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    • #6666
      CJ
      Keymaster

        Starting this thread as a place to discuss our upcoming Lazy Dayz cruise.

        Smoothie is planning on attending. Our usual itinerary is head to Cathlamet Friday the 21st, then Astoria or Ilwaco the 22nd. We like to spend a few days in that area as the sailing is usually awesome. Then we work our way back to Cathlamet on Wednesday the 26th. The potluck is Thursday the 27th. Friday we start our trip back to RCYC. Usually stopping at Walker Island and Coon Island along the way. Other stops/options are available.

        This year may be a bit different. I may not leave on Friday unless I have our new autohelm completed/installed. May delay leaving a day or two to finish the install. Still planning on being at Cathlamet on the 27th for the potluck.

        CJ
        SV Smoothie

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      • #6668
        Cathy
        Keymaster

          CJ, when you are sailing while in Astoria, do you sail in the bay, or cross the bar to go out and sail?

        • #6669
          billkramer
          Participant

            Gypsy is heading downriver on the 22nd and stopping at Martin Slough and Walker Island. Cathlamet 26-27th. Astoria 28-31st. We want to catch the open studios in Astoria on the 29-30th. Then back up river.
            Bill
            SV Gypsy

          • #6670
            lorenbeach
            Participant

              We plan to spend a couple days at Tongue Point and likely stay a day at Ileaco. Weather dependent.

            • #6671
              CJ
              Keymaster

                I sail in between Astoria and Ilwaco. Last year I sailed from just off the Ilwaco entrance all the way to West Basin on one tack. Awesome.

                I would like to sail over the bar but will not until I can have the rigging replaced. I have motored out over the bar to the end of the buoys and back when the weather/bar permits.

                CJ

              • #6687
                julieschumann
                Participant

                  I was just at Coon Island on July 12. The facilities are not well kept. The bathrooms were uninhabitable and need a powerwashing before entering. Fisherman, I gather, have left their gastronomical remains all over the inside. There were some transients on both docks. One guy had 3 unkept derelict boats. Not sure about the drug activity going down. I just felt it was sketchy.

                • #6690

                  Tamara plans on leaving RCYC on Sunday the 23rd. Not sure what we will do after that. Does anyone know when Rock the Cove takes place? We definitely want to avoid that. We will probably stop at Kalama on the 23rd, depending on Rock the Cove, and then head to Westport for a couple of days. Not sure about Astoria, but definitely will be in Cathlamette Wed. and Thur. The restroom on the east side of Coon Island should be considered a dung pile.

                • #6691
                  CJ
                  Keymaster

                    Wow, Coon used to be one of my favorites. Has anyone been to the Gilbert River dock as an alternative?

                    Rock the Cove is 21st thru the 23rd.

                    CJ

                  • #6693
                    lorenbeach
                    Participant

                      The CRYA digital newsletter is out today. There is a discussion of the “rock the cove” event (July 21 – 23) and there is mention of a fee to enter or be there, or something. (Bah Humbug)

                      As for sailing in the open ocean, it’s always weather (sea state) dependent and you have to know the tides. Basics: do not cross the bar during the ebb. A good overnight destination would be Grays Harbor, less than 50 miles away. You may have to motor there, but odds are you can sail back —– which reminds us of why we own a sailboat in the first place. 🙂
                      You could cruise south to Yaquina Bay, but it’s an overnight trip each way. We are lazy and might go to Westport @ Grays, or maybe just stop at Ilwaco for a day or three. It’s vacation and we are in no hurry, and have nothin’ to prove.

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                    • #6695
                      lorenbeach
                      Participant

                        Who is definitely going on this cruise?
                        So far, it looks like Tamara and Smoothie, and they need only one more Cascade 36 to have a one-design fleet….
                        🙂

                        We plan to go, but are not sure of a departure date.

                      • #6697
                        Michael Valenti
                        Participant

                          Hello All,

                          I am following this thread for Lazy days and was curious of all the stops/overnights that has good access (i.e. Dock/ marina) with road /parking access to collect or drop off crew members that aren’t as enthusiastic about as long of a journey?

                          Of course Astoria would be desirable (but not so desirable fee’s), does Westport OR. across from Cathlamet have docks and road access? I hear cathlamet is nice but another fee stop?

