The Columbia Bar

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  1. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    We camped by the Columbia bar for a few days this past weekend.
    One of the placards an overlook said the bar is the most dangerous one in the world, I can't vouch for that, but I do know it's a bad one.
    Anyways, it was such a nice day I had to share this panoramic pic.
    You can see both jetties in the pic, and flat water.
    The next day it was raining sideways, so I'm sure it was pretty nasty.
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  2. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Nice!
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Greg, sounds like you had a good camping trip. Way to go!

    We took the boat across the bar in August on the way to Seattle. It was a light wind day and we timed the tide spot on but we were still in 4'-6' waves.

    For some fun video watching, go to Youtube and search for "Columbia River Bar".
     
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  4. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    That's one of the reasons for sharing the pic Mike.
    It sure was a beautiful day, but it isn't anything to mess with on other days.
     
  5. Shaps

    Shaps Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Cool shot. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2003 420DA, 6CTAs
    NA
    Beautiful pic! I lived in Longview, WA in the early 80s and went salmon fishing 5-6 times always crossing the bar each time. On either side, all good.....however, the crossing was nasty every time. At least 1/2 of the people on board would be sick the entire trip. My hat is off to the captains that cross here on a regular basis. I have also heard it said that the bar is where the best of the USCG train.

    Bennett
     
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  7. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Our friends have been spending three weeks each October for the past few years. They get to watch the Coast Guard train in their helicopter. They're not training like that this year due to Covid, they usually bring people from other states to train.
     
  8. alnav

    alnav Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 16, 2009
    West River, MD
    40 MY
    QSB 425
    I drove a Navy cruiser of about 8,000 tons over the Columbia Bar a number of years ago. Or, I should say I did what the embarked pilot said to do. There are a group of pilots who focus exclusively on the bar. Once through, a ship picks up a different pilot for the rest of the river. The pilots make a lot of money but they earn it every time they get on and off a ship at sea. Our transits were pretty uneventful with goo weather but I do remember bouncing around a bit. I think it's true that the Columbia is the most dangerous bar in the world. There are river entrances that are more challenging navigationally such as the Mississippi but the Columbia bar is all about wind, wave and current.
     
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