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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 19 Jul 2017 17:38 #1

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David and Sue sold their 5788 5 days after listing it with a broker and it left the upper Mississippi River for the Columbia river. The new owner had it delivered to the gulf to be loaded on a ship and taken to Oregon. I thought it selling so fast indicated they may have sold it for less than they could of gotten for it or it's just a more desirable freshwater boat, they were planning on 1 to 2 years to find a buyer. David said the cost to the new owner to move it was around $75,000.00. The captain the new owner hired who took it to Florida didn't know how to start the westerbeke generator, he called David wondering if it had a problem, he wasn't using the preheat switch, made me wonder how experienced he might be seeing as he was the low bidder. If anyone sees a new 5788 about 100 miles up the Columbia river that's the old "Camp David,"

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 21 Jul 2017 15:05 #2

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To bad the new owners didn't/couldn't run it to Portland themselves. What a great adventure!

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 23 Jul 2017 18:05 #3

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Jim Gandee wrote: To bad the new owners didn't/couldn't run it to Portland themselves. What a great adventure!


I'm with you, Jim . . . now THAT would be a nice trip!

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 25 Jul 2017 15:27 #4

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Starting in November 2018, the Starship is going to make that trip in reverse. The plan is to cruise down the pacific coast, thru the Panama Canal, visit Cuba, and on into the Caribbean. Has anyone here made that trip? I would love to have some firsthand knowledge and someone to talk to about this adventure.
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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 27 Jul 2017 03:56 #5

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Holy crap that sounds like the trip of a lifetime. If you do it you have to log every step. It's on my bucket list to do something like that. Do you have aircon? Would thinknits a must for that trip.

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 28 Jul 2017 06:32 #6

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Grafty wrote: Starting in November 2018, the Starship is going to make that trip in reverse. The plan is to cruise down the pacific coast, thru the Panama Canal, visit Cuba, and on into the Caribbean. Has anyone here made that trip? I would love to have some firsthand knowledge and someone to talk to about this adventure.
Bob


Have you been reading my mind, Bob? I've dreamt about a trip like that with Omega. I think it would be beyond incredible to cruise the Panama Canal...our boats seem prefect for that type of trip, though I fear the dangers of the area... I can't wait to hear about your planning... what a great trip... hmmmm. i wonder if the bow deck could support a 50 cal. Browning for a little extra protection..... lol...

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 01 Aug 2017 05:20 #7

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We need to get a flotilla together to make the trip south. Strength in numbers after all. Simbad, if 'aircon' is a satellite communications tool....you betcha I need something like that. I have heard that the Iridium system has a mobile hotspot that allows your smart phone to interface with the satellite to get phone and data. Supposedly for less than a grand you get the mobile hotspot and then sign up monthly for data and phone service. I'm not sure of the megabyte speed which is importantant if you are going to use it for weather. I found that on the trip to Alaska this summer that real time weather like bouy reports, winds and swells and forecasts were especially hard to come by. The vhf radio broadcasts are really too general and not timely. Much of the travel down the coast will require finding good weather windows. Has anyone had good luck with Sirius weather via satellite?

BJ with regard to mounting a 50 cal. On the bow......our boats would handle it I'm sure but not sure......alright I am certain the resulting jail time I could not handle. Jim Gandee, one of our intrepid moderators, has been planning this trip with me for the last three years. We have decided to become avid spear fishermen which hopefully would be some deterrent to 'rascals'. We have discussed weapons but not sure the downside is worth that risk.

I think one of our greatest challenges is going to be finding crew. We have not really started to map out the trip in great detail but coordinating people on and off the boat as she moves more than 5000 miles is going to require a plan for sure. The admirals are already on record saying they are not going to sign on for the entire voyage. I'm thinking they will join us at the fun places like Belize, Panama Canal, etc. and leave the tough spots for the captains. Anyone interested in a leg?

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 01 Aug 2017 06:46 #8

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I was thinking aircon meant air conditioning. I guess I was way off! :)

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 01 Aug 2017 07:40 #9

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OK Bob, I'll sign up for a leg. But my whiskey ration might shock you...B)

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 02 Aug 2017 04:50 #10

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I'd love to learn more about your trip as you get it planned... I read an article in one of the magazines about a similar trip and they had a small flotilla that cruised together from so cal to Florida and back.... I will try to find that article..,,

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 02 Aug 2017 19:14 #11

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Jeffw wrote: OK Bob, I'll sign up for a leg. But my whiskey ration might shock you...B)


. . . . . make that too . . . or 2 . . y'know, two . . (hic)

. . . . . how do I get there? . . . . . and, exactly, where is "there"?

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 03 Aug 2017 00:35 #12

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Here's a link to a couple that did the trip from CA to FL in a single engine 48' trawler 20 years ago. Sounds like quite an adventure but quite doable if you have the time. It took them 7 months and they traveled 5600 miles.

www.his.com/~vann/KrgStuff/Cal2Fla.htm
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JeffW and Dadrock33,

Don't know yet exactly where 'there' is or how you might get 'there'. I think we are going to need to break the trip up into legs with dates of departure and arrival so folks have something to plan around. By necessity, those legs will need to have built in time cushion on either end and end up at location with airport or transportation from an airport. Flexibility will be a key factor in coordination of crew. There will be weeks that we may lay up the boat to make trips home to work on the 'honey do list'. Basic plan at this point is to leave SoCal about the 1st of November 2018, cruise down the coast eating shrimp and lobster with the requisite margaritas, go through the canal, head for Cuba, go ashore in the cover of night, get some cigars, and bogey for the Caribbean. Trip needs to end before hurricane season on the east coast. Does anyone have any feedback on how long legs should be between crew changes. In other words how long is your leash?

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 18 Aug 2017 13:41 #14

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Sounds like a really great trip! We have put our move in the opposite direction fo next summer. SF to the PNW. I will have our boat tucked away by November and be ready for more! Please add me to your crew list!
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Steve,
That sounds like a fun trip! Watch out for those pesky crab traps.

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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 19 Aug 2017 05:01 #16

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Steve, I'll PM you with my contact info so we can stay in touch
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5788 Moving to the Columbia River. 19 Aug 2017 09:53 #17

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Haha. Air con is AC. But sat Comms sounds way more exciting.
Funny I watched this tonight. So jealous. Have to do it some day.



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