Richardson's Bay has specific rules governing anchoring which are administered by the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency (RBRA). Extended mooring is not allowed without a permit. There is a 72 hour rule in effect that allows unrestricted anchoring for 72 hours within a seven day period as long as the vessel is located outside of all small boat channels and the Dunphy Park area. Please be aware that depths in the bay get progressively shallower beyond Daymarker #4.
Anchor securely with a Danforth anchor, or any type specifically suited for loose mud, with sufficient scope to compensate for a six foot tide. Plow anchors do not hold well in Richardson's Bay. The afternoon summer winds regularly clock in at 20-30 knots from the west. During winter months, gale force winds are observed from both north and south during storms.
If you wish to stay longer than 72 hours advise the Harbor Administrator Bill Price: (415) 289-4143 and make arrangements for an extension permit. Richardson's Bay was officially designated a "No Discharge Zone" by the Regional Water Quality Control Board on August 11, 1987. All of the local marinas are equipped with pump-out stations; their locations are listed on the chart. There is a mobile pump-out service available, MT Head: (650) 483-5689.
Clipper Fuel Dock sells diesel and gas, and, they refill propane and CNG tanks. They also have a pump-out station and water.
All photos provided by Dudley Denador