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Re: Oakland estuary navigation
Svendsen's/Alameda Marina are on a fairly wide part of the estuary. So the current there tends not to be terribly strong. However, beyond Svendsen's the estuary narrows and the current tends to speed up quite a bit. I discovered this the hard way several years ago when I almost got swept into the Park Street bridge. Also, it isn't uncommon for there to be little or no wind that far into the estuary.
Svendsen's must have a little tow boat for moving customer's boats around. Call them and ask them if they can meet you just outside the marina and tow you in.
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