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Old 04-16-2018, 12:06 AM   #21
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"Wifey B: You need to work on your serious, sad, frustrating, somber writing style as it comes across in such a way as to make me laugh with you." I'll be sure to work on that. I made a note on my calendar for the 32nd of February to take care of it.
Wifey B: I demand you make it higher priority. The 30th of February.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:57 AM   #23
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:43 PM   #24
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Well, today was…..a day. It started off with a great breakfast at thehotel. Then we schlepped our bags backto the boat. I called Bryan and he cameto the boat to get his access key card back. Now, a word about Bryan. Onreading back through what I wrote yesterday I may have treated him undulyharshly. He was a guy stuck in aposition he hadn’t been trained to handle. He came out on a Sunday when he could have been spending it with his girlfriend. He spent the better part of 4 hours with metrying to get things to work and the fact that we were unsuccessful was not hisfault. So, my hat’s tipped to Bryan forhis services and a job well done. ThanksBryan,
When we pulled out this morningthere was a stout wind of about 20mph blowing straight up the river. The waves were about 2’ and close togetherso a bit of spray to start the day. We got a ways down river headed towardBonneville dam, the last dam of the trip. The further we got down the river the higher the winds blew. At one point the river narrows as it passes betweenthe steep hills on both sides, creating a choke point. It was probably kicking up to gusts of 40 orbetter in one short stretch and the waves picked up to about 6’ to 8’. Waves weremaking spray that was blowing up over the boat and it was a helluva ride. Tina grabbed a very short video which shewill email to me and I’ll post it.
That only lasted for about 2miles then it calmed back down a bit to waves of about 2’-3’ and the closer wegot to Bonneville the calmer it got. Wehad to wait about 20 minutes while the lockmaster turned the lock around butthen we got in, down and out without any delay.
The last stretch of theColumbia between Bonneville and Portland consists of narrow channels andfrequent turns. I made that last 20miles without the aid of autopilot to give it a rest. BTW, I won’t ever own a cruising boat thatdoes not have autopilot. It truly is agod send on lengthy trips like this one.
We finally got to Tyee YachtClub and I had to back down another long fairway, about 680’ and had to make a90* turn at the end to side tie to their dock. I’d been told that there was power at the dock but when I got there Ifound it was only 20A. Bummer.
The guy from Tyee gave me a rideto the Portland airport to pick up our rental car, which was very nice ofhim. When I asked the guy at the rentalcar counter for a map so I could find my way back to Tyee, he didn’t even knowwhere we were at his office. I had leftmy phone on the boat so no way to contact Tina, no map program to find my wayback to Tyee, and it took me over and houru to drive the 5 miles or so back toTyee.
I had tried calling the guy whois going to do the canvas/eisenglass work but they’re closed Mondays and thephone message box was full so no way to leave him a message. Bummer. That kind of detailed work isn’t something I’d be comfortable withdiscussing with him on the phone so we were stuck getting a motel room for thenight and I’ll strangle him, errr, I mean talk to him tomorrow morning.
By that time it was about 5:00so we drove to the nearest bar, had a drink and an appetizer and we’re nowsafely tucked in the motel room. We mayleave for dinner, but we’ll probably find a place we can just walk to.
So I’m still not home, don’t havemy photos organized so I apologize but it will be another day for any ofthose.
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Keep the log coming and looking forward to the pictures
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How long are you staying. Dinner tomorrow with Crusty and ASD?
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:35 PM   #27
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Damn, Tom, I got so screwed up by the canvas guy and I miscommunicating and the misinformation I got from the guy at the car rental place. I completely forgot about you and John wanting to get together for dinner. I apologize because I would like to have done that.


I'm going to meet with the canvas guy in the early morning then we're heading east.


Now I'm probably on the hook for the first two rounds!
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It's a municipal marina run by a bankrupt city and not really geared to cater to the traveler or transient cruiser. Not all marinas are open to visitors.
Vallejo Municipal Marina: The weekend office manager retired and the city did not want to replace the position. Not long after, weekend fuel service ended, probably due to further reduced marina staff. This happened some years after the city's bankruptcy. It creates some inconvenience for berthers to do marina business, but not so much if one is retired and is available on weekdays. If the marina was a business, it would remain open on the weekend and close a couple of days mid-week if finances were weak. Berther access is 24/7.

It's not unusual for seasonal transients to berth here (typically at F dock while FlyWright is at A). And there are lots of vacancies for those wanting to explore the San Francisco estuary. But the weekend visitor is luckless.

Adjacent is a private club's marina which offers reciprocity.
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It's not unusual for seasonal transients to berth here (typically at F dock while FlyWright is at A). And there are lots of vacancies for those wanting to explore the San Francisco estuary. But the weekend visitor is luckless.

Adjacent is a private club's marina which offers reciprocity.[/QUOTE]

Sounds like a mess
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I too have encountered steep 6-8 foot standing waves downstream from Hood River. Wind against current. I guess you can always get wind in the Columbia Gorge but it is famous for windy conditions in the summer. It is one of the best windsurfing spots in the world. It was a strange experience, I had water over the fly-bridge and one of my sister's kids got sea sick and half a mile away cars are cruising on the highway in beautiful sunshine.

Regarding lack of power, I'm surprised you did not just run the generator.
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Damn, Tom, I got so screwed up by the canvas guy and I miscommunicating and the misinformation I got from the guy at the car rental place. I completely forgot about you and John wanting to get together for dinner. I apologize because I would like to have done that.


I'm going to meet with the canvas guy in the early morning then we're heading east.


