Cruising sailors around the world know that San Francisco Bay is an excellent cruising area, but few know of the multitude of destinations available here. Within a few hours’ sail of each other are the generally cool City Front and the often sunny Alameda Island, busy Sausalito and sleepy Petaluma, accessible South Beach Harbor and remote China Camp. In this updated version of theCruising Guide to San Francisco Bay, sailors can learn the locations of all the open anchorages and marinas in and around San Francisco, from as far south as Half Moon Bay to Bodega Bay to the north. This newly revised edition includes all new charts and photographs, the photographs taken from shore, from our boat, and from our friend and fellow sailor Jack Wigmore’s airplane to make it easier for Bay Area boaters to visualize the anchorages and marinas as they explore this amazing area. This new edition is the result of our having researched each destination thoroughly to be certain the information included herein is up-to-date. This latest edition is also easier to use than ever before because the images and most of the charts are in color. Even most long-time San Francisco Bay sailors will find something fresh in this comprehensive revised edition of Cruising Guide to San Francisco Bay.
Carolyn and Bob Mehaffy had a boat in various San Francisco marinas from 1969 until 1997, when they began a seventeen-year cruise to destinations in Hawaii, Puget Sound, Alaska, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean aboard their Hardin 45 ketch, Carricklee. During the 18 years they had their boat in the San Francisco area before leaving for their long cruise, they made many trips to marinas and anchorages in the area. They also made many trips from the Bay Area to marinas and anchorages outside the Bay, exploring destinations along the Pacific Coast as far north as Crescent City and as far south as the Channel Islands off Southern California. In 2014 the authors returned Carricklee to the San Francisco Bay Area to facilitate their research for the revision of this book.
Other books by Carolyn and Bob Mehaffy are Destination Mexico (1995) and Cruising Guide to the Hawaiian Islands(1998). Articles by one of both of the authors have appeared in all the major nautical publications over the past 40 years.