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.

Click here to go to the archive of our eleventh 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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Bobbette again.

Sunrise. Boy, that is flat water!

My neighbors in the morning light.



A waterskiier behind a Jet Ski.

A floating home being moved in next door at Big Oak Marina.

A Paraplane flying over Sauvie Island in the twilight.


I re-topped the roof with Henry Tropicool roof coating. This stuff is amazing! It goes on like thick cream and then turns to silicone rubber in just a few hours. It's been three years and it was time to make a few repairs and give it a recoating, and now I am so pleased with it, I'll be carefree about the roof for the next 5 years!

A nice big catamaran! Wow!


A nice shot of our neighbors downstream.

A new floating home. I love the window layout!

While we can't see sunsets anymore, we often get the "fallout" from the sunsets. So beautiful!

The Moon!


A cool pontoon boat.


A rower enjoying the early morning flat water.

A nice looking pontoon boat. Am I wrong of are there more pontoon boats out there?

The Moon coming up over Multnomah Channel.

The Moon is getting really pretty.

Sunrise with a Swallow that found a way to get into the picture.

Our 7AM waterskier came by and I was ready.

A capture from Google Maps from last year with us in the slip. It's got some damn fine detail, pretty amazing from that altitude.

A sailboat with a Chinese Junk style rig.

The moon.

A nice ketch. What do you say when you fall off your ketch? "Yawl come back now, ya hear!"

The moon the next night.


The sunrise was pretty amazing this morning.

Our 7AM skier came by again.

A cool floatplane came by, but he was just crusing by, he never took flight.

A cool catamaran came by. Such a competent boat!

Twin anchors, a spade anchor and a Bruce anchor. It's nice to have a choice.

A nice boat, with a nice layout!

Sunrise with a little fog.

And a few minutes later you can see the fog wafting up off the water.


We see the coolest boats here. This is a hovercraft. A very intriguing vessel, even if it is impractical. Turning is the big problem, because it doesn't have a "grip" on the water, it doesn't make turns very well, it just yaws, and over time, eventually makes the turn. But if you are in a hurry to turn, you are screwed!

A reddish sunrise.

Smoke in the air colors the sunrise red. So pretty!

I can't get much of a shot of the sunrise with all this smoke in the sky, the photo has to wait till the sun is higher in the sky, but you can tell that the sun is moving southward.

Here I am resorting to shooting the sun while in the trees. Still, it's a beautiful shot.

The constant boat parade is endlessly entertaining. This boat puts styrofoam floats under floating homes. I love the name!

The Lil Hobo came by again. They like to come close and wave, since they know we are the only other Catamaran Cruiser in the channel. Notice that it looks like they lost their water heater cover on this side. Gotta get that fixed!

A nice full disk shot of the sun. That smoke is thick!

To be continued...

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