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The Northwest Experience Sometimes when things go wrong—go with the flow by Jim Farrell Sometimes when things go wrong while sailing they really go wrong, but sometimes when things go wrong a new experience presents itself. While Leaving Sitka, Alaska for Glacier Bay with fog almost on the deck, rain and poor visibility, our radar quit working. I'm not one that likes to go back to the days before affordable radar now that we have it, so the better part of valor and judgment had us going back into Sitka. Once in Sitka I called Furuno the manufacture of our model 1622, to isolate the problem that turned out to be the ‘reed switch’ whatever that was, only to find out the closest place to get one was Juneau. Ok, not a problem, well, not much of one anyway. Becky my wife and supporter of my wildest dreams really wanted to go into Glacier Bay this season. However, after being in Glacier Bay five years ago I wasn’t too excited about dodging cruise ships and other vessels in the bay when and if the cloud layer lowered. Being the responsible captain of oh-somany wise years (as I explained to her) I decided to head into Juneau to find the Furuno dealer to repair it then head back into Glacier Bay, if our schedule allowed. Finding parts and someone trustworthy to install them in the

Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. Photo courtesy The NW Experience.

north country can be a challenge at times. As luck would have it, the Furuno representative’s office was at the head of the dock in Auke Bay. I entered the small shop to find old and new parts of electronics stacked from the floor to the ceiling. Every shelf was

filled to overflowing to the point that had there been an earthquake there would be a heap of parts filling the shop and out the door. None of this suggests that the rep wasn’t a good technician but when he attempted to find the reed switch that he “saw just the other

day” that would only cost me $61.00, he couldn't find it. Maybe he saw it in his “van that was on another job.” I don’t know if that the radar dome being 40' off the deck and up the mast had something to do with me never hearing from him again or he just got busy.

Following another call to Furuno USA headquarters in Camas, Wash., they emailed some instructions on how to replace the misbehaving part, I decided to do it myself. A call to Furuno’s dealer continued on page 4

Halloween Cruise on Sand Island, St. Helen’s on October 18-19 Yup, it’s that time again, ghouls and buoys—time for the 2014 Columbia River Halloween Cruise on Sand Island at St. Helen’s, Oregon. This year the cruise will take place October 1819. There will be contests and prizes for best pumpkin carving, best costumes (kids, adults, and pets), best decorated boat, best presentation on the Haunted Halloween Walk, best appetizers, and a scavenger hunt. And of course, there will be Trick or Treating on the docks. Add to all of this the camaraderie of the boating community, and participants are sure to have a great weekend of mirth and merriment. Plus, everyone gets a 2014 participant ribbon! The Halloween Cruise is a non-sponsored event, so it doesn’t matter what club you belong to, or whether

you belong to one at all! Come to St. Helen’s on October 18th and 19th and you're sure to find friends and fun all weekend long. Last year we had about 100 boats show up, scary booths on the Haunted Halloween Walk, a great lunch prepared by the St. Helen’s Yacht Club, and tons of people having boat-loads of fun. Docking assistance will continue to be available on VHF channel 72 until 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Check out the Halloween Cruise webpage at for more information, or like us on Facebook (Columbia River Halloween Cruise) for answers to your questions. You really don’t want to miss all this, do you? So we’ll see you there.

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Friend and Leader in the Restoration of Classic Boats and Maritime History Charles “Chuck” Kellogg, a prominent local yachtsman, wooden boat enthusiast, and influential supporter of historic vessel restorations, died Sunday September 7 in Vancouver, Washington. Chuck had several classic motor boats restored by himself and local craftsmen, they ranged from a 1955 Chris Craft Cobra runabout with an eye-catching tail fin to his 53-foot motor cruiser Phantom built by Astoria Marine Construction Company in 1936 and most recently Kaleta, a 1928 bridgedeck cruiser of which he was particularly proud. He was a champion of history and involved in many organizations. In 1992, Chuck founded the ColumbiaWillamette chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, which started a classic boat show in downtown Portland at the RiverPlace Marina in 1993. In 2010, Chuck, and several local maritime history supporters formed the Maritime Heritage Coalition, with the goal of establishing a permanent center for all the historic vessels in the region. The group moved the event to St. Helens, now called the Maritime Heritage Festival, in 2012. Chuck was a major benefactor to the Portland area maritime scene. During his lifetime, there was nothing he was involved in that was a merely a hobby—for him, it was a passion. His many friends will miss his camaraderie, his appetite for all things connected with vintage boating and his irreverent sense of humor. Most importantly, Chuck was a very beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and greatgrandfather. He was a board member of the Oregon Maritime Museum, owners of the steam-powered stern-

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wheeler tug Portland, and a long time Navy League member. Around 2000, he became very active in the preservation of two WWII craft that had escaped the breaker’s yard: PT-658 (Patrol Torpedo) and LCI-713 (Landing Craft Infantry). He was instrumental in organizing the decadelong restoration of: the PT-658 (Patrol Torpedo). He was on the board of Save the PT Boat Inc., which has returned the PT-658 to operation-making it the only one of its class to be returned to seaworthiness. Chuck held a USCG Master 100-ton Captain’s license, making him one of the few volunteers who was licensed to operate this powerful craft. In the last few months, Kellogg and the LCI board had ironed out a deal to move LCI 713, owned by the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum, to the Port of Portland. Through these efforts, he met many local World War II veterans, and ensured that they were able to attend various memorial events, took them to lunch, and visited them in the hospital when they became ill. “This is the ‘greatest generation’ we’re honoring,” he told his friends. To say he will be missed is an understatement. He was a big part

of the classic yacht community and no one will ever forget him. Here at Freshwater News, we all knew Chuck and treasure our memories of the time we spent with him talking about boats and planning ways to preserve the region’s maritime history. To honor his contributions to so many organizations, we will devote part of our January 2015 Boat Show issue in a special memorial section. If you knew Chuck and have any memories, fun stories of him you would like to share, please consider contributing to this effort. You can email our publisher, Jolene Coats at Charles W. Kellogg is survived by his wife, Trish Kellogg, five children, Charles Kellogg III, Battle Ground, Suzy Kellogg Ferrario, of Seattle, Chris Kellogg, of Vancouver, Tauni Koch, of Madison, Wis., and Carly Kellogg, of Portland; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was buried in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with a full honors Navy funeral on Monday, September 15th. Those wishing to honor him are asked to do so through donations to the Save the PT Boat Inc. and the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum.

