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Old 02-22-2012
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Day Dreamer, are you planning to trailer your boat to the Bay? I suggest that you go to either San Rafael (Loch Lomond Marina) or Pt. Richmond. San Pablo Bay is very shallow and there isn't much sailing north of the ship channel. There is a also very strong ebb through the bay and prevailing strong afternoon westerlies make for very nasty square waves and chop. (my wife's nickname is "Bad Pablo Bay"). Much better to be nearer the Richmond - San Rafael area. They don't call this place the "Richmond Riviera" for nothing. Plus this gives you easy access to Angel Island and Raccoon Strait.
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The great thing about the Bay Area for sailing is that you can sail all year round (well, it can be a bit calm in winter, but we should hit 70 today), and the sailing conditions vary so much that you can select a location which matches your sailing preferences (or ability). You can be tearing around with 25+ knots almost every day in summer in "the slot", then slip down into 10 knots, warmer weather in Richmond. Or get almost becalmed in the shadow of San Francisco, while you take in the view (and let your heart slow down again!). The Delta provides lots of opportunities for 'gunkholing', fishing, and swimming in fresh, warm water. The South Bay can be shallow in parts, but is huge, tends to be warmer (sometimes 10+ warmer than the city) with medium winds. Depending where you are there are lots of trailerable boats who launch in the South Bay, especially Redwood City.
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Re: HELP? Attn:Cali Delta SF Bay sailors

Just a quick update. Didn't fall off the end of the earth. Still waiting on Tax Return and watching the boats pile up on Craigslist and etc. Giving me plenty of time to become an educated and patient buyer though!
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Re: HELP? Attn:Cali Delta SF Bay sailors

Last Fall, I sold my Newport 28 to a fellow who planned to move it from Point Richmond to a marina just above Rio Vista. At a weak moment I agreed to help him move it. Studying the charts, he chose a weekday with a favorable flood tide through the Carquinas Straits. Strongly recommended! Unfortunatly, the wind was coming from the North or Northeast all day and we had to motor the whole way. He had a new book of charts covering the San Francisco Bay to the Delta. One person studied the charts while the other helmed and we were able to make the trip in one day, leaving just before 8:00 and arriving about a half an hour before sunset. The trip was unevantful except for a Coast Guard check which was conducted while underway. We had to negotiate only one drawbridge. The buyer obtained the radio information for the bridge beforehand and called them on the VHF. Hope this is helpful. Don
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Re: HELP? Attn:Cali Delta SF Bay sailors

So much information to update.. but here's a little.
What an experience so far and my socks are still dry. I GOT HER. NAILED IT!!! TITLE IN HAND.. HOORAY!! Today I hold the title to a 1972 Columbia 30 foot thats in EXCELLENT shape overall. And its already in the delta so I don't have to move it. It needs a mainsail and a thru hull fitting repair, so it could be weeks before I sail it, but is perfect, PERFECT. I FELT IT The couple that owned it maintained it obsessively and are extremely friendly and happy for us too.
On memorial day I hooked up with a guy (thanks Rick) who posted on Craigslist he, "needed somebody to pull ropes." He sailed my daughter and I from Sausalito out and around the bay for about 4 hours. We were UNDER the Golden gate in light air hoisting a GIANT American flag up the mast at the same time the U.S.S. Nimitz sailed under it and into the S.F.bay. Just under 500 yards away from us at one point, briefly. Or at least thats what the guys with the 50. cal machine gun on their bow told us After 20 years of dreaming and 6 months of patient hope and determination I am finally on the path.
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