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Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« on: January 10, 2020, 12:53:12 PM »
 Ran yesterday for crab and overstayed our welcome outside Bar and hit big ebb-tide. Should have jogged to the north side outside Pelican Shoal, hindsight being 20/20 dudh. Came straight in middle of shipping Channel and broached several times with probably 100g of water onto fishdeck. Twin brother Bruce got ringside seat as on fishdeck and giving me headsup for waves catching us. Managed to get back underway and drained the deck thru the two 2" drains. Boat felt no-where near flipping but that's in perspective after last big wipeout outside the Gate years ago. Problem would compound of course if we had continued to take on more water. Finally managed to jog to the northside and got out of the maelstrom. Coast Guard still had the Bar 'unrestricted' the whole time, mariners up here are tough. Learned a few lessons and once again thankful for Renn's seaworthy design. We're done for ocean runs till springtime, WHEW. B & B

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Re: Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2020, 03:32:50 PM »

Now you know why the Columbia River bar is world-renowned ...  We've been through similar dry-mouth, wet-boat experiences ... including green water busting clear over the top of the boat over our heads.  People die there every year.

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Re: Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2020, 06:59:47 AM »
While I am waiting for the epoxy to dry on my cuddy cabin panels I am enjoying reading Northwest Passage, by William Dietrich.  He describes the history of the Columbia from the time of the Missoula floods to the current days with so many dams and reservoirs.  It’s also a great read if you like natural history.  And of course, he spends some time near the end of his story covering the controversy of the hopes to restore salmon runs amidst the current situation of providing an immense amount of electricity and and safer navigation channels for transporting inland grains to the coast.  His coverage of the days of sailing ships and paddle wheelers is excellent, and makes me so glad I am building a Tolman.  I can barely imagine being in that mighty river with a less sea worthy design.
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Re: Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2020, 07:08:03 AM »
 Speaking of 'paddlewheelers' we've made several trips up to the Snake River last fall and returning in the spring. A paddlewheeler blew its boiler in 1893 and along with the 8-lives lost the 'ships safe' was blown into the middle of the river. Proving to be a difficult target to find it in 60' of 36-degree water. B & B

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Re: Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2020, 08:21:27 PM »
Keep going ....
Did you score?
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Re: Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2020, 06:33:46 AM »
Speaking of 'paddlewheelers' we've made several trips up to the Snake River last fall and returning in the spring. A paddlewheeler blew its boiler in 1893 and along with the 8-lives lost the 'ships safe' was blown into the middle of the river. Proving to be a difficult target to find it in 60' of 36-degree water. B & B

...Not to mention the muck and weeds that the Snake is full of!  Good lucky on that!  (Spear a big catfish for me while you're down there,'k?)


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Re: Learning lessons on the Columbia River Bar.
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2020, 06:25:27 PM »
Keep going ....
Did you score?
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Made last trip to paddlewheeler Dec. 10 and just too cold topside and water. Planning on returning in March/April. Think we're pretty close. Safe has $600 in it so twice the score we've done 2x before on CA wrecks. After purchasing $20k in search electronics we're already in the red on this one. B & B