkids If you’re lucky there was a father, mother, grandpa or aunt— you get the point—someone who taught you how to fish when you were young. If your teacher knew anything about fishing, you pass it on to your own offspring. In this writer’s case, my father grew up in Minnesota on a small farm during the Great Depression and didn’t have time to fish. Or if they did, well, maybe a small stick of dynamite into the Mississippi River sometimes filled their table. He rode the “rods” from the Midwest harvests to logging camps in Idaho and then to the logging camps of the Olympic Mountains of Washington, never showing much interest in fishing or hunting. My mother on the other hand was born and raised in the logging camps of the Olympics and definitely knew how to hunt and bring home the game—not always in season! Fishing on the other hand...well, not so much. When I was old enough to want to go fishing in our creek, she gave me a bent straight pin, and thread from her sewing room, telling me to cut an alder limb for the pole, dig up some worms and “what you catch, you clean.” Other than that, well I was on my own to figure out a way to catch the slimy critters. I did manage to land the 6-8” trout we had in Fielding Creek when I learned that I had better luck fishing in the quiet deep holes instead of the fast-moving current. There was one time my Dad attempted to take me steelhead fishing on the Lyre River, which shouldn’t have been to difficult as you could see them swimming by if the water wasn’t too muddy. However, one winter dad decided to take me fishing in between the rain and snow showers. I was about six , and when I became so cold that my teeth couldn’t stop chattering, he made me a small fire under a cedar tree that kept me somewhat warm, while he attempted to snag the allusive prey. I really don’t remember if he caught anything, but what I do remember is that the river was very muddy and filled with storm de-


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The Northwest Experience... continued from page 7 waded into the river to try his luck in another hole when I hear “big fish, big #$&*$#* fish! I ran to him just in time to see his fishing pole go one way and him the other. I dived into the water and came up with him holding a slippery, wet salmon tight in his arms. (I don’t know where he had learned such language, certainly not from his father.) Now try and tell the wet, cold child that he has to return this illegally caught fish back into the river, not this writer, who learned how to fish from the best! But I couldn’t get the family into the car then retrieve the forgotten fishing pole fast enough. As time marched on, it was time for me to take the grand twins aged five along with my oldest grandson aged eight to attempt

teaching the next generation how to fish the legal way. South we headed to St. Louis Ponds, near Woodburn. I don’t have to snap a picture for you dear reader when I describe all three boys with their poles and gear scattered all over an 8x8’ dock, each wanting grandpa’s help. After finally getting two lines and bobbers into the water, one of the twins cast and didn’t hold on to his pole and yep, you got it, it flew ten feet out into the pond. And what about the other two lines you may ask? Well, by the time Grandpa got them untangled for the umpteenth time and his favorite pole was kicked “accidently” over the side, all three boys were off in the mud looking for frogs, salamanders and other

creepy stuff with Grandma. For all of us who yearn to teach the next generation the joy of being near the water and maybe, just maybe, landing a fish or two, we now have an excellent resource for a teaching aid—the internet. And just to remind you that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Check out fishing/ to learn what you can and can’t catch. To reach St. Louis Ponds, near Woodburn: (from I-5, take the Woodburn exit. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to Gervais Road. Go west on Gervais Road through the town of Gervais. The road eventually changes to St Louis Road. Continue west on St Louis Road as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Road, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Road and follow the signs to the ponds).

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Five fish-hatchery programs that support steelhead fishing in the Dungeness, Stillaguamish, Nooksack and Snohomish River basins of Washington have been approved by NOAA Fisheries. The programs produce early winter steelhead for harvest. The fish are adapted to conditions in the hatcheries and return to rivers and streams earlier than most other Puget Sound steelhead. In November of 2014, state and tribal plans for the five steelhead hatchery programs were ready for NOAA Fisheries review. Since then, NOAA Fisheries have conducted several analyses, including an Environmental Impact Statement, to evaluate the potential impacts of the programs. After seeking extensive public input through five public comment periods, NOAA Fisheries reached its determination to approve the hatchery steelhead programs under specific conditions.

