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Old 09-28-2015, 09:40 AM   #141
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The issue with the "South Channel" is that it is very prone to the creation of rogue waves.

I spent a lot of time when I was young and dumb surfing (or attempting to surf, I should say) in that area and saw some weird things, and a lot of boats getting themselves into trouble. And what do you save when going to Pillar Point? two miles maybe?
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:12 PM   #142
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As you already know Contact San Francisco VTS on Channel VHF 14 and let them know your intentions as you don't have AIS. They do appreciate it.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:21 PM   #143
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Bill Kimley, the builder of the Coot, in his younger years, was sailing via South Channel one night. The boat hit bottom due to the waves and broke its "back" and sank. Bill swam to shore but the other crew member never made it to safety.
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:52 PM   #144
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Crews prepare to drag disabled boat leaking fuel ashore in San Francisco | abc7news.com

Everything seemed mellow for awhile for this guy.... up to a point,,(warning, foul language)

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Old 09-28-2015, 03:28 PM   #145
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I just want to thank everyone for posting the horror stories!
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:23 PM   #146
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As you already know Contact San Francisco VTS on Channel VHF 14 and let them know your intentions as you don't have AIS. They do appreciate it.
Channel 14 is for inshore. Use 12 for offshore.

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Old 09-29-2015, 10:53 AM   #147
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Channel 14 is for inshore. Use 12 for offshore.

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Thanks for the correction. They really do appreciate you calling them if you are in the shipping lanes
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:13 PM   #148
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We are now in Alameda, CA! I want to thank CeeBee for hooking us up with some excellent moorage for an amazing price. It's a very comfortable marina and only a 10 minute walk to the largest Target I've ever seen!!

So, how did things play out? The original plan was Fort Bragg -> Bodega Bay -> Drakes Bay -> San Francisco. However, the weather forecast showed (and still does) winds picking up toward the end of the week, which would have left us trapped in Bodega Bay or worse, in Drakes Bay in a windstorm. As a result, we opted to skip Bodega Bay altogether and head straight to Drakes.

We slipped Fort Bragg at first light (0630) and had an uneventful bar crossing. Those of you who follow our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/mvhalcyoni) would have seen how calm it was all the way to Drakes Bay. Our original plan also had us fuelling in Bodega Bay (no fuel dock in Fort Bragg, but you can arrange a truck if you really need to), so I had to make a call as we were passing Bodega as to whether we would have enough fuel to carry on. It was a bit difficult to tell with all the sloshing, but in the end it appeared we had about 50nm to spare (i.e. 50nm beyond San Francisco) so we carried on to Drakes Bay.

We arrived at Drakes just after midnight. This was our first time anchoring at night but with all the experience we gained in the Gulf Islands, it was a breeze. Radar came in very handy to ascertain how the other boats were spaced out, and we easily found a nice gap in about 30 feet of water. Winds were about 5 knots out of the west and the water was pretty flat. I was actually surprised at the number of boats in the bay as every picture I saw only had a single boat anchored there!

I crashed pretty hard and got about 4 hours sleep. At 0630 we weighed anchor and headed for San Francisco. Although I mentioned I was going to use the shipping lanes, with our dicey fuel situation and the very calm seas, taking the shortcut through Bonita Channel seemed like the best option. We could definitely see the seas shoaling as we entered the channel, but nothing close to a breaker and not rough at all. There was no traffic inbound as we crossed the lanes just before the bridge, and there was just one sailboat on the way out, whom we crossed behind.

Thanks to the good timing, we entered the bay on the flood and made good between 9.5 and 10 knots (about 50% faster than normal) and made it to Alameda by noon.

Mechanically, oil leakage was minimal, maybe 1/10 of a quart. Oil burn has also been greatly reduced. I did an oil/filter change in Fort Bragg and switched to Delo 400LE 15W40 diesel oil, and also added 2 quarts of "Bar's Leaks Engine Repair." I figured I was looking at having to get the head rebuilt, so might as well try a quick-fix and see what happened. I will attempt a second treatment and see how things go on the way to San Diego. Curiously, my oil pressure gauge has been fluctuating somewhat. I will check the sender and contacts and then maybe change the filter as the "Bar's Leaks" or any residue it may have cleared out may have clogged it up a bit, (just speculation). I'm also going to get a compression test done while I'm here.

The plan is one week in San Francisco before we move to Half Moon Bay.

Another successful leg!
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:34 PM   #149
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Well done, been following you on FaceBook and your Spot track it has been enjoyable!
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:49 PM   #150
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That is Fantastic!!! Great job!
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You made it! Enjoy the Bay.

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Old 10-01-2015, 10:35 AM   #152
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Yee Haw!!!! Nothing like passing under the bridge. I surprised me how narrow the opening actually is....
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:50 AM   #153
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Welcome to the SF Bay. I still have half share in a boat in Alameda. Hopefully that will become a zero share by the end of the month.

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Welcome to the bay! How long do you expect to stay in the area? Any chance you'll be here for Fleet Week Oct 8-11? The Blue Angels will perform over the bay.
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:14 PM   #155
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Congratulations! You've shown some really excellent seamanship on this trip. We used to boat out of Ballena Bay on the south side of Alameda, and I had an office over on the Oakland Airport side for a few years. Wish we could be there to help!
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Welcome to the bay! How long do you expect to stay in the area? Any chance you'll be here for Fleet Week Oct 8-11? The Blue Angels will perform over the bay.
We're planning to leave before then, unfortunately. I was here in 2005 for Fleet Week when I was in the Navy and it was a blast!
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So...

Please tell us about your plans!

Where is your southern destination this winter? Or are you just exploring?

Are you going to head back north next spring?

I hope you know that you are breaking some old time Trawler Forum myths. Here you are Safely making a passage down the fabled Pacific Coast in a 36' regular folks boat. Not a huge battle wagon of a boat, just a normal couple, on a normal boat, cruising the coast.
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We're planning to leave before then, unfortunately. I was here in 2005 for Fleet Week when I was in the Navy and it was a blast!
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Stahhhhp Kevin. My Nordhavn stock options will never fund my retirement until we convince West Coast cruisers the only safe way to travel from Sausalito to Half Moon Bay's Pillar Point is in a passage maker.
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Stahhhhp Kevin. My Nordhavn stock options will never fund my retirement until we convince West Coast cruisers the only safe way to travel from Sausalito to Half Moon Bay's Pillar Point is in a passage maker.
Yes Craig, I have noticed a distinct silence in this thread amongst the crowd that typically advocates than you need a boat with 1500 miles of range and 3/4" thick windows to cruise along a coastline

Funny how fact trumps fiction Eh...
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