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Old 05-28-2018, 12:01 PM   #81
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You'll find more and more marinas with GFI pedestals as time goes on. If the GFI trips you have a ground fault on the boat, i.e. some of the current is returning via the ground conductor or water. Ground faults to water are lethal to swimmers in fresh water (because the body is a better conductor than fresh water). You should get that fixed.
I have checked it and I have installed some GFIs on my old boat. The problem is the older boats trips the dock GFI because of the way they were wired.

If the above is true, then it would trip the GFI 100% of the time. Currently it has been holding since yesterday afternoon.

This GFI is a good subject in another thread.....
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:06 PM   #82
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Yup, pretty typical to have the wind on your stern. Makes those downstream waves just stand a little bit taller.


You guys are making pretty good time. On your run from Bonneville to Hood River (~25 mile trip) what speed were you able to cruise at and how long did it take you? What was your speed over ground and your speed through the water?
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Hood River OR to The Dalles OR

Man, the wind can blow in the Columbia River Gorge. We set up plans to leave at 7 AM, thinking the wind would be a little less. The wind started to blow at 4 AM and only increased. So why did we choose to go? On any given day at Hood River in the summer it blows. It is only 21 miles to The Dalles at the other end of the gorge. The wind blows here to, but not as bad.
We left the dock at 7 AM and I was pinned to the dock, so I rolled off the dock. Next thing I hear from Kay “We lost a fender!!” I tried to go after it, but it was blowing too much. Oh well, there goes $110.

The waves were high but blowing at our back. The waves would just roll under us. Auto Pilot helped a lot! It was also hard to see with the morning sun. We came up to this real narrow part called Memaloose Island. And when I say narrow enough room for one tug and barge. No passing in here. Then I hear Kay yell: Fish net!!!! Tom Fish Net!!! Sh#t…… Released the auto pilot and did a hard to port turn! Barley missed it. Dang that was a pucker factor of 10+!!

The scenery starts to change here too. Less forest and more barren brown high desert and farm land. Lots of wineries too.

We made it into the Dalles at around 10 AM. Tied up at a nice dock. Unfortunately, they had a fire in the yacht club and there is no water. If we can’t get water at our next stop, I will have to de-pickle the water maker.
Tomorrow, we will be travelling 42 miles and 2 locks to Arlington OR.
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Old 05-29-2018, 07:29 PM   #84
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A few more pics. Hope this isn't too much......
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Not too much at all.
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Enjoying your story, thanks!
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I've never been on that river so I'm enjoying all these great pics!
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I've never been on that river so I'm enjoying all these great pics!
Yeah right. Klondike bars and maybe a few AAs. Although Crusty has your adult beverage
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ASD,
If your looking for a couple spots to anchor on the trip upriver the hook on the NE side of Miller Island and the West side of Crow Butte and pretty decent. We surfed Volunteer all the way from John Day Dam to Arlington in 30kts of wind. Arlington has great docks and in heavy wind a tricky entrance and was interesting.
Have a great time on the rivers
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We lucked out today. No wind. Should make Arlington this afternoon. Lots and lots of nets on the north side of Miller.
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You guys are going to be in the Tri Cities before I even take off from Portland. I can't wait.
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The biggest enjoyment for us is meting up with TF members......But you gotta travel to meet up with those guys!
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The Dalles to Arlington

If you could size this section of the trip it would be phrased as “PERFECT!”
However, that is not how it started. Our plan departure from The Dalles was 7 AM. John’s expert weather says it is to be a nice day with low winds. Then we looked at AIS. The locks at The Dalles dam had a traffic jam, all with hazardous loads which meant we could not lock with them. We called the lock and they told us to stay put at the dock and he would call us. So, when we saw the last tug exit the lock, we broke loose from the dock and hoovered in the river. At around 8:30 we got the call we had a green light at the lock. As we approached the lock, someone called in requesting wind speed at the top of the dam. The response was 22 mph. Oh crap!!
The bollards are a lot better at the Dalles, than at Bonneville. We also noticed the lock design was different. Now worries, we exited the locks and headed to the John Day Dam. We also had to go under a railroad bridge. GFC gave us a spreadsheet with all the locks and bridge call signs which helped a lot. Thanks Mike!

John’s weather prediction was awesome. No wind, nice 75f and little current.
The lock master for John Day instructed us to do a port tie on the Washington side of the lock. The reason was he could not see us in the lock on the stbd side. There is a funny story about Crusty’s response to the lock master’s instruction, but I will let the Navy guy tell it!

The approach to John Day was a little scary as the spillway is right next to the lock approach. We got hit hard by beam waves and current which put a few things on the floor. But once past I shot from 2kts to 8kts in a matter of feet! The lockage through John Day went smoothly for ASD, if fact it was easy. The boat was not jammed up against the wall. Not so for Pairadice. He got pinned and had to work hard to keep his boat off the wall. The lock master filled the lock fast! It was about a 15-20 minute which is a 100 ft + lift.

We made our way to Arlington under glass waters and nice sunshine. After all is said and done we traveled 54 miles but took us about 10 hours with the delays.

Arlington Marina is an awesome place. Moorage is free, electric is $10 a night. Yes the highway and railroad bridge is next to the marina, but it is a clean friendly place. Diesel is $2.69 a gallon here…..They have a few restaurants, hardware and grocery store. Because of weather, we will be hold up here for the next 3 days. I could think of worse places to be stuck!!
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"The bollards are a lot better at the Dalles, than at Bonneville. We also noticed the lock design was different. Now worries, we exited the lock and headed to the John Day Dam. We also had to go under a railroad bridge. GFC gave us a spreadsheet with all the locks and bridge call signs which helped a lot. Thanks Mike!"


The bollards you found at Bonneville are taller than the rest of them on the river. As you've noticed already, there is a variety of upstream and downstream gates. Some are guilloting, some large doors.


I'm glad you liked Arlington. That's one of my favorite places to overnight. If you left there this morning you'll be in my area tonight. It's our anniversary so I'll be pretty tied up all afternoon and evening (don't ask ) so our get together may have to be tomorrow evening.

Give me a call when you're getting close to the RR Bridge and if I can break away I'll come down and help you get tied up. Right now in our area there's about a 10mph wind out of the SW so that will help you to the dock.
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We are current in Arlington and will stay here for the few days until the weather improves...
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The wind is easing up a bit, finally. The plan now is to head up tomorrow for Umitilla and then into Tri Cities on Sunday. If all goes well we meet up with Mike and Tina Sunday afternoon for cocktails. This wind is getting old.
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John, we won't be back in town until Monday afternoon. Sunday evening we'll be in Arlington.
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