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“There are pros and cons to hatchery programs and we examined these programs from many different angles before coming to a conclusion,” said Rob Jones, Hatcheries Chief for NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region. NOAA Fisheries’ approval requires hatchery managers to limit the impacts of the hatchery steelhead on Puget Sound’s natural populations of steelhead and salmon. These impacts can result from interbreeding, competition, and predation. The conditions applied to the hatchery programs are based on best available scientific information and are tailored to hatchery practices, environmental conditions, and hatchery effects that are unique to each program.The approval also requires annual monitoring and reporting to verify that impacts of the hatchery programs do not exceed the low levels out-

lined in the conditions. There is no expiration date for these approvals. They are effective as long as the effects of the hatchery programs remain low, there are no changes to the hatchery operations that NOAA Fisheries analyzed and approved, and no changes to the status of the ESA listed species. NOAA Fisheries is the lead federal agency for salmon and steelhead management and reviewed the hatchery programs for adverse impacts on natural populations of Puget Sound steelhead, Chinook salmon, and Hood Canal summer chum salmon that are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).NOAA has so far approved plans for 22 hatchery programs in Puget Sound and nearby areas, and is currently working on review of another 26. Join them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.

Boat Fire Extinguishers: Four Myths Every spring, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water receives questions from boaters about fire extinguishers. To help set the record straight here are four fire extinguisher myths debunked: Myth #1: Tapping or striking the extinguisher keeps the contents “fresh”. Reality: Leave the mallet at home. Unlike days of old, today’s modern fire extinguishers don’t use chemicals that cake, get hard, or need to be broken up. Whacking it with a mallet or hammer could compromise the extinguisher’s ability to put out a fire. Myth #2: All extinguishers must be mounted with a bracket. Reality: Mounting a fire extinguisher on a bracket keeps the unit in a handy place and may protect it from being banged around the boat, but it is not a legal requirement. You do, however, need to ensure the extinguisher is readily accessible, so leaving it at the bottom of locker or compartment is a no-no.

Myth #3: Fire extinguishers get old and go “bad” every year. Reality: Unlike flares, fire extinguishers have no expiration date. To meet Coast Guard carriage requirements however, the extinguisher must be Coast Guard approved and in “good and serviceable” condition. The charge indicator needs to be in the green zone, the nozzle free of obstruction and the cylinder not rusted. Myth #4: The law says you only need to carry one extinguisher. Reality: Coast Guard minimum equipment requirements dictate that larger vessels require more than one fire extinguisher. While a full list of all minimum safety gear requirements for all boat sizes can be found at, don’t let that stop you from adding additional extinguishers. Having back-ups may help save your boat and won’t break your budget. For more on fire extinguishers, go to

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On April 15th, a U.S. Coast Guard MLB crew from Station Grays Harbor, Washington rescued three people from the 74-foot fishing vessel Privateer after it began leaking water through a hole in the bilge estimated to 8-to-12-inches across. The crew of the 74-foot fishing vessel Privateer called watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at 2:26 p.m., stating they were deploying their life raft and donning immersion suits in preparation for abandoning the ship. The CG responders tried to use pumps but couldn’t keep up with the water, and took the men off the

fishing boat before it sank less than a mile from Grays Harbor Friday. “It was clear the fishing crew had conducted drills and were prepared for an emergency,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Hylkema, coxswain of the MLB. “They had marine VHF radios, a life raft and immersion suits. It was a terrifying situation, but their actions proved they were ready.” The partially submerged boat continued to drift in the shallows north of the harbor entrance. The Washington Department of Ecology said that the captain of the vessel was in the hospital for a re-

ported heart condition, and they were concerned about the 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Pollution responders at Coast Guard Incident Management Division in Astoria have opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to begin cleanup assessment. The steel boat was a trawler and was fishing for shrimp, but had no catch on board. The cause of the sinking is currently unknown. Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reportedly an air temperature of 57 degrees and a water temperature of 52 degrees with 8-foot swells.

