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Old 01-19-2013, 12:19 AM   #21
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We went out twice for the Christmas boat parade, then again on New Year's Day for about 4 hours. Right now I'm in AZ but I'm missing the boat like crazy.

We usually put about 8-10 hours a month on the clocks in the winter. Gotta keep those engines lubed up!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #22
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Yes. The winds/waters are normally calmer in the winter here.

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It's finally cool enough to go boating down here but my wife broke her foot. She won't let me find a temp boat babe.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:51 AM   #24
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Yes. The winds/waters are normally calmer in the winter here.
Is that Mt. Tamalpias on the horizon?
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I'm from NORTHERN California, so I assume your comment about those from the south referred to guys boating in SOUTHERN California. Our winters include freezing temps and fog, unlike those in SoCal!!

We cruised into Pittsburg for a TF Rendezvous with Giggitoni, markpierce, Delta_JimS and dswizzler. The morning temps edged close to the freezing point, but no worries...the heaters were working great. Fortunately, the fog wasn't a problem this trip.

Just before Christmas, we got out for some dungeonous crabbing. Got limits and still have crab in the freezer. It was my first attempt on a buddy's boat. I had a blast!

I'm hoping to get out sturgeon fishing following next weekend's inverter replacement. As our water temps rise and the turbidity clears, we're hoping for a serious improvement in our sturgeon bite. I'm watching the reports out of the Napa River closely. I'd love to spend a week there chasing the dinosaur fish. Come March/April, the striper action should pick up.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:02 AM   #26
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Is that Mt. Tamalpias on the horizon?
No, that's Mt. Diablo (we're looking eastward from Carquinez Strait). Mt. Diablo is about 35 miles inland from Mt. Tamalpias. Mt. Tam is in the Marin Peninsula, adjacent to the ocean (which you know of course, but not all forum readers do.)
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:07 AM   #27
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I'm hoping to get out sturgeon fishing following next weekend's inverter replacement. As our water temps rise and the turbidity clears, we're hoping for a serious improvement in our sturgeon bite. I'm watching the reports out of the Napa River closely. I'd love to spend a week there chasing the dinosaur fish. Come March/April, the striper action should pick up.
If you catch'em, gut'em, cook'em; we'll eat'em. We'll bring the margaritas.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:22 AM   #28
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I'm watching the reports out of the Napa River closely. I'd love to spend a week there chasing the dinosaur fish. Come March/April, the striper action should pick up.
So, what part of the Napa River has "dinosaur" action? (Don't let this photo deceive you. The river has a narrow navigable channel.)

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The Napa River is interesting/enchanting, but one must be constantly "on one's toes."



(Three diesel-electric Baldwin locomotives fell/ran into the river in the 1950s, to their ruin, while the bridge was raised.)
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #30
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Winter cruis'in??

OK just let me get some of this white stuff off da boat.

On a calm day we'd love to go a mile or two out into Clarence Strait and drink in the beauty of it all. Don't think I have any pics. But most of the time we attempted to go afar limited daylight, tides and of course the gales seemed to keep us close to Thorne Bay. Now we're down south and Willy's hauled. For the first time I've put anti-freeze in the bilge.

We did make quite a few trips to Ketchikan in the winter. Took about 6 hours and saved us considerable hotel costs. I went by myself once and arrived in a bad snowstorm. Had to clear the windshield every 2 min. No wipers. I could see dead ahead but not much else.

Second pic was taken by a friend from a passing ferry.
Third pic is at the Yacht Club float in Ketchikan in the winter.
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So, what part of the Napa River has "dinosaur" action?
This is the section I like. North of the Hwy 37 Bridge and south of the homes on Milton Rd/Edgerley Island.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:29 PM   #32
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Looks like a good place to go canoeing. I had hundreds of hours of boating fun (mostly on the Snohomish River in Washington State) and enjoyed the rivers very much. And w the bigger boats it was a great place to go in the winter especially on a rising tide. A good sounder or two is a plus as well.
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We went for a short cruise yesterday. Got the engine warmed up nicely, used some diesel, and had a great time. The weather in Bellingham was great with clear skies and cool temps. The mountains were out, and we were the only ones on the water. All the stress I us just melted away. Love winter cruising!
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In the winter I go out every 5-6 weeks or so. My winter crew is usually 2-3 buddies that like to sit by a wood burning stove in the middle of nowhere, eat like kings, drink large quantities of rum and beer, listen to tunes and chat about life. Sometimes, we will just cruise to a marina in downtown Vancouver and go for a night on the town. As long as a boat has proper heat, winter cruising can be wonderful, as already attested by many.
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My goal is to be on the boat a couple times a week and leave the berth (use the engine) once a week, on average, year 'round. Don't always achieve this, but so far this month have motored three days and spent time on the boat another three days.

Motored over two hours today, particularly to exercise the boat since I'll be out of town later this month and early next month. Wasn't much "excitement" today: several sailboats and "trawlers", a couple of ferries, and a tugboat.



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You are making me jelous, -10 to -25c and lake frozen 8 inches thick.Winter sucks
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Looks like a good place to go canoeing. I had hundreds of hours of boating fun (mostly on the Snohomish River in Washington State) and enjoyed the rivers very much. And w the bigger boats it was a great place to go in the winter especially on a rising tide. A good sounder or two is a plus as well.
There are a couple of rowing clubs along the lower Napa River. The waves/chop can get wicked here when the winds kick up.

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