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Old 12 July 2012, 02:13   #11
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I am the opposite of jky and head North to dive the Sonoma and Mendo coasts more, with Monterey being a treat.

We are headed to Shasta Lake this weekend for some fun in the sun.

When we have guests visiting we often launch the boat, head out under the Golden Gate, then around Alcatraz and go for a hike at Angel Island. Followed up by dinner somewhere. There is a cove on the outside of the gate, but before the point on the Marin side, I have been thinking about jumping into the water to explore. It always seems to have seals frolicking around in it.
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There is a cove on the outside of the gate, but before the point on the Marin side, I have been thinking about jumping into the water to explore. It always seems to have seals frolicking around in it.
And sharks. And ripping currents... I'm in.

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And sharks. And ripping currents... I'm in.

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I would say there are more sharks around the Monterey trench, but have seen the tagged sharks wander right into SF Bay. The ripping currents become docile for a short time during slack tide.

Now what about diving the headlands side back into the bay on a mild tide? Like diving in Cozumel with crappy vis? Not much overhead traffic as everyone stays the heck away from the rocks.

Both would require someone capable of driving the boat left onboard.

Has anyone ever launched in Horseshoe Cove right there by the Coast Guard station at the Marin Side? Looks like a decent free launch ramp.
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Haven't really heard of anyone diving in or near the SF Bay. I suspect it would be like a swimming pool filled with chocolate milk, but with more toxic heavy metals.

And SF is in the Red Triangle (the area known for shark sightings/feeding events), which is loosely defined by Ano Nuevo, Stinson Beach, and the Farallon Islands.

I've never launched in Marin Co. Never looked at what's there, even. Sounds like research time.

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Thanks, JKY. I am going to hop on that this weekend. I have a nice liquid soft soap that I use for other stuff. Mild and super bubbly.

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