Sailing Directions

Coming from South

Pass under the Richmond-San Rafael bridge sailing due north.
Be careful of a number of barges and large metal buoys scattered around.
Head for Green Channel Marker No. 17, Fl. G. 4S. 15Ft 6M, coordinates
37o 57'425 N. 122o 27' 421 W.

This is the entrance to the San Rafael Canal which is dredged to 6' MLLW, (2002) is approximately 30 feet wide. The channel runs on a course of 280° Magnetic and is marked by green channel markers, which are numbered 1-7. Caution ... Keep the Green channel markers to the Port side of your boat, as there are no “red, right, return” channel markers. Pass marker #3 and just before #5 turn right into our entrance channel, which has big Pilings on both Port and Starboard.


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
37o 57'425 N. 122o 27' 421 W.

This is the entrance to the San Rafael Canal which is dredged to 6' MLLW, (2002) is approximately 30 feet wide. The channel runs on a course of 280° Magnetic and is marked by green channel markers, which are numbered 1-7. Caution ... Keep the Green channel markers to the Port side of your boat, as there are no “red, right, return” channel markers. Pass marker #3 and just before #5 turn right into our entrance channel, which has big Pilings on both Port and Starboard.


Please observe:

* Do Not Cut Corners as the waters outside the markers are deceptive and shallow.

* Green Marker 17, is very small, in spite of the claim on its character (6M), that should be visible for 6 miles. It is usually hidden amongst all the barges and buoys. Use your GPS or chart plotter to find it.

Green Marker 17 at the center. Chart No. 18649. Depths are in feet.