                          Where is tongue point?

                          Any other suggestions, to help me see if I and occasional crew are up to the adventure?

                          Much Obliged,

                          Michael

                          • #6720
                            billkramer
                            Participant

                              Michael,

                              There are a couple of resources that can help you plan a trip down the Columbia River. The RCYC yearbook has a section on cruising the river, pages 59-64. This is a good start.
                              There are several places down river where you could pick up crew members. There are docks at St. Helens, Rainier, Westport Slough, Cathlamet and Astoria. If your crew were going to leave a car, I would find out about parking. Cathlamet and Astoria do charge for moorage, but it is a reasonable fee. You will find that fees on the river are affordable.
                              There are many good anchorages. Tongue Point is one, it is just SE of Astoria.

                              Make sure you have some charts, paper or electronic, for the river.

                              Good luck,
                              Bill
                              SV Gypsy

                            • #6722
                              Cathy
                              Keymaster

                                I would add that Kalama, Wa. now has nice public docks that are affordable. There are restaurants within walking but the store across the highway is a bit of a hike.

                                  *St. Helens public dock has power, pumpout station, fresh water, bathrooms and warm showers (bring a credit card). The nearby gas dock is handy.
                                  *Rainier is great for getting ice, and a lot of members enjoy stopping off for a meaL at El Tapatio. The public dock is a 72 hour free stop but can be rough as there is no break water. The dock has a free pumpout and fresh water.
                                  *Westport is tricky to get into. Talk to someone who has done it. Better, follow someone in that knows how to get in. Once in you’ll find 75′ of brand new cement dock. I’ve only been there once and my recollection is that there is not water or pumpout. A short walk in and you can enjoy breakfast at the Berry Patch.
                                  *Cathlamet is a very charming town that you can walk anywhere you need to go – restaraunts, a stores, boutiques, museum. It is a classic small town where you settle in and feel right at home. The marina there has power, fresh water, pumpout, gas dock, laundry facilities, ice and showers.
                                  *Astoria has all of the tourist ammenities you could expect. The marina has a power, fresh water, pumpout, gas dock, shower and ice.
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                              • #6725
                                lorenbeach
                                Participant

                                  For Tongue Point, look on the eastern side of chart #18521. This provides a good overview of the area. Go all the way in past the nav marker and turn to port, and into the anchorage.

                                  It’s a well charted completely sheltered anchorage. After WW2, this whole artificial harbor was carved out for storage of the large “mothball” fleet of Liberty ships. They are long gone, but the harbor remains. About a uniform 20 feet deep, mud/sand bottom, and your anchor will dig in easily. In past summers, there have been as many as 20 RCYC and SYSCO boats moored well clear of each other.
                                  You may spot eagles overhead and deer along the shores.

                                  Astoria, Cathlamet, and Ilwaco are great places if you need to find a grocery store or do some laundry, but that’s a different cruising experience altogether.

                                  For another neat anchoring place, check out Warren Slough on your chart. Also not a place to pick up or drop off crew, however.

                                • #6735
                                  Pam and Carl Corey
                                  Participant

                                    Michael, Bill’s suggestions are good for crew stops. Tongue Point is a very nice, quiet anchorage just up river from Astoria. Room for lots of boats. Enter approximately here 46.20849104506458, -123.75450484035593 and anchor approximately here 46.18912390247592, -123.72841231092697 You can plug those into google maps and it will bring you a big picture of the area.

                                • #6721
                                  CJ
                                  Keymaster

                                    Michael,

                                    Bill’s suggestions are good. Also, you can ask to buddy boat with someone for the trip or even part of the trip. This helps with your first trip.

                                    I will be at Smoothie all days this week getting ready for my trip, late afternoons/early evening. You are welcome to stop by to discuss options.

                                    CJ

                                  • #6726
                                    mattrichard
                                    Participant

                                      Blue Moon, Misty Blue and Malagro left on an extended Lazy Days on the 14th. Went to Martin, Kalama, and 3 nights at the cove at Walker Island. Heading for Cathlamet tomorrow for a music festival at Mile 38 brewery. After that heading to the new docks at Westport before catching up with some of those that departed on the 22nd.

