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Old 26 February 2014, 17:18   #1
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Hello from Santa Cruz, CA

Hi! I just got my first RIB, a 2005 Zodiac Mark II and can't wait to get going on my new hobby!
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Old 26 February 2014, 20:43   #2
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Welcome. There are a couple guys up in you're area and I'm sure they'll chime in soon. This as very helpful bunch - in many cases, better answers here than on other boat sites!
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Old 26 February 2014, 23:24   #3
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Welcome to Rib.net

Where do you plan on taking your boat out at? Many of us from the West Coast of Cali, are scuba divers and have our boats setup for that purpose. Although I occasionally use mine to go hiking at Angel Island or tour around the localish lakes. We have many excellent experiences diving and enjoying the marine life around Monterey and Carmel. Nothing like seeing hundreds of dolphins and many whales.

So what motor do you have? Are you going to trailer your boat?

FWIW your boat is a SIB as it has a soft bottom, with maybe a hard ali deck, as my Zodiac SIB has.
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Old 27 February 2014, 11:37   #4
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Hi, Ninjah;

I'm in Oakland, but generally run out of Monterey for diving (which is where I know Pete from.)

I've personally never launched out of the small boat harbor in Santa Cruz, but a buddy of mine used to (he liked the idea of running across Monterey Bay for diving, then running back to his truck - at least until he got caught by weather a couple of times.)

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Old 13 May 2014, 01:04   #5
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Hey Guys. Thanks for the feedback. I'm just getting started this season with my new toy and have lots to learn. I haven't taken it out in the ocean yet but plan to this summer. I live about a mile from the harbor so it should be fun. I'm actually from Oakland so I'm tempted to get out in the bay some day soon.
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Old 13 May 2014, 01:11   #6
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Peter,

I've considered going out to Angel Island but wasn't sure how safe it would be to leave it docked there while hiking or camping. Have you left yours on those docks for an extended period of time?
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We visit Angel Island fairly often. You do have to pay the State Park fee of $15 or use a State Park pass. I photo copied my park pass per the Ranger, and carry my actual pass with me on the hike. Of course I leave my expensive electronics in the boat, but one can not put them in their pocket.

Another Beautiful Sunday at Angel Island

I prefer to park on the backside of the docks bow facing out towards the Bay. I also use a couple of the cheap lifejackets as fenders.



BTW I am interested in exploring the East Bay by boat, so if you find anywhere to go let me know. Actually I am game to check out most anywhere interesting.
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Thanks for the info. Looks like there's a spot for me right there! I'll let you know as I get our more if I find anywhere notable. The levels this year are already a problem. Went all the way out to Los Banos creek last weekend and they closed the ramp, the night before! 10 hours before I got there AFTER calling the day ahead...
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California lakes are likely going to be a problem this summer. Even if the ramps are usable, the low water levels will have normally submerged obstacles less submerged.

Ninjah; if you're in Oakland, I'd suggest the Estuary as a starting point; launch either at the Oakland Aquatic Center (near 5th St) or the Grand Ave ramp in Alameda (east end of Grand.) Both are free, both parking and launching. Nice calm water (comparatively - can get choppy if the wind is up),and offers open access to the SF Bay if you feel adventurous.

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Welcome! Fellow Bay Area (Alameda) resident...

Anybody have any recommendations for decent lakes within about an hour driving distance of the Bay Area?
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