First Big Cruise for the Alaskan Sea-Duction
Well we went to Astoria OR last weekend and had a blast. Left Wednesday afternoon and put-put down to Cathlament WA about 21 miles. The Columbia River was flowing fast due to the rain the last couple of months. It was clocking about 8mph or more with lots of trash. Reminded me of the Big Su at breakup. We made about 11mph just put-put.
Stayed the night there then on to Astoria. Just a few miles west of Astoria is the famous Columbia River Bar. The lower half of the river opens up with many islands and shallow water, so it was important to stay in the shipping channel. The wind came up straight out of the west at about 35mph which created 4-5ft wind driven rollers. I could close my eyes and see Passage Canal. I used about 15 gallons of gas per engine on the way down.
Stayed till Sunday, good thing cause I ran out of beer. We headed back. Coming out of the marina I was going about 6mph and when I hit the current, it dropped to 1.6mph and almost took me down river. So I kicked up the throttles a little about 2100 and we were going 8mph burn rate of 11gph and at that rate would have taken us over 7 hours to get home. So I kicked her up on-step and she set back into her sweet spot at 3200rpms at 21mph. We made home in 3 hours at 50 gallons per motor or 100 gallons total. For the trip I burned 135 gallons or 0.88mpg! I was a little shocked but I was told that wasn't bad for the size and weight of my "Hole in the Water!"
Here are the pics of the trip:
That looks like one nice ride. I hope you love her.
I do I do..........
Originally Posted by idakfisher