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Staging Storing In Portland, Oregon

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Whenever we plan a major trip, usually once a year if we can manage, it usually involves what we like to call “Staging Storing.” We often need to stage our boat somewhere near our intended future cruising area well before we actually start cruising. Whether it be storage or docking somewhere nearby to avoid weather restrictions, to avoid higher costs, or we think we’d like to take in some interesting activity short of our final destination – making plans to stage and store the boat is an important element of trip planning.

Our cruising plans for the next year will be focused on the Pacific Northwest, primarily Puget Sound and British Columbia. We often take our boat south to Florida for the winter months. In that scenario, we’d take a trip in the fall, to ferry Kismet well away from Michigan and it’s brutal winters, to stage and store her in a warmer state, Tennessee or Alabama for instance. Maybe we’ll cruise somewhere nearby the staging/storage area before we return home for the holidays. We would never be able to leave Michigan with Kismet in tow in January, after the holidays, with icy snowy roads. That is one good example of staging/storing.

Our trip plans for the Pacific Northwest is a little different, but not much. This year we brought the boat out west while road conditions across the country were still good to travel through plains and mountains to Portland, Oregon. We launched her in the Columbia River a few weeks ago and are living on her at Salpare Marina while we visit with our son, Ross and his family. We will be able to enjoy some quality time with our grandson and help out with babysitting etc. while we are here for five weeks. Then we’ll put Kismet back on the trailer and store her while we fly back home. We’ll return after the first of the year. After another short visit in Portland, we’ll trailer the boat to Puget Sound and begin our winter, spring and summer cruising itinerary, with a few flights back home to check on stuff.

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Our lunch stop on our final day on the road was the Bulldog Diner. What a treat. Fresh and homemade are the right words to describe our experience in the very small town of Rufus, Oregon. right off U.S. 30.

Staging Storing

Arrive Portland-5

Arrive Portland-6

Staging/Storing

We tried to time our arrival in Portland to well before sunset so that we had plenty of time to unload Kismet into the river and get her to the marina before dark. Portland has one of the best boat launch facilities we have ever experienced, M James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on Marina Drive. We are getting fairly quick at launching Kismet now, so in no time she was in the water and Jim was at the helm, pointing her bow to the marina only a few miles away, while I drove the truck to meet him there.

Staging/Storing

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Arrive Portland-14

Arrive Portland-15

Arrive Portland-16

Staging Storing

Staging Storing

Arrive Portland-19

Arrive Portland-20

Staging Storing

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  1. Jim and Lisa,
    I love the name of your boathome!!! Their is a small town in S.W. Kansas named “Kismet”.
    (37* 12.224′ N–100*42.020′ W according to Active Captain)
    My parents met there just before WW2. They were both high school teachers. They waited until after the war to marry and were married for 60 years. My dad spent the war in Burma fixing instruments on planes that flew supplies to the Chinese over the Himalayas. His troop ship landing in NYC on Jan. 1, 1946 and they were married Jan 12 in central Kansas.
    My wife, Debbie and I live 12 miles from the MKARNS Barge Canal on Northeastern Oklahoma. The closest marina is 3 Forks Harbor at Muskogee, OK.,(35*45.964N 095*17.866W) but you could anchor out at Bluff’s Landing Start Park (36*04.178N 095*33.564W) which is the closest boat ramp to our house in Broken Arrow, OK (S.E. Tulsa). From the Mississippi River upstream on the MKARNS to the ena at the Port of Catoosa is 450 miles. Bluff’s Landing is about 25 miles downstream from the port.
    I have read your book, “Women on Board Cruising” and loved every minute of reading. I am ordering “Trailerable Trawlers” tonight. I have read many books on couples who have cruised the Great Loop but I will get your book before to long. Come visit us in NE OK sometime.
    Thanks for all of the information,
    David and Debbie Breeden
    Broken Arrow, OK

    1. Hi David and Debbie:

      Sorry its taken a while to get back wth you. It sounds like you have a lot of great river to boat on in Oklahoma. Having traveled through Oklahoma while trailering Kismet west or back east, I’ve pondered the idea of exploring the waters in your area, but as life often goes there doesn’t ever seem to be enough time to do everything we we’d like.

      I did not know about Kismet Kansas, now when I see or read about it in the future I’ll have the story of your Mom and Dad to refer too.

      Thanks for buying our books and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the first one, hopefully you’ll like “Trailerable Trawler” just as well. It sounds like you two are boaters, what kind of boat do you have? We’ve had our Ranger Tug for five full years. We are starting our 6th year this summer with boating in British Columbia.

      Have a wonderful summer,
      Jim Favors

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