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Re: Visiting marinas - do you phone ahead? (SF Bay)
A lot depends upon which marina you are going to and if you are staying overnight. For quick pit-stops hailing on VHF is usually sufficient. It is best to telephone ahead and reserve if you want to overnight at South Beach (especially if the Giants are playing a home game). We reserve a slip months ahead to make sure we can get in. We hail Half Moon Bay as we get close to the “HMB” buoy, firstly to get the conditions for going through the reef cut and secondly, for a slip assignment. There usually are available slips, but if not, there is a very large anchorage with excellent holding. We usually stay at the clubs in Santa Cruz and Monterey, but I have hailed for a slip assignment down there once.
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