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WT posted 09-14-2008 06:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
Come one, come all on September 21, 2008 to San Francisco Bay.

We've all cruised around San Francisco Bay but I think this time we can focus on getting action shots/video of Whaler owners in their boats. Maybe action shots under the Golden Gate and if the weather permits, outside the Gate too.

We have a ContinuousWave member Hans Jocobs along with his wife flying into San Francisco from the Netherlands. I hope to get a few Boston Whalers out on the water Sunday, September 21st in San Francisco Bay.

I'll bring my cameras and Hans will have his video camera so that we can get some shots of Whalers in action.

Advice needed:

I'm towing my boat in from Sacramento.

If Hans is staying in San Francisco, where would you recommend that I pick him up in my 170 Montauk? Tony (in Cetus) and I (Megabite) were planning on launching in Petaluma. Do you think it would be better for me to launch in Berkeley or San Francisco?

I'm open to any and all suggestions.


erik selis posted 09-15-2008 04:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I hope you guys have a wonderful time and can get some great action shots. Don't forget to post the pictures!


elaelap posted 09-15-2008 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
C'mon Jim, Jasper, Ken, Rob, etc. Sunday on the Bay, and we'll all star in a giant Whaler video production.


And I thought it was too late to be discovered. Get back, Brad Pitt!

boatdryver posted 09-15-2008 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Warren, there is a new launch ramp in SF that a friend of mine recently used. Let me know if you want me to call him and ask his opinion re parking etc. I would think on a Sunday you might enjoy the boat trip from Petaluma more than the tow through the Emeryville I 80 "parking lot" Bay Bridge approach and the transit of SF city streets.

Another option is Richmond Municipal marina's excellent ramp which is usually lightly used.

You could easily hop off I80 to the Berkeley Marina to launch but there you have to fight the big following wind waves back to Berkely in the afternoon if the sea breeze decides to blow at summer velocity.

If you were willing to tow to Sausalito, Clipper Yacht harbor has a great ramp with good parking and from there you could stay in the lee of yellow bluff on the way to and from the Golden Gate.

I'm very frustrated to report that I have a non-boating commitment on the 21st and will have to miss this great photo op.


andygere posted 09-15-2008 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Ditto on Clipper in Sausalito as the most convenient to SF waterfront. Decent ramp good parking, safe area. They charge for a launch, but I don't remember it being too outrageous. I've launched in Richmond as well, nice facility, but a longer ride to the city. Loch Lomand in San Rafael is also good, nice ramp, plenty of parking but also a longer ride to the city.
WT posted 09-17-2008 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here's the game plan so far.

Tony (elaelap) and I will launch at the Petaluma River around 7:30 am.

Pick up Hans and his wife at about 9 am at the Gashouse Cove fuel dock in San Francisco. GPS coordinates are N 37 degrees, 48 minutes, 22.27 seconds by W 122 degrees, 25 minutes, 56.82 seconds, you can see it on Google Earth.

Ride around in the bay for a few hours. Here's the forecast for San Francisco Bay.



Anyone else want to join us?


elaelap posted 09-17-2008 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Clipper Marina launch is very crowded on the weekends and pricey, around 15-20 bucks I think. Loch Lomand in San Rafael is up to twenty-five dollars last I heard, but not crowded and with easy trailer parking.

I almost always launch at the Petaluma Marina for several reasons: 1) It's closest to my home so I can get my boat in the water sooner--I'd rather cruise down the river for 30-45 minutes through the beautiful wetlands than tow my boat further on the freeway and fight Bay Area traffic; 2) It's never crowded and parking is close to the ramp and wide open; and 3) It only cost two bucks to launch and park.

I like the Berkeley Marina as well, and I mentioned to WT that it might be best for him since he's coming from Sacramento. And then you only have a twenty minute ride over to the City, but often, especially later in the day, right into the eyes of some serious breezes. Still, it will be fun to cruise down the river together in our two Whalers.


Nuts!, Jim. How 'bout you, don't have to bring your sweet 22, just your gnarly old self and hitch a ride with one of us. And you other guys? Placerville/Matt?

WT posted 09-17-2008 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Hey Tony, maybe we could launch from Bodega Bay and come into San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate like Matt and I did a few months ago?

Just another option that might be of greater interest to get a few more participants. :-)


placerville posted 09-17-2008 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Sorry I won't be able to join you guys. I'm out of town this weekend. It would be fun to make the outside trip.
You could bring Strike3 down.


andygere posted 09-18-2008 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'd love to join you, but I've got house guests from out of town and out of country. Sounds like a fun day...
Fishmore posted 09-21-2008 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fishmore    
Bummer I just read this while I was going out the door to fish up in Lake Del Valle in Livermore. I am meeting a couple of people there or I would change plans. Oh well maybe next time. I would get off the water before 1500 as the winds will be pretty strong in the afternoon and there will be an incoming tide. Between the low winds and outgoing tide in the morning it should make for a great morning.
boatdryver posted 09-21-2008 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I'm locked in to a social commitment on Sunday. Nuts, and I thought when I retired I could always do anything that came up. Not so....

Anyway, I was able to spend the day on the Bay Thursday, fishing, but not catching. It was one of those glorious sunny days with light winds, so beautiful from Loch Lomond ($20) to the Golden Gate and back to the Sisters that I actually was relieved not to have any fish to clean.

My recently repaired 40 hour Verado (Fuel Supply Module float switch) purred like a kitten and growled like a Bengal Tiger all day (whew!!).

I hope you all have a similar day!!!

If any of you belong to a yacht club, no matter how modest (like mine) and no matter on which continent it may lie, think about lunch at the St. Francis Yacht Club. In the past I have been able to go there if I call ahead and they know I am arriving by boat. Take lots of Euros, though.

Failing that, there is always Sam's in Tiburon, but arrive well before Noon to have a chance for dock space.


littleblue posted 09-21-2008 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Arrrghhhh, I missed this post! I don't check this section regularly, would loved to have been out there.
WT posted 09-21-2008 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
We had a great time. Hans%20Denise%20Tony%202008/


erik selis posted 09-22-2008 03:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Wow, great shots Warren. It's funny though seeing Tony with air underneath his boat. Looked like you had a great time and fantastic weather.


WT posted 09-22-2008 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
It's so much easier to view my pictures by clicking the "slideshow" button in my link.

Yesterday's ride down from Petaluma to San Francisco was a "piece of cake". The ride back up was a bit of a challenge. Tony was airborne for most of the 35 mile ride back to Petaluma. But the smile on Tony's face said it all.


boatdryver posted 09-22-2008 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Warren, I like the shots taken early in the morning on the Petaluma river, the ones shot into the sun. very ethereal.. Nice glassy water, too.


17 bodega posted 09-23-2008 02:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Man.. you guys are off the charts with this stuff.. you guys are in the perfect state whaler bliss. Ceta is looking pretty snazzy! We're talking creampuff baby!
erik selis posted 09-23-2008 06:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I really gotta say that those pictures of Tony are awesome. Cetus is one fine looking Whaler too. No wonder Tony is smiling.


WT posted 09-23-2008 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'm glad you guys like the pictures. It was tricky taking pictures while zipping along in the chop. But now that I've got some practice, I think I can do better the next time out.

We'll have to do this again but with more Whalers. It would be really cool to have some of this stuff on video too.


littleblue posted 09-23-2008 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Please shoot me an email next time guys! I need to make it more of a habit to check the Rendezvous section. We should still have another few weeks of good weather.
17 bodega posted 09-23-2008 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
A blasphemous misspelling!

I mean Cetus. Now I've got Zeus after me in addition to Tony and Jimh!

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