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Old 02 February 2014, 15:21   #31
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Never been but sounds great.....
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Old 27 April 2014, 13:27   #32
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Well we had a good time, but the only boating that we managed to fit in was the Alcatraz ferry!

I can't understand why more people don't have RIBs in the Bay Area, it looks ideal. Sailing is obviously big, standing on the Golden Gate bridge on a Sunday afternoon I counted about three hundred sailing boats, but saw only a handful of RIBs during our stay. For that matter there didn't seem to be very many other powerboats either. Is it as California eco thing?

I did spot this rig one evening though. Anyone here?
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Old 27 April 2014, 14:33   #33
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You would think with fuel being so incredible cheap they would be everywhere
Maybe there are so many rules and regulations they have put people off?
Not that it is much different over here
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I can't understand why more people don't have RIBs in the Bay Area, it looks ideal. Sailing is obviously big, standing on the Golden Gate bridge on a Sunday afternoon I counted about three hundred sailing boats, but saw only a handful of RIBs during our stay. For that matter there didn't seem to be very many other powerboats either. Is it as California eco thing?
I don't think it's an environmental thing. Probably more of a "Holy crap it's expensive to store this thing" problem. Housing here is off the charts, so a storage capable house is expensive, and many communities don't allow home storage of boats anyway due to the eyesore factor. Other storage facilities charge based on land values, so...

There are a good number of powerboats in California, but seem to be primarily used for lake fishing, open ocean fishing, or water skiing. The larger cruiser boat contingency seems happy to sit on the mooring and drink wine. Most RIB's you'll find here are used by the diving crowd, who don't generally do SF Bay.

The lack of powerboats used for recreation other than fishing and skiing sort of surprised me as well.


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Also the Sacramento river delta is only and hour or so away and there you have lots of flat warm river water. Its also 100 degrees plus air temp there so the girls are comfortable in bikinis.
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Hard boats are more common here in the USA. Boston Whalers are seen ten fold to RIB's.

Most folks with boats around the Bay go fishing and usually head out into the ocean around dawn, and return fairly early before the winds come up. You may have just not seen the power boats coming and going.

The San Francisco Bay is well known for it's sailing. I grew up sailing the Bay and will say it can be challenging even for a 10m boat. Speaking of which I need to call my buddy up and go sailing...
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