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Old 05-27-2013, 04:30 PM   #21
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The CMA campus and training vessel Golden Bear at the Carquinez Straits, where I learned to handle slightly bigger boats.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:34 PM   #22
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Quiet little secluded cove we are anchored in now. Light rain that's made it all the more peaceful.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #23
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The training ship California Bear has left its berth for the annual training mission, this time to points south (Cabo San Lucas, and so on).



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Old 05-27-2013, 05:30 PM   #24
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Quiet little secluded cove we are anchored in now. Light rain that's made it all the more peaceful.

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:46 PM   #25
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The training ship California Bear has left its berth for the annual training mission, this time to points south (Cabo San Lucas, and so on).

I was in the lucky class that got to sail on the old steam turbine Golden Bear as a freshman and the one pictured as a Senior. Also did Cabo, Chile, Easter Island and Hawaii.
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Anchored at Port Ludlow, WA. The orange marks 200 feet.

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200' of water will not happen here in the Delta. This is skinny water cruising here. Went soft aground about an hour ago.

Al you notice I didn't give GPS coordinates.

Here's a shot of my harbor masters house as we where coming in today(just before grounding). The sailboat looks like a piece of furniture, the photo doesn't do it justice. And finally the view out our window as we eat dinner at the local eatery.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:59 AM   #28
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CP, that was 200 feet of chain in 40 feet of water. Still no risk of running aground though. Does the tide float you off or do you get help?
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Neither in today's case. I was having issues today with my depth sounder locking up for an as yet unknown reason. I knew an uncharted shoal existed in the vicinity so was moving at idle speed. Low tide sure didn't help.

Just waited a minute for the current to spin my bow into deeper water, had the passengers grab the cooler and stern anchor and head up to the bow, gunned it a bit as soon as I felt the running gear break from the soft mud and we where off.

My only concern was watching water temp and flow from my exhaust tips. Neither was ever an issue.

I now know the shoal is longer than it was thought to be before so added to the local knowledge database if you will.

Funny part was I listened in on the VHF just an hour earlier as Vessel Assist was talking to someone who caught that same shoal in a 40' trawler. The price of skinny water boating, just a little extra adventure for the day. No big deal really.
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Funny part was I listened in on the VHF just an hour earlier as Vessel Assist was talking to someone who caught that same shoal in a 40' trawler. The price of skinny water boating, just a little extra adventure for the day. No big deal really.
Not for me....I guess I'm a deep water sailor.
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Very nice. Thanks for saring. Many many moons ago I used to swim in the Sacramento river with my dad.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:50 PM   #32
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Gee, no pictures of the squalid structures of the Mayberry Slough squatters.
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Gee, no pictures of the squalid structures of the Mayberry Slough squatters.
None yet, haven't made it by there. The truth is this whole region had benefited from being our playground for many decades. When the economy went in the ditch many formerly beautiful, thriving areas didn't fare well. Entertainment and recreation budgets are the first casualties we all know. Bethel Island and Lost Isle come to mind.

This weekend was slow by past standards but a major lift to the area businessman I spoke with. Best Memorial Day weekend in years they universally told me. Times are far from flush but the business that have survived are coming back stronger than before with many ongoing improvement projects in the private sector locally.

Walt, Al will take care of you and show you the shoals to look out for. If you happen to soft ground just wait for the tide or call Vessel Assist if your in a hurry. V/A is only ten minutes away at Bethel Island.
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Craig, what a beautiful sailboat!

Thanks everyone for the pictures, love it.


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I had some, but just searched my files and can't find 'em. It's not like it used to be, though.
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None yet, haven't made it by there. The truth is this whole region had benefited from being our playground for many decades. When the economy went in the ditch many formerly beautiful, thriving areas didn't fare well. Entertainment and recreation budgets are the first casualties we all know. Bethel Island and Lost Isle come to mind.
In my soon-to-be past life, we were docked at Antioch marina - we had a Seray 380DA, which is now for sale in Perry's (your home base, I think). Anyway, in the late 90's, we discovered Mayberry Slough, which connects the San Juaquin to Sherman Lake and the Sac River. Just west of the Antioch Bridge, the slough splits into two sections. Very few people transit through the narrow section, so we put some lines on the bank, and most summer weekends it was just us with the blackberries, river otters, and racoons.

