Arriving By Land
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Arriving by Sea
Coming from the South
Pass under the Richmond-San Rafael bridge sailing due north. Head for Green Channel Marker No. 17, Fl. G. 4S. 15Ft 6M, coordinates 37* 58' 14.2356" N. 122*29' 56.944" W
This is the entrance to the San Rafael Canal.
The San Rafael Canal channel runs on a course of 280° Magnetic and is marked by green channel markers, which are numbered 1-7 and take you to the entrance of the San Rafael Creek. The center of the channel is approximately 30-50 feet north of the green marks. there is a Gov't. maintained Range Mark, which aligns well with the channel. The channel was last dredged in 2011 and as of Summer 2015 has a controlling depth of approximately 3 feet below MLLW. The shallowest place is just in from marker 5. Please use tide levels published for Point San Quentin, and consider cross-wind and current on entry. With a reasonable tide, it is an easy transit. On the Red Marker QR (front range mark) turn west and after 200 yards find the entrance to the MYC yacht basin to starboard. Observe the Red and Green Channel markers in the harbor and avoid cutting the corner. The first end-tie (end of C Dock) is normally left open for emergencies or visitors who are not sure where they should go.
Coming from the North
Follow the San Pablo Strait going southwest. Pass between the Sisters and Brothers islands situated respectively outside Point San Pedro to the west and Point San Pablo to the east. Be aware of a large number of barges and metal Buoys scattered in the San Rafael Bay which is very shallow. Head for Green Channel Marker No. 17, Fl. G. 4S. 15Ft 6M, coordinates 37* 58' 14.2356" N. 122*29' 56.944" W. Follow directions, above.
See Chart No. 18649 below or click on it for the full chart (depths are in feet).
- Do NOT cut corners as the waters outside the markers are deceptive and shallow. Note that Green marker 17 is relatively small and has shallow water behind much of the time.