Family Time… In A Family Way

Family Time… In A Family Way

After dropping our boat off at the Ranger Tug factory in Kent Washington for an auto pilot install we drove to Portland, Oregon to spend time with our son Ross, his girlfriend Sarah and our soon to be grandchild… due date early October. Lisa and I were able to spend the afternoon with Sarah while Ross was working, which included a delicious Thai lunch where she caught us up on all the pending baby plans… we couldn't be more excited for them and proud to see our family grow in yet another way. When Ross arrived home from his job…

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Preparing, Packing And Planning…

Preparing, Packing and Planning…

After spending this past winter holed up at home in northern Michigan remodeling our kitchen, we feel we're more than ready for some new cruising adventure, so we are preparing, planning and packing to head west soon to begin another fun boating season. First we'll visit the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green River in Northeast Utah/Southern Wyoming, then we'll continue on to Puget Sound in Washington State, there we'll put in at Anacortes and cruise north into Canada's Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and more. Check back often, the fun is soon to start.

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Last Night In Portland

Last Night in Portland

We spent our last few nights in Portland at the City Dock right next to the River View Marina. Not a bad view at night with the lights from the bridges and downtown. No amenities on the almost free dock but it's right downtown and that was a big plus for us during our visit. Late afternoon the yacht, Lady M arrived to tie up across the dock from us, we suddenly felt really small (below - 164' to our tiny 27'). There was a lot of excitement about this vessel when it arrived. It was heavily rumored around town that the…

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Today We Come To Name This Lady… Kismet

Today We Come to Name this Lady… Kismet

For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. These ships will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call them “she.” To them we toast, and ask to celebrate... KISMET.    To the Sailors of old… to KISMET    The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this ship be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong and she keeps out the pressures of the sea. To the Sea…To the sailors…

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Willamette River – Portland, Oregon

Willamette River – Portland, Oregon

We live so far away from Ross and opportunities to connect are so few. So these five days in Portland with Ross are very precious to us. He took time off work several days to sightsee, eat out at favorite restaurants and take us on errands like the DMV, hardware and grocery store. We knew the weather was supposed to be great today so we planned a cruise downriver to the little town of Lake Oswego. We spent the day going slow, trawler speed. The Willamette River is very scenic, rocky with big houses on hills and steep cliffs. We docked…

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River View Marina – Portland, Oregon

River View Marina – Portland, Oregon

On our own this time dropping Kismet into the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. We took our time and eased the trailer onto the boat ramp and into the water. Because we were going slow it took us about an hour to complete the whole process. Finding a spot to park the truck took a little more thought and time. Since we could only park the truck and trailer in the parking lot at the boat launch during the day we decided to take it up river to a spot Jim heard about from another boater, we could leave the…

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