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Old 08-06-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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Greetings from Sonoma County

Seriously considering moving up to a Trawler style boat from our current Cuddy Cabin fishing boat. Signed on to learn as much as I can about these boats prior to making a purchase. Most if not all of our boating is in San Francisco bay and its estuaries. We currently launch out of the Petaluma Marina in Northern California. Going fast is not important, but getting there in safety and comfort is. Upper San Pablo bay can be rough and windy with a strong tidal influence. Our little 19 can do the job, but its typically a rough ride on the way back.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:20 PM   #2
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Welcome! Any boats in mind or ones that catch your eye?
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:31 PM   #3
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Welcome! Any boats in mind or ones that catch your eye?

Blue seas or marine trader...CHB, Mainship etc. 34-36 foot range, single diesel preferred. Pretty sure that a fiberglass hull would be my preference over wood....purely from a maintenance standpoint. I am assuming that the maintenance on a wooden hull would be greater, but that might be my ignorance showing.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:39 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. You will figure it out. Just go look at as many different boats as you can. By the way you live in what must be one of my most favorite places on earth!
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:47 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard. You will figure it out. Just go look at as many different boats as you can. By the way you live in what must be one of my most favorite places on earth!
Thanks....moved up here from San Francisco 35 years ago, no regrets..I was always a country boy at heart, so moving out of the city was a no brainer.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:17 PM   #6
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Thanks....moved up here from San Francisco 35 years ago, no regrets..I was always a country boy at heart, so moving out of the city was a no brainer.

Welcome to the forum, Bay Area boating is fun but I'm a bit jaded.
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:18 AM   #7
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Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!

I suggest Tollycraft boats. I think they are great! YRMV

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Old 08-07-2015, 12:50 AM   #9
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Welcome! My son lives in Petaluma. We have been to the Petaluma Yacht Club. I have always wanted to go up theRiver to Petaluma.

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Old 08-07-2015, 04:06 AM   #10
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Several of us TFers cruise to downtown Petaluma each year. Lots of restaurants and interesting shops there.


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Old 08-07-2015, 07:45 AM   #11
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Several of us TFers cruise to downtown Petaluma each year. Lots of restaurants and interesting shops there.


Mark - Mud flat is pronounced. How many feet under your boat at that seemingly very low tide? Tide level get much lower? Thanks, Art
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:36 AM   #12
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:34 PM   #14
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Mark - Mud flat is pronounced. How many feet under your boat at that seemingly very low tide? Tide level get much lower? Thanks, Art
Water depths are marked along the dock. It is shallower at the western end where it is possible one will be aground aground at low tide. That pictured is about as low as it usually gets. Our boats are still afloat.

The upper reaches of the Petaluma River/slough has shallow spots. (Depths are often shallower than shown on charts.) Plowed mud once (have nearly four-foot draft) so have learned to transit within two hours of high tide.

Petaluma is a popular weekend rendezvous location for club cruise-outs, usually including good-sized sailboats with deeper draft. We go there weekdays.

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