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Old 05 April 2013, 00:39   #11
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Sorry about that guys, I was asking about SF bay. Touring around the bay and diving out of Monterey are definitely a couple of things I'd like to do once I get settled in here. You know, get used to the new position at work, buy a new house and property, you know, the little things that need to get done before I can start traveling again.

I can't say that I'm an avid diver, maybe 6-10 dives a year with the type of weather we have up here. Believe it or not, I've done most of my dives during late winter/early spring and late summer/early fall. And that's with a 4mm suit/vest! I'm not sure if I remember what clear/warm water is like.

Anyway, Albion sounds like a place to put on my list and it seems to be getting longer and longer.

Ok Peter C, I'll bite, a scooter into a beach tractor?

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Ok Peter C, I'll bite, a scooter into a beach tractor?

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Kinda like this but not nearly as cool. Mine won't be able to driven into the water, but will be used to assist bringing my boat to and from the water. Plus I have a cart attachment built for hauling all my dive gear across the beach, and me up and down the hill to/from where we park the cars at Fort Ross. Unfortunately I snapped a part on my Clausing lathe last night, making the hub adapters

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Now if you are an avid diver I would recommend driving to Monterey and go diving for a few days! John and I can offer all kinds of good and bad advice
Bad advice... Yeah, I can probably do that.


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Sorry about that guys, I was asking about SF bay.
Oh, OK; lots of places to launch (partial list):

SF Bay proper, East Bay:

Richmond Marina (never been there)
Berkeley Marina (I think a $10 fee per ramp use)
Emeryville Marina (free, but pay to park)
Oakland Aquatic Center (near 5th St; free to launch and park, I think)
Alameda, Grand St East (free)
San Leandro Marina (free, as far as I know)

Don't know about the west or northern reaches, as they're a bit of a drive for me. Also don't know about further up the rivers (Pete might since he's a skiier.)

For Ocean access, Half Moon Bay (Pillar Point Marina - free, paid parking), and I think there's a ramp in Pacifica, though I've never been there.

Further south, on Monterey Bay you hit Santa Cruz Marina, Moss Landing, and 2 ramps in Monterey (pretty sure all are free to launch/recover, but parking is paid.) Further south is nothing until Morro Bay, I think.


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Peter C, That would be a wild way to get in and out of the water! And I thought towing the boat around with my quad (which has tracks on it) was pretty cool.

I'd like to see some pics when you get it up and running.

Jyasaki, have you ever though about being a tour guide? That is some great information!

And that's just a few of them? Crescent City only has one and Humboldt Bay only has 3 good ones.

Just curious, what kind of ribs are you running?
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Jyasaki, have you ever though about being a tour guide? That is some great information!
Nah. I hate tourists.

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Yeah; those are the ones on the east side of SF Bay. There's more on the west side (Coyote Point, Oyster Point, bunch of others.) For a fairly complete list go to Boat Ramps in San Francisco Bay | SF Bay



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Mine's a 18' Polaris Inflatable aluminum hull RIB with a Yam F115 on the back. I'll let Pete tell you about his super-SIB (well, a regular SIB with a bunch of nifty gadget stuff, I guess. He's pretty clever about making stuff work.)

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Lived in Humboldt for 8 years. Flew on Coast Guard helicopters out of the Arcata airport.

Very little vis in the bay. Not bad just south of Trinidad head. Drive to the Seascape restaurant and dive from the beach. Lots of marine life and the river otters like to play. I would stay away from the rocky shore line north of Trinidad to Patrick's Point.

Just South of Ft Bragg is good for ribs and diving but is a long drive.

If you surf, put in using a sib at Shelter Cove and run up the coast to Big Flat. You have to land it on the beach. Camp and surf riding a truly unique break on the west coast.
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Also, Arcata is one of the three major towns that are on Humboldt Bay. It is the home of Wing Inflatables and they can be seen testing boats in the bay and just outside of the jetties.
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jyasaki,

Now how can anybody hate tourists? I was starting think that they were the life blood of the Northcoast! Just kiddin'.

Is that a 2st Yam.

I've got a 1989 Yam 115 with a 25" leg on it. You can see that it is too much weight for my 18'. Some day I'd like to swap it out with a 90 to help get the weight down.

Aluminum. Does it have a bracket so that you can have a high stern rail?

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Hi there Searider,

Thanks for the info. I've been into Wings shop for prices on tubes. They seem to have a great shop going. Kinda starts someone drooling when you see all those ribs in one place.

I was at Shelter Cove last weekend to check out the launch facilities and wow, I'd hate to get caught out of there in the fog. I thought Crescent City had alot of rocks that you had to watch out for!

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