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#571916 - 11/17/18 07:50 PM Persistence Pays Off  
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Our little part of the world is a true desert. We get an average of 8" of rainfall and 3" of snowfall a year. We also are treated with some pretty mild winters with temps usually in the 40's and a week or so of below freezing. Two years ago we had one of what they call a 100 Year Winter where we had snow on the ground much of the winter, cold temps (some nights below zero) and it lasted for months.

In the midst of the cold, snowy winter this is what the bay my marina is in looked like. For the first time I can remember it froze over. Completely. I've lived here 40 years and have never see it like this...
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A marina across the river that had some old, wooden docks didn't fare well. The heavy snowfall pushed the docks down into the water and almost sinking one boat that had not yet been removed. He had two docks of covered moorage. This one was totally destroyed. The other wasn't totally destroyed but didn't fare much better. Here's what his dock looked like...
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Jim, the owner of Columbia Marine Center leases this marina from the city of Pasco. Like most municipalities they don't like to spend money on projects that are not likely to generate lots of votes. This marina, while it's one of VERY few on the river that's not a private marina (yacht club or similar). Jim is a friend of mine and I was kept apprised of the success (or lack thereof) that he was having with the city in getting them to pony up for new docks.

He was persistent and, after two years his persistence finally paid off. After two years of applying for permits from everybody but GOD his new docks were installed this week. They're not completely finished yet--no power to the docks, dock boxes not installed yet, safety equipment not installed, etc., but they're in. I went down to see Jim and the docks the afternoon they got them installed. He looked like a kid on Christmas day with a new bike.
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Well done, my friend. Your work and persistence has made life in the Tri Cities just a little bit better.


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#571917 - 11/18/18 10:33 AM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Great story & beautiful new docks. Beachcomber getting a brand new slip?


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#571918 - 11/18/18 03:32 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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No, I won't be moving. Jim's new docks are up to 40' length which is too short for my boat, but the roofs are too low even if the slips were long enough. I need 20' of overhead clearance. My docks have 20' 6", and they're floating docks, so even with some snowfall on them I'm still good.

If there was a heavy snowfall that weighted down the whole dock structure I'd just stay in the slip.

Here's a shot of my slip with my old 330 Sundancer in it and one with my boat. In the first photo you can see how high the clearance is. The lowest thing I have to clear is a fire suppression line (water line in layman's terms). The construction on these docks is considerably more stout than Jim's new docks, but these were put in by the Port district which doesn't have the financial limitations that city governments do.
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Here's a shot with my boat. I can easily tell if the docks are heavily weighted down by a large snowfall. With nothing weighing down the docks the dock height is the same as my new swim platform. If the docks get weighted down much I'd have to step up a bit to get on the swim platform. I'd notice the difference right away.
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"Beachcomber" 1995 Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge


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#571919 - 11/19/18 06:42 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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What is it about the Beachcomber that is so beautiful?


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#571920 - 11/19/18 08:35 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks Jack. That's a very nice thing to say. I've always liked its lines. That's what first drew us to that particular year/make/model after seeing a 500 Sedan Bridge in the Seattle Boat Show. The next thing was the layout. It's all one level from the swim platform all the way up past the galley. Then there's four steps down to the level that has all 3 staterooms and two full heads with standup shower.

To be honest, we couldn't have afforded this boat had the timing with the Great Recession not playing a big factor. The brokerage that owned it had owned it for almost two years. At that time unemployment in Detroit was running about 35% and nobody was shopping for boats and that worked well in my favor.

It took 3 months of negotiating with the selling broker before he came down to a point where I was comfortable. If my feeble old memory serves me correctly, they came down about $75K before I agreed to where we were on price. I had a price in mind that, if they got to it, I would have absolutely stolen their boat. We ended up right around $7K above that price and the broker said he just couldn't afford to go any lower.

It took two trips from WA to MI for sea trials and surveys but in the end we feel it was well worth it.


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#571921 - 11/19/18 09:15 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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"If my feeble old memory,..." Nah! Not GFC.. He couldn't have written that. (:-) Could he?


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#571922 - 11/19/18 09:27 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Agree with Beachcomer being a timeless classic beauty. Ageless


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#571923 - 11/20/18 05:02 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: Jack T]  
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Grand Poobah

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Originally Posted by Jack T
"If my feeble old memory,..." Nah! Not GFC.. He couldn't have written that. (:-) Could he?

Hell guys, that could have been my wife that wrote that!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and especially those of you who said nice things about Beachcomber. As you can tell, we're pretty happy with her.


"Beachcomber" 1995 Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge


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#571924 - 11/20/18 09:10 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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"Hell guys, that could have been my wife that wrote that!"
Let's just say that we have ways to know who wrote it. (:-)


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#571927 - 11/22/18 07:25 PM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Having been on the Beachcomber I will say she's a beaut.
Much like the bad luck of the Drunk boater destroying the old Sea Ray and you coming out to the better in the long run, it looks like Jim took advantage of a bad winter to make great improvements to his marina.


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#571928 - 11/23/18 02:20 AM Re: Persistence Pays Off [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for the comment on the boat. Jim has spent over 2 years trying to get these docks installed and they're beautiful. Plus, they're a real asset to the local boating community.


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