Originally Posted by dabnis
You didn't say how much "outside" experience yuo have, but If you "just missed the reef" you used up a WHOLE lot of your luck inventory. "Sea grass"?, Eel grass or kelp? If kelp, it can signify that you are getting into shallower water. As above, use your charts and improve your chances of staying alive, just a thought
Forgot I had this link to downloadable NOAA charts. you should be able to save them on your computer for later viewing:
Pacific Coast NOAA Nautical Charts
Also thought you might be interested in these, real time ocean conditions and NOAA ocean forecasts, just type in your location:
Northern California NOAA/CDIP Buoy Data
Marine Forecast for Latitude 39.66°N and Longitude 124.52°W
My apologies if you already have all this, hope you have a good trip, where ever you are headed.