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Old 31-10-2011, 15:03   #16
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Re: SF Bay Area Marinas ?

Only reason to be at our marina, Oyster Cove, is because you live in San Francisco. But we do have great rates and there are 50' slips available.

Facilities are simple but decent and I like the double finger piers.

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Brisbane marina is less windy and also very reasonable and as long as you are not live-aboards you will be fine. Nice small club there as well.

Oyster Point is run by nazi harbor masters ; -P

And as far as bridges go? You sail the bay you go under bridges. But the good news is they are BIG mothers, so no call the keeper to raise it and let you thru ; -)
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No liveaboard needed. Just want a secure marina without overly oppressive management style. Ideally, wide fairways, and no bridges. Also my boat draws 9 feet.
Oyster Point Marina just south of Brisbane marina I have my 30 Columbia there in OPM. I warn everyone about Brisbane a lot of boat breakins and a 200,000$ sail Yacht was taken in broad daylight from dock 1 and never recovered.The Marina is run by retired Police officers and they have a bad attitude for the common non cop Boater.Oyster Point on the other hand is big safe and has New Ferry service being installed,You can sail up to the city in no time and enjoy good deep open water in 8 minuters from berth.
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Only reason to be at our marina, Oyster Cove, is because you live in San Francisco. But we do have great rates and there are 50' slips available.

Facilities are simple but decent and I like the double finger piers.

Windy.

Just sayin...

Brisbane marina is less windy and also very reasonable and as long as you are not live-aboards you will be fine. Nice small club there as well.

Oyster Point is run by nazi harbor masters ; -P

And as far as bridges go? You sail the bay you go under bridges. But the good news is they are BIG mothers, so no call the keeper to raise it and let you thru ; -)
Sorry the Nazis are in Brisbane I was there with 2 boats for 9 years and it was the worst time in my boating life.Oyster Point Marina has a new Harbor Master and a nice well adjusted staff,Just the opposite of Brisbane. I helped start the Serra Point Yacht Club and the city fought the idea all the way for years.
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Old 28-12-2011, 17:00   #19
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Re: SF Bay Area Marinas ?

Vallejo Municipal Marina has plenty of suitably-sized berths. Liveaboards in the San Francisco Bay Area are limited to 10 percent of berths as regulated by local government. (Seems like all California marinas are limited by local law and/or regulation, let alone the individual marina's rules.) Naturally, there are long waiting lists. "Transients" don't appear to be subject to that limitation in Vallejo, however. A transient who recently departed for Mexican waters was here for many months.

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Marina Bay (Richmond) has been good for me, and it's the best combination of drive-ability/sail-ability from where I usually stay. Depending on traffic, it might take me an extra 2 hours to get to Alameda or Sausalito - motoring for 20 minutes is a welcome tradeoff. If you're new to the area, do not underestimate the monster that is Bay Area traffic.

It's close to a couple of good shipyards, a fantastic marine hardware store, a really great westmarine, and two good taco trucks.

And it's never boring driving through the 'hood to get to the boat....
I am looking at moving my boat to SF as well. Had my boat in Marina Bay and all was well when you got in the marina but I was afraid to leave my car there overnight. Some of the boyz from the 'hood were working on liberating items from peoples cars when I came out of there late one night. I would look for a place close to where you live and keep the boat there.
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Re: SF Bay Area Marinas ?

Marina Bay is good, easy sailing to and from. Parking is not too bad either. I had my boat and unlocked car (ragtop was more expensive then the radio) there 3 years without a problem.

The Richmond police station is just down the street so lots o cop cars running around, all the time. The parking lot by F/G docks is a bit isolated, but D & E docks are good But lots of slips and liveaboard slips too.

The other side of 580 IS the hood. The marina area is actually pretty, as safe as almost anywhere else in the bay on the water.
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Marina Bay is good, easy sailing to and from. Parking is not too bad either. I had my boat and unlocked car (ragtop was more expensive then the radio) there 3 years without a problem.

The Richmond police station is just down the street so lots o cop cars running around, all the time. The parking lot by F/G docks is a bit isolated, but D & E docks are good But lots of slips and liveaboard slips too.

The other side of 580 IS the hood. The marina area is actually pretty, as safe as almost anywhere else in the bay on the water.
YMV we had our boat in D dock off of Marina Bay Parkway and in the few months we were there (I think it was four) we witnessed the glass of two cars that had been broken into. Maybe it is better at some of the other lots?
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Re: SF Bay Area Marinas ?

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.
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I have bought a 31 trimaran in SF and will need a affordable liveaboard slip so I can get the boat ready for cruising. It doesn't matter to me where it is as long as its affordable.
I'm not very familiar with area.

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