Had my boat at Fortman's in Alameda. It's a bit funky but the people are nice and the management doesn't hassle you. When I had to turn back on my TransPac and needed a marina in a hurry, found a slip in Sausalito.
I'll take Alameda over Sausalito any day. Sausalito was cold, windy and dreary when the marine
layer settled in and it settled in the entire 3 weeks I was there. Being cold and damp all the time got old in a big hurry. Alameda was comfortable with sunshine and warmth once the morning cloudcover burned off which it did every day by 10am, if not sooner. Getting out to the bay is a bit time consuming but gave me the chance to set the boat up for sailing at my leisure and short tacking past the Container ships was fun. Sailing in was a joy either under spinnaker
or poled out jib
and usually had the boat ready to put to bed
by the time it was back in the slip. If I wanted a leisurely sail could mess around inland of the Bay Bridge. Sailing west past the Bay Bridge almost always required two reefs
, except in the winter. Sausalito, Angel Island, the SF waterfront, a Giants Game
were only an hour or two away.
Carefully check out where ever you go in the Bay, the weather
is quite different in all of them.