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Astoria Maritime Museum Boat Show

This last Saturday the Lower Columbia River Raptors, a chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association was asked by the Astoria Maritime Museum to put on a small boat show in front of the Barbey Maritime Center. There were just a few of us representing our chapter. All of the vessels shown were built of wood.

That morning started out raining but dried up about eleven that morning. The display of our boats was set in front of the Barbey Maritime Center to promote the Wooden boat building classes they offer. The Barbey Maritime Center is next door, on the up stream side of the Museum. They are both run by Sam Johnson the gray haired gentleman in the upper photo.

My two vessels the Dudley Dix design Cape Henry 21 “Slough Coot” and her dinghy the little red cedar pram “Coot Chick” were displayed attached to our white van. Then this coming Wednesday we trailer them north to the San Juan Island and sail the Seven Seas for 3+ weeks!!!! Yippee!

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2018 Cathlamet Wooden Boat Show

Aug 4-5. This last weekend was the Cathlamet Wooden Boat Show. I’m sorry I didn’t take photos of all the boats. There were many in the water and several on trailers taking up the majority of the Elochoman Marina parking lot. Anyway I had three boat in the show “Slough Coot”, “Coot Chick” (Slough Coot’s dinghy) and the little white rowboat that they were raffling off.

The Lower Columbia River Raptors, a chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association put on the show. The Chapter purchased a Salt Bay Skiff kit that was built over the two days of the show. We had lots of help and on lookers. Welcome Slough Boatworks will finish it this coming Fall and this skiff will be next years raffle boat!!

The weekend was lots of fun, a special thank you to Allen and Julius!!

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Cathlamet, WA Wooden Boat Show

Yesterday evening I put “Slough Coot” back on her trailer for this weekend’s Cathlamet Wooden Boat Show. I gave “Slough Coot” a fresh coat of bottom paint. Tomorrow, I’ll scuff sand the hull and add a coat of Pettit Jade Green.

This year a group of us from the Lower Columbia River Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association will be building a 12’ Salt Bay Skiff (it’s a kit) with the help of kids at the show. We will start the assembly Saturday morning, complete it Sunday afternoon and then launch her. This Fall we’ll paint and finish her. We will raffle her and with the funds we hope to buy one or two more for the 2019 Boat Show.

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Summer Solstice 2018

This last weekend two chapters of the Traditional Small Craft Association got together for a mess-about at the Elochoman Marina, Cathlamet, WA.

Here are a few photos of the fun Jody, our granddaughter Lillian, Josey our pup, and I had. What a wonderful time!!

The photos of “Slough Coot” our Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21 under sail were taken by Bruce, one of the members. Thanks Bruce and a huge thanks to Allen and Julius for setting the whole weekend up!!

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San Juan Islands Summer 2017 Aboard “Slough Coot” a Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21

Sailing the San Juan Islands aboard “Slough Coot”, a Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21 Gaff Cutter. Ended the trip by showing “Slough Coot” at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

San Juan Islands Aboard "Slough Coot" – Summer 2017 from Longbottom Coffee on Vimeo.

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Sailing on Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday, Jody, Josey and I launched “Slough Coot” (Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21) at the Elochoman Marina boat ramp around 7pm. Welcome Slough is approximately 6 nautical miles up river where she will be moored for the summer. We had a nice 10 knot up river breeze that pushed us at 3 knot against the river current. We made our dock at Welcome Slough just before 9pm. It was a great ride!!

The following day we circumnavigated Coffee Pot Island. Catching the up river wind up one side and tacking down the other!! It was a great Memorial Day weekend!!

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Spring is Finally Here!

The Osprey couple are back to our nesting platform about 2 weeks early. The Spring Chinook are making their journey up the Columbia River. This is one of three I caught this last week.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Upgrades

This last week I added a few things to “Slough Coot”, our Dudley Dix design Cape Henry 21. On our return from sailing the San Juan Islands, I made a list of to do’s. I completed all but the last, which is a solar charging system! Once she was put away for the winter I fired up the wood stove and added a fresh coat of paint to her exterior and interior from the bottom of her keel to the top decks of her superstructure. Then moved to her interior.

This last Saturday Jody helped me fit the interior thermometer (Christmas gift) and replace the halyard cam-cleat to larger color coded Schaefer’s. The plan is to buy and install the solar charging system next. Then “Slough Coot” should be ready for Spring launch.

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Dudley Dix – Cape Henry 21: Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

A long time friend spent the last day of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival with Jody and I. She sent these photos a couple of days ago. We showed our Dudley Dix design Cape Henry 21 gaff cutter!

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Pelicano 18 – Farewell

Today we said farewell to “Rachel”. In the last 3 years I hardly used her. When that happens it’s time to sell. She is now owned by a very nice couple up in Oak Harbor, WA.

She is truly a beauty, just like my daughter she is named after!!

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