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Welcome to Captains Cove, It's a great place to sail out of If you like the southern Gulf Islands, San Juans etc. You will need to plan your arrivals and departures though.
I've sailed out of Captains Cove for three years I would add a few things:
The river can be very busy with commercial traffic so you want to stay out of the shipping lane as much as possible (Keep a good watch behind you). There is enough water south of the red buoys all the way to Steveston then cut across and hug the north side until you see the Marina entrance mark.
Plan to be at Sand heads at least two hours after low tide for the best push up the river.
You need to Know that there there is a somewhat tricky bar at the entrance to the marina that that is only passable this time of year for me with more than around an 8' tide ( I draw 6.5'). For maximum depth You need to keep half way between the mark on your right and the exposed snag on your left when you enter.
Once past the light head directly for the fuel dock jetty (keep right).
You will always be entering on a rising tide so if you cut it too close it's not the end of the world, there is a soft sandy bottom and you will be off in short order. (don't ask me how I know this).
Leave yourself lots of daylight. At night it is very difficult to discern river traffic from all the onshore lights.
Finally, I've been in and out close to a hundred times in the past three years
and I've never seen seen conditions that gave cause for concern for a well found sail boat. That is not to say it can't happen, but it gives you some perspective.
See you on the docks,