Tomales Bay is relatively well protected, but as most waterways, should be used with a certain degree of caution. The winds can become quite strong, especially in the afternoon, which can make a return back to the Landing from the south particularly uncomfortable and unsafe.
The entrance to Tomales Bay although calm much of the time can become dangerous without warning. Before venturing outside the bay you should check with our staff concerning conditions on the bar and on the ocean. The shallow area between the bell and no.1 marker buoy causes the ocean swell to build and can become a breaker line of two or more waves at anytime. Please ask questions of any of the experienced veterans that are familiar with local conditions.
Before venturing out into the ocean check the conditions, your gear (safety, fuel, radios, etc.), and let someone staying on the beach know your intentions. Do not go out with faulty equipment and always have a two way radio (vhf) aboard. Have an adequate anchor with at least 150' of good line attached to your boat in case of breakdown.
The Landing monitors radio channel 74 on VHF and channel 13 on Citizens band.