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Old 09-19-2015, 11:40 AM   #121
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Thanks for the tip about the art museum!

No table games at the casino??? I'm out!
Actually my wife just checked and the Mill Casino in North Bend does have table games. We didn't go to it. You're as close to it as you are to Coos Bay if you're in the Charleston marina.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:53 PM   #122
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Well, how is your trip going???

Did you stop at Brookings Oregon???
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Well, how is your trip going???

Did you stop at Brookings Oregon???
We've been waiting out a gale in Coos Bay. We depart for Crescent City tomorrow at 5am. ETA 11pm. California here we come!
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:14 AM   #124
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Old 09-26-2015, 08:34 AM   #125
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Update time!

After 38 days on the Oregon and Washington coasts, we finally had our weather window to push for California. It was going to be a very long day to get to Crescent City, but we studied the entrance carefully and were confident we could do it at night. We left Coos Bay, OR at 0500, expecting to hit Crescent City by 2200.

About halfway into the trip, First Made Eden suggested that, since we were only going as far as Eureka the next day, we might as well pull into Brookings instead of Crescent City and evenly divide the two legs. That made perfect sense to me so I called up the marina in Brookings and made a reservation - $22 for the night.

Shortly afterwards I checked the latest forecast from NOAA and saw we would have calm seas for at least the next 48 hours. Even though our only previous overnighter had been extremely uncomfortable, I saw this as an opportunity to get around both Cape Blanco and Cape Mendocino in one shot. The First Mate was all about it and we made the decision then and there - our destination was to be Fort Bragg, CA!

I called Brookings back and cancelled the reservation. We took in the beautiful sunset over the rolling, glossy ocean - not a breath of wind to be seen - and settled into our watches.

I should note that I had to stop the engine to top up the oil around 12 hours into the cruise. Oil pressure had been slowly dropping. I checked the tupperware container that I was using to capture the dripping oil, but only found about 1/5 of a quart. Evidently the rest of the oil was being burnt - more on this later. I added 3/4 of a quart and restarted the engine. The oil pressure quickly came back up to just under 60 psi and we carried on.

I was on from 2300 to 0200 and was definitely kept entertained by mother nature. We had a near full moon lighting up the surface of the ocean and were absolutely surrounded by whales and porpoises. Twice I throttled back to ensure I didn't run into a pod of whales. One even breeched about 30 feet away from the boat - it scared the bejeezus out of me!

Eden took the next watch at 0200 and I tried my best to sleep but found it quite difficult. I got about an hour of solid sleep that night. Fortunately for the First Mate, she sleeps just fine on her off-watch.

I was back on at 0500 and had the pleasure of watching the sun come up over the California coast - we were just off of Eureka. The sea was again very calm, 4 foot swells and glassy. By early afternoon we had rounded Cape Mendocino and Punta Gorda. Progress had been a bit slower than expected as we were only making good about 6.5 kts instead of the anticipated 7.0 - either due to ocean currents or the fact that I had topped up the fresh water tanks (200 gallons) before leaving Coos Bay and we were dragging ass! Navionics showed us arriving at Fort Bragg around 2300, which raised a red flag. It's a very tight bar crossing, obviously unfamiliar to us, and I did not want to attempt it in darkness.

I brought up the Active Captain app (fortunately I had downloaded all the data before we left because there was no connectivity where we were) and found Shelter Cove was a suitable anchorage, only four hours away. By 1700 we arrived at the anchorage and found it only lived up to its same in the wind sense, and was not a shelter from the NW swells. Regardless, we dropped anchor in 20 feet of sand and the bruce set in no time flat. I let out 5:1 scope and finally shut down the oil-guzzling Lehman after 36 straight hours. We had a great BBQ and a couple of beers each, but were completely exhausted. We were in bed by 1930 and were quickly rocked to sleep by the rolling swells.

I only woke up a couple of times during the night. Around 0100, knowing our friends on S/V TENACITY (we met them in Newport and again in Coos Bay) would be passing us at some point, I flashed up the laptop and checked the AIS contacts. Sure enough, there was TENACITY, just passing the anchorage but about 14nm out. I hailed them on VHF and had a brief conversation about their passage thus far. They had experienced some bumpier seas around the Cape but got around it just fine - they were also on their way to Fort Bragg and would get there just before we did.

While chatting with TENACITY, I also noticed that another boat had anchored near us, about 50 yards away - it was a catamaran that I didn't recognize - and they were obviously "enjoying" the rolling anchorage as much as we were!

We were up at 0600 and we got ready to raise the anchor and make our way to Fort Bragg. Just as the sky started to brighten, I fired up the windlass and the anchor came up without issue. The fog was thick so we took turns as lookout on the bow while the helmsman monitored radar. By 1100, the fog finally started to burn off and we could secure the lookout and the radar and start driving from the fly bridge.

Around this time I got a hold of S/V TENACITY by cell phone - they had just arrived in Fort Bragg and were able to arrange moorage for us, just on the other side of the finger they were tied up against - one less thing for me to worry about!

At 1230 I gave Coast Guard Station Noyo River a shout on VHF 16 and they gave me the latest bar report - 2-4 foot swells and calm - good to go! At 1300 we lined ourselves up with the first entrance buoy and made our approach. Though it was a very tight entrance, there were no other boats to contend with and it was uneventful. I should note that we made this bar crossing on max ebb which is usually a no-no, but we had scoped it out before making the approach, and confirmed that the conditions were as advertised by the Coast Guard. As a rule, a bar should always be crossed on slack tide or during a flood... but it's not impossible to cross on an ebb, just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. I wouldn't have done it on the Columbia River, that's for sure!

