Can anyone with experience of boating in the Bay and going out past the Golden Gate please post or PM me. I would like to pick your brain as far as where to launch, the conditions, good times of year to go out, fog and what to look out for. How about going to the Farallon Islands?
4 me, I really enjoy spring and late fall in the bay.
Conditions can change very fast inside and outside of the gate.
Make sure you have a working GPS and a marine radio...The Coast Guard and vessel assist are on the ball out there for any help you may need-The Coast Guard is your friend.
If you go to the The Farallons, I would suggest going with a buddy, its not a place were you want to be standed, a little too low on the food chain for me.
Also, if you break down, your buddy can save you the going rate of a--buck-five per hr from portal to portal if vessel assist is needed.
Fog can be a real challenge as not all ships use radar, we have had some close calls during set up of a ski race from Benicia to Alcatraz a couple times causing me to stain my shorts.
Inside the Gate, it can get challenging, especially in the afternoon: outside the gate it gets very interesting
Launching, Alameda island and Oyster Point are my experiences but there are many more.
What type of vessel are you planning on running out the gate?
I was thinking of running my twin engine 28' Daytona...is that nuts?
piece of cake:....in the morning
FYI, (4NorCal big Blue-water)
a fun run that I enjoy is from Santa Cruz to Monterey and back, not much cross-chop from wind and current. You mainly get rollers to lauch off of and much more wild life, like dolphins instead of seals.
Your boat is fine, I've been out there in a 27' Formula w/twin 350's. Same boat as BIG Joe's. It got a little harry comming back in. A lot of throttle work for the driver, but I never spilt one drop of beer
Grads, you can launch in the Estuary (sp) on the Alameda side. There is a free launch at Grand Marina. Then its a straight shot out past Jack London square.
I have always wanted to take my little boat out there. there are times where the water is flat as glass and would be fun for my little ride. but the salt water would kill my open engine hatch and the cleanup would suck.
Watch out for the freighters, they move much faster than they look.
Best launch is Emeryville Marina. Safe to leave your rig (unlike Grand), the parking's decent and they have fresh water to flush and clean with.
We run out on the Bay all the time but I do prefer to launch up-river at Pittsburg where they water is fresh and my trailer doesn't get full of salt water.
The water kicks up in the afternoons during the summer months. I like going during the spring when the weather is nice, the storm swell is low, the winds aren't as stiff and the fog tends not to form.
The Farallons are a loooong way, much further than it looks. You might want to think twice about making that run. Pacific water is nothing to mess with and if you don't pay attention to the tide table getting back through the Potato Patch and under the gate is challenging at best in a small craft.
Plenty of good spots to stop on the bay. Start out with breakfast at the Ramp in SF's China Basin over by the floating dry docks then run over to Angel Isl then lunch and cocktails at Sam's in Tiburon.
If you launch at Emeryville then you'll get some of the most fun water you've ever run on heading back in with 1/4 trailing seas and wind the whole way in. By the time you get to the break water you'll want to turn around and go do it again.
The best part of Sam's is when the docks are full of blowboats and they refuse to make room for offshores. Just call and talk to the manager, he'll walk down and untie the offending blowboat himself to make room for you. They know the blowboaters soak up dock space, sip wine that they brought and eat there own food. Offshores usually have 5 or more adults ready to drop some serious cash on cocktails and food. They also make the dock look pretty impressive.