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WT posted 10-06-2005 12:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  

Where and what time are you going to launch? Do you have an itinreary?


elaelap posted 10-06-2005 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Great minds...what do they say about them, Warren? Check out my post at this forum, and let's do it!


WT posted 10-06-2005 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I have extended 2 invitations to go fishing out of Bodega Bay this Sunday. If both think I'm nuts, I'll join you by myself Saturday.

I should know by tomorrow.


seasicknes posted 10-07-2005 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
what channel are you guys on ?
If i will be at the boat, then you guys can come by.

There is usually some empty slips near me that no one is using.


elaelap posted 10-07-2005 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Channel 77, Ken. Let's try calling one another "Continuous Wave."


You mean you might actually take a day off from fishing

WT posted 10-07-2005 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Ken and Tony:

Where would you recommend that I launch since I'm coming in from Sacramento? I'm assuming that SF Bay is flat compared with the water outside of the Golden Gate.

In theory, I'm supposed to be fishing out of Bodega Bay Sunday morning. I'm not sure if I want to make that run.


17 bodega posted 10-07-2005 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Looks like I got some free passes to the golf tournament on Saturday..which means I'll be driving by the bay.. I'll call you guys and see how good my handheld works.. we should use a channel like 74 or 78 because it has more wattage than 77 I'll probably do Bodega on Sunday if it's doable weather wise, then maybe again on Monday.

seasicknes posted 10-07-2005 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
I live right across the street from the golf tournament.

They screwed up the parking in my neighborhood !


elaelap posted 10-07-2005 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Just got back from Bodega Bay and checked the BOON realtime weather 5:50 pm Friday--right now--it's howling 26+ mph constant (readings in mph, not knots), gusting to...39 mph!!! The NOAA Bodega Bay weather buoy (Station 46013) registered 27 gusting to 35, in knots, one hour ago.

Rick in the New Sea Angler got 17 limits of quality salmon by 1 p.m. off 10-Mile in 200-220 ft of water (caught by mostly very sea sick fishermen), the same place my pal and I did pretty good three days ago in 15-21 kt strong breezes. Today--I watched the huge swells and breaking wind waves roll past from the Head, my boat safe at home and me safe on dry land.


elaelap posted 10-07-2005 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

Want to meet me at the uncrowded Petaluma Marina at about 10:30 am, launch there, and do the trip down the river and through the Bay to Sausalito? If so, you'd head over to Sonoma and then to Petaluma...I think the Hwy is 116, but MapQuest the sucker for sure if it makes sense to you.

Tony soon we probably know the fastest way like the proverbial palm of your proverbial hand, since you tow out to Bodega Bay so often. The Petaluma Marina is just east of Hwy 101 in S. Petaluma.

myakka posted 10-07-2005 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Damn! I just got the word I need to plan a trip to Petaluma.Its too short of notice on both ends to make it out this weekend. Anything good going on in December?
littleblue posted 10-07-2005 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Any good spots to watch/hold up if the wind starts blowing tomorrow?
seasicknes posted 10-07-2005 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
good spot is right at st francis yacht club.
My boat is right behind the yacht club.


WT posted 10-08-2005 03:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I'm going to have to pass. I just got in from our week long grand opening of a restaurant/nightclub/bar that I invested some loose change in.

I'm kind of "tired".

I hope you guys have a great time,

elaelap posted 10-08-2005 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Woke up to weather reports of winds in the Bay up to 30 kts this afternoon. I'm gonna try it tomorrow instead, Sunday.


seasicknes posted 10-08-2005 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
ok, i will be out there today on my boat that is tied up to the dock.


Sheila posted 10-08-2005 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hey, Steve,
You might want to reconsider using your handheld from land to contact the gang out on the's illegal.

Take a look here: and choose the third FAQ from the bottom of the list: "I need to contact a friend on a boat..."

Using a Marine VHF from land requires a special license, and these licenses, apparently, are only issued for good cause.

seasicknes posted 10-08-2005 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
Got 2 sets of neighbors and headed down to marina green to watch the air show.
At san francisco marina the policed closed off the streets, I had to show my parking pass that I had a boat at the marina in order to get in.
Got 6 of my passengers on my boat had drinks and plenty of food. We were right behind the golden gate yacht club.
Thats my docking spot. Called out to Little Blue and positiva on channel 77, but no answer.
We watched the air show and the spot that the boat is berth was the best spot. The blue angels flew by frequently over my boat and one of my passengers got good snap shots of the planes.

Great day on the boat

17 bodega posted 10-10-2005 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
That's fascinating Sheila! I knew I was an outlaw, but now I have proof! It is muddy however because I would be communicating to mariners, and technically I would be near the waterways or over them on the GG bridge. Then agian that could cause "homeland security" to converge upon me. The example in the USCG site uses is for a non boating use while hunting with buddies.

Great information though. Thanks

17 bodega posted 10-10-2005 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I just scrolled down and saw the other instance you refer to... Interesting that this only applies to handhelds... they say you can use a "mobile" marine radio... so I guess it's better to be in your car?? Maybe law enforcement just isn't comfortable with people on foot being able to communicate with folks on the water... I do understand the whole thing about stepping on channels that are used for search and rescue, but fail to see the harm in communicating to a boat. It could save a life.

Sheila posted 10-11-2005 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Steve, read it again more carefully. I've reproduced the pertinent paragraphs below, and added emphasis to the crucial sentence. They're saying you can use Mobile Marine Radio, a commercial service, not a mobile marine radio.

Of course, you're a big boy now and can make your own choices. :) I just know that when these rules are enforced, the penalties are severe.

"I need to be able to communicate with a friend in a boat by radio. What license or approval do I need to install a marine radio on shore?

You need to apply for a land radio station license using FCC Form 503, available at You may find that the FCC won't approve your application based upon your intended use: typically, you'd need to have a requirement to communicate with a fleet of vessels (e.g. more than one), or provide some sort of service to vessels, or not be able to use the services of a public coast station. If you do not meet the FCC's requirement for obtaining a land radio station license, you cannot operate a marine radio ashore. You must use a public coast station, such as WJG Maritel, Globe Wireless, or Mobile Marine Radio."

Sheila posted 10-11-2005 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Oops! Forgot the attribution. The material in quotes in my last post comes from the US Coast Guard website to which I provided a link in a previous post in this thread.
17 bodega posted 10-11-2005 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I now see what you mean after a re-read. thanks for the good information. I'll make a point to discuss this with my local auxillary officer as I need a new vessel safety sticker after replacing my console.
Sheila posted 10-11-2005 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
You're welcome, Steve. I'd hate to see you get into a big mess over an innocent attempt to check in with your buddies.
Chuck Tribolet posted 10-11-2005 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
What Sheila says is absolutely correct. To operate a marine
band VHF radio, any radio, handheld or console mount, you
are supposed to have a Shore Station License, and you have
to have a good reason to have one of those: Marina, commercial
fish buyer, marine related law enforcement, .... "I want to
yack with my buddies" doesn't cut it.

Alternatives: Cell phones, FRS radios, MURS band. MURS band
is the one that pissed me off. It's VHF, close frequencies
to Marine band, so nothing but some firmware in the radio
to add it. No license required. It was a great solution to
what I call the "ship to spouse" problem. SH came out with
a marine radio that had it (HX470S), then the FCC forbid
MURS radios from talking on any other band because they
didn't want repeaters on MURS band, and SH had to change to
the HX471S (MURS is receive only).


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