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  1. afterguy

    Looking for boat to borrow from LA to Catalina.

    You can charter a boat out of Long Beach. This time of year it shouldn't be too hard to get a boat. If you're going to do it this year then now would be a great time. The weather in SoCal is generally benign but once the first winter storm comes through it will be a very different proposition. A few years ago two people died when a winter storm ripped through Avalon. It was forecast and completely preventable so pay attention and you'll be fine.
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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    If you just want a place to chill out you can anchor off of the beach on Angel Island in Raccoon Straight, between Pt Lone and Pt Stuart. There shouldn't be much in the way of swell or wake there but the current rips through so you'll want to set the hook well. Midweek you'll probably have it to yourself. The holding is good. If you have a dinghy or kayak go ashore on the beach. There are almost no facilities available but it's free and very beautiful. There are some cool museum tours, free I think. Go ashore at night* and walk to the top of Mt. Livermore for a fantastic panoramic view of the lights. * This may or may not be strictly legal.
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    Books to get started on the Pacific?

    Before you do anything go sail in the ocean. You may or may not love it but make sure you don't hate it. Being sea sick sucks and some people never get over it. It is physically hard being on a boat for weeks on end. Lots of people can do it at all ages, make sure you're one of them. Try to charter a boat or help with a delivery or find some other way to spend a week or two at sea before you invest your retirement funds.
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    Ajax, I have a C80. This sounds really promising. I'm wondering about the cabling here. Currently the NMEA input to the C80 is connected to the smartpilot. Where did you plug in the GX2200? Directly to the C80 or elsewhere via some other electronic gadgetry that lets the smartpilot and the GX2200 play together? Thanks
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    longy, In a perfect world it would integrate with my Raymarine chartplotter but i don't think it's worth doing the integration, the plotter's old. So no integration, just leveraging AIS on the VHF.
  6. My fixed mount VHF radio died. I'd like the new one to have a remote mic and since I don't have AIS this seems like a good time to add it. Lots of options and I'm not sure which way to go with this. Should I just install a separate, wireless AIS system that talks to my phone? Wireless remote mic to avoid having to pull new wires etc.? Any ideas on alternatives/brands? Thanks.
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    Recommendations for cruising spots in SF bay area.

    B.t.w. when it's time to leave the bay, if you're going south, do not cut the corner at Mile Rocks (the exit from the Golden Gate) if there's any swell running at all. Go all the way out to the #2 buoy before turning to port even if it feels kinda silly. There are shoals there and the swells stand up abruptly. Most years in the fall an out-of-town boat goes up on the beach, many sailors have lost their lives trying to save 1/2 an hour.
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    Recommendations for cruising spots in SF bay area.

    Whatever you do make sure to take your kids to the Exploratorium in SF. Best science/tech museum ever. Perfect for 6-9 years old, and any other age too. For a change of pace go up the Napa and Petaluma rivers, both really cool excursions. Allow a night or two at each place. Get a guest slip somewhere near Jack London Square in Oakland or Alameda. Explore the estuary by dinghy. To save some money on Angel Island or if there's no space in Ayala Cove you can anchor off the beach in Raccoon Straits and dinghy ashore to the beach. The current rips through there so set the hook well and be careful when swimming around the boat. You can also go ashore after dark, which is (was?) not allowed for the boats on moorings in Ayala Cove. Hike up to the top of the island to get a panoramic view of the bay at night, or day. Take the tour of the immigration station. If you're coming from the north anchor in Drake's Bay just north of the Golden Gate, it's glorious and midweek you'll probably be the only boat there.
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    Good Anchorages in the channel Islands

    There's a great guide to all of the anchorages on Captain Dan's site. He has a bunch of videos, charts, the works. Many of the anchorages on the front side of S. Cruz require two anchors on summer weekends. Anchoring with two hooks can be challenging if you don't know what you're doing. Particularly if the wind comes up on the beam. Either practice it in good weather before you get there or stick to the anchorages with lots of room. My favorite anchorages are Coches and Forney's on S. Cruz and Becher's on S. Rosa. Anchoring isn't "difficult" but there are an infinite number of ways to screw it up. It wouldn't hurt to take along an experienced sailor on your first trip. Let out more scope than you think you need and set the hook well. Make sure you think through the permutations of what could go wrong and what you're going to do about it when the shit hits at 3 a.m. Get a free anchor alarm app for your phone. You'll have a great time, the channel islands are magical. P.S. If you want some fresh food, fish squid strips on a double dropper loop in 100' off of any of the points and you should be able to load up on rockfish or lingcod. Stay out of the MPAs.
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    Continuous dock line?

    Add a pop-up cleat or even just a padeye somewhere amidships. If you've got control of the middle of the boat and lots of fenders on the far side you'll be fine. Or do what this guy does, he seems to have his shit together.
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    best 2018 Handheld?

    WM brand used to be decent quality at a reasonable price, kind of like Kirkland at Costco. Unfortunately the quality of WM brand has gone to shit. I won't bring WM branded products onto my boat. Occasionally I break this rule out of necessity and I have had cause to regret it every single time.
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    Fast "safe" boat....

    Voyager, You've been registered on this web site for 19 hours and you've managed to piss off and offend just about everybody. Holy shit dude, do you generally have this effect on people? As for your sailing ambitions. You're way out of your depth and asking completely the wrong questions. I'm sure that there are people here who could gently encourage you in the right direction. Unfortunately at this point you're already in their ignore lists so you're not going to get the help you need.
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    Santa Cruz to Vallejo in January?

    I've done it multiple times, it's no problem for a well found T30. But if you have a date picked out ("the 20th") you're asking for trouble. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to be patient. Check the wind, check the waves, check the tides. This part of the world is dangerous in the winter, it goes through cycles. Wait for your weather window and then go. It can be the difference between a lovely outing on flat seas and someone dying. Don't cut the corner coming into SF Bay, go out to the #2 buoy. The south bar has claimed the lives of many unwary sailors. HMB to Vallejo is a long day this time of year. If you have the time do it over three days. Stops at HMB and either Richardson Bay or Ayala Cove. All great places to visit. Check the state of the entrance to SC Harbor before you leave. It shoals in the winter. Someone I know almost lost his boat there last year.
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    Tougher dodger snap

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm going to try the stainless snaps because they should use the same holes. If that fails then I'll try one of the other ideas.
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    Tougher dodger snap

    There's a snap at the corner of my dodger that's under a lot of strain. It's bent over and is going to pull out or break. Any suggestions on a tougher type of snap or other ideas? Thanks