The transition from ocean to river at Fort Bragg is abrupt to say the least. One minute you're rolling around in the swell, and the next you're cruising down a lazy river, surrounded by restaurant patios sitting on cliffs and patrons staring down at you as you navigate the narrow river to the marina. Quite the experience!!

We pulled into our end-tie just inside the entrance of the Noyo Mooring Basin and finally stepped onto land. It was the longest we had spent on the boat without getting off, and we were extremely proud of the progress we made - 270 miles!

Tomorrow, the wind and seas are expected to pick up. We're looking at a Tuesday departure for Bodega Bay and will hopefully find ourselves in San Francisco by the end of the week.

As for the engine, evidently my major problem isn't that I'm leaking oil, but that I'm burning it - three quarts in 270 miles! I'm glad I didn't get the rear main seal done as it wouldn't have addressed my major issue. Now the question is if and when I get the head re-built... and where! Anyone know and good Lehman mechanics in San Diego?
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:03 AM   #126
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What a fantastic adventure you are on!

This is the Pacific Coast journey that other TF members need to use as a model on how to make this very long distance voyage comfortably and safely.

You are traveling down the legendary Pacific Coast and doing it right. One harbor at a time. One day at a time. No death defying feats showing your rough water seamanship skills, just having fun!

Hurray for you!!

I admit to being a bit jealous right now, since I'm stuck in Alaska for the winter, but I (and others) are living your adventures through your posts, Excellent Job!
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:16 PM   #127
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Look forward to hearing about your arrival in SF. DO NOT try the Bonita Channel, just come through the Main ship channel avoiding traffic and you'll be fine. Even if there is other company outbound there is plenty of room. Our boat is in Marina Del Rey so if you need a place to hang we have an empty slip in Alameda. Safe Travels and if you need any help with the rest of the trip Hola.
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Look forward to hearing about your arrival in SF. DO NOT try the Bonita Channel, just come through the Main ship channel avoiding traffic and you'll be fine. Even if there is other company outbound there is plenty of room. Our boat is in Marina Del Rey so if you need a place to hang we have an empty slip in Alameda. Safe Travels and if you need any help with the rest of the trip Hola.
Sent you a PM about the slip!

Regarding Bonita channel, can it get sloppy in there?
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Regarding Bonita channel, can it get sloppy in there?
Everyone has their own experiences. I take the Bonita channel every time I coming from or going North with no problems.

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Yes Bonita Channel can get sloppy in a wind against tide situation, but you are doing a good job of anticipating conditions. Keeps you out of the way of the big boys for a bit. Heck the main channel is rough in those conditions too. Weather looks like it might be good .

PS: It is the so-called "South Channel" still shown on some charts you never want to take when heading south from the Gate.
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Hey Mark, great catching up this AM.

Regarding the Bonita Channel; as you've seen from the other comments it's certainly possible (as Caltexflanc points out The South Channel not at all) Just my 2 cents on how I would want to do the first arrival through the gate. Do we take the Bonita channel sometimes ? Yep

In that it is at the end of the Potato Patch it can be extremely unpredictable even on a "flat day"and you are beam on to the prevailing swell versus having it astern when going through the extremely well marked main channel. Again just my 2 cents.
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FYI, I'm sure you know but you can listen in on SF approach Traffic on VHF channel 12. If we are transiting in between heavy traffic we will check in and let them know our plan as a courtesy. Which we have received a lot of thanks considering some of the idiots out on the water the big boys deal with.
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i've enjoyed following your progress. interesting that you mention Tenacity. I think i remember passing close to her Thursday on our way down. Safe travels to you....
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FYI, I'm sure you know but you can listen in on SF approach Traffic on VHF channel 12. If we are transiting in between heavy traffic we will check in and let them know our plan as a courtesy. Which we have received a lot of thanks considering some of the idiots out on the water the big boys deal with.
Once in the Bay, switch to channel 14. That's where it's happening.

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Thanks for the tips. I'm thinking main channel as I have experience operating in traffic lanes.

Looks like we're going to have to go Bodega Bay then Drakes Bay so we can time the bar and currents properly. If I go straight from Bodega Bay we'll get to the SF bar too late in the day.

Looking like maybe Friday or Saturday will be our entrance under the Golden Gate. Very excited!
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i've enjoyed following your progress. interesting that you mention Tenacity. I think i remember passing close to her Thursday on our way down. Safe travels to you....
Cool! They left Fort Bragg today in 30kts of wind and will be in San Fran tomorrow I believe. We're waiting for something a little more benign.
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Vic, as you've planned, slow and easy sounds like the best way.
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I posted this out a while back but it was from earlier in your trip & don't know if you had a chance to see it. Some good info on the San Fran Bar & Bonita Passage.
The San Francisco Bar | CoastsideFishingClub.com

We stayed at the Brisbane Marina for a few months. Near the airport so a ways from downtown but more affordable - and we found it more affordable than Alameda. About Brisbane Marina | City of Brisbane
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I posted this out a while back but it was from earlier in your trip & don't know if you had a chance to see it. Some good info on the San Fran Bar & Bonita Passage.
The San Francisco Bar | CoastsideFishingClub.com
Thanks for the link! Very informative.

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How did you find commuting to downtown SF from there?
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Yes Bonita Channel can get sloppy in a wind against tide situation, but you are doing a good job of anticipating conditions. Keeps you out of the way of the big boys for a bit. Heck the main channel is rough in those conditions too. Weather looks like it might be good .

PS: It is the so-called "South Channel" still shown on some charts you never want to take when heading south from the Gate.
I often cross the south shoal when I transit the Golden Gate. I crossed it going both ways on my trip to Half Moon Bay in July. I'm not saying anyone else should do the same thing. I don't do it on an ebb with strong winds or large swells.

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