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tance will qualify for the full race, scheduled to begin the following day. Contestants will not be allowed to have any kind of motor on board—neither gas nor electric, Maritime Center executive director Beattie says. There is no limit on the number of crew, but no substitutions will be allowed. To qualify for the prize, racers must be on board for the entire race. “People do this trip in engineless boats every year,” Beattie points out, “but there’s never been a race. Our goal is to do something cool that inspires people to adventure, that pays for itself, and which

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Marine Board Approves Grant Increases for Ports of Garibaldi and Arlington The Oregon State Marine Board held a special meeting via teleconference on September 8 to consider two requests for grant increases for the Port of Garibaldi and the Port of Arlington. The Port of Garibaldi requested extra funds to move forward on its boarding float replacement project. The Board unanimously approved an additional $44,727 in state boater funds. This amount, together with the original grant award, brings the new project total to $139, 727. The new boarding floats will be made with fiberglass decking, which has an exceptional lifespan in coastal environments, and is the standard decking mate-

rial used on all OSMB -designed gangways over the last 20 years. The Port of Arlington requested extra funds to finalize the installation of its fuel dock, gangway and replacement of its pumpout/dump station. Costs were higher than anticipated due to the specialized work and environmental requirements. In a three to one decision, the Marine Board approved $64,021 in state boater funds, combined with $20,711 in applicant cash, $65,000 in federal Boating Infrastructure Grant funds and $38,989.66 from Clean Vessel Act funds, for an additional $188,713.36. This amount, together with the original grant

award, brings the new project total to $496,713.36. Work will begin in early October. The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities. For more information about the Marine Board, and its programs, visit

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Sunday, Sept, 21 saw a new world record set in sailing, not for speed or distance but for the NUMBER of sailors involved. This unique event was called Bart’s Bash, and was organized and promoted by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson, the British Olympic medalist who drowned in May 2013 when the AC 72 catamaran Artemis Racing broke up in San Francisco while practicing for the America’s Cup. The Bash was introduced as a “global sailing race and fundraising event at your local sailing club,” with a format that was approved by the Guinness World Record committee. The foundation invited sailors all over the world to race the Bash in their home waters under one set of rules, thus allowing them all to be counted as entrants in a single far-flung international race. The race rules simply required the course to be over 1km and last more than 15 minutes. All proceeds were to go to their local youth sailing organizations. Five days later, the Bart’s Bash technical team were still processing the data submitted by some of the 768 venues that took part, but the threshold of 2,500 boats sailing in regattas including at least 25 boats had been reached, qualifying it as a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race in a 24-hour period. The latest figure was 3,600 boats and 18,000 participants in 68 different countries, but this is expected to increase significantly before the counting ends. Over one third of the clubs involved were in the UK, with many others in Australia, South Africa, the USA etc. In the north-west, 47 boats competed in Bart’s Bash in Anacortes, hosted by the Anacortes Yacht Club; 80 sailors participated and $8,000 was raised for local youth sailing activities. The Seattle Laser Fleet tried to start a race but failed due to lack of wind. You can check the web at to see what the final total will be.


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If the commissioning ceremony is held in Portland, it will consist of a week-long series of social events for the crew and the public. This offers a great opportunity for the people of Oregon to meet the men and women of the crew and get to know the people in our Navy. The actual commissioning ceremony officially makes the ship part of the Navy. It is traditionally a large event held on a Saturday morning. The sponsor of the USS Portland is Ms. Bonnie Amos, wife of General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Her initials were welded into the new keel when it was laid. In the commissioning ceremony, she will give the order to “man the ship” and the crew will run aboard as the ship’s commissioning pennant is raised to the top of the

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will be given a separate start time from walkers. Participants are required to register in advance for the event and registration will close when the event reaches capacity of 3,500 participants. Even with the increased capacity this year, event organizers are expecting registration to close at the beginning of October. Participants will enjoy a live concert at Dismal Nitch while waiting for the event to start. Acústica World Music will perform from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Acústica offers a vintage, global sound featuring diverse musical rhythms that are sure to get you pumped and ready for the 10K event.

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Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee Blown Away in the Baja There’s an adage amongst some cruising sailors that Cabo essentially, well, blows. I understand what they’re talking about. One of the most expensive marinas in the world, where you get charged something like $50 USD just to PULL UP to the fuel dock; a perpetual, loud spring break vibe down on the beach; and prices that prove the local shop owners have figured out the average tourist is willing to pay just about anything for a week in paradise. However, I don’t think they quite had in mind what went on down there a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve been vacationing on the moon for the last few weeks and missed the news, Hurricane Odile, a category three storm with winds in excess of 120 mph, slammed into the southern tip of Baja on Sunday, September 14. Cabo took the hit basically point blank, and it left the town devastated. I mean a mess. I’ve spent time down there, and honestly I’m not sure I’d recognize the place right now. Amazingly, damage at IGY Cabo San Lucas, the primary marina in Cabo, appears to be relatively minor, and I mean “relatively.” Smaller boats were damaged or destroyed, but most of the larger vessels seemed to have come through in fair condition, particularly those moored in the northeast dogleg of the marina (if you’re familiar with that layout). More amazingly, at least of this writing, I’ve found no reports of fatalities in the cape region. I wish I could say the same about La Paz. As you may or may not know, La Paz, some 90 miles north of Cabo, is home to any number of expat sailors, and features three major marinas. After roaring through Cabo, Odile headed north and nailed La Paz as well. The marinas tended to come through the storm reasonably well, but boats anchored out in Bahia de La Paz, or those on the hard, suffered significant damage.