                                      There was a rumor that there was a sunken boat at the cove. There is no sunken boat here so all is clear.

                                      Matt
                                      Blue Moon

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                                    • #6728
                                      markbrodesser
                                      Participant

                                        I was planning on taking Rover down river and back for this cruise but life has gotten in the way. However, I would like to offer shore support for anyone that needs it starting evenings after the 26th. I’m willing to drive up and down river to help with crew transport or critical item retrieval. Let me know if you need help. My only fee is tolerating my company.

                                        Mark Brodesser
                                        S/V Rover

                                      • #6729
                                        karenjacobson
                                        Participant

                                          Ursa’s crew will be in Nashville. However, I do have a question applicable to those intending to stop in Kalama. Using geographical terms loosely, the new guest dock we’ve hoped to use in the past is near the McMenamins side and doesn’t have much space or turning room. On the marina web site it appears there might now be a long, new concrete dock on the freeway side, i.e. maybe north or northeast. Is that the case and is there also a connection to land?
                                          Have fun!
                                          Karen Jacobson

                                          • #6730
                                            lorenbeach
                                            Participant

                                              The new and lengthly concrete dock does have a ramp up to a walk, very near the marina office and the restaurant. The fairway looks roomy enough to me, but we have not yet visited it with our boat.

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                                          • #6732
                                            mattrichard
                                            Participant

                                              There is a new 500 ft long quest dock parallel to the tracks and freeway with a convenient ramp in the SE corner of the harbor (the old dock is still there but is of the newer grate materials used on the new dock with a ramp in the SW corner). Moorage for boats greater than 32 ft is just $18 a night with electricity.

                                            • #6734
                                              Barbara Weiss
                                              Keymaster

                                                Hello Lazy Dayers,
                                                Sea Lilly and Sierra will be leaving RCYC on the 22nd and following the established path for the most part. We’ll def be at the pizza party! I think we will have a 3-boat pod with Ka Ha Si as well.

                                                Cheers!

                                              • #6737
                                                Pam and Carl Corey
                                                Participant

                                                  Does anyone know if dogs can be taken ashore at Gilbert River dock?

                                                • #6738
                                                  Pam and Carl Corey
                                                  Participant

                                                    If using the Longview Lewis and Clark bridge factors into any of your Lazy Days planning it may still be closed to traffic

                                                    https://wsdot.wa.gov/about/news/2023/sr-433-lewis-and-clark-bridge-close-sunday-july-16-8-days-critical-preservation-work

                                                  • #6739
                                                    CJ
                                                    Keymaster

                                                      Gilbert River dock does not have shore access. However, if you have a dinghy you can cross the Gilbert to the boat launch/dock and take them ashore there. I do not know if there is beach access close to the GR dock.

                                                      Gilbert River

                                                      CJ

                                                    • #6742
                                                      lorenbeach
                                                      Participant

                                                        As of Thursday, bridge was announced to be open again.
                                                        https://www.kptv.com/2023/07/21/lewis-clark-bridge-between-rainier-longview-now-open/

                                                        Now all the have to do is finally completely extinguish the fire in a big chip pile on the WA side of the river! (sigh)

                                                      • #6743
                                                        allysonrichard
                                                        Participant

                                                          For those who are going to Astoria, I have your slips from the Marina manager. If you can look at the attachment, you will see your slip assignment.

                                                          You can also just call when you get there if you need a refresher.

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                                                        • #6755
                                                          CJ
                                                          Keymaster

                                                            Beware. The phone number in the yearbook for West Basin is wrong. The correct number is 503-325-8279.

                                                            CJ

                                                          • #6758
                                                            CJ
                                                            Keymaster

                                                              If you’re coming down river to Astoria fuel price is 4.629. If someone knows the price in Cathlamet, please post

                                                              The trolley is running from 1:00 to 4:00.

                                                              Oh, I also got my boarding out of the way.

                                                              CJ

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                                                            • #6762
                                                              CJ
                                                              Keymaster

                                                                Elochman is saying $5.799 a gallon on their website. I confirmed it with a phone call. I’ll be filling here in Astoria.

                                                                CJ

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