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Dear Dr. Diesel, Question: I own a 2010 Tiara 48 running Caterpillar C18 ACERT engines. I have religiously changed my oil before every season. Comparing notes with a buddy of mine recently, I found I spend a lot more than he does on oil changes – 30 gallons of Cat oil is expensive! The owner's manual says to change the engine oil every 250 hours, but I only put about 100 hours on my engines a year. Do I really have to change my oil every year? Signed, Diligent Tiara Owner Dear Diligent, Answer: The short answer is yes, but you may be able to extend your oil-drain intervals by implementing a Customized Drain Interval Program (or “CDIP.”) A CDIP seeks to develop the optimal oil change interval for your particular engine — an interval that varies from engine to engine, even between the same make and model, and each individual engine will have a different design, inherent reliability, service and usage history, etc. All engines are not created equal. Each engine should have a unique, customized oil change schedule. Even if your buddy is also running C18s, you and your buddy may have a different maintenance schedule. For some engines, a CDIP allows owners to extend their oil drain intervals. The maritime industry is increasingly implementing CDIPs to save money. Last year, for example, Volvo Penta released CDIP guidelines to permit commercial operators to double oil drain intervals on their D9 through D16 engines from 500

to 1,000 operating hours. With D16 oil changes running at least $750 each, an operator with twin D16s could easily save $1,500 or more a year. But CDIP extended oil drain intervals are inherently risky. Caterpillar's engine warranty, for example, does not typically cover any engine failures resulting from extended oil drain intervals. Any CDIP must be carefully and properly implemented using OEM guidelines. Caterpillar specifically advises a complete teardown at the end of the first recommended overhaul period, while Volvo-Penta specifies fuel type, oil filter brand and even specific oil analysis procedures. CDIPs come at a cost, though: the oil must be sampled, analyzed every 50 engine operating hours. While this may seem an expensive annoyance, in reality the relatively small cost is greatly outweighed by the substantial oil change cost savings. Also, this allows you to catch any budding engine conditions before they grow into an expensive engine failure. Wherever possible, each oil analysis report should be discussed with the lab analyst. Often, an experienced oil analyst will be able to provide nuances and additional information not readily apparent from the written report. As Alan Johnson, senior data analyst for Cashman Fluids Analysis (a division of Cashman Equipment, the Caterpillar dealer for Nevada), puts it “if you’re going to play the game, you need to play by the rules.” Start by catching up on any deferred maintenance, then pull an initial oil sample to both spot any problems and establish a baseline.

In your case, I recommend performing any necessary service items along with your regular oil change at the beginning of the season (your C18 Owner’s Manual has a service schedule), run your engine for the season, then pull your initial oil sample at the end of the season. I discussed your question with CFA’s Alan Johnson. Johnson considers the C18 a hardy engine and therefore a good candidate for a CDIP program. Johnson offers the following tips: 1. Follow proper sampling procedures, as the lab analyst must rely on a relatively small sample 2. Request the laboratory’s most comprehensive oil test package, as the minor additional fee will gain you a great deal of additional information 3. Oil life and drain intervals vary with the engine load factor, so carefully consider how hard the engine is working. The higher the load factor, the more fuel burned, requiring more frequent oil changes. Questions for Dr. Diesel? Send your question to or to Freshwater News PO Box 954, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. “Dr. Diesel” is Marcus Halsell, the Lead Technician at HM Diesel, a Portland-area marine service provider. He is an ABYC Master Marine Technician (diesel, electrical, and corrosion), holds ASE certifications for light, medium, and heavy-duty diesel engines and is a member of the AERA Engine Rebuilders Association and the Association of Diesel Specialists.

OSU Extension Service Appoints Boater Outreach Coordinator Oregon Sea Grant has appointed Jenny East as the fulltime Extension boater outreach coordinator in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board. She will work with recreational boaters along Oregon’s coast, the Columbia River, and the Portland metro area to inform boaters about the location and use of dockside pump-out and portable toilet dump facilities for properly disposing of onboard toilet waste. The position also involves working with marinas, ports, and other sites that have these facilities to ensure that the stations are functioning properly for public use. This is part of the state’s ongoing efforts toward cleaner waterways. East has a background in marine biology and marine resource management. Her boating experience includes sailing and cruising the waters of the Salish Sea, Southeast Alaska, and the central California coast. Based at Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant is part of the national network of NOAA Sea Grant College Programs. Oregon Sea Grant serves the state, region and naJenny East tion through an integrated program of research, outreach, and education that helps people understand, rationally use and conserve marine and coastal resources. East is based at OSU’s Washington County Extension office in Hillsboro and can be reached at