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But that’s not the worst of it. As of this writing, three long time cruising residents of the La Paz community have been confirmed dead. Gunther Trebbow, a fixture in the La Paz cruising family, was found Wednesday by Mexican navy divers aboard his sunken Fisher 30 ketch Princess out in the bay. And most recently, British sailor Paul Whitehouse and his partner Simone Wood were recovered from the mangroves adjacent to Bahia de La Paz after their 70 footer sank. I don't have the words to describe how sad it must be for that tight-knit group of cruisers to lose close friends, so I won't even try. What I can do is suggest that if you want to help out the cruising community down in La Paz, head over to, where you can make a donation to the La Paz Cruiser Hurricane Fund. For many down there, their boat is their home, and a lot of people need a helping hand right now. And here’s hoping the whole region, and everyone who lives there, sailor or not, gets back to a normal life as soon as possible. (Patsy Verhoeven, formerly of Portland and now a permanent member of the La Paz community, was thankfully sailing her yacht Talion up in Southern California and missed the storm.)

Cold Enough For You? If all the warm, sunny weather that came with the summer of 2014 just didn’t, you know, float your boat, then do I have a race

The Mexico cruising community took it on the chin. Photo Credit: Shelly Ward

for you. Coming in 2017 (and I think I’d need three years just to convince myself to do this one), you have the opportunity to race in the STAR//Sailing The Arctic Race. No, really. this sucker starts in New York on June 29, heads north to Halifax, Nova

Scotia, then on to Nuuk, Greenland, before things get really interesting. From Greenland, the course heads westerly through the diminishing Arctic ice cap to Cambridge Bay, Canada, and then on to Tuktoyaktuk in continued on page 11




Dale’s Corner

by Dale Waagmeester

How to Keep Your Sail Repair Bill Down: Part II This month we will continue last month’s discussion about keeping sail repair costs to a minimum. It is nice to know that at least Dale some people are reading my column. Waagmeester Last week a customer brought in a genoa with a “rip at the spreader” and when we pulled the sail out of the bag there was a large obvious rip that was marked with a big blue “X” made of masking tape. Thanks for reading my column, Thomas, and thanks for making it easy for us to locate the damaged area of your sail! So, let’s start off this month with a real pet peeve of any sailmaker… . 1) Do not sew sail repairs with a straight-stitch machine. It is quite common for people to try to do repairs on their own sail by using their “Suzy Homemaker” home sewing machine. Often these machines are not heavy duty enough to work on a sail, particularly when using a zig zag stitch. So, the customer will attempt the work using a straight stitch. Other times we will see a cus-

tomer come in who moors their boat in an area where there is no sailmaker but there is an upholstery or canvas shop nearby. Most canvas shops will not have a heavy duty industrial zig zag machine; at least one that is heavy enough to work on the corners of large sails (the price of these babies start at around $25,000 and go up from there). Since there is no zig zag machine available, the canvas shop will sew the repair with a straight stitch machine. This is particularly common when re-sewing the leech and foot of a sun edge on a roller furling genoa. The trouble is that when the customer decides that it is time to remove the old sun edge and install a new one (they usually take the sail in to a real sailmaker this time), it is exceedingly time consuming to remove all of that darned straight stitch stitching. With a seam ripper you can go right up the middle of a zig zag stitch and cut the sewing apart in long, broad strokes. With a straight stitch machine you have to cut each individual stitch for the entire length of the foot and luff. This is VERY time consuming which equals very EXPENSIVE to the

customer. Straight stitch machines and sails do not mix! 2) Speaking of UV sun edges; get them re-sewn every five years or so. Many people leave their furling sails installed on the boat yearround. This exposes the UV edge of a furling genoa or main to the UV rays of the sun 24/7. Eventually this UV exposure will rot out the polyester threads on the outside edge of the UV cover of your sail. It usually takes about 4-5 years for this to happen in the Pacific Northwest. The first places that you will see the thread starting to go away on a furling genoa is where the spreaders hit the sail when sailing and tacking, and where the clew area rubs against the rig when you tack. Keep an eye on these areas and when you see that the threads are starting to break down in these problem areas, get your sail into a sailmaker ASAP. If the UV edge hasn't started to come entirely loose from the sail, the sailmaker can resew the entire leech and foot areas very quickly and easily while the sun edge is still in place, which keeps repair bills to a minimum. If the boat owner waits until the sun edge starts coming loose in big

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chunks before he takes the sail in to the sailmaker, the UV cover needs to be glued and stapled back in place before any sewing can take place. Now, instead of a quick trip under the sewing machine, the sail needs to be pinned out flat on the floor and the sun edge needs to be laid out and re-stuck down to the sail before sewing. This can almost double the repair cost, and if some of the UV cover has shredded due to the loose areas flogging in the wind, you can expect an even higher repair bill. Taking this even further... 3) Remove your furling sails during the winter and keep the sails neatly folded in a sail bag in a dry area that has no varmints that will chew holes in your sails. This is kind of a no brainer, but we see many damaged sails each winter where the boat was moored with the sails furled during a heavy wind storm. Either the furling line comes loose or the sheets do, letting the sail unfurl in the stormy weather, leaving it to flog itself to bits before the sail can be safely removed. See

Figure 1. No further comment necessary! 4) Check your spreader tips. Spreader tips beat the heck out of genoas. They jab, tear, and poke at your sails every time you tack, which happens to be quite often when sailing on the Columbia. Worse yet, many spreaders hold the shrouds in place by utilizing rigging wire, which can have extremely sharp ends. If your spreader tips aren't covered with leather or by a good quality spreader boot, this rigging wire can act like a knife and cut right through the fabric of your sail. Check your spreader tips once or twice a year. Your sail will love you for it! 5) Even in the cloudy Pacific Northwest, the sun’s UV rays will rot your sails very quickly. For this reason you don't want to leave a sail furled up on the rig for any length of time without a UV cover. I have seen sails rot beyond use after just one year of unprotected furling. This concept follows on a mainsail with a sloppily installed or improperly fitting sail cover. Unfortunately it is quite common for mainsails to come into the loft with a head or clew area that is rotten due to the fact that this part of the sail has been left outside the cover and has been exposed to a lot of UV. The head of the sail can be exposed when the cover is not made high enough along the mast and so the head pulls out of the sail cover. Conversely, the clew can be left protruding outside of the back of the mainsail cover, either because the last time the boat was put away everyone was in too much of a hurry to make sure that the cover was installed correctly, or because the cover was not made to fit correctly. The result is the same as if you had no cover at all; the parts of the sail that have been exposed to the UV rays will be rotten and easily torn. What a waste of a good sail! Sometimes those one size fits all sail covers end up costing you more money down the line than you save on the initial purchase price. Hopefully, by following the guidelines that I have given you this month and last, you can drastically reduce, or even eliminate your sail repair costs. Enjoy the fall sailing!



