Hi - I don't usually say much, as I don't (currently) have a boat, but saw that someone was from RICHLAND, WA?
I grew up there, after having my "formative" years in the SF Bay
area, parents owning a sailboat and sailing out of the Mare Island Yacht Club. That having been said, I was in Richland last summer for my 20th HS reunion (Hanford, class of '85) and was MOST suprised to find a MARINA where we used to have bon-fires and kegs in HS!
In all my years there, I had never seen a sailboat on the Columbia
, but have seen many inboard speed boats become instant "out-boards" as the water
level in the river fluctuated. My home was spittin' distance from the river, so I spent most of my time either swimming, fishing
, or just admiring its' grandeur. Nothing made me laugh harder than watching the knuckle-heads with their twin 150's barrelling along at 30+knts and watching them just catapult off the the stern as the boat grinds to a halt and they get out into water
that is ankle deep. I only say that because my friends and I swam out there all summer long, and have had many close calls from the idiots in their monster boats.
I currently live in Northern Virginia, and sail occasionally with my neighbor on his MacGregor
Anyway, I'm glad to see someone else escaped from the Tri-Cities!