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Eight Boat Spring Commissioning Goof-Ups to Avoid! The employees of BoatUS are the crewmembers of the nation’s largest boater advocacy, safety and services group — and like most boaters, they aren’t perfect. They make mistakes at spring commissioning time in boat yards, back yards, marinas and clubs and learn from them too. Here are eight mistakes they have made over the years that could save you a lot of aggravation, or your life. The battery goof-up #1: “When reconnecting my batteries I missed one of the ground wires that had slipped down behind the battery box. I noticed something was wrong when the trim/tilt worked fine but the motor would not start. With so many cables going to multiple batteries, I’m taking a photo this year of how things are properly attached so next spring things go as planned.” — Mike in BoatUS Marine Insurance. The safety gear goof-up: “We remove a lot of gear to store inside each winter, but realized after leaving the dock, not all had made it back aboard. Now I download a checklist of required safety equipment and inventory everything to ensure it gets put back on the boat before launch day. I also check the dates on my flares and ensure my extinguisher is in the green zone.” – Margaret in BoatUS Executive Office The boat trailer goof-up: “Winter plays havoc on boat trailers and I once departed the parking lot without checking my trailer lights. Thankfully, just a short distance away another motorist advised me of the issue. Now I make sure all is well before departing and also check tires and inspect the bearings and brakes.” — Ted in BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water The call for help goof-up: “On sailboats with mast-top VHF radio antennas, a common problem on older boats is a rotted antenna coax cable near the mast base. I found this out when I went to use my VHF radio and no one could hear me. Replace the cable now, and if your VHF has DSC (Digital Selective Calling) with a one-button Mayday feature, be sure the radio is connected to the GPS or chartplotter.” – Scott in BoatUS Public Affairs The dinghy goof-up: “Sailors

need to remember to check their dinghy — it’s often overlooked and winter might have been hard on it with missing pieces, critters inside, etc. Don’t forget to service the dinghy’s motor too. If you don’t, you’re going to be sorry just like I was when it sputtered just as I left the boat.” — Charles in BoatUS Consumer Affairs and Seaworthy Magazine The transom drain plug goofup: “If you have a trailerable boat with a transom drain plug, take the plug now and attach it to the boat’s throttle control or steering wheel so it will be impossible for you not to notice to install it before launching. Yes, this does happen… I know. Nothing gets your attention more than a little water around your ankles.” — Chris in BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water The bottom paint goof-up: “When putting on my bottom paint I used a cheap paint roller and soon found out why it was so cheap — it was shedding a fuzz in every pass I made. I also made the mistake of not saving a little extra paint to finish under the jackstands or trailer rollers just before launching.“ — Ted in BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water The rushing to get it done goof-up: “Every spring, boat sinking claims start to come in. Nearly always you can chalk it up to rushing to get work done. I take my time inspecting engine hoses and hose clamps, the bilge pump, stern-drive boot, clean out scuppers and double check the through-hulls and sea strainer. I once found a plastic through-hull for a sink drain at the waterline that initially looked fine, but it was only until I took the time for a closer inspection that I found it was cracked nearly in half on the inside.” — Scott in BoatUS Public Affairs And here’s two “bonus” goofups: The battery goof-up #2: “While this did not happen to me personally, it’s something we see in the claims department every spring: hooking up the battery backwards, causing reverse polarity and a massive electrical short or fire.” — Kerry in BoatUS Marine Insurance

The be prepared goof-up: “My neighbor went out for the first trip of the season and his engine died and he needed help to get back in. He suspected fuel issues. Having spare filters aboard or keeping an eye on the fuel-water separator helps, but when all else failed him, he didn’t have an on-water towing plan as a backup. Our towing fleet sees this issue frequently each spring.” — Dennis in the BoatUS Membership Department. BoatUS has a no-cost Spring Fitting Out Safety Checklist ready to print at springchecklist and comes with the BoatUS towing app that includes tips for a range of boat types.

