This time last year there was a major problem with shoaling at the harbor mouth, This year the brand new “Twin Lakes” Dredge is doing a fine job. But still comes with its challenges.
A large sandbar has again formed at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Harbor, stranding some boats inside. Not only is this sand causing problems at the entrance. Several boat slips are also shoaled in, this hurts us because we are looking for a full time slip.
The entrance has been shoaled because of strong storm activity. With just a small channel opened up and the up coming weekend forecast, this is not a good weekend for boating.
If you have never had a chance to watch the Dredge and Dredge Crew in action it is worth hanging out and checking out their operation. It is an amazing system that requires a lot of hard work.
If you want to watch I recommend viewing from the platform between the Crow’s Nest Restaurant and the Little store. This spot is nice. Plenty of seating and you are sheltered from the wind.
Last year the Harbor had major problems with sand. The old dredge was finally retired and now they have a brand new one that really does the job. Unfortunately just after they bought the Big Dredge “Twin Lakes” the smaller support dredge lost an engine. They have since repaired the “Dauntless” and they operation is back up and running smooth.
These photos below, were take June 2016. This is “Twin Lakes” the brand new dredge that the harbor purchased. It was quite the operation to have it delivered and assembled right here in front of the launch ramp. We watched it go together and captured many pictures and videos. Here are just a few.