In the Galley with Capt. Sandra Thoma Halloween Party? Try Chili and Cornbread! Roy and I keep a detailed maintenance list for Tranquility. This summer, every Friday after work, we review the list, gather whatever tools and supplies we need, pack some provisions and a change of clothes, and head up to the islands with the purposeful intent of making a dent in the to-do list. You all can guess what happens next...we arrive at the dock, the sky is crystal blue, sunlight ripples diamonds across the water. There is a light breeze from the south that wafts across, catches the to-do list, and carries it away from our hands. Now we have no option except to toss off the dock lines and open the canvas. Instead of re-bedding deck hardware and re-mounting the galley light that is slightly askew, we have hunted for crab and shrimp, tacked down San Juan Channel, run downwind through Presidents

Channel, ghosted softly around West Sound, navigated our way through Wasp Passage, taken friends to the little gem of Sucia Island or Friday Harbor for dinner, sailed under the brilliant stars, spotted Orcas with my daughter who was visiting from the east coast, and oh - last but for sure not least, hosted our wedding party aboard. When the middle of September brought us bonus days of warm, dry air, we did a little happy dance, took a deep sigh, and focused on our to-do list in earnest. We remind ourselves that our boat will take care of us, if we take care of her. While we unscrewed and re-assembled, cleaned, scrubbed and inspected, I thought back on all the wonderful times we’ve had on Tranquility this year, and in years past. One of my favorite memories is of a Halloween party

“Tranquility” docked in the San Juans.

we had on Tranquility when we lived aboard. Our boat neighbors were a fascinating, diverse group, and I greatly enjoyed their company. Sharing an alternate lifestyle, we formed a family of sorts. Most were working professionals like myself, whose vocations ranged from biochemist to para-legal to construction diver. Many of us shared the ferry commute to Seattle for work. One October morning, while gathered in our ferry pod, Mary Anne told us about a white turkey chili she liked to

make. It reminded me of neighborhood post trick-or-treat chili potlucks when my daughters were little. Let’s have a Halloween party, I said. We can have chili and cornbread. We can have it on Tranquility. Mary Anne and the rest of our ferry pod looked at me like I had a screw loose. How many people do you think you can squeeze on your boat, they said. TQ has room, I assured them. After all, she is supposed to drink eight. Everyone continued on page 12

Broad Reachings... continued from page 9 the Northwest Territory of Canada (no, I’ve never been there, either). From there, they head to the banana belt town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska (my sailing father had a special name for Dutch Harbor that I won’t share here) before heading south and finishing on October 22 in Victoria, B.C. The objective of the race, other than to conduct SERIOUS frostbite research, is two-fold, and is described in detail on their website: “First, to provide a challenging route to the sailing world, navigating through the realm of the iceberg. Second, to be a champion of the Arctic itself. Environmental change has made this race possible, and these changes have incredible implications for the inhabitants of the Arctic and our planet. “The key element of our stewardship goal is involving youth, who are the seeds of tomorrow. Through an educational program, they will present the leaders of politics and industry of the day with their hopes for the future considering environment, economy and lifestyle. This will be done, at each stopover, with a youthful simplicity, clarity and straightforward honesty.” Okay, I'll admit that the second objective is noble in its nature, at least the part about championing the Arctic. However, having introduced any number of people to the sport of sailing over the years, I tended to find that taking 'em out for their first sail always went better when it was 70 or above, and the coldest thing they could find on board was a Red Stripe down in the cooler. Oh well, they’re talking about “involving youth,” and some of those youngsters will try anything once. Anyway, if you want to

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Tropical Party, Anyone? If you are going to miss the warm summer weather (I know I will) then I have an alternative to

sailing through an iceberg field: the OCSA Awards Banquet rolls around this year on Saturday, November 8. This is the tropical party, folks, which is the real reason most of us attend anyway. Well, that and to see Craig Daniels collect his an-

nual Cal 20 trophy. Anyway, the party gets started at 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Yacht Club. Cost is $30 per person ($40 if you miss the November 3 registration deadline). Head over to to register. Aloha!


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The Hurricane of 2014 The hurricane was south of us. Computer projections had once more been adjusted, this time to show a direct hit on Cabo San Lucas and the lower Baja. The nautical among us had been following the storm for days on We had allowed ourselves to be lulled into complacency because hurricane computer modeling had shown the storm would pass well offshore on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. Of course, we’d get some wind and rain, but that was about it. So, as it happened, we got a day and a half’s notice of a slight, but critically important, change in direction along with the comment,

