Cool. Last few summers I've explored lots of the waters up around Scappoose, Woodland, Ridgefield, on the Kayak. Prior to that, for the past 25+ years, more in-land rivers and lakes, of which we have plenty.
You'll have a great time here in Portland. Brewing capital of the Planet.
Look forward to hearing from you. I'm really excited about my first sailboat. Did a bunch of time on a sailboat on Long Island Sound as a kid. Can't think of a better hobby right now.
Edited to add: I've paddled the waters we'll be hitting. I know some rocks that aren't on the charts.
Scary riding right over the top of the berg that sunk the Titanic 2 inches below thin fiberglas and vital body parts.
Studied the charts, tons, and have charts from Alaska to San Francisco on a jump drive I use in a little netbook. I'm hoping my old Magellan GPS will interface with the yet-to-be-purchased $35 software upgrade, where you can actually really use these charts and have a cheap chartplotter. If this doesn't work, I'll have a chartplotter on the boat soonest. I have redundant systems, old and new, and will never rely, solely, on anything electric. I've climbed a couple of the mountains here, can survive in the outdoors, hunt and fish, know how to make do with little, ski patrol, first aid, military experience.
I'll install the BBQ and we'll grill whatever you want while cruising to Portland for the Blues Festival, perhaps.