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Old 01-18-2017, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hi all, I bought my first real boat, a 1969 Grand Banks 32 a little under a year ago. I've been going out cruising in the San Francisco Bay as often as I can since then, usually every couple of weeks or so. I love this boat and boating in general. I've always been interested in boating, but until recently have not had the resources to get into it seriously. When I retire in a few years, I look forward to taking some long trips, up and down the California coast.
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, pjwhite! A number of us keep our boats in Vallejo as well as in and around the Bay and the Delta. Hope to cross paths someday!
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Old 01-19-2017, 01:13 AM   #3
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Hi all, I bought my first real boat, a 1969 Grand Banks 32 a little under a year ago. I've been going out cruising in the San Francisco Bay as often as I can since then, usually every couple of weeks or so. I love this boat and boating in general. I've always been interested in boating, but until recently have not had the resources to get into it seriously. When I retire in a few years, I look forward to taking some long trips, up and down the California coast.
Congratulations. You live in a very active boating area with many other members here around you.
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Old 01-19-2017, 01:15 AM   #4
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Good to meet you, PJ! Congrats on your 'new' GB.

Show us some pics of your boat. Some of us do better with pics than words.
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Old 01-19-2017, 02:33 AM   #5
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I have met Paul and he is doing everything right as a new boater. He uses the boat a lot and as near as I can tell has made few mistakes. Clearly he is a careful boater and a quick study. And of course he couldn't have picked a better boat!
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Old 01-19-2017, 03:39 AM   #6
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Old 01-19-2017, 11:49 AM   #8
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Thanks for the warm welcome, everybody! I'll post some photos later.
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Welcome to TF! We bought our boat in 2013 in Oakley CA and motored up the coast to the Columbia River.
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Old 01-19-2017, 01:07 PM   #10
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For more pictures of my boating adventures, see my album at:
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Nice looking boat PJ
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Old 01-19-2017, 03:13 PM   #13
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She is great ! 1 Lehman 120 HP ?
Yes, that's right.
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Your pics are stunning !
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Nuts! Who took my bow armament?

Oh well, welcome, boat safely, enjoy and have fun (let's make that an order,
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Yo!

One of our favorite over-night trips is Petaluma.

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Yo!

One of our favorite over-night trips is Petaluma.
I would like to do that trip some day, maybe this summer. Any advice would be welcomed. I'd probably spend one day coming up from Redwood City, and spend the night anchored off China Camp, then catch the tide at the right time to go up river. Is there a good place in Petaluma to spend the night?
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stay in the middle of the slough (so-called river).

schedule your "D" bridge openings in advance.
http://petalumayachtclub.com/?page_id=73

Once past the bridge you're in the "turning basin." Stay to port and dock at the municipal pier (fee). We've always slept on board. Plenty of restaurants and stores within short walking distance.

Often on weekends there are "cruise-ins" requiring Mediterranean-style docking.
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Great info. Thanks!
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No-Cal is a great place to boat, with lots of short day trips available. Better than So-Cal, hey wait I second I shouldn't say that.


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