If this gets to you before you leave, I've been there and done that trip a few times.. lost
in shelter cove..seems the local fishermen use almost anything to hold down the mooring
bouys during the season so the bottom is littered with all kinds of junk including old truck motors from the looging industry.
We hooked into something and after about 3 hours of trying to get it loose, we cut the line and lost
150 feet of chain and a CQR
we were anchored in about 45 feet of water
inside the breakwater.
entering Humbolt bay is another trick.. if a big swell is running you'll see some pretty good speeds from your boat going in.. we would be doing 6 knots and then we'd see 16 knots and then back to 6.. from the enterence, you'll have to go a few miles up river to the marina area.. the city dock
is on the right..
A good place to duck in for a couple days is Fort Bragg... Water
under the bridge is about 11 feet at MLT but a call to the CG will give you correct depth
The lights going into Fort Bragg are kinda tricky.. from the mile mark, look at the base of the bridge just above water level a few feet.. You'll see a light.. If you're in the channel-the light is white.. to either side of the channel, the light turns either green or red... keep the light in the white and you'll be fine..