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• November, 2018
Richardson Bay, and I've been hollered at for a 30-second touch-and-go drop-off of a passenger at the ramp/fuel dock down by Fish. There has got to be a reasonable way to increase free boater access to shore facilities. And not just city attractions — the marine State Park system up north is wonderful as well, with free dock space for hiking and exploring the island trails and a small fee for staying tied up for the night or at a mooring if you are anchorly challenged. Alas, the nine months of drizzle and the reliable lack of breeze during the cloud-failure season are certainly considerations to be assessed in relocation decisions. And this summer, the smoke issue was a problem all over the West Coast. John Candva Windrover, Farallon 29 Lowrider, Bahama 25 Loch Lomond, CA/Olympia, WA John — Great sailing infastructure is not just in the Salish Sea. Cruise the Chesapeake, anywhere in New England or almost anywhere in the world, and you'll find much more welcoming waterfront facilities than are available anywhere in the Bay Area. Jack London Square has improved over the years but, in general, docks for cruisers on the Bay are — as you mentioned — in poor condition or nonexistent. A few examples: The public docks at Pier 40 used to host large yachts, and were a drop-off point for charter boats, but now those docks are completely falling apart (the gangway has also been removed so they're no longer usable). And the Port of San Francisco seems to envision itself as a walking path for tourists and diners, rather than anything resembling a port. ⇑⇓ CROSSING AT TERRAPIN I've tied up at Terrapin a few times in a 53-ft powerboat with a 4-ft draft, but I grew up racing sailboats out of Santa Cruz, and know more about sailboats. I am fairly sure that the Express 34 would have its keel in the mud at a minus tide. I'll go up the San Rafael Creek at Mean Sea Level (MSL) or higher, and then it's great, if you can get a spot. Yes, there are a couple of considerations: As said, I go up at MSL or higher with a flood (important), and with the attitude that it will "all be good" if I don't get a spot. It's an interesting cruise full of close-up sights. Make sure you stay north of the channel markers on approach from the Bay, don't cut the corner too close from the shipThis Express 34 may be in shallow waters on the ping channel, wrong tide, according to one reader. and stay close to the markers. Once you are there it is, as said, great — full restaurant, bar, live music, indoor and nice outdoor seating. It's usually warm and calm and totally kid-friendly with a playground on their property. Jesse Goff Adelante, Twin Cabin Cruiser Tiburon
LATITUDE / JOHN
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The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.