Results 1 to 24 of 24

Thread: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    This is the time of year where I am tired of being cooped up by the dark and rain and cold. I start to plot adventures and bug people to think ahead about all things to do in the long, pleasant days of the PNW summer.


    I may regret letting the cat out of the bag, but I need some company. I'm looking for four good sail and oar boaters to join me on a summer cruise on the Lower Columbia River Estuary.



    There are thousands of acres of marsh, gazillion gallons of water (mostly fresh), virtually no mosquitoes, and a cool variety of places to anchor from wild, to city, to historic.

    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by Bruce Bateau; 01-17-2023 at 10:32 PM.
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    This isn't like a carnival cruise, where Gopher tells you the activities for the day. This is a ton of fun, but also some responsibility for everyone being self sufficient, comfortable running aground (welcome to the club), being content shifting plans with the weather, and telling tall tales around the campfire or wherever we end up.
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    St. Helens, Oregon
    Posts
    5,267

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Following I probably won't have time to join in, but I'll be watching with interest. Maybe I can sneak out for one day to join folks.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Wrocław, Poland
    Posts
    14,357

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    If it were just a bit closer to my neighborhood, I'd be in for sure, Bruce. But...

    A Long Way.jpg

    Tom
    Ponoszenie konsekwencji!

    www.tompamperin.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    If you can get here, we'll find you a boat!
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfield, CA
    Posts
    2,731

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Oooh, I need something to look forward to as well, not so much from the weather now the atmospheric rivers seem over but just because I am stuck in my office looking at a parking lot. I could make a trip of it and visit my brother up in Everett. Would have to get the admiral's permission...

    Any objection to a solar electric and oar camp cruising Walkabout? I am self sufficient and can generally cover 20 miles a day by oar, up to 40 with plenty of sun. I regularly cruise in company with a band of sailors on the Sacramento Delta, sometimes making myself useful as the towboat



    - Rick

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    2,538

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    If I were just a few years earlier in my retirement . . .

    Sailors, as long as you are physically able, don't pass up opportunities like these.

    Infirmity can grab you at any time !!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Central Coast, Ca
    Posts
    35,892

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by rgthom View Post
    Oooh, I need something to look forward to as well, not so much from the weather now the atmospheric rivers seem over but just because I am stuck in my office looking at a parking lot. I could make a trip of it and visit my brother up in Everett. Would have to get the admiral's permission...

    Any objection to a solar electric and oar camp cruising Walkabout? I am self sufficient and can generally cover 20 miles a day by oar, up to 40 with plenty of sun.

    - Rick
    I love that estuary, used to stumble around there back in the 70's when the canneries were still going concerns, the Jenny Decker and Salvage Chief were the Big Boats in the basin, and you could buy a 2 story house on the river with indoor plumbing for $3k. (not a typo)
    My clutch may now be slipping a bit, but I don't recall an abundance of sunshine...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Dog Ranch, USA
    Posts
    9,779

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Why four?
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Why four?
    Uh, cause I want to re-create this scene:
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I love that estuary, used to stumble around there back in the 70's when the canneries were still going concerns, the Jenny Decker and Salvage Chief were the Big Boats in the basin, and you could buy a 2 story house on the river with indoor plumbing for $3k. (not a typo)
    My clutch may now be slipping a bit, but I don't recall an abundance of sunshine...
    I had breakfast on the Salvage Chief a few years ago. That was a memorable experience... Sunshine? Just come in August. You can even swim without freezing off your tender bits then!
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Central Coast, Ca
    Posts
    35,892

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary


    Been there in August, but was working week long trips offshore.

    I have been wondering about Jennie Decker for a long time now, she was a pretty famous vessel. I first read about her in "Fish and Ships" and to actually see her in the flesh still working at 70 years old, now that was something.
    118 years is a long career for a wooden fishing vessel, and she looks much better in this image than she ever did when I saw her. I would like to know more about her demise, it sounds pretty grim.

