Marked a few more things off the list…

We have been quiet, too quiet. But we have not been idle.

In my last update way back in July I mentioned that we were getting ready to list the house, well we have finally done it! As of today our house is officially for sale. Reasons for the delay were many (mostly  boat projects) and by the time we were ready to list it was pretty close to the holidays so we decided to wait a few more months.  Hopefully selling doesn’t take as long as getting it listed but the market is what it is so we shall see.



Lets see, what else is new…

Well we crossed the Columbia River Bar and took ‘Imi Loa into salt water for the first time!! That was our goal for the summer so we were pretty happy to mark it off the list. Supposedly the Columbia River Bar is one of the most dangerous in the world and has a nasty reputation for capsizing and sinking even large ships (it is sometimes call the Graveyard of the Pacific). Here are a few obligatory Bar photos:

If you choose your weather window and time your crossing correctly with the tides  the conditions are nothing like those in the photos. Our crossing was pretty uneventful (as we hoped it would be). There was no wind so we didn’t get to sail and unfortunately it was foggy so there wasn’t much to see. We just bobbed around in the swell for 5 hours or so until the next flood tide and then headed back in. We learned a few things though:

1.Having the main up really does make a huge difference in how much the boat rolls. We had read this before but had no idea how much it helped. When we first crossed the bar there was a little bit of breeze so we raised the sails. After the breeze died we got tired of listening to the slatting of the main so Devon went forward to drop it.  The second it was down the boat started acting like a weeble wobble and he got it back up as quickly as he could. Although there was no wind the was quite a bit of swell from 2 directions (due partly to the wind storm the day before).

2. I get motion sickness. I’ve never really experienced motion sickness before but I was down below slicing potatoes for breakfast and suddenly realized I didn’t feel so well. It never got worse than mild/moderate nausea and feeling fatigued but I spent the rest of the time in the cockpit and avoided going below. I also learned that napping is very helpful 🙂

This was on our way back across the Bar after the fog finally lifted.

In my last post in July I also wrote about the doors we were having made to replace out drop boards. Well they were completed at the end of the summer and we are loving them 🙂


...and after.

The difference is even more impressive from inside, the doors let in a lot more light. The doors are very stout and are on take-apart hinges so they are very easy to remove if desired.  In the second photo the trim we added to the slider isn’t quite finished yet. It blends in better now. We still need to add handles or knobs of some sort but haven’t found anything we like yet.

In other news, ‘Imi Loa is now a USCG Documented Vessel!

Attaching our documentation number.

From the Vessel Documentation Center website:

“The official number assigned to documented vessels, preceded by the abbreviation “NO.” must be marked in block-type Arabic numerals at least three inches high on some clearly visible interior structural part of the hull. The number must be permanently affixed so that alteration, removal, or replacement would be obvious and cause some scarring or damage to the surrounding hull area.”

To comply with this rule we applied 3 inch vinyl letters and then epoxied over them. This was a cheap and easy solution.

Since she is now documented we had to finally get around to putting ‘Imi Loa’s name on her transom.

Oh, and we have a new tender. Although we had an Orca dinghy we knew it would not work as a true tender, it was too small and did not row very well. We really wanted an 8′ Fatty Knees but they are hard to find used, especially on the west coast. They are available new but expensive to buy and expensive to have shipped from the east coast. After months of scouring craigslist and even considering some pretty long drives to look at Fatty Knees in questionable shape we totally lucked out and found one in amazing condition with sailing rig right here in Portland.

Meet 'imi iki.

We haven’t even put her in the water yet but when the weather improves Devon plans to circumnavigate Sand Island.

But wait, theres more… we installed a brand new engine last month. But this post is beginning to feel like an ad for Ginsu knives so I think I’ll leave that for another post.


2 thoughts on “Marked a few more things off the list…

  1. Hey, welcome back to the blogosphere. We’ve missed you. Congrats on the bar crossing. We’ve done it twice on someone else’s boat and it was also uneventful. Just the way we hoped it would be. The doors look great. We also built doors for Siempre Sabado. They aren’t removable but we just hook them open and use the drop boards when sailing in wet conditions. Doors are so much easier to use when you’re in and out a lot and you’re right about how much light they let in. Looking forward to reading about the engine install. BTW, did you happen to spend the night at the little marina at Cathlamet on your way to Astoria? Neat little place with one of those funky little small town museums that are worth a visit.


    • Hi Steve,

      We didn’t end up stopping in Cathlamet but we’ve heard it is worth the detour so we may check it out on our next trip down the river. It looks pretty shallow on the way in but we know that boats bigger than us go in there so there must be enough water as long as you watch the tides. I will be sure to check out the museum, thanks for the tip.

      Welcome to wordpress, I hope it works better for you. I have updated my bookmarks to point to the new site.


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