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Old 02-16-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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I've been contemplating a cruise from Lewiston, ID to Astoria, OR... locking through all the dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers, etc... Then cruising up the Washington State Coast and into the Strait of Juan De Fuca (sp-?), coming out in Lake Washington. Gas costs are huge of course, and convincing the wife of this three week cruise will be a challenge, too. But my biggest concern is cruising north out in the big, bad Pacific Ocean! Is this a dumb idea in my 2001 Maxum 2900 SCR? I think I've recuited a friend to accompany me in HIS 29' SeaRay.

Any thoughts from folks in the Pacific NW?
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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Hi Jeff and welcome to the zoo....first off...nice boat....I had the 2700 scr and sometimes miss it ...2nd off.....the trip down the river sounds awesome...I've always thought that would be a fun cruise....3rdly....your nuts ....and I mean that in a good way...in the Pacific ocean, the waves can average 11-30ft in height....periods of about 11 sec....meaning big big rollers....you'd use most of your gas up just climbing the rollers....your wife would have her hands wrapped around your throat, while shaking your head like a maracah and screaming "GET ME OFF THIS BOAT"........
then ...if the weather gods all blessed it from day one you enter the oregon bar...(if you survived that one)....you'd have to have perfect weather all the way up to Tatoosh and around the point...then into the Straights of Juan De Fuca....now if the Straights stay down (not a predictable event )....you will have a nice ride all the way to seattle and into the locks heading into lake union and lake washington......

now if your wife survives all of that...and stays married too you...you better keep her happy the rest of your days....

now if your goal is just to come out here and have a nice time in the sound....trailer it...it will save you lots of money and may even prevent a divorce and your death....and the loss of your boat...

personally???...I wouldn't do it with a single engined boat...twins I might think about it...but like I said ..the weather gods have got to smile on you when you hit the bar all the way up to Tatoosh....and that ain't likely to happen......you may get lucky and get a window of op where everything works out...but that would be danged lucky imho........

but do take lotsa pic's and post them here....we'd love to join in the adventure from the comfort of my laptop.....

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Oh I can see I'm going to like this forum/website! Great reply, SeaPuppy... I'll probably modify this cruise to stop in Portland and call it good! 30 foot waves would scare the sh*t out of me, to say nothing of my wife Tracy!!
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truck that sucker up to the Everett area and enjoy some of the finest boating around.........


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Living on the East Coast, I take for granted that weather moves West to East, and we're on the leeward side of an entire continent. We obviously get big water when the weather is right. However, i've frequently been out 20 miles in 1-2's. I take for granted that the same weather moving west to east leaves a very, very long fetch across the Pacific until it reaches our west coase. The first time I went out to Vancouver Island to fish for salmon and hlaibut, it didn't take long to be in giant 15+ ft. rollers. The kind where you drop into the trough and loose sight of the horizon in all directions.

Though, my experience was big long, spaced out rollers. That is where I learned the TRUE meaning of "One for you and one hand for the boat". Or as my wife refers to it, "The art of leaning on things". Her theory being, you can't bang into what you're already leaning on.
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even on a calm day ...we still get 7 ft rollers.....the only time I've seen it flat on the pacific outside of Vancouver island was when we were on a cruise ship in sept....zero winds...zero waves...but that's not the norm out here.......in 14 yrs...that was a first for me.....(musta been the size of the boat making them look smaller)....but still.....I wouldn't venture out there and just expect to make nice with neptune!!...
the oregon bar is where the coasties train for big water rescues....that's also where they test new survivable motor rescue launches..these guys will take them into the bar and see if they recover during a complete broach....
so..would I go out there in my 35 ftr???haaaaaeeelllll no!!!..

also.....I spent 17 yrs designing nuke subs....I've been 2k ft under the water....and have never been more scared of the water until we hit 14 ftrs in the sound...in our 35 ft boat....we climbed to the top of one wave at about 35-40 degs and then bury the bow in the next.........talk about a pucker factor....

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Old 02-18-2011, 05:23 PM   #7
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Well, I think you guys may have saved my marriage... if not my LIFE Ya got me convinced, SeaPuppy?---we've been trying to get Endless Summer over to the Puget Sound area since we bought her four years ago out of Lake of the Ozarks (MO). Just a little hesitant on towing her with my standard Suburban (11,000lbs including the trailer, Suburban's rated for 8,600lbs!) and also of course the buck$.

Soon we'll be there and look you up! For now... we'll be staying on Lake Coeur D' Alene, ID... thanks again.
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Jeff, Your idea's not bad, you just need to cut out the ocean piece. If you have the time, cruise down the river as far as Portland or Longview. Then get trailered up to Olympia WA and travel up the Sound. From Olympia northbound, it's a beautiful trip with lots of coves and marinas to check out. Don't rush. It's quite a trip. The Columbia Bar can be crossed in the summer, (fishermen do it all the time) but I won't.
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Great idea, in fact that was my original plan (to cruise from Lewiston, ID to Portland and then tow it home, but then I "expanded" it to go North via the Pacific Ocean/Washington State Coast). However towing it to Puget Sound AFTER arriving in Portland, and then towing it back to CDA Lake to end the trip is a better idea! The thought of burning all my gas trying to get over large waves/rollers from Grays Harbor/Westport to Neah Bay convinced me, as it's 125 miles with no marina/civilization from what I can tell on Google Earth between those two locations. My wife strangling me as SeaPuppy described last week was also a motivating factor in my decision!

Having someone follow me w/the trailer will be another challenge, but my folks are retired and I think they'd enjoy the trips.
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Great decision.....looking fwd to hooking up with you guys ...


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