About this listing
Experience life aboard the Zephyr, an 80 foot crew vessel. A unique listing with a spectacular view of the Columbia River in Portland. Spacious sleeping for up to 8 people. Please note: no children under 13, no pets, no smoking, no exceptions.
Off the bow of Zephyr is a stunning view of the Columbia River, Mount Hood can be seen as well.
Zephyr is a serious ocean going craft that spent its first 30 years running into ships for a living. Formerly named the “P/V San Francisco” this was one of two boats commissioned in 1973 by the San Francisco Bar Pilots to provide transportation for the pilots out to cargo ships bound for the bay area. Large cargo ships are required to hire a pilot to provide navigational assistance when transiting the treacherous bar. The P/V (for Pilot Vessel) San Francisco fulfilled that job description from 1973 until 2001 when she was donated to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and was converted into a research vessel and re-christened the R/V (for Research Vessel) Zephyr. She was equipped with a massive crane used for launching and recovering remotely operated deep submergence craft and autonomous underwater vessels. The R/V Zephyr roamed the deep waters off of Monterey bay and even made several long research trips up to Vancouver Island and down to Baja Mexico and into the Sea of Cortez.
Currently we are re-purposing the Zephyr into a charter boat for adventure cruises, kayaking, diving and cruising and in the meantime we are opening her up for overnight stays. Please come enjoy a day, weekend or even a couple weeks aboard the Zephyr and see what it was like to live like a bar pilot, scientist, or working boat crew member. Perhaps you will even want to plan a future voyage with us once she is ready. Stay tuned…
Please note that booking with us on the Zephyr will be a unique experience, but also expect that she is a work boat and not a luxury cruise ship. We are readying her for the next adventure and may be working on some projects during the day. Thanks for understanding.
Looking for a smaller venue? Please check out our 41' yacht the "Skookum Canoe" here on Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1086042
The boat is heated and well insulated. The sleeping quarters are split into port and starboard sides, (left and right for landlubbers). On each side are 4 spacious & private bunks, for a total of 8. Each bunk has a privacy curtain, reading light and power plug. Zephyr is equipped with 2 restrooms, one has a shower. Guests can also use the marina bathrooms/showers which are well maintained - a key card is provided for access. Guests can use the fully-equipped Galley (Kitchen), and have the run of the ship save the engineering spaces, bridge, and forward storage space. Tours of the bridge and engine room available. Wi-Fi is available. The marina ramp can be steep when the river is low, guests should be fairly mobile, boarding the Zephyr requires a stair climb up a gangway and the bunkrooms are on a lower level, access is down a narrow steep stairwell. (See photos) Pay per use laundry is available at the marina office, bring your own supplies for doing laundry. Soda machine and ice maker are at the office as well.
Interaction with Guests
A host will be nearby to check guests in and out, help with how things work aboard, and provide linens, towels and the like. Assistance is never more than a phone call away.
Hayden Island, on the northern edge of the city of Portland, Oregon is a small, self contained oasis, in but not part of the city. Jantzen Beach mall is a centerpiece, with shopping, plenty of restaurants, a bus stop, and all around are acres and acres of boats and floating homes. The island is the last exit on I-5 in Oregon and is situated in the Columbia River. Watch out for ducks, squirrels, raccoons crossing the island road.
There is a bus stop near I-5, about 1.2 miles west of where the boat is moored. A pleasant 15 minute walk on a tree covered 25 mph street. We are 20 minutes from the Portland Airport, 15-20 minutes from downtown Portland, and 6 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Washington. Time estimates are assuming no traffic. Speaking about traffic, mornings heading south will be backed up. Getting back to the island from downtown Portland between 2:30 and 6pm will take extra time as well.
Bike and walking trails are nearby, and a bike ride alongside Marine Drive is quite scenic.
Other Things to Note
When you want to book, select the dates on the calendar, if the calendar is open, the dates are available. Make a reservation request and tell us about yourself and why you are coming, we will then review your request and approve it.
Folks like to ask about boat movement, with concern about sea sickness. Be assured, the Zephyr weighs in at over 130 Tons and she really only rolls when she is out on the ocean.
The boarding ladder and top bunks can be a challenge to climb into for less than agile folks. See the photos for more information.
A new building is being built near the parking lot of the marina so there can be construction noises during the day.
Smoking and use of tobacco products are not welcome aboard the boat or on the docks around the boat. The river is NOT a proper disposal spot for butts. All drugs are prohibited, regardless of possession of a "medical" card. (This is a boat, on a federal navigable water way, we are required to follow federal rules enforced by the Coast Guard) No candles please (LED "candles" are OK), alcohol in moderation is fine. Well behaved children aged 13 and older are welcome, however parents are expected to closely monitor their child's activities. Allowing children to run around the decks, hang off the railings, and run on the docks will terrify your hosts! We have no desire to see anyone fall in the river or get hurt. No pets please. No swimming allowed in the marina. Check-in time no later than 9pm please. Quiet time after 10pm.
Our stay aboard the Zephyr was very enjoyable and memorable. Four couples enjoyed a two day stay on this well maintained boat in a very nice marina. Ashley is a wonderful hostess, and was waiting for us when we arrived, eventhough we were later than we had hoped. She even provided us a nice selection of breakfast rolls, which was a very nice touch and surprise.
Our weekend did not go as planned, as the weather was uncooperative. However, it was a blessing in disguise, as the Zephyr can be a little warm in hot weather. But, ample fans are supplied throughout the boat, and in each bunk.
Overall, all couples had a very good time and had a lot of fun aboard the Zephyr. It is an experience everyone should try!
Ashley was very friendly and spent time showing us around the ship. For four women we really had everything we needed for cooking and eating. The sleeping accommodations were fine - loved sleeping in the berths.
The Zephyr was amazing I only wish that I had more days to enjoy the wonders that it offered! Ashley was amazing and always there if I had questions.
I stayed on the Zephyr with my sister and brother. Ashley made us feel very welcome, and the ship had everything we needed to make our stay exceptional. From a kayak to paddle around the bay, to bunks that include everything you might want (from fan to reading light). We came during a heatwave -- the ship doesn't have AC, but a carefully arranged system of fans and open doors kept us fairly comfortable. All in all I have nothing bad to say about the ship, and would happily stay again if I'm in the area.
Absolutely unique, exactly as described. Staying aboard the Zephyr is taking a step back into American History. You cannot beat the accommodations and amenities for the price. Our family had a wonderful 2 nite stay, and quite frankly found it hard to peel away from the ship, as it is so easy to get lost in R&R enjoying the beautiful view. In retrospect had we known, we would've booked our complete 6 nite stay in Portland aboard the Zephyr. Could not be more pleased.
Whilst we never actually got to meet our host "Ashley" we did meet the lovely "Katherine",who made sure we had everything we required.
Zephyr more than lived upto our expectations and I would not hesitate to recommend to further interested parties.
At no time did we feel cramped, plenty of cabin room, galley was more than sufficient and the front deck was just superb. Of course it helped that the weather in Portland was majestic. Thank you very much Ashley and Ron for having us aboard Zephyr and we wish you the best of luck with your future plans for the grand old girl.
The Zephyr is a fantastic place to stay! Ashley was very accommodating right from the beginning. Thank you for the great experience! We definitely recommend staying on the Zephyr.
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About the Host, Ashley
Ashley and her husband Ron live aboard a boat and both work in the marine industry. They love boating and SCUBA diving and their best vacation is somewhere warm with deep blue water all around.