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Old 11-17-2018, 07:54 PM   #1
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Persistence Pays Off

Our little part of the world is a true desert. We get an average of 8" of rainfall and 3" of snowfall a year. We also are treated with some pretty mild winters with temps usually in the 40's and a week or so of below freezing. Two years ago we had one of what they call a 100 Year Winter where we had snow on the ground much of the winter, cold temps (some nights below zero) and it lasted for months.

In the midst of the cold, snowy winter this is what the bay my marina is in looked like. For the first time I can remember it froze over. Completely. I've lived here 40 years and have never see it like this...


A marina across the river that had some old, wooden docks didn't fare well. The heavy snowfall pushed the docks down into the water and almost sinking one boat that had not yet been removed. He had two docks of covered moorage. This one was totally destroyed. The other wasn't totally destroyed but didn't fare much better. Here's what his dock looked like...


Jim, the owner of Columbia Marine Center leases this marina from the city of Pasco. Like most municipalities they don't like to spend money on projects that are not likely to generate lots of votes. This marina, while it's one of VERY few on the river that's not a private marina (yacht club or similar). Jim is a friend of mine and I was kept apprised of the success (or lack thereof) that he was having with the city in getting them to pony up for new docks.

He was persistent and, after two years his persistence finally paid off. After two years of applying for permits from everybody but GOD his new docks were installed this week. They're not completely finished yet--no power to the docks, dock boxes not installed yet, safety equipment not installed, etc., but they're in. I went down to see Jim and the docks the afternoon they got them installed. He looked like a kid on Christmas day with a new bike.


Well done, my friend. Your work and persistence has made life in the Tri Cities just a little bit better.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:23 AM   #2
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:01 PM   #3
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Very nice! And I remember that winter! Have no desire to spend another winter on the boat, breaking ice all around us, trudging through the snow on the docks.
Yep, I’m really looking forward to heading south next summer.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:27 PM   #4
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+1 for Jim. The persistently squeaky wheel gets the grease!
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Old 11-18-2018, 04:57 PM   #5
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+1 for Jim. The persistently squeaky wheel gets the grease!
From your comments I'd guess that you already know Jim. Persistent: Yes. Squeaky wheel: Yes.

Nice guy: Absolutely. Good mechanic with tons of boat knowledge: Absofreakinlutely.
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Mike,

I was working over there at that time and staying on my boat a couple nights a week, froze my a$$ off. The boat was froze in the ice for at least two months, I was starting to feel like Shackleton on the Endurance. I think, sometimes we do things just to see if we can! Plus if we wait around long enough the sun does come out again.

Had good conversations with Jim about sinking docks, people and permits. Definitely good people!



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Old 11-20-2018, 12:02 AM   #7
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Otis, at this point I feel somewhat obligated to confess something....I spent that miserable winter in AZ enjoying the sun and the upper 70's temps.


Yeah, I know, I chickened out. But if it's any consolation, my wife was in WA and went through all of it. We had made our flight reservations to return to WA in early April. She got cold feet (literally!) and wanted to return earlier, saying she missed the grandkids and her 102 year old mom.


So I changed her ticket, kissed her goodbye at the airport and went to the pool. We talked on the phone every day and every day I heard her misery about shoveling snow, how miserably cold it was and how sorry she was that she had flown back to WA.


I had shown Jim where my Kasco deicer was before I left. He called me one very cold morning in February to tell me they were going down to the boat to install the deicer. He called me about 2 hours later and said they had installed it but it kept tripping the 50A 120V breaker because of all the heaters I had running in the boat. We talked about it and came up with a solution that worked.


After about another hour or so he called me to tell me they were back in the shop. When I got back from AZ I went in to settle up with him and he just said "Ah, you don't owe me anything. It was good to get out of the shop for awhile." and he wouldn't take any money for all his time.


Someone anonymously gave him a nice dinner certificate for his trouble.


He's that kind of guy.
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:21 AM   #8
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Mike, couldn't agree more about Jim being a stand up guy. We really enjoyed our 3 years on the open "E" dock before securing cover moorage at the port. One must be persistent when dealing with the "Great and Powerful OZ.....or Corps.
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