    "The Jennie F.
    Decker spent a long life in the fishing business, and occasionally came to the notice of the newspapers. Built in 1901 as a two-masted sailing halibut schooner, she was converted to power in 1907, and in the 1920s and '30s continued long-lining for halibut off the Oregon and Washington coast."

    The Chinook Observer


    96AAE7A3-87E7-4E4F-B99E-D8E34A1B4AF5.jpg




  13. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    I dug up a picture of the Salvage Chief. It was fun to explore all around her:

    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Why four?
    Also, if I invited more than four people, things might start to look like this out there:

    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    Bay Area, CA
    Posts
    431

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    This is a very kind invitation, Bruce, and I am sorely tempted. I suspect that between work and kids August would be a no go for me, and really I can't commit to anything at any time. But I'm very glad you put the invitation out there and hope to read a report of your exploits!

    James

  16. #16
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Dog Ranch, USA
    Posts
    9,779

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    No more than five is smart. And five is a lot of opinions. I might make it this year. Or next year. But sometime I'll sail with you out to Astoria and back. I've never made that run. I was born along the Lower Columbia too.
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Shoreline, Washington
    Posts
    2,424

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    I would like to see that area.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    5,758

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    If I had a suitable boat I would be all in for this Bruce! As it is I could do the "oar" part, but the sailing bits would be rather more difficult.
    - Chris

    Any single boat project will always expand to encompass the set of all possible boat projects.

    Life is short. Go boating now!

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Newport, OR
    Posts
    461

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    From Cathlamet to Cape Disappointment is one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country, and mostly untouched. Lots of side trips, channels, islands and history. If my wife ever dumps me I'll be living on an old troller in Cathlamet, with an old dog. Love that town.

    I look forward to seeing your posts on this. August is king salmon season off the central Oregon coast, no time for sight seeing.
    1960 LeClerq 36' Commercial Salmon Troller F/V Alcor

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    St. Helens, Oregon
    Posts
    5,267

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    If I had a suitable boat I would be all in for this Bruce! As it is I could do the "oar" part, but the sailing bits would be rather more difficult.
    Chris, would you deem a Joel White "Shearwater" adequate? I have the one built by Rick Stover that you could use. He built it without the CB so she has zero upwind capability, but he did do the lugsail. Might be kinda small for this sort of trip, but the offer's out there!
    IMG_4999.jpg

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    5,758

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Chris, would you deem a Joel White "Shearwater" adequate? I have the one built by Rick Stover that you could use. He built it without the CB so she has zero upwind capability, but he did do the lugsail. Might be kinda small for this sort of trip, but the offer's out there!
    That's a lovely boat and a great offer Hugh! I may take you up on it if Bruce still has room in the flotilla and depending on when this little excursion plans to set sail. Regarding the upwind performance, what is the adage? "Gentlemen don't sail to weather" or something like that? I'm not much of a gentleman, but I guess that's when the oar part of the experience would happen in any case.
    - Chris

    Any single boat project will always expand to encompass the set of all possible boat projects.

    Life is short. Go boating now!

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    421

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary


    Thanks for the interest folks. Get your paddles ready, oars may dig too deep!

    Practice your capsize drills.

    Sew your fog tent.

    And make sure I have your e-mail address.

    I'll send out a survey for the best date for folks in the spring.

    -Bruce
    Tales from the land and sea: http://terrapintales.wordpress.com/

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Feb 2020
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    63

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Gentlemen don't sail to weather. [They pay other people to do it for them.]

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    St. Helens, Oregon
    Posts
    5,267

    Default Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    That's a lovely boat and a great offer Hugh! I may take you up on it if Bruce still has room in the flotilla and depending on when this little excursion plans to set sail. Regarding the upwind performance, what is the adage? "Gentlemen don't sail to weather" or something like that? I'm not much of a gentleman, but I guess that's when the oar part of the experience would happen in any case.
    Our daughter will be here from Oz to help finishing projects on the house (and my knee surgery recovery) so no point in denying someone an opportunity. Lemme know

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •