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Old 08-27-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Question Marina Recommendation, Please

OK so we leave Oakley CA on the 21st and travel into the bay with a first stop over at Alameda. Can you all recommend a marina where I can top off with fuel and prepare for the big pond the following day?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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Pittsburg marina typically has the best price. Top off there then anywhere on the bay you stay won't have such a big ouch in the wallet.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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Fuel will cost 10%+ more in the central bay area (Alameda, Oakland, and such).
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Just checked,

Pittsburg City Marina $ 4.15 ( Tell Van I said hi)

Oakland @ Jack London Sq $4.91 with a 10 cent per gallon over 100 gallons

Ballena Isle Fuel $5.26 they are pretty proud of their fuel

Then stop over in Clipper Cove at Treasure Island, for free in the anchorage
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The cheapest fuel price in the Bay Area is usually Gashouse Cove just west of Fort Mason.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. The current owner does fuel at Pittsburg and I will be also. I am told they use bio additives in their fuel. I was considering Jack London Landing, but we don't want a noisy party place (some other time), so I think we will stay in Sausalito and the Clipper Yacht Harbor. I can top off fuel, water and pump out. We would get a good night sleep, then a left turn into the big pond early the following morning. It will also be easier for the admiral as she will be shaddowing us on land.

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Old 08-27-2013, 07:42 PM   #7
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Turn left? Are you going south? Please turn right if you're going north.

And shadowing you on land? What exactly does this mean?
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Pittsburg is quiet with good food choices nearby and a good breakfast/lunch restaurant on the premises. They have ValvTect marine diesel. Prices there and Antioch are among the best in the area. Sometimes Antioch (3.5 miles east of Pittsburg) beats the Pittsburg price, so check out both if shopping for the lowest price. The Antioch marina does not have much to offer in the way of food or amenities.

I stayed several nights in Clipper Yacht Harbor in Sausalito last October. Great folks there and the KKMI yard if you need any last minute repairs. There's a good grocery store about a block from the marina with a West Marine and a couple good restaurants on the way to the grocery. Markpierce treated us to an very good and interesting 'fusion' dinner at a restaurant called Avatar in the neighborhood. I had a lamb dish that was excellent.

Like Nsail, if I was headed from CA to WA, I'd hang a right out the gate and keep the land to my starboard side...but that's just me.
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... Markpierce treated us to an very good and interesting 'fusion' dinner at a restaurant called Avatar in the neighborhood. I had a lamb dish that was excellent. ...
The restaurant isn't open on Sundays. This was a big disappointment for Al who wanted a next-day, follow-up visit.
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... Markpierce treated us to an very good and interesting 'fusion' dinner at a restaurant called Avatar in the neighborhood. I had a lamb dish that was excellent. ...
The restaurant isn't open on Sundays. This was a big disappointment for Al who wanted a next-day follow-up visit.
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Turn left? Are you going south? Please turn right if you're going north.

And shadowing you on land? What exactly does this mean?
Opps I meant right.....North. Someday we will also head south for the winter..

The Admiral will be following us on land as we make our way up the coast. She has to deliver my crew, so she thought it would be a nice drive up highway 101.
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Like Nsail, if I was headed from CA to WA, I'd hang a right out the gate and keep the land to my starboard side...but that's just me.
Man what a rookie mistake...I am not going to live this one down am I?
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Man what a rookie mistake...I am not going to live this one down am I?
If that's your first and last rookie mistake count your blessings as I make at least one every outing. Part of the joy.
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A few years ago I was impressed at how reasonable the gas prices were in San Leandro. Not sure about diesel.

Like some of you I have enjoyed stopping in Pittsburg several times. Considering what it was like when I was a kid, pretty impressive. We liked the bookstore and the coffee place across the street. Marina employees were helpful and friendly.
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Man what a rookie mistake...I am not going to live this one down am I?
Right after we let SeaHorse off the hook for his empty refrigerator.
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OK so we leave Oakley CA on the 21st and travel into the bay with a first stop over at Alameda. Can you all recommend a marina where I can top off with fuel and prepare for the big pond the following day?
There are at least ten marinas on the Estuary, all within a few minutes of the fuel dock at Jack London Square Marina. Three of them have boatyards on the premises and all are a short ride from either Svendsen's or the two nearby West Marine stores.
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ASD, If you'd like a hard copy of the 2013 SF Bay and Delta Marina Guide, send me a PM with your address and I'll mail it to you. I just picked up a few extra copies.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:29 PM   #18
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Great! I talked to Clipper Yacht Marina and I am coming down river during the Americas Cup!!!! Crap! Overnight charge will be $130! And I have to be there before 3 PM. So what do you think the travel time will be (50nm) from Oakley to Sausilito? I am thinking the marinas will be packed.......Luck of the Irish..
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Obviously travel time depends on how fast you plan to cruise. How fast do you plan to go?
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Obviously travel time depends on how fast you plan to cruise. How fast do you plan to go?
10-12kts On the Columbia River, you can get a 1-2kt assist from the current
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