Hi all Pacific Northwest sailer friends - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-16-2008
Lesmusic1's Avatar
Ready to Sail Away
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Gresham, Or
Posts: 14
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Lesmusic1 is on a distinguished road
Send a message via MSN to Lesmusic1
Question Hi all Pacific Northwest sailer friends

Hi everyone,

Haven't been on for a while. My husband and I have a sailboat on the Columbia River and planning to finally head down river for a few days.

With the river so high, has anyone found any things to watch out for? We will be starting at Goverment Island and hopefully making it to Saint Helens.

Still looking for daytime sail buddies to share time with sailing.

Happy Sailing!
Just Playing The Game Of Life
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 07-16-2008
Moonfish's Avatar
Cruiser/Lats and Atts TV
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
Posts: 372
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Moonfish is on a distinguished road
Have fun! I learned to sail on the Columbia, and sailed my first boat (Newport 28 MkII) on the river from Bonneville Dam to Longview. Had a lot of fun. The trip down to St. Helens should be easy. Just watch out for logs and deadheads due to high water.

And the railroad bridge there at Vancouver can be a bottleneck if the trains are moving back and forth. I remember waiting for more than an hour one time. Other times I sounded my horn and they opened within 5 minutes. I can't remember the number and length of blasts required to signal your request to have the bridge swung open, but someone down there will probably tell you (if you don't already know).

Sand Island (across from St. Helens) is a great spot to spend a day or two, and usually has more available dock space in summer than the Courthouse Docks. If there isn't much wind to speak of, and you'd be motoring anyway, take a side trip up or down the Multnomah Channel. The current will be less than the river, and it's a very nice, quiet, serene little pastoral cruise. Then you can tell your friends you "circumnavigated" Sauvie Island - which, IIRC, is one of the largest natural river islands in North America (or maybe just the states).

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"Always approach the dock at the speed you wish to hit it."
1978 North Sea 33 Pilothouse Cutter (Ta Chiao)

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PS News RickBowman Pacific Seacraft 5 11-26-2007 10:22 AM
2004 Westsail Pacific Northwest Rendezvous guillama Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 0 08-31-2004 12:34 PM
Landfall—The Pacific Northwest Liza Copeland Cruising Articles 0 04-11-2000 08:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:15 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.