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icantly upgraded, with extra runoff drains, new roofing, wiring, stucco, etc. I was worried about the boat. The boat is moored in La Paz, Baja Sur, on the inside Sea of Cortez, 100 miles north of Cabo, on the opposite site of the peninsula. Island Cat, is an elegant, well-built, sailing catamaran. We have several websites offering both private charters and public excursions, but our main one is: Our private eco-charters usually take guests to the UNESCO protected islands close by. We also offer public excursions to Swim with Whale Sharks and another to explore Remote Beaches. Virtually, all of our guests tell us it is the best travel experience of their lives. This is why we do it. The pay-off is mostly validation. Eight years ago a hurricane hit La Paz destroying marinas, docks, and much of the entire boating industry. They called it the hundred year hurricane. Guess we’ve all heard that term a lot lately. Yes, I was deeply worried about the boat, certainly not the house. Projections showed that the hurricane would arrive at about 11 p.m. Just as always, I had lunch with friends at Tiki. This is pretty much a local's place for boaters. It is on the Cabo marina across from M dock. This is where our boat was first moored when it arrived from Oregon. The Tiki restaurant and bar is frequently referred to as the “Cheers” of Cabo. The prices are the best on the marina; the food is good, the service really good, and the location is one of the best around. I’ve never visited without knowing people there. It reminds me of the response the late Julia Childs gave when asked where her favorite restaurant was, she remarked, “Where they know my name.” Oh yeah, and you can park right behind it in the Wyndam Hotel’s business parking lot, and get your ticket stamped. And, for the whatever it’s worth’s department, Island Cat has its sched-

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uling and logistics office in the Wyndam, straight across the registration desk. So, I was dining at Tiki on what the menu calls Taco Bell tacos. Seriously. I am not kidding. Anyway, about a dozen of us were staring out beyond the marina entrance. We could see rolling waves crashing 30' to 50' above the rocks. Okay, time to go. The hurricane is ahead of schedule. I was just getting in my car when the rain started. I only live five minutes away, but by the time I got to the house the rain was so hard I was drenched just going from the carport to the front door. On the way home I had glanced at the iconic Cabo Arch. Waves were already blowing right over the top. Hmmm. That’s pretty high. Okay, so the wind is howling, but really, no big deal. Right? You understand that I am not really concerned about this stuff. I have gone through five previous hurricanes, one a Category Five in St Kitts, West Indies. It’s kinda like, “Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.” So, once again, I am only worried about the boat. The house is concrete, stone, stucco, and marble. It is very solid. All ten outside doors were new this year. Most of the windows are new. The pool and Jacuzzi were rebuilt and retiled just days before. I have all new

pumps, electrical, plumbing, etc. I am not concerned. Because I am alone, rattling around in a 3,900 sq-ft house much of the year, I began renting it out to families and small groups. See: The fun part is we’ve always got five star ratings from guests. I suppose it’s another validation issue that has become rather important to an older guy like me. I love it that people love it. And, I keep upgrading the place so people keep loving it and keep coming back. Once inside the house, I changed out of soaked clothes and switched on the TV looking for news of what was about to happen. No one was reporting anything. (Direct TV pulled out of Cabo a few years ago because their signal footprint was poor, and Dish requires two receivers just to see anything, so I have Shaw, a Canadian provider with a bazillion channels, but no weather channel. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, PBS, nor anyone else, seemed to think the incoming hurricane was newsworthy. About then, the TV went dead. A moment later all the power was out. Now it was easy to hear the raging storm. The sun should still be shining, but it was dark as midnight. Armed with a single flashlight, continued on page 13

In The Galley...continued from page 11 looked skeptical, but the prospect of sharing good food and great company was appealing. Sure, they said, we're in. Sierra and I decorated the cabin with little plastic spiders and tissue-paper ghosts. We threaded a

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string of orange lights wound with black riff-raff through the handholds, and I ran a string of LED lights around the cockpit enclosure. Mary Anne brought her white turkey chili. Mary Beth brought red bean chili, I made pans of cornbread in TQ's susibake oven, and someone else brought brownies for dessert. And sure enough, we fit ten people in our snug salon. I perched on the nav station seat and admired all the smiling faces. That evening, we were a family, and squeezed into the warmth of my boat, surrounded by the sea. Sailing is life, and food is love. A deep, intense quiet settled on Deer Harbor as Roy and I wrapped up our boat chores. A heron landed at the end of the finger dock. A full, harvest moon rose, and was reflected in the glass astern. Roy opened a bottle of wine. I smiled at him as he handed me a glass. It’s been a wonderful summer, he said. Indeed it has, I replied. I think I’ll make a pot of chili. 1 can chipotle chilies in adobo 1 can tomatillos 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped

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The Hurricane...continued from page 12 I trundled off to bed at 6 p.m. First stop, the master bath. Sitting delicately on the throne, I glanced up to the shower skylight just as the wind torn it off. Instantly, the room was awash in rain, swirling leaves, branches, and palm fronds. Soaked through AGAIN, I pulled off my clothes, dropped them in a heap and bolted out of the bathroom shutting the door firmly behind me. Naked and a bit irked, I dropped on to the king bed and put ear plugs in to reduce the noise. I had forgotten how noisy hurricanes could be. It’s incredible. Really. It's like a jet engine going off right next to you. Perhaps an hour passed as the wind gained in intensity. BOOM! POW! BANG! The new glass and wood double doors next to the bed exploded. (These are insight doors to an alcove that is open through the roof. They provide access to a small fountain and planter.) Glass and wood splinters went everywhere. Somehow, I was not cut, although debris was scattered over the entire room. Still naked and feeling very exposed, I jumped up grapping the flashlight and headed for the steps that lead up out of the room and back to the TV room. I shut the door behind me, amazed I had not been hit with glass, nor did I step on any on the way out. Disoriented and a bit shaken, I went over to one of the couches and lay down. Just as my heart rate was coming under control, the double glass and wooden doors, exact duplicates of the ones that had just exploded in the master bedroom, provided a re-run experience. The doors both blew in and hit the floor right next to me, the glass panels breaking when they hit the marble floor. (The entire house has marble floors, a technique to keep things cool, but you really don't want to drop things on them.) Once again, I flicked on the flashlight and surveyed the area, feeling mighty vulnerable, naked and barefoot, with the house full of wind and blowing water. I couldn't get to my clothes, as the closets were in the corridor between the bedroom and the bathroom that had first sent me running. The last thing I wanted to do was tread barefoot through glass shards with wind swirling every which way. So, I picked my way through this new minefield and headed up the five stairs to the marble entry to the house. (Crazy as it sounds, the house is actually six levels counting the sundeck on top. Weird, I know, and totally impractical. I assume the original architect must have thought it cool.) Seeing the large, heavy, double wooden doors of the main entry seeming to flex, I leaned in against them to see if what I was seeing in the dim of my flashlight was true. Holding the flashlight from a cord by my teeth, I put both hands on the doors. Leaning into them, it was obvious there was one heck of a blow going on out there. Then suddenly the doors literally exploded on me causing me to fall hard and tossing me fifteen feet into the rock backside of the fireplace that faced into the TV room. Seriously, like who needs a fireplace in Cabo? Bruised and bleeding I took stock. Nothing seemed to be broken but I was hurting all over. The good news was the flashlight still hung from my clinched teeth. That still amazes me, and perhaps even more amazing was it was still working. With both front doors gone I was getting up stark naked and exposed to anyone dumb enough to be outside. (I live

