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Old 13-06-2021, 09:00   #31
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Yep, I recall the dockmaster's office photo of John Wayne's ~100' converted WWII wooden minesweeper at about a 45 deg. angle of pitch on a huge roller at the bar when he ordered his skipper to depart against all advice. He lived to tempt the Fates another day...
This one? Actually George C. Scott's boat "Mojo". Trying to make it to the Bing Crosby Open for Tee Time.

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Nope, it was from a generation earlier, in the 50's I believe, and the photo was taken more from the side by one of the many folks who gathered to place bets on, or gawk at the spectacle, but similar boat attitude to Wayne's. The above taken Jan. 28, '78. I doubt if either skipper ever dared the bar again in similar circumstances!
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I windsurfed 25’ waves at Morro. It was my most epic day ever. My balls are considerably smaller now.
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Hi everyone,
Is anyone familiar with Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, CA. Other than it being a bit remote from San Francisco, is there a reason why it might be less popular for sailors? Does it have berths for catamarans?

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I use to live there on my boat from 1990 to 1993. Occasionally I would take a break and grab a sublet in Santa Cruz where my son was. Back then, 1/2 Moon had a sort of haul-out service. The guy was a little shady IMHO but having a haul out was one of the reasons I was there. It's not there anymore, so if your boat needed a haul-out, you would have to go north to the S.F.Bay or south to Santa Cruz or Moss Landing.
I use to call the place "the land that time forgot". Friday and Saturday nights all the younger liveaboards would go to SF to party because nothing much happening in Moss. The plus side, it is quiet.
Very good anchorage by the way.
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I go there often. Anchor overnight then continue to Santa Cruz.
There are many hidden rocks at the entrance just below water surface that if you have not done your homework ahead of the time you may run into them. I have never experienced large waves nearby. Call the harbour master and ask how to navigate in. The nearby fog horn may keep you awake if you are at the anchorage.
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Hi everyone,
Is anyone familiar with Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, CA. Other than it being a bit remote from San Francisco, is there a reason why it might be less popular for sailors? Does it have berths for catamarans?

Thanks guys!

I use to live there on my boat from 1990 to 1993. Occasionally I would take a break and grab a sublet in Santa Cruz where my son was. Back then, it had a sort of haul-out service. The guy was a little shady IMHO but that was one of the reasons I was there. It's not there anymore, so if your boat needed a haul-out, you would have to go north to the S.F.Bay or south to Santa Cruz or Moss Landing.
I use to call the place "the land that time forgot". Friday and Saturday nights all the younger liveaboards would go to SF to party because nothing much happening in Moss. The plus side, it is quiet.
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Breakwater Cove Marina (Coast Guard Marina) in Monterey - adjacent to Monterey Muni. Marrina - has full haulout services, but Moss Lndg. probably cheaper, and there's a large diesel & outboard dealer/repair service on the site.
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Iíve been in and out of PP Harbor a few hundred time, no exaggeration, from San Francisco Bay, and the current harbor master is an old friend. There was large Brown design tri tied up at the end of C dock for a long time. There is room for a cat, but it is a very safe place for anchoring out also. It closes once in a great while when there is a strong southerly.
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We spent a couple of weeks anchored there, and a few nights on a ball. The ball was terrible due to all of the flies! I assume the flies are there because of the gull and pelicans making the inner break wall white. Anchoring was great, a little piece of tranquility.
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