Angel Island Slips - has anyone used ?

K2MSmith

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Tomorrow calmer winds are forecasted for the Bay Area and I am thinking of sailing (motoring ?) to Angel Island tomorrow AM from Sausalito, hIke around the island, have lunch and sail the long way home. I don’t yet have a dingy but I understand they have slips for 15/day. Has anyone gone there ? I don’t have a reservation and I am assuming since it is a weekday and I get there around 9 or 10, there should be a slip available…
 

Teranodon

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Here's the info, pretty much as you said:


I used to go there all the time with my Olson 25, sometimes staying on a mooring overnight. In the morning, you can grab a slip before the tourists arrive on the ferry. Great view from the top of the island. But all that was 30 years ago.... Judging from the web site, and the Google Maps photo, not much has changed. For once, that's a good thing.
 

G Kiba

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The park opens at 9:eek:0am. The slip is for day use I think $13. Try to stay dock as you can from the ferry. There are some signs that post the size of the boat the slip will accommodate. Don't believe them. They are really optimistic and too short! There are some slips on in the inside, closer to shore that are better sheltered from the ferry but on a week day you should not have a problem getting an outer. These inside slips look shallow but are deep enough for most boats.
 

Milagros

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Tomorrow calmer winds are forecasted for the Bay Area and I am thinking of sailing (motoring ?) to Angel Island tomorrow AM from Sausalito, hIke around the island, have lunch and sail the long way home. I don’t yet have a dingy but I understand they have slips for 15/day. Has anyone gone there ? I don’t have a reservation and I am assuming since it is a weekday and I get there around 9 or 10, there should be a slip available…
I was just there yesterday! Yep slips available for $15. The one thing I'd look out for that isn't obvious is that a pretty significant counter-clockwise eddy sets up in the cove on an ebbing tide. Nothing that can't be dealt with, but it can be an entertaining spot to watch people come and go. Should be no problem getting a slip. Enjoy!
 

K2MSmith

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I was just there yesterday! Yep slips available for $15. The one thing I'd look out for that isn't obvious is that a pretty significant counter-clockwise eddy sets up in the cove on an ebbing tide. Nothing that can't be dealt with, but it can be an entertaining spot to watch people come and go. Should be no problem getting a slip. Enjoy!
I didn’t end up going there today because I remembered I had an appointment with the sailmaker today (he is busy 3 weeks out), so I wanted to show up for that. thanks for the advice on the currents, I‘ll watch for those…
 

frosero7744

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Went to Angel Island 4.24, and got a slip. We arrived before 10am and there were plenty of slip options. I second the suggestion to transit near the ferry dock as the ranger confirmed some shoaling in the center of the bay. The mooring balls had some particular depths to keep an eye out for if you draft over 6ft also. It gets sporty in the afternoon with wind, low tide potential, eddy current, ferrys, and boat traffic in general. Getting your sails up can be tough also if you're shorthanded once you leave the cover of the cove. I usually will duck in China cove to raise the sails on my way back to Alameda after a day at AI. Also waiting till late in the evening when the wind dies down and riding home in the setting sun is awesome.
 

Sean Engle

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but it can be an entertaining spot to watch people come and go. Should be no problem getting a slip. Enjoy!
This is what I was going to say -- and that's from back in the late 1980s no less! Apparently it's never changed! It can be entertaining...until the boat in the crosshairs of the errant Bayliner is yours....then it's a little more, uh.... 'tense'.... =)

//sse
 

Milagros

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This is what I was going to say -- and that's from back in the late 1980s no less! Apparently it's never changed! It can be entertaining...until the boat in the crosshairs of the errant Bayliner is yours....then it's a little more, uh.... 'tense'.... =)

//sse
The boats that make me sweat when I see them coming are the newer 35-45' Beneteaus and Jeanneaus. I see them ramming docks, healed over at absurd angles flying all their canvas in 25 kts of wind, crossing directly in front of ships, and generally creating chaos pretty regularly. I have a theory that, especially in SF Bay, many of them are owned by folks that made some money in tech and want to get into sailing. They don't blink at the 200+K price tag for the boat but don't follow through on a few thousand for lessons to learn how to actually use the thing.
 

Sean Engle

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The boats that make me sweat when I see them coming are the newer 35-45' Beneteaus and Jeanneaus. I see them ramming docks, healed over at absurd angles flying all their canvas in 25 kts of wind, crossing directly in front of ships....
Oh those people.... "...What? Where are the brakes on my new boat?..."

There was a guy across the dock from me with a new 40'ish power boat (back in the 90s) - I went over there and talked to him - asked him if he knew where his thru hulls were, etc....

"Huh? What's that?"

When I told him what they were, he just waved me off and said "....uh, well, if the boat starts sinking, I'll just floor it and head for the beach...".

I never went over there again. :egrin:
 

goldenstate

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A number of the newer Beneteaus out of Sausalito are owned by a sailing school and are rented for low value to inexperienced sailors.


The damage wrought on the finger piers in my marina by the "learn to dock" class would be comical if it weren't so near to my own slip.

So, yes I would steer clear of a gray Oceanis 30.1.
 

K2MSmith

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A number of the newer Beneteaus out of Sausalito are owned by a sailing school and are rented for low value to inexperienced sailors.


The damage wrought on the finger piers in my marina by the "learn to dock" class would be comical if it weren't so near to my own slip.

So, yes I would steer clear of a gray Oceanis 30.1.
I’ve been there :) prior to buying my Ericson, I rented an Oceanis 38.1 as part of a fractional club membership ( in SoCal ) . My first “bigger boat”.. I’ll have to tell you the story when I was leaving the dock , I mistook turning on the bow thruster for the autopilot - it wasn’t pretty , but no damages, although the other skippers around getting very nervous about their boats … :)
 
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