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Hays 05-12-2012 09:55 PM

Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
Random rookie question here... So, any time I have previously sailed the SF Bay, it's been on a boat with a definite home wet slip. Next week I have the opportunity of taking out a friend's San Juan 23 for a few days, but he keeps it on the hard (mast up), and I don't have a truck to put it in and out each day (he's going to launch it for me).

So what are my options for overnighting? It's in Redwood City, and he said there's a marina nearby that offers guest slips; is this my only option (or another marina), or can I drop anchor somewhere? First time doing this, so I'm a bit lost.



deniseO30 05-12-2012 10:02 PM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
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Hays 05-12-2012 10:18 PM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
You are wonderful and amazing and..and.. and well a lot more positive-connotation-words that fail me right now (at your sheer awesomeness).


Hays 05-12-2012 10:53 PM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
OOoook so this definitely helps.. but another question - to the best of my knowledge, this boat has no dinghy. How does one get on land, temporarily? For example, I'm launching the boat Monday afternoon, but my girlfriend will be coming down to meet me that evening - not 100% how to get her on the boat. Also, we're thinking 2 days or so out on it, not sure if it has a head (don't think so), and I'm wondering about food. All kinds of good stuff, no? Been a couple years since I've been out on a boat :-/

-OvO- 05-12-2012 11:30 PM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
Can she swim?

paul323 05-13-2012 12:11 AM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
There are a number of marinas in Redwood City AFAIK which offer guest slips; there are also overnight anchorages allowed (as I recall). You can stay in Redwood City, or a few miles up the bay there is also Coyote Point marina - probably a day's sail from Redwood City in a smaller boat, as you'll be beating against the wind to get under San Mateo bridge.

If you are ambitious, the North bay has a number of marinas near San Francisco - around 20 miles from Redwood City. Again, in a smaller boat things take a little longer, but a nice trip could be from Redwood City to Coyote Point, then to South Beach (for example), and then it is normally a nice run back to Redwood City.

Two final observations; First, check the tide tables; you can easily have 2-3 knots of current, and if your boat is averaging 4 knots and you want to got 10 miles against the current....well, you get the picture.

Also, on a regular summer day afternoon winds are ~25+ knots. Just want to make sure you are comfortable with that, because if the tide is ebbing, and the wind is coming in at 25knots, a short, 4'+ chop is typical. You may get wet.

Have fun! It's a great place to sail.

rgscpat 05-13-2012 02:16 AM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
For picking up someone, if you have a definite rendezvous time you could meet your crew at a gas dock, sometimes at a restaurant with dockage, or maybe at a boat ramp if it has a courtesy dock. Some parks have dockage or moorage.

KeelHaulin 05-14-2012 01:10 AM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
Going out of Redwood City; make sure you are familiar with the chart of South SF Bay. There are lots of places that you can go aground down there at a low tide. On picking up your GF look for a fuel dock or marina with a guest dock and an open gate. With a 23' boat even a boat launch dock will do.

On anchoring out; you will want to have a porta-pottie at minimum. Ask GF if she is comfortable with this, you don't want to have to make a trip in to a marina in the middle of the night. Take plenty of water; estimate 1 gallon/day per person. Make sure you are in a protected area that is deep enough so you don't ground at low tide. Also make sure the boat has a working anchor light.

Personally since it is your friend's boat (more unknowns) I would stay at a guest dock; much easier and less planning needed.

sailguy40 05-14-2012 01:45 AM

Re: Help overnighting in the San Francisco Bay?
Can't comment on the SF bay area as I live in Louisiana. For general overnighting, if you plan on dropping anchor you will definitely want a portable toilet onboard, especially since you are bringing your girlfriend. Also a portable stove will come in handy if you want hot food then of course an ice chest. If you are going to stay in a marina, you probably can get away with nothing but an ice chest but it depends on the marina's facilities and whats nearby it.

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