You might want to put something else in your bucket list.
That is a very dangerous area with ships going to and from SF with fishing boats and large passenger ships and tankers.
The waters are very cold and wind is often high.
The tides can be very high and low for the next months.
We heard of a young and very capable sailor from the East Bay a few years ago, who took his Boston Whaler solo west through the Gate, past the potato patch and up north to Bodega Bay and back the next day for a bucket list thing.
He got there and back safely. One of his neighbors was a Coastie Officer and told him that if he had gotten in trouble, it would have cost him a lot of money if he had survived to pay for the rescue due to a macho venture.
A kayaker fell off his yak last weekend and has been presumed dead. http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Ao8 ... =&ei=UTF-8
Can I kayak under the golden gate bridge ? What would be things to watch-out for ? (ships,currents,waves) Is this ok ?