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Made it to Astoria!

John and I recently completed a journey that we have talked about for some time now. We made the trip from Portland to Astoria in our boats. I took the Arima, and John rode his Waverunner. 95.19 miles in all, down the Columbia River, starting at the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, and ending at the John Day Park ramp in Astoria. It took us 8 hours in all, including two fuel/rest stops in Kalama and Cathlamet. Ryan took these pictures, and did a great job. Our plan called for about 4-5 hours on the water, but we didn’t anticipate the rough water that we encountered for nearly the full length of the trip. Near Cathlamet we ran into some 4+ foot waves, the third picture shows John meeting one of those. Our wives towed the trailers to Astoria, and helped make the trip easy for us. I was surprised by the amount of beautiful scenery along the way.

We particularly liked the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet, a very picturesque and peaceful place, I’d like to spend some more time there someday.

I used my Lowrance chartplotter extensively on this trip, and had good fun doing so, although I realized just how much I have to learn about it. I also realized for the first time why it would be advantageous to have a displacement hull vessel rather than a planing hull, so that you are in the water, rather than on top of it (where the waves can beat you to death).

It felt great to complete the challenge, we will surely have to do it again someday.

Photos Copyright © 2008, Jon McDermott
Location: Columbia River, OR

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Daytona trip – Day 3


On day 3 we started the day by visiting Bass Pro Shops “Outdoor World” (also known as the Fisherman’s Mecca). It’s a good thing that we don’t have an Outdoor World store in Oregon, else Jon would surely be bankrupt. We then traveled to the “space coast” of Florida and toured Cocoa Beach, the village of Cocoa, and Titusville.

We did a little boat shopping (this one is too small).



It’s amazing how many shells are just laying around on the beach here. The weather has been great, sunny every day, with highs between 70 and 80 degrees!

President Bush was in Orlando on Friday, and we saw Air Force One parked at an Air Force base on the space coast. That explains the fighter jet escorts and the armed military folks all around.

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Multnomah Channel


We spent the day before Thanksgiving cruising the Multnomah Channel. It was an amazingly beautiful day, cold but sunny and clear. We put in at Scappoose Bay marina, spent an hour fooling with Jon’s dead battery, then cruised the 20 or so miles north through the channel to the Willamette. This is a beautiful trip, can’t believe we waited so long to do it. John suited up and rode his Waverunner the whole way, he got some strange looks for being out this time of year.





Photos Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Multnomah Channel, OR

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Houseboat


This was our home for the week, rented from Antler’s. Despite some initial problems (generator failed and had to be replaced before we could depart), and some other minor annoyances, it worked well for us. In my mind, bigger is better, the flybridge is a must, and having a place to sleep on top under the stars is a ‘must have’ for selecting a houseboat.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Lake Shasta, CA

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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.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
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.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Beaverton, OR

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