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.
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 10-15 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.
We just enjoyed an outstanding long weekend stay on the Zephyr hosted by Ron & Ashley. The boat was the perfect accommodations for our 5th annual gathering at the marina (2nd one hosted by Ron & Ashley, and 1st one on the Zephyr). We enjoyed the atmosphere staying onboard in the marina. It was the perfect place to host our lil group from Bar-B-Q'ing on the stern deck, to cooking morning breakfasts in the galley. We were treated outstanding and felt extremely welcome on the boat. Ron & Ashley are great hosts!! We will definitely be back again for future gatherings.
Ashely was so awesome and kind. Our flight was delayed and she met us late and was super friendly and helpful explaining everything to us. She stayed in contact with us throughout to make sure everything was OK. She was very accommodating. We stayed on a boat. How awesome is that? Very comfortable, fun, and safe. Highly recommended.
We absolutely loved staying here. It was weird, peaceful, and fun. Ashley was an excellent host-- friendly AND accommodating. It was so sweet of her to leave us goodies for breakfast. My team was the envy of everyone at the national speech tournament. We only stayed two nights, and one of my students commented that she wished we had stayed there the whole time. Thanks for everything, Ashley!
Outstanding hosts with wonderful accommodations. The boat was very comfortable for all 8 of us. The beds surprised us all, we all slept very nicely! Ashley took good care of us and communicated supremely well.
Only downside was the long walk from the car to the boat, but that should be expected with any marina.
We had an awesome stay aboard the Zephyr! The beds were comfortable and the marina was very quiet. Had no trouble falling asleep. Everything was clearly labeled and the kitchen was well stocked. Ashley replied quickly to any messages. Honestly can't think of thing we didn't enjoy!
Our experience was great! It sadly rained a bunch one of the days but all in all it was a very fun experience. We got to explore portland and lounge around on the boat. The boat was pretty spacious. Our host was great, she had some breakfast goodies set up for us which is super nice. The location had a Safeway / target close by so if you ever need anything it's there. The marina restroom is clean.
First off, I wanted to say that Ashley was a great host! She was very prompt in responding to our reservation request and even went above and beyond in giving us a warm welcome despite our ever-changing travel itinerary (airline flight cancellations, etc).
Even though it was very late when she met us, she still gave a brief tour of the boat, showed us around the kitchen, and even provided some 'welcome beers', bottled water, and breakfast muffins/cookies among other things. She also let us know she was a text away should we want to tour the 'crew only' areas of the boat.
The stay on the boat was very comfortable! The bedding was great, shower and bathroom facilities were clean and had plenty of hot water and high water pressure. The living quarters of the boat was very comfortable, it had a large LCD TV equipped with Netflix. The weather in Portland was cold over the weekend we were staying and the heating on the boat was more than sufficient.
The location of boat is exactly as described, just a 20 min drive from the airport and less than 20 min from downtown. We spent most of the weekend downtown and had no problems going back and forth between the marina and the city. The boat is also docked in a "corner" spot of the marina so there's plenty of privacy if desired.
I have never stayed on a boat before but I would highly recommend booking the Zephyr if you're visit Portland. The comforts of the boat combined with a gracious and awesome host will make for an unforgettable experience. Also, don't forget to sign the guest book!
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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.