Great Ambition

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

Eleven 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.

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An Osprey attacked a Bald Eagle and of course, the Eagle doesn't take kindly to being attacked so he flips over and presents his talons to the Osprey. The Osprey can't do that, the Bald Eagle is the only bird that can fly inverted.


The sunrise keeps moving north. It's fascinating to watch from the front deck.

The waterfall on highway 30 is really slacking off. Of course this is due to the lower rainfall as summer approaches.

Twelve years ago we visited the Catamaran Cruisers factory with a crazy dream in mind: Living aboard a houseboat on the Columbia River. It was a long hard road, cleaning up and selling our house on land, downsizing to the bare minimum, and of course getting a job that didn't require travel. But it was worth it. We've now lived onboard for 11 years, and while it hasn't always been easy, it's lived up to our dreams. Now that we've been forced back to Oregon, we have a whole new life once again, and we are really loving it. It's a rough life, but somebody's got to live it!


We are filling in the "V" at the head of our slip. Many people on the marina do this, but we are trying to do it a bit different. I want to do a cantelever deck so that I can service the engines without having to float a boat in the "V".

The dock fill-in project is coming along nicely.

The dock fill-in project is done. Everyone who comes by says it looks like an arrow.

The cantilever feature will allow me to gain access to both sides of my Yamaha outboards for servicing.

A motorglider flew over Multnomah Channel. It sure is an elegant craft.

The water is up so I found my way into a lake alongside Mutnomah Channel. Here is this beautiful tree in the middle of this very shallow lake.

Sunrise. Notice that the sun is now north of that tree. It sure has moved a lot over the course of the year.

A Bald Eagle swooped in and caught a fish not far from us, then he turned back and flew right past us. In the following shots you can see the fish grasped in his talons.


I needed a cleat to add to our new deck to keep the boat centered in our slip to keep the engines from banging the dock. I found a used stainless steel cleat at Dike Marine Services and bolted it to the deck with stainless steel carriage bolts. I think it came out really nice!

Sunrise. Based on the cloud cover I almost didn't get up to catch this, but I took a chance and was richly rewarded.


Bobbette. Such a cute boat!

We went back to Kadow's to get our porch swing/glider. We had to disassemble the rusty bolts to fit it in the back of my van for transport to Sigler's Cove, but we did it without breaking anything or losing any bolts, washers or nuts. Now we have a nice patio on our new deck behind Great Ambition.

First good sunrise of June. Might end up with a lot of these.

A Bald Eagle checking the river for fish to eat for dinner.





The Yf decorated our long suffering glider/porch swing. It came our really nice!


Sunrise on June 15th. We are getting very close to Summer Solstice, so the sun is not going to move much further north than it is now. In a week we start the slow march back to the south, and that will be a sad thing!


A nice hot weekend brings out a constant parade of boats. Sitting on the front deck watching the parade is just so relaxing!

Waterskier at 7AM.

And he's back again the next day!

This is the closest we are going to get to a photo of the sunrise on the Summer Solstice. The sky was clouded over on the 21st, so now for the next six months the sunrise makes its way back South.

I finished the movie of the sunrises from January through the Summer Solstice.

Here is an interesting little houseboat. Aluminum pontoons, full length top, outboard motor.

To be continued...

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