Silvergirl, I cant give much info on the coast north of San Francisco
, as I have only done straight thru deliveries up there, but south of San Francisco
I am the king of slow boats and little anchorages
My first trips up and down the coast were in a 26 footer with an engine
that ran (sometimes) and I tried not to sail overnight. You are in a much larger boat with (presumably) a reliable engine
. You will not have need for some of the spots that I tucked into, but they are nice to know about.
SF to Half Moon Bay is an easy daylight run with good holding ground or a marina, just watch for the buoy at the south end of the reef. Don't turn too soon as that reef eats a boat every year or so.
Leaving Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz
is a daylight run if you can leave early enough. Sometimes the fog
before noon and I have drifted on down to Ano Nuevo and tucked in behind the rock reef. After drifting all day the wind
piped up just after dark and the sound of Sea Lions roaring and the wind
moaning in the rigging
made that a real spooky anchorage, but the holding was good.
is easy if you arrive after dark. Just anchor
of off the beach to the east of the pier and go into the marina in the morning.
Santa Cruz to Montery is an easy daylight sail and a fun place to spend some time.
Montery to Santa Barbara is where many boats go nonstop, but depending on the weather
there are a number of good coves. Just past Point Sur there is Pfeiffer Cove that many fish
boats use if it is blowing too strong out of the NW. Good holding and wind protection unless the wind shifts to the west or SW.
If you get past Point Sur early enough but don't want to sail overnight, tuck in under Piedras Blancas. Another fish
boat anchorage that can get you a good nights sleep. Morro bay is a great spot, but if it is closed out due to waves at the entrance, keep going and anchor
in the bay at Port San Louis.
If you are tired and beat up after going around Conception go a few miles and tuck into Cojo. It is good holding and a good place to rest up going north or south.
On to Santa Barbara and many marinas
southward. I have gone from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas with only about 4 overnight sails
. The anchorages
are all described in the coast pilot, but sailboats rarely use them. As a side note, I have been beat up more times by Point Sur than I have by the dreaded Conception. I tried to find that web site that Daddle mentioned but have had no luck.
Have a great trip.___Grant.