That idyllic spot was ruined when some old goat had a number of decrepit lash barges hauled in and secured to the bank, complete with a half-sunken crane. After a couple of years there, he hauled in an old floating restaurant. Then, somebody torched it all, littering the slough with charred fiberglass and rusted supports for the barges. But really, I was out of town when that happened (I actually was in the Caribbean!). Sadly, he brought in a couple of more barges, complete with old trailers on top of them. He eventually grew his junk collection to include an old motorhome sitting inside one of the hollowed-out barges. It's a complete eyesore, and he is obviously dumping sewage and garbage into the river - and Sacramento County lets him get away with it.

I'll search my archives to post a picture of the slew, before and after. That junkpile encouraged other squatters for a few years. Someone hauled in a houseboat at lease two other boats were scuttled. Fortunately those have been gone for a few years. We haven't gone this year, as we are selling the Searay and getting ready to move our Nordhavn up here in prep for our long journey this fall. We'll definitely miss the Delta, we've had some great times there.
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In my soon-to-be past life, we were docked at Antioch marina - we had a Seray 380DA, which is now for sale in Perry's (your home base, I think).
I saw your boat today when my son and I walked down to the sales dock while I enjoyed my morning cup of coffee. Great looking boat btw

Are you bringing the Nordy up to the Delta too or somewhere in the bay?

Mayberry Slough sounds like a real peach. I'll photograph it when we make it by there someday. I was thinking an Antioch run may be our next jaunt. My thought when starting this thread was showing the California Delta as a whole. The good, the bad and the ugly and it sounds like that spot has some ugly.

I returned to Bethel Island last winter, after an almost 30 year absence, while boat shopping(forgot my camera though). To say the difference was stark would be the understatement of the year. Surreal is a more apt description of this modern day ghost town. Once thriving resorts and marinas stripped of any metal worth recycling and littered with stripped fiberglass hulls with VIN and registration numbers ground off. Former docks filled with vacationers now home to some birds with vegetation growing throughout.

Hit me up with a Private Message if you guys decide to come up and use the Sea Ray.
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I saw your boat today when my son and I walked down to the sales dock while I enjoyed my morning cup of coffee. Great looking boat btw

Are you bringing the Nordy up to the Delta too or somewhere in the bay?

Mayberry Slough sounds like a real peach. I'll photograph it when we make it by there someday. I was thinking an Antioch run may be our next jaunt. My thought when starting this thread was showing the California Delta as a whole. The good, the bad and the ugly and it sounds like that spot has some ugly.

I returned to Bethel Island last winter, after an almost 30 year absence, while boat shopping(forgot my camera though). To say the difference was stark would be the understatement of the year. Surreal is a more apt description of this modern day ghost town. Once thriving resorts and marinas stripped of any metal worth recycling and littered with stripped fiberglass hulls with VIN and registration numbers ground off. Former docks filled with vacationers now home to some birds with vegetation growing throughout.

Hit me up with a Private Message if you guys decide to come up and use the Sea Ray.
We're going to be keeping Tropical Blend in Alameda, in the Grand Marina. We'll probably cruise it out to Discovery Bay over the July 4th holiday - we have friends that live there. It'll take a little bit longer than our Searay... but a lot less fuel!

We frequently cruised through Bethel Island on our way to Disco Bay, through Dutch Slough. We nicknamed this area, "The Ghetto Marina". There was supposed to be a new Disco-Bay type development there, but it never got further than setting up the fingers - it was called Delta Coves, I think.

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The N43 is a great boat and as a former Grand Marina tenant if you havent been there before you will really like the Marina. The tenants there are excellent and I would not hesitate in returning there again in the future.

If you can get a slip on the outside of A dock it is even better with the rowers going by in the am and most people obeying the no wake rule you wont get rocked too bad.
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