Now I'm probably on the hook for the first two rounds!
No worries, but John and I will have to discuss your punishment.
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"Regarding lack of power, I'm surprised you did not just run the generator. "
I would have preferred that but unfortunately my mechanic at home pulled the injector pump off to have it rebullt. Timing for this trip was more important than waiting for that to get assembled so we came without it.


"No worries, but John and I will have to discuss your punishment." Aw shit, is this going to involve me getting a mortgage?
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Mike:

Glad to hear you were able to get your boat down to Portland with only a little fuss and bother. The most serious mess up seems to be failing to meet up with ASD and Crusty, but I am sure you are now looking forward to that occurring, risk and all.
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Here are a couple of videos Tina took. The first one, which I didn't know she took until we got home, from inside the cabin. The second is from the fly bridge. I'm not sure where the first one was taken, the second was taken on day two as we were passing the choke point at Thirteen Mile Point. At Thirteen Mile Point the river narrows from about 3/4 mile across to about 1/3 mile across. The current push we were getting was upped from about 2.4kts to about 5.5kts. Gotta love that when you're going with the current.

Here's #1
[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/AE9bg0JIE-8[/video]

and #2
[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/NWDvO8P76Yw[/video]

Photos will be loaded when I get them together and uploaded to my 3rd party hosting site.
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Glad to hear you were able to get your boat down to Portland with only a little fuss and bother. The most serious mess up seems to be failing to meet up with ASD and Crusty, but I am sure you are now looking forward to that occurring, risk and all.
Oh he will PAY and dearly. Drinks and good conversation

Nice videos!!
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OK, I finally got some time to load the photos. There aren’t a heck of a lot of them, and Tina gets the credit for taking most of them. I had my hands full of other things most of the time. I'm not sure what was going on with my image hosting site but it took 2-3 tries for each photo to finally get them uploaded.


This is the tug and barges that we followed at a snail's pace toward McNary lock, but he was nice enough to let us go through the lock with him so I shouldn't say too much bad about him.
https://postimg.cc/image/qbfglkwqj/


Here we are tied up next to him in the lock. They don't let us tie up to the barge, which is fine with me. We tie up to the bollard that floats up and down as the water level changes.
https://postimg.cc/image/hcykznoi3/


This is looking over the side of the lock at the spillway. They're flowing TONS of water now to help the salmon get to the ocean faster.
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My deck hand waiting as we're getting ready to be lowered. You can see the water level behind the gate--it's 85' down to that level.
https://postimg.cc/image/6vd4hvi97/


When we got to John Day lock (Day 2) we got there ahead of a tug that was heading upriver. They turned the lock around for us and made him wait. He was a bit pissed (you could hear it in his voice on the radio) so when they got us down to the lower level and we got ready to leave, he crowded the opening to make it a bit tougher for us to maneuver out of the lock. Jerk.
https://postimg.cc/image/8aep6ngsb/


Here's my trusty deck hand doing what she does well.
https://postimg.cc/image/l9bwvo4cr/


This one is out of order, but it's a shot of Beachcomber sitting at the Tyee Yacht Club awaiting her new canvas.
https://postimg.cc/image/9wzbdwy8r/


On the way home we stopped by Multnomah Falls. It's supposedly the 2nd highest free falling falls in the US.
https://postimg.cc/image/c6s12lrh7/


See, I told you so....
https://postimg.cc/image/x3o979x7v/


Multnomah Falls Lodge
https://postimg.cc/image/7kvwu9ldn/


That's it. Not my usual number of photos and videos but I'll take more when we bring the boat home in about 3 weeks.


All things considered it was a good trip. I'm not sure Tina would wholeheartedly agree with that. She doesn't find the idea of spray coming up over the fly bridge as exciting as I do.


Then, on the way home we were on the freeway in a construction zone where the left lane was closed, the speed limit was 40mph and I had some arsehole come flying up on my rear. He was so close I couldn't see the hood of his car.


I gave him a quick brake check but he didn't back off so I ignored him.
He stayed right on my tail until we cleared the construction zone then he raced around me into the left lane then pulled right in front of me (within a car length or so) and hit his brakes. He must not have liked the single finger wave I gave him as he went by. He did that a few times then took off.


I guess I don't understand that road rage thing. I mean c'mon man, we're in a single lane with traffic moving at 40mph. WTF does he think I'm going to do, pull off on the shoulder so he can go by me?


I promise to take more photos and videos on the way back upriver with the boat.
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GFC,you could ask a helpful Mod to help change the thread title.
Unless of course the last trip was worse.
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Unless of course the last trip was worse.
Bruce, I thought about that and chuckled over it but decided to leave it because the trip did start out better. The last time we tried it the winds were so bad we turned around after about 10 miles.

This time the winds and waves weren't too bad for the first two days. The worst we saw in those two days was winds about 15-20 and waves about 2'-3'.

Even on the third day they were OK, with winds about 20-30 and waves about 3' until we got to that narrow stretch. The winds picked up to about 40 because they were being funneled through the gap and the waves to about 6'-8'. Fortunately it was only for about 2 miles.

By the time we got to Bonneville Dam the winds had stopped ((they were blowing over the tops of the adjoining hills) and the water was flat. Between Bonneville and Portland they picked back up a bit but even then it was OK.

The thing that freaked me out the worst was backing the boat down the fairway at the yacht club. There was a wind blowing down the fairway and a current running from right to left. I made it OK but when I got to the end and had to back the boat 90* into a turn to side tie it, that got my attention. My pucker factor was about a 15 on a 1-10 scale.

Here's the fairway.......
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