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post #11 of 18 Old 12-05-2018
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I bounced a 7' draft sailboat off the bottom in 25' of water in fairly mild conditions. coming into the Bay from the north. Even with my many years of experience in the area, I underestimated the Potato Patch Shoal. No damage, but it sure made my teeth ache.
Isn't there a cruising guide available these days to help prevent folks like roverhi from making this mistake?

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In a perfect world water would be a viscus coherant liquid answering only to gravity (like higher to lower) .Unfortunatly the enertia of moving may not be so simple.
Ted Brewer once had a comment on that subject. He said in effect that God had chosen a perfect viscosity for water - any thinner and seas would get so huge that we couldn't sail on it and any thicker and we wouldn't be able to move through it.
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Shucks Capta ,Thats nothing much!!! Nawitty bar for real smacking the bottom. Packers break their backs on calm days, Standing waves recorded at over 100 ' Local knowledge helpful. Good fishing .Google it
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We used to live out in the SF area and kept our boat on the bay. I finally stopped cutting corners and started going out three miles before turning south. Kept us out of that stuff and if something went wrong, gave me lots of time to think before arriving at the beach.

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I brought a 24 ft Skipjack up from S. California on a trailer. Previous owner fished with it heavily down South. Launched at Oyster Point for a "shakedown" trial and everything was OK. We decided to poke outside the bridge...outgoing tide, moderate swell outside produced huge confused seas...scanning VHF antennae broke, electronics secured under the dash collapsed etc. I returned home and spend a few days beefing up everything.

Fished it 2-3 times a week for 14 years out of Pillar Point or Sausalito after that. It can get really awful offshore very quickly if you don't watch the weather.
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No place to be in a small, underpowered boat. Could have just as easily turned into a real dangerous mess...
Been there - done that, fortunately with a lot more power or I would have ended up on the rocks south of the bridge. Got ripped by everyone I asked about it for my stupidity.

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I transit the Gate about once a year. Almost always head directly to or from the South Entrance to the bar. it's about a couple of miles offshore of the Golden Gate Park. Always do it around slack water with small swells forecast. No problems so far, but it always does feel a little "weird" there because of what the water is doing against the bottom. The patch near Point Lobos, however, is consistently like being in a giant jeweler's cleaning tank. 15 minutes of whoa, can't wait to get out of here. Respect the bar, it can get real nasty. Don't even attempt it in rough conditions. Go all the way out to the entrance of the ship channel if you have no choice.
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