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Old 03-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Petaluma River

Last Thursday Ray and I took our sweethearts and boats to Petaluma, CA and returned to Vallejo yesterday. We spent two nights at the turning basin in the heart of Petaluma. Spent Saturday exploring the historical downtown with its interesting architecture, shops, and restaurants. Here are some scenes taken on the trip.

Entering the mouth of Petaluma River/Slough with the railroad swing bridge (defunct Northwestern Pacific RR) and the Hwy 37 bridge in view.



Pastoral view along the river. It is almost entirely pastoral until reaching Petaluma.



The Mahalo Moi unexpectedly slowed down when it plowed the river's mud bottom. The Carquinez Coot did the same.



Approaching Hwy 101 and another NWP railroad swing bridge about a mile from downtown Petaluma.



Waiting for the D Street bridge to open, the entrance of the turning basin.



In the basin.



Starting the return, steering from the side deck.



Returning on a calm San Pablo Bay.



An interesting vessel(?) spotted in Petaluma.

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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Nice shots, Mark. How long was the trip one way from Vallejo? I heard you had to pedal fast to keep up with Mahalo Moi on the way there.

How was the town? Good food?
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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It's 30 miles from Vallejo to Petaluma. We did it in 4.5 hours with some help with the tides, some at 7.3-knot hull speed using 2200-2300 RPM out of the Coot's 2400 max RPM. Mostly because a Nordic Tug (Three Jeans) passed us in the channel near the river's entrance, and we tried to match her (their?) speed to use her 3:30 bridge opening appointment versus our 4:30 appointment. (This is the first boat to call me for permission to pass.)



The historic downtown is quaint. Has quite a number of restaurants within short walking distance. Had a Chinese lunch and an Italian dinner which were particularly good.

We wanted to visit the town's museum, but it was temporarily closed for the installation of a new exhibit. It reopens mid-April.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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Mahalo Moi approaching the dock in the turning basin. Posted regulation states stern tie only, but it's not enforced if there aren't many boats tied up. There were up to seven boats berthed during our visit.


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Cool pictures. Interesting boating area. Thanks for sharing.
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Very nice. Thanks for posting!
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:17 PM   #7
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Thought I would jump on Mark's thread and add a few photos from our trip to Petaluma.

This is the Pump House in San Pablo Bay. Tankers would offload fuel to the then Hamilton AFB located in the background.
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Trying to catch up with the Coot.
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Mark and I decided to have Mahalo Moi venture first into the shallow waters of the Petaluma River because we draw a bit more water than the Coot.
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The channel north through San Pablo Bay on the approach to the Petaluma River is about 150 feet wide with a controlling depth of seven feet. Each side of the channel the depth quickly shallows to two feet. Always watch for birds standing!
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Pretty skinny on the flanks.
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Passed by a Nordic Tug...
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Highway 37 bridge.
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Here is Mark's new dink...the one shaped like a swan!
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Petaluma River entrance. The Petaluma River isn't a river. It's a tidal slough. The river designation was assigned in 1959 so the Federal Gov't would kick in funds to keep it dredged.
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Coot following into the Petaluma entrance.
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I will continue with additional photos later today....I still have to work!
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Trying to catch up with the Coot.
... because the Coot had a half-hour headstart. MM passing Coot:

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The channel north through San Pablo Bay on the approach to the Petaluma River is about 150 feet wide with a controlling depth of seven feet. Each side of the channel the depth quickly shallows to two feet. Always watch for birds standing!
Don't get too close to the channel markers.

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...Continuing our adventure.

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A couple of miles up the Petaluma we came across this little shack.

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The area is getting ready for wine season.

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Lakeville Marina

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Now there's a boathouse that has seen better days.

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The Coot!

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Approaching the City of Petaluma.

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The Coot the following morning. The weather was perfect:
high 30s in the morning and warming to low 70s in the afternoon.

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Peaceful day on Friday

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A Nordhavn 46 met a group of Nordic Tugs on this trip.

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More to follow after a few more phone calls....still working!
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The final photos of our trip to Petaluma.

The Petaluma adventure was a great voyage for Carquinez Coot and Mahalo Moi, not only for the experience in route but for the destination. The city has done a fantastic job of keeping the town center in its original form with 150-year-old architecture and function. However, the town has not turned into one of those tourist-only destinations; remembering the past, the way it used to be... Petaluma is a working town with active and productive citizens. My hat is off to the city and I, for one, look forward to a return visit.

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The Coot in the Turning Basin. The docks in the background are
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Open "D"-Street Bridge.

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Newer Petaluma Marina about one mile Southeast from town center.

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Aggregate and concrete (?) business.

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Nice place to plant roots.

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Southbound on the Petaluma

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Railroad bridge near Highway 37 bridge.

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Mark attempting a high-speed pass...
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That Coot, she sure is photogenic. How long did that attempted pass take?
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Lakeville, about halfway to Petaluma from the river's mouth, has a small marina, a Greek restaurant, and some waterfront cabins (nicest one there, the rest were shacks).







As one reaches Petaluma, the waterfront homes become nicer.

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That Coot, she sure is photogenic.
This pontoon-kayaker in the turning basin thought so too.

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Follow that boat!



Have you ever tried to pet a luma?
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That Coot, she sure is photogenic. How long did that attempted pass take?
He snuck up on me when I wasn't paying attention! I whipped the Cats from 1350 rpm to 1650 rpm and went back to sleep...
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This pontoon-kayaker in the turning basin thought so too.
I don't know...looks like he's holding a pistol, to me...
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Excellent photo journalism guys! I feel like I was there.
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I agree and think it's because of that dark hull.
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