Tank area after polishing. There were some stops on the forward side made of 3/4″ plywood, I decided to replace them with ‘seaboard’ (from Tap Plastics) instead. I also replaced the nylon tank strap buckles with new stainless buckles that Don at Arima was kind enough to send me.

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Location: Beaverton, OR

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Tank re-installed. There was an “L” shaped shim made of plywood on the starboard side used to keep the tank from sliding sideways. It was broken, so I built a new one out of seaboard, and severely over-engineered it.

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Location: Beaverton, OR

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After getting the boat put back together (tank installed, new fuel hoses, etc.), Ryan and I took it out Sunday afternoon for a shakedown. As is typical for Portland in the Spring, it poured on us for a minute, and then a few minutes later we were squinting in the bright sunshine. That’s the Fremont bridge, did I mention that when I was a kid we watched them lift the center section of the Fremont bridge into place? Pretty memorable.

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Location: Portland, OR

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Ready to load up at Willamette Park. We cruised a lot farther than originally intended. We started at Willamette Park and went to the Columbia, and made a loop around Tomahawk Island. I had only put about a half a tank of gas in before we left, but I thought it would be no problem since there are gas docks at Tomahawk Island. For the record, the gas docks close at 5 (or earlier) on Sunday, also Fred’s Marina on Multnomah Channel closes at 5. We made it back, but I was pretty nervous not knowing how much gas the boat burns… Next time I will fill the tank.

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Location: Willamette Park, Portland, OR

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