in a tightly built neighborhood, on the one way road down to the beach, about a hundred yards away. Neighborhood people are frequently walking in front of the house.) Obviously, no one was dumb enough to be outside, but I might as well have been, the outside was now inside. As I crawled to my feet in the howling mayhem, I heard another bang. One of our over-sized sliding glass doors blew out downstairs. A moment later another went. Finally, the third one, the master bedroom access to the Jacuzzi, and pool, blew glass all over the patio. Pulling myself together, no

easy task with winds howling through the house at 140 mph, or so, I staggered up the final set of stairs and gained the guest room just as a piece of artwork ripped off the wall and went careening down the hall. Two queen sized beds are in the guest room. I lay down on the one furthest from the window. Yep, I admit it, windows were scaring me. Within an hour the window in the guest room blew. Sliding out of the room, (I say sliding because the water on marble floors makes it difficult to walk), I moved into the hall and gained the last room upstairs. My office. Kereth Houpt, my rental manager, had insisted I put a twin bed in this room so we could call


it a fourth bedroom. God bless her soul. I fell on the bed worrying that the sliding glass door that provides access to the office veranda, or the window looking out over the arroyo, would break. They didn’t. But of course, I spent the night expecting them to self-destruct at any minute. Earlier in the day, I had received a call when phones were still working, saying that the Harbormaster in La Paz was insisting that someone be on the boat through the storm. Chris Miller, Island Cat’s full-time, 34-year-old captain, a USGS 100-ton Master, volunteered to take the task on. It was either him or me, and he is young, healthy, and according to


myriad ladies who go out on the boat, “eye-candy.” As a guy, I cannot really comment on that, but for sure he attracts attention from women of all ages. So, now, here I am lying on the little twin bed opposite my desk, shaken, and deeply concerned, for his welfare. Given the enormity of the storm, I was pretty sure the boat was a loss. Chris was the issue. I spent the rest of the night worrying while listening to the storm. The noise of a hurricane is deafening, but I could sometimes make out car alarms going off, light posts and palm trees crashing down, the continued on page 14

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The Hurricane...continued from page 13 radio station tower collapse (it’s at the front of our neighborhood), and of course, anything and everything in the house that was falling off the walls and banging about. The horrible noise finally subsided. The winds were still blowing, but nothing like they had been. At first light, I headed downstairs hoping to find some dry clothes. As I walked through the house, it was clear we had suffered greatly. My art collection was mostly destroyed. The amount of trash lying around was remarkable. Everything was soaked. Leaves were stuck to all the walls and ceilings. The pool, startlingly crystal blue just the day before, was now black. Our 12' privacy fencing was down, much of it in the pool. Our satellite receiver was also in the pool. In every direction, things were damaged or destroyed. It was like a bomb had gone off. Stepping through glass I found a T-shirt and pair of shorts in a closet that managed to stay partially closed. Dry clothes. Hooray! I found some shoes, not dry, but absolutely needed to continue moving about. The living room, dining room, and kitchen had 4" of standing water in them. Wooden tables and chairs were already warping, all the wall art was gone, couches were rolled over in various places and thoroughly soaked. I took my shoes back off to wade through the downstairs and made my way to the kitchen. It seemed to have fared better than most of the rooms. I opened the kitchen door to the outside and a small wall of water poured in. Palm fronds and debris had plugged the patio drains. There was 10" of water trapped against the kitchen door. I began to clear the drains, a process that required more than an hour of grasping swirling debris as it attempted to reclose the drain. Roof water was still running off but I now had a clear drain. Just as I was finishing this, I could hear yelling in the house. Thank God for Hugo. My best deckhand, a federally-licensed chauffeur, and overall maintenance guy, he can fix almost anything. Hugo had risked the highways to check on me. He had shown up with

his wife Joane, better known as “Jo.” Hugo was driving our 12-passenger van. When he found me outback he threw his arms around me and cried. This is a tough guy no one would want to mess with, but here he was crying on my shoulder. Over the last couple of years we have spent many hours talking about the meaning of life, love, and happiness. His street life beginnings in east Los Angles had scarred him deeply. He is an American-Mexican, fluent in both English and Spanish. His wife of 24 years was deported just two years ago, after ICE discovered she came to the U.S. as a baby. Everyone in their family is a U.S. citizen but Jo. Hugo was born in the U.S., as were all six of their children. Hugo, Jo, and I, immediately set in cleaning. I had already found a long handled squeegee and was busy pushing water out of the kitchen. Jo was working with a push broom, and Hugo put on gloves and begun the arduous process of picking up glass. Four hours later the water was mostly gone from the lower levels. Hugo had picked up much of the broken glass, but there was still a lot around. Hugo and Jo left, telling me to stay put, that they would be back again in the morning with help. I started the car for the third time that day, to charge my cell phones. I wanted desperately to get a message out to family. Very early in the morning, I had been able to receive a couple of messages from my sister in Long Beach, California, and my wife in central Oregon. For some reason, I could get something out to my sister, but my wife did not seem to be receiving my emails. As it turned out, cell towers were still going down. By mid day nothing was working. I backed my car out of the driveway and tried to go down our little one-way street. Palm trees had fallen across the road. I couldn’t get out. Backing up I managed to turn around and go out the entrance. Everywhere there was destruction. I drove all the roads in our neighborhood that I could move around on. Several times I had to back up for street debris and fallen trees. Every house showed damage. By mid afternoon neighbors

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living in a desolate area of British Columbia without too many other people to talk to. Whereupon, Chet McCarthy invited us up to his house near the general store that has been closed since 1960. Of course, the invite included Ron Swart who lived across the inlet. Becky had some work-related project to do, so off I went for coffee. When three, let’s say over-60 grey-haired men get together to talk, the bull session begins! For the next two hours, we swapped stories. .I suspect that some were a little on the tall side... Ron, who it seems was born just an “inlet down” as he put it, was the chief engineer for a large BC mill and retired after he closed the plant down five years ago. When asked if he had a wife Ron said, “Well, the first one accidentally ate poison mushrooms and the second one did too.” But his third wife had moved with him to the property that his family had bought a “bit ago” and began to develop it. Unfortunately, wife number three had too many scares on the water and after left after the last misadventure in a storm in a smallskiff, never to return. Chet's wife on the other hand was off for a couple of weeks on the M.V. Coastal Mission—a boat that plies the waters of northern BC and SE Alaska bringing the gospel to the small communities along the way. But before she left, she had made sure that Chet had oatmeal cookies to share with weary boaters. Chet and his wife are caretakers for Coastal Mission who lease the 66 acres of the Hanson home-

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likes to sleep on the path to his house. Listening to Ron and Chet talk about the experiences they and others have had on Johnstone Strait and their inlet proved enlightening. We heard of the large powerboat that smashed into the pilling on the dock so hard that it left a fender stuck so high up in the pilling that the skipper almost drowned when he tried to retrieve it and fell into the water. Then there was the time that the skipper was yelling so hard at his wife as they were docking that once on shore, she went up to Chet’s house to borrow his cell phone (no landline or electricity) and called a float plane to take her back home. Keep that one on your mind the next time you want to yell at your wife, I know this writer will. There were tales of boats in trouble coming in for help, or as

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SKIP THE BRIDGE TRAFFIC - Rarely available covered slip at Blue Frog Moorage. Close and easy to get to, just off I-5 and Marine Drive at the west end of Bridgeton Road. New moorage in deep water, lots of parking. All slips 60‘ long, $450/month. Call Susan, 503 887 8126. Boat Slips available on Willamette River near downtown Portland/Sellwood Bridge. Uncovered $44, Covered $88 per month with PRC membership/Annual Dues. Slips are 8ft wide 21ft long. (503) 250-2237 2013 RANGER TUG 31 Like new. 283 engine hours on 300HP VolvoD4. Top notch Garmin electronics including auto pilot. Satellite TV and collapsible mast for trailering. Two staterooms and electric heads. Beautiful finishes. Kept in boathouse in freshwater. Comes with solar panel, RIB inflatable boat, EZ loader trailer. Many upgrades. 284,600 Email: for details and photos.



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


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



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



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

68’ Custom Boathouse 1985. A total float restoration ($35,000.00) that included new stringers, floatation, exterior decking all around, etc., was completed in December 2011. Overall dimensions are 68' X 30' w/electric roll-up exterior door. 2 X 6 construction. Includes Water Rights ownership in Columbia River Yacht Club (2144 sq. ft.) and Membership Application is required. $85,000. Reduced to $85,000.00 Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467

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



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

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Rules and Regulations: Deadline: December 14, 2014 Hargraves boathouse. 43X14.5X15.5 well. 28X49 overall. Mostly new stringers, workbench, sink, compressor dedicated connection, easy water shutdown. Move or join club with water. $17,500 house. $47,000 with water. 503 816 8423

64' Custom Boathouse 1985 $79,000. 64' X 31' X 19'6" high electric door. Interior 55' X 16' X 19'6" high electric doorThe electrical system is 120v X 240v with a 100 amp electrical panel. Both 30 amp and 50 amp cord plugs are available..Water Space Rights are included in the price ( 2262 sq. ft.), and Membership Application to Columbia River Yacht Club is required for a non-member purchase." Irwin Y.S. 503-381-5467


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




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

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





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CALL US AT: 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. RARE to find 3 bedrms Plus Den, Slip ownership, w/direct river views. Built in 2004, steel stringers, Vaulted Ceilings, bamboo flrs, Stainless, Approx 2000sf, 2.5 Baths. Take our Photo tour $439,000 2015 n Jantzen Ave . Call Susan Colton 503936-0161


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503-422-3340 503-833-2720 Big Eddy’s Marina – Built in 2007, Excellent Float, No Issues. Craftsman on the inside, cedar siding, bamboo flrs, Expensive Fir windows and trim, All appliances. See photos: 1048062, $199,900. Call Susan Colton 503-9360161

PENDING 1959 N. Jantzen 2BR/1BA 1192sf Spacious w/huge Kit & LR. Gas frpl & wrkshp. Open views. Slip ownership & low HOA. Gated moorage. $284,000 Call Jane.

FOR SALE BY OWNER: Custom 2 bedroom - 3 bathroom - 2 fireplace. 2699 sq. ft. plus 736 sq. ft. large entertaining enclosed glass deck. Hydraulic lift for personal watercraft. Living room w/ slate fireplace, built in bar with wine cooler. Spiral staircase to beautiful upper deck - huge master suite, seperate his & hers master baths, walk-in closets. Home perfect for dining and entertainment. Slip ownership included in gated Hayden Island community. Possible owner financing. $599,999. (503) 522-1723 or


18525 NE Marine Dr D-2

2630 N. Hayden Is Dr. #2

2 bd/ 2 ba, lg utility. 1288 sf. New! Built with quality! Vaulted, huge windows, granite; customed to buyer. $255,000. Call Jane

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

23556 NW St Helen’s N-5

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

2 bd/ 2.5 ba Large light and open! Huge master suite on main, gas firepl, Artists studio on 2nd flr. Slip Ownership. $308,000. Call Jane

2bd/1ba Panoramic views. Outside slip. Hi vaulted ceilings, gas fireplaces in both liv rm and mstr bdr. Quiet &scenic. $230,000. Call Jane.

