I'm Matt, a software engineer and boating enthusiast based in Washington State (but on the move). I started Hermit Cove Boats, offering cool skin and frame boat plans and kits. Check it out!
I got married in Astoria back in 2007. It was November, and it was within the year that I got the bug to travel by boat. Astoria is at the mouth of the Columbia and practically begs you to get in a boat and go somewhere. Its a wonder there is anyone in the town at all. Of course, a lot of them have died in the graveyard of the Pacific. Gulp.
Still, it is a very boat friendly town, with multiple moorages, and a river walk that is pedestrian and trolley traffic only. We’ll be here for a while, returning to Portland to tie up loose ends, and wait for decent weather for the trip north.