Re: Lower Columbia River info

Jove Lachman-Curl

Thank you all, this was a gem to read.
I have been toying with plans to explore the lower columbia in some fashion later this Summer. 
I have a good sea kayak setup, but more likely I'd take the Windrose 18 that I've been sailing quite a bit this summer on fern ridge. It's a 1500lb boat with a swing keel.
The description of the multi-day trip down to astoria sounds very intriguing. And the tips on weather and docking locations are very helpful.

I took the Windrose out in some pretty stiff breezes by myself recently and was happy to find it didn't get too squirely. I was able to handle it easily and didn't need to reef. I don't have a record of the wind speed at the time, but it was predicted online at 15mph. And it rounded up controllably in the gusts.
Here is a video, close hauled with just the main, after I put the jib up I was too busy riding the rail to take videos.


On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 3:09 PM Myles Twete <matwete@...> wrote:
I'm sure the chronicles of the Reach Of Tide followed several voyages by Sam, but for the most part, it was all with his small boat "Gander".  His West-coast to East-coast trip included that Gander (up to Lewiston), then for maybe 100 miles on the Missouri in a dory (until it got stuck in the mud), then the rest of the way with a 24ft bargeboat he built to NYC.  Sam sold the barge boat after arriving to NYC on that trip and shipped the motor home.
The motor from that boat went on the 26' scow cruiser Reach Of Tide that he began building soon after coming home from his trip (he always had to be writing a new book and building a new boat).  Sam's wife Gail may have given the boat the name (she certainly painted the name on the back) originally.  I still run the Reach Of Tide with the same outboard (minus the gas motor) and it's been electric now since 2003 (time flies).  This Spring and last, I did a circumnavigation day trip of Sauvies Island all on electric (no genset).  I might be able to join any day- or even down-river journeys this Fall.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of John Kohnen
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [oregoncoots] Lower Columbia River info

I'm pretty sure Reach if Tide was the result of several voyages, blended together in the book. I'm not so sure about multiple boats for that book, but Myles's Reach of Tide wasn't involved. IIRC, she was built with money from the book sales.

On 7/27/2020 11:09 AM, Mark N wrote:
> ...
>     You do know that Sam McKinney took several years and more than one boat
>     to do what he wrote about in Reach of Tide? ;o)
> I know he took three boats and a few years to complete his "Sailing
> Uphill" journey to the east coast.  But I just finished re-reading
> "Reach of Tide" and it felt like one boat, one trip.  Maybe I gotta
> stop reading in bed.  :-) ...
John <jkohnen@...>
Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors. (Lewis H. Lapham)

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