Trip time and considerations for trip down the Sacramento River


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Nov 8, 2022
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Hi all, Just looking for some input from some of the veterans here.

I have a 27' sailboat, and I am going to moving her from a marina on the river down to Isleton. I have an 8hp outboard, and will of course have the river current at my back, but I am looking for any information on:
  1. About how long shout I expect this trip to take from the Pocket area down to about the 3 Mile Slough?
  2. How long should I expect to wait for bridges? As in, when should I hail the tenders and what is the response time?
  3. Is it better to use Ch 9 or call the phone numbers for bridge operations?
Any other information anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.