About Us


Ahoy from Captain Colleen. It is the mission and goal of Columbia River Marine Assistance to offer an extremely valuable service of prompt, reliable, and professional assistance at a very reasonable cost.

CRMA is a locally owned and operated company with extensive knowledge and experience on the local waterways. We are familiar with the specific hazards and challenges of boating the Columbia and Willamette rivers in our patrol area.

Captain Colleen Bennett is a very experienced sailor and worked as a relief captain for CRMA for nearly 4 years before buying the company. An Air Force veteran and former commercial pilot, there are few situations she cannot handle.
Captain Ron is a boating safety instructor, a past commander and current squadron safety officer for the Fort Vancouver Sail and Power Squadron. He also teaches engine maintenance, marine electrical and boat handling classes off season as well as the author and instructor of "Crossing the Columbia River Bar", a well attended seminar with over 125 attendees to date. He is a certified SCUBA instructor and active cave and wreck diver.


Should you experience trouble on the water, whether you need a tow, jump start, or someone to bring you fuel in the Portland, Oregon area, we look forward to the opportunity of assisting you & drawing upon a lifetime of maritime knowledge, training and experience, including extensive USCG licenses and certifications.

As the staff of CRMA live where they work, it is only natural that they pride themselves as stewards of the environment. Tugger One and Tugger Too are not only equipped with efficient, four-stroke outboard motors they also contain spill kits that can be deployed to protect against accidental contamination of our fragile marine environment.



The token cost of having CRMA Season Pass could easily pay for itself after just one service call during the boating season. Having a friend on the water to help out with those little oopsies or even more, the serious issues you may encounter is an invaluable service that will allow you to get the most out of your boating experience.


Thanks for taking the time to check us out, we are pleased to be at your service.