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Old 07-13-2012
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Oakland estuary navigation

Hello,

I'll be moving my boat to Svendsen this week-end. It seems I'll be doing it on my own and I'm not too used not having another pair of hands holding the tiller when I go to the mast.

Anybody knows what is the current delay between the gate and the estuary? How bad is usually the current there?

I'm shooting to be entering the estuary some time towards the second half of a flood tide, getting to Svendsen around slack.

I have a hank on jib and I was thinking of sailing with just that and taking the sail down about halfway inside the estuary, after clearing the traffic from the port. Bad idea? How is the traffic there?

I've never really sailed there although I did move another 29 footer from a marina there to svendsen and it seemed there was a lot of space to safely idle upwind take down a jib down on a 29foot boat without causing too much trouble.

Am I wrong?

Florent
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