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When we headed over to the Oregon Coast for the trip back to San Diego, the weather had cleared to beautiful scattered clouds and sunlight. However, when we awoke the next morning, in North Bend, a town just north of Coos Bay, the weather in was solidly rainy. We decided to change the goal of our trip from photos to a Crab Crawl; seeking one of the tastiest crabs, the Dungeness crab. However, we were seduced by the Coast Guard Reserve practicing lifeboat maneuvers in Brookings Harbor, the safest harbor exit/bar crossing in Oregon. A view of the entrance is posted in the WS.

The most challenging bar crossing in all of North America is also in Oregon; Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River. This is also the entrance to the upriver harbor of Portland Oregon.

You may notice that the ‘Coasties’ are wearing helmets. They are also wearing seat belts. This is because this 47' motor lifeboat is designed to roll over and right itself within 30 seconds. As a first response rescue resource in high seas, surf & heavy weather environments, it is built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and effecting a rescue even under the most difficult circumstances. It is self-bailing, self-righting, almost unsinkable, and has a long cruising radius for the its size. This boat evens the odds relating to the Coast Guard saying, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”

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