Great Ambition

"It's a rough life, but someone's got to live it!"

Thirteen years and still going!

This is the continuing story of our new life as River Rats on the Columbia River aboard our Trimaran Transporter houseboat we named Great Ambition.

If you want to see how we got here (and hints on how you can do it too) see Great Ambition, the beginning.

Click here to go to the archive of our thirteenth year.

Click on this link to see the latest!

Click here to see a map of our travels!

Click here to see what happens when we have a flood!

Why I write this blog.

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Ski Princess Lori took a run past us in glorious sunshine on glassy water.

We are finally sneaking away from the slip and heading to Coon Island. This is the first try after our extensive engine work last summer. Let's hope it all goes well!

I like this house, but I am not sure why.

And here we are at Coon Island just an hour later!

A nice view of us at the docks taken from the ramp.

And a good shot of our boat from the island.

Coon Island plaque.

A ship named Glorious Ace is making its way up the Columbia right near the pinch point between Multnomah Channel and the river.

And here she is going by. That's a long way off!

The docks at Coon Island with the sun rising.

And speaking of the sunrise, here it is.

Taking yet another walk on the island. So pretty.

Our favorite picnic spot.

Another ship on the Columbia.

Time to go home. Here we are rounding one of the final turns before we get to our slip.

And there are the hills of home. The engines ran like a champ all the way and we couldn't be more pleased.

Ski Princess Lori came by and I got this.


Sunrise. The sun is moving south again dammit!

I love Bobbette. My cousin and this little boat. She's so fast, and yet can do real work.

Ski Princess Lori came by again!

Sunrise. So pretty.

A litle bit later.

Ski Princess Lori. I sometimes shoot video, and since there is already a lot of it on YouTube, I just grab the best frames from each run.


Ski Princess Lori carving up the glass. I love it!

Moonrise near full moon. So beautiful here.

Ski Princess Lori carving up the glass and here you can see her sillouette in the curtain of water.

Ski Princess Lori is such a nice person, she always remembers her fans.

We didn't get much of a sunrise, but this scene off the front deck was fantastic!

Nice lighting on this pontoon boat.


Two new boats coming into our marina. Side tow is a much better way to go than all the other alternatives.


A tugboat, Ramona III making its way up the channel. I wonder what she's up to?

Aha! Here she comes with a floating home!

A boat meant more for the sea than for the Multnomah Channel.


One of our neighbors has a plane, but we have never seen him take off. Even on this run he just hugs the water.


Trimaran. While I like the concept, I think this boat just doesn't have enough living space to be a viable liveaboard boat.


The tug Goliath heading upstream. I wonder what she's up to?

Aha! Goliath is pulling this massive new floating home down the channel.

That's a big house!


A tug pushing some kind of barge downstream.

A cute little boat.

The Scappoose fireboat heading upstream, kind of slow. Probably not an emergency, just a cruise.

Sunrise. Notice the swallow I caught in the shot.

A nice little catamaran.

A nice name for a boat you love.



The Moon.


A pirate ship!



Ski Princess Lori came by right at sunrise.

Diane was towed by Lori in the morning. She's getting better every time!

Our jetboarder came out again.

Goliath and another tug helped move this floating home downstream.

And then this crazy thing happened.

Ski Princess Lori came by twice this morning!

Taking a call on your phone while biking on the water. Does this count as a workday?

The sheriff is out for a cruise.

A nice view off our front deck.



A good animation showing how bad the smoke got. First frame is three days ago, second frame was two days ago and the third is today (the 12th).

Every so often I check that the UV light in the watermaker is doing OK. I have spare bulbs, and they are easy to come by online, but it's nice to see them working giving me pure and sterile drinking water.

Ski Princess Lori Came by and dropped off, so we got a chance to say "Good Morning" and see her start. Her charcteristic little "Go!" signal is cute!

Our favorite little boat on the river, Bobbette.


This spring I repainted the lower legs of the outboards and repainted the props. I didn't get a Before pic, but the After looks pretty damn good.

A nice shot of Bobbette.

The right way to tow a boat, side tow.

Our neighbor Jason going wing-on-wing.

A Sea Lion came up the river for a snack.

A boat we used to see often, The Reach Of Tide is a boat kept at Kadow's Marina and we would often see them out cruising about, but we never imagined they would come all the way over here in Multnomah Channel.

We took a trip to Coon Island just to get out of the house, but also to visit with Dos Suenos. We met this couple at Coon Island and they are such nice people we thought we would stop in and say hi!

And while at Coon Island we got to get a look at this disaster. Barnacle is in big trouble here! Just like all monohulls, there are only three states of being. Those that have gone down, those that will go down and those that will go down again.

On our way back from Coon Island we saw that house those guys were jumping off of while on their way to their new moorage.

A neighbor who only moved in last spring died recently and here his boat is being taken out of the moorage. Goodbye Jack, it was nice knowing you.

I knew that Dos Suenos was coming back on Thursday and sure enough, here they are! First they went to the pumpout dock near Marks, and then after about 20 minutes they went to their home slip.

Interesting Trimaran heading upstream.

"A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill can hold more than his belican
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the helican."

In my constant search for an opportunity to film a plane in the moon, this one came close, almost like this plane is about to land on the Moon.

Ski Princess Lori sent me a message, "Ski Time!"

Since we saw this barge and crane come in, we went over to see what they were doing. They were sleeving wooden pilings with steel pilings, and the process is amazing.

To be continued...

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