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The Astoria–Megler Bridge 50th Birthday The Astoria–Megler Bridge will be 50 years old this summer, so the Freshwater News will mark the birthday with a photo contest to celebrate this structure that truly is the Gateway to the Pacific Ocean for freshwater sailors. Send us your best pictures of the bridge and we will put them in a gallery page in the August issue! For the next three issues, we will pick some of the favorite photos taken by our editor, who has the advantage of living in Astoria fulltime, plus a few interesting facts about the bridge. Did you know that this 4.1 mile bridge was the last segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington, and Los Angeles, California? Here are a few more facts: • Construction started on November 5, 1962

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OSMB Looking for Cruisers to Become Boat Oregon Advisory Team Members Boat Oregon Advisory Teams (BOATs) have become a center stone of creating real conversations and dialog around important boating issues. Your purpose as a Boat Oregon Advisory Team Member is to help provide direction and recommendations to agency staff that can help reduce conflict, improve safety, and further education through agency programs. If issues overlap with other teams, the agency may organize a “Boating Issue Summit,” to facilitate a broader dialog, which can be a great opportunity to learn about other perspectives and come up with solutions. There is tremendous value in two-way communication about sensitive boating issues, and because we serve boaters, it makes sense to have functional committees so that all boat users have a voice to help guide agency policy and operations. The Boat Oregon Advisory Teams are not decisionmaking bodies, but their ideas, concepts and initiatives will be brought to the five-member State Marine Board for consideration. Note that at this time, OSMB is only recruiting for potential CRUISING BOAT members. You can go to OAT-Recruitment-Form to sign up.

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Portland Yacht Club is hosting a one-day sailing regatta on Saturday, June 4 in celebration of the annual Portland Rose Festival. This regatta is open to all sailboats that meet the following qualifications: • Skipper/registrant must either be a current member of OCSA (Oregon Corinthian Sailing Association) or pay a $10 OCSA racing fee. • Boat must either be part of a one-design class (ie. J24, Cal20, Merit 25, etc.), a level racing class (ie. cruising class, etc.), or be a current member of PHRFNW (Performance Handi-cap Racing Fleet of the Northwest). A ‘guest membership’ in PHRF is available for $15, if needed. The Race Officer and committee are planning to run at least two races on the Columbia River, weather and wind permitting. Following the last race, Portland Yacht Club invites all racers to join us at the club for a no-host bar, with dinner available for purchase. Sipping drinks and eating delicious food while enjoying the



evening and good friends on the patio of Portland Yacht Club is a great way to end the day! For the official Notice of Race and to register, please go to The entry form is under Racing on the page titled “Event Notice Board and Registration.” Scroll down to the PYC Rose Festival Regatta to read the Notice of Race and/or to enter. The entry fee for the regatta is $30, with a late fee of $5.00 for boats entering after 6:00 p.m. on May 31. Late registration closes at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, after which final class breaks and planned start times will be posted on the Notice Board at The entry fee and any applicable additional fees must be paid prior to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3.

The water was high and the winds finally blew. Portland Yacht Club held its Spring Regatta April 16-17, 2016. Twentytwo boats came out to enjoy sailboat racing in some above average temperatures as the mercury climbed into the 80s. Lots of sunshine but unfortunately Saturday the winds were really light (5-7 mph WNW) only allowing for one race. Sunday was another story. It was a magnificent day for racing on the Columbia River. Record breaking temperatures and steady wind speeds of 20 mph (E), gusting to 30. The sailors had the best racing we have had in weeks. Portland Yacht Club held a social Sunday afternoon that allowed the racers to enjoy sharing stories on the deck and soaking up the sunshine. For a list of results go to:

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In the Galley with Capt. Sandra Thoma The Container Ship and the Leaping Eggplant Puget Sound, five o’clock in the morning. There was enough light out to see across Commencement Bay. In a pre-dawn state of grogginess, Roy and I went through the check list and prepared to toss off dock lines. We checked the engine through-hull, turned on the radar, set a course on the chart-plotter and thanked the gods that there was no fog. The sunrise threw long strips of orange across the water. We set the autohelm, checked for the absence of Ferry traffic, and snapped photos of Mount Rainer’s pink glow as our wake made ripples across the water.