1817 N. Jantzen Ave.

1719 N. Jantzen Ave.

2 bd/1.1ba Lovingly updated w/gas frplc lrg fam rm, French doors to deck. Great logs & stringers. Slip ownership. $239,000. Call Jane.

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

173 NE Bridgeton #8 2 bd/ 2 ba, Custom home build in 2000. Soaring ceilings, sunny! Master suite w/ river views. Slip Ownership!! $378,000. Call Jane

1705 N. Jantzen Ave. 2bd/2ba 1100+sq ft w/ 22’ boatwell. Gas stove in liv rm. Huge upper lev Mstr suite w/balcony. SLIP OWNERSHIP. $219,000. Call Jane.

SOLD 1775 N. Jantzen Ave. 2bd/2ba Custom built in ’07. Sleek/modern w/soaring ceilings, granite counters in kitch, tile baths, oak flrs. Slip ownership. $399,500. Call Jane.

27448 NW St Helens Rd. #354 3BR/2BA 1300+sf A must see! Spacious entry, open stair to 2nd lev. LR, Ktch, & Mstr BR. 20’ boat well , Concrete float. Country-like setting. Low fees/Desirable moorage. $292,000 Call Sue.

27448 NW St. Helens #400 3bd/2ba Fabulous home w/gorgeous views. Vaulted lv rm, lrg balconies & decks. Gazebo & encl. boatwell. Gated moorage. $434,000. Call Jane.

19609 N.E. Marine Dr., G1

1661 N. Jantzen Ave.

1 BR/1 bath, lots of sunny windows, great 2bd/1ba Classic river home w/retro charm & lrg flr views, large storage area, spacious decks, plan. Open kitch, roomy bdrms, bright & airy. SLIP OWNERSHIP! Low HOA. $289,000. Call Jane. high ceilings. $115,000. Call Sue.

SOLD 365-day vacation at hip, contempo floating home on coveted west side Macadam Bay moorage. RMLS#14155324. Details, photos, showings: Michele Bowler-Failing, Principal Broker, KW Realty Professionals, 503 891-1304.

2630 N. Hayden Island Dr #19 2bd/2ba Spacious, airy & w/spectacular views. Hrdwd flrs, hi ceilings, open flr plan. 4 balconies & Decks. Slip ownership and 2 car garage. $485,000. Call Jane.

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2bd/1.5 ba 3 levels of great living on Mult. Channel. Mid-level kitch w/Great Room & lrg deck. Uppr BR w/ balcony. 19' Boatwell w/remote. $229,000. Call Sue

2BR/3 full baths. Fabulous home in desirable moorage. Slip ownership/2 car garage. 30’ boat well. Heat pump w/AC. Sunny & bright with wonderful potential. $388,000. Call Sue.

1677 N. Jantzen Ave 3 bedrm/2.5 ba. Bright w/hickory flrs, granite, marble. Outside slip w/river views. Slip Ownership, low fee. 2 lrg swim floats. Can moor lrg boat. $425,000. Call Jane.

559 N.E. Bridgeton, #6 1bd/1ba End slip w/ big river views! Open w/bamboo flrs, slab granite counters, huge decks w/trex, steel stringers & more. Private moorage. New Price: $198,000. Call Jane.

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23690 N.W. St. Helen’s U-82 3 BR/2 full bath, Outside Slip with views of Sauvie & Mtn, Master with large Balcony, Open Kitchen. New Low Price $211,000. Call Sue.

18989 N.E. Marine Dr., #46 3br/2ba Open Kitch/din & liv rm on 2nd w/huge windows for great views. Gas frplc. Slip ownership. Lows HOA. $250,000. Call Jane.

1755 N. Jantzen 2BR/1BA Shake bungalow fixer. Complete interior remodel needed but could be a gem! Open kit/living rm area. Mstr slider to swim float. Does not include slip ownership. $59,000. Call Sue.

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

11644 N. Island Cove Lane 2br/1ba 2 story. Liv rm opens to huge deck. Upper Mstr Bdrm w/balcony. Tender house. Newer decking, great logs/stringers. Cozy living. $185,000. Call Jane.

27448 N.W. St. Helens #478 2bd/2ba Spacious home, outside slip. Great views.Liv Rm w/Gas firpl, open kitch, Mstr suite w/gas firepl.Separate tender. Slip included! $346,000. Call Jane.

1893 N. Jantzen Ave. 2bd/2ba 1250 sq ft of charm w/lrg windows & great river view. Renovated w/Fir flrs, cedar sauna & lrg bath in master. Covered porches & cozy nooks. Low HOA. $289,000. Call Jane.

11622 N. Island Cove Lane 2bd/1ba Open floor plan features spacious Living/Dining areas. Bamboo flooring, gas fireplace. Lots of windows and light. Large deck and swim float. Room to moor boat. Private, gated moorage. $152,000 Call Sue.

23564 NW St Helens N-8 3BR/2BA totally remodeled inside & out! New heat pump w/AC, new windows, appliances & washer/dryer. Long list of upgrades. Great logs & steel stringers. Lrg deck & swim float. Wonderful views! $245,000. Call Sue.

221 N. Bridgeton

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559 NE Bridgeton #A

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

1BR/1BA Outside slip, large swim float, great views, warm wood floors & ceiling, wood stove, tiled entry. Charming! $106,000. Call Sue.

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

19609 N.E. Marine Dr., E-4 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. New Low Price $105,000. Call Sue.

559 N.E. Bridgeton Rd. #4 2BR/1BA/2lev Charming round top w/contemporary remodel. Open LR/bamboo flrs, Frpl. Ktch w/basalt tile. 2nd flr w/space for office or BR. Swim float w/hot tub. Bridgeton area. $188,000 Call Jane.

27448 NW St Helens Rd #424 2BD/2BA w/office, shop/utility. Great flr plan! Views in all directions w/decks. Recent updates incl gourmet ktch, granite, hrdwds, gas frplc. Outside slip incl. Low HOA. $439,000. Call Jane.

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