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Old 28-01-2015, 16:17   #16
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Re: Southern Oregon to San Francisco for newbie

They all have some little quirk to entering.. Cressent City from the north, you have to wrap around and come in from the south..
Eureka, its always foggy when everything else is clear and as the swells roll down the channel, you'll be doing 6 knots and then you'll be doing 12, and then back to 6, and then back to 12 as the rollers bring you in..
In Ft. Bragg, watch the lights under the bridge to guide you in.. red on one side, green on the other and white down the center, keep the white in sight..
It turns green or red if you are off center...
Bodega bay, watch really close as you can mistake the flashing red light on the road for the light at the end of the jetty.
Best to plan on leaving each harbor befor dawn each day so you get into the next durring daylight..
And if leaving Ft. Bragg in the dark hours, line up the two offshore lights, one about 1/2 mile and the other 1 mile out.. when lined up, it will take you right out the center of the channel........

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Old 28-01-2015, 19:22   #17
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Re: Southern Oregon to San Francisco for newbie

I commercial fished N. Cal and S. Oregon and out to 200 miles. Prevailing swells (and winds) come from the NW and as they approach the coast become much steeper and closer together. You soon learn to stay 10 or more miles off the coast. I usually run 25 or more. As weather lows go thru, a storm will bring S to SW winds that can knock down the NW swells, but bring seas running across the swells and make an uncomfortable ride. After the low passes, NW winds usually blow 10-20 knots or more, slowing over several days. About the time the ocean goes down another low comes along. That is the normal summer cycle. Later summer and early fall seem to be the calmest time. Headlands like Mendocino and Arena are usually rough if close to shore. I only saw really flat water one day.
Beware of storms. In the days when many commercial boats were wood, several sank every year.

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Re: Southern Oregon to San Francisco for newbie

That sounds scary.. So 10 miles or more off shore best?

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Re: Southern Oregon to San Francisco for newbie

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That sounds scary.. So 10 miles or more off shore best?

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You need to judge where to run or whether to run or not based on conditions for the day. One day will be fine to run close while the next day will have very large swells becoming closer as they approach shore. However, without experience running there, the decision on those days probably should be to just wait for better conditions. First, you don't have the range and time to do a lot of running 25 miles off shore. Second, those are the days that the bars and inlets are even more difficult and you probably shouldn't tackle them.

You need to be prepared to make the trip in 6 days or 6 weeks. Whatever conditions dictate.
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Re: Southern Oregon to San Francisco for newbie

The Southern Oregon and northern California coastlines are very formidable. As others here mention, it is all about weather. And the problem with THAT is that often the weather guessers get it wrong. You have to pull in, wait it out, and keep an eye open for what's coming at you 2, 3, 4 days out. At least you're not doing the northward bash. Good luck!

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