Thursday, September 4, 2014 Day No. 4

Woke Up: St. Helens, Oregon  Went to Sleep: Mott Basin, Oregon

Typically when we have a long travel day, Peter will get up, make coffee, start the engine, release the mooring lines and head us on our way while I continue to sleep. That’s on a calm day. On a day when the current is running down river on an outgoing tide and the wind is coming up river from the northwest about 15 knots, Peter wakes me up to help him.  Before I can say, “What town are we in?” I have my swet pants, swet shirt and tennis shoes on and I’m at the helm holding the boat steady while he throws off first the bow line, then the stern line and finally the spring line and jumps on board. I grab the fending stick and fend off the dock as he eases us away. We’re off! And, I’m free to go back to bed.

Taking It Slow

Now that I’m retired, it feels like I have the time to take things slow.  Whether it’s squeezing the contents of a honey packet into my tea, applying a thin layer of butter to my French toast, or chewing each bite with careful consideration, I love the option of taking it slow.

Finally, we are getting our home back in order.  Peter had everything torn apart for so long I thought I was going to loose my mind.  It took him two full days to strip the engine of its exterior components such as the turbo charger, heat exchangers, starter, alternator, belts, and hoses, etc. Those parts and parts of those parts lived in the cock pit for several weeks waiting to be rebuilt or replaced.


Lookin’ pretty spiffy

We lived at Robin Smith’s home for 10 days while Penelope got new bottom paint, sea cocks, zincs and a packing gland. I hoisted Peter up the mast a dozen times while he installed new 316 stainless steel shrouds and stays and Hayn Hi Mod compression fittings.


Peter goes up the mast

The water maker was plumbed and wired. We sent to the manufacturer for the membrane and, once installed, the water maker churned out potable water from the Portland Slough. “Ugh! I’ll pass.”

To my dismay, Peter insisted on rebuilding the solar panel arch. He wasn’t satisfied with his original design.

Solar Panel Arch

Redesigned and rebuilt solar panel arch

Mott Basin

Mott Basin, located immediately upriver of Tongue Point on the Oregon side, is the former site of the Astoria Reserve Fleet.  After World War II, the United States Navy built this complex as a storage yard for surplus warships no longer in active service.  Completed in 1947, by the mid 1950s it held up to 200 amphibious ships, destroyers and fleet tug boats.  The ships were maintained there to allow for rapid activation if necessary.


Mott Basin


About Susan M. Gierga

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