I updated the ship’s log, poured a thermos mug of coffee and settled in for my watch. It’s our routine. We both get out of the sack, get underway, then I stand watch while Roy goes back down for some zzzz’s. I love the early morning watches. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee in my hand, soft sunrise on the wide open water, my sweetie snoozing down below, and a kick from the current to make me a happy sailor-girl. I settled in, but did not relax. We had 50 nautical miles ahead of us that day, to make Port Townsend before a predicted gale arrived that evening. The wind

was kicking up a sloppy, confused, right-on-the-nose sea when we rounded Point No Point. The gale that was blowing in the straits had arrived early and was funneling down the sound. “What would you call the height of the waves?” Roy asked. “Would you say that’s 1 to 2 feet?” I was trying to keep my eyes on the horizon and glanced at the water. “Yes, I’d say about 1 to 2 feet.” It just felt more like 5 to 6 to my stomach! Roy squinted his eyes and stared at me. “Are you all right? You look a little green.” I shook my head. “I’m fine. It’s lunchtime. I just need some food.” “Want me to make lunch?” Roy nodded towards the companionway. “You can stay up here.” “No, I’m fine. Really.” It was a lie, but admitting to it would be giving in to seasickness, and there was no way I was going to do that. And it was my turn in the galley. It’s our routine. Roy makes breakfast when he gets up, then I go down for a snooze. I make lunch when I get up. And I had a concoction I’d dreamt up and was looking forward to making. A pot

A morning view of Mount Rainier.

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of soup held by the pot holders might have been a better choice, but I let my creativity take the upper hand. I’ve survived three Oregon Offshore races, after all, I told myself. Making lunch in a little bit of lumpy seas is no problem. I arranged all the ingredients on the counter in a way that I hoped would keep them from flying about the cabin, then wedged myself between the companion way stairs and the stove. I paused to look out the window. Keep your eyes on the horizon, I said to myself. Our friend Anne, recently back from cruising, had gifted us with a high quality, light weight griddle that exactly fits the top of our little stove. It did not, however have anything but my hand on one of the handles to keep it from sliding off. I sliced eggplant, arranged it on the griddle, then balanced like the Cat-In-The-Hat on unsteady legs as I held the griddle and tried to keep my eyes on the horizon. I caught a container ship coming up astern as I glanced out the window. I looked at the radar. Yep, there it was. The boat bounced off a wave and green water splashed up over the hatch above me. “You doing okay down there?” Roy

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leaned his head in to check on me. “Oh yea, I’m fine.” I started to glance up at him, then quickly caught the sliding griddle, and felt my stomach roll a bit. Eyes back on the horizon, I reminded myself. “Lunch smells great,” he said. “Emmmhemm, yea.” Eyes still on the horizon, hand on the griddle. The container ship passed us. The container ship..… Oh No! I watched in horror as the wake from the ship rolled toward us. ”Wake!” Roy hollered down. I didn’t reply. Instead I wedged myself a little more tightly between the stairs and the galley counter, then watched in a combination of fright and fascination as the eggplant slices I’d neatly arranged on the griddle hopped in the air, then back to the griddle, then up in the air, then landed again almost exactly where I’d placed them. More amazing still, I managed to hold on to the griddle and not lose my lunch, figuratively or literally. I quickly arranged the eggplant on plates, and handed them, and the rest of the ingredients up to Roy, then climbed up to the cockpit on wobbly legs. “I’ll finish it in a minute,” I said. “I just need to look at the horizon for a bit.”

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Rod Buck and crew try out his new Melges 24 Myst in the SYSCO Spring Series Photo by Mike Fitzhugh of Passion Yachts

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it in racing condition. He had completed a lot of work to the old boat and said “it was polished up and ready to go.” But he soon found a newer Melges 24 in Troy, Illinois—the Melges yard is in Wisconsin—and drove out there to look at it. He was satisfied with the condition and price, bought it, and towed it back himself—a road trip of over 4,000 miles. The Melges 24 was the first high-performance “sportboat “design with a lifting keel that featured high-tech components and

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In the Galley...continued from page 14 Simple Open-Face Eggplant Sandwiches I intended to serve these with cherry tomatoes, but decided chasing them around the cockpit wasn’t something I wanted to do. There were no complaints from the crew. The variety of things to stack on top of them is limited only by your own imagination. I would, however, recommend

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