Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...
You mentioned that your range included Ventura. Check Ventura West Marina, it's pretty fair sized (~250 slips) and has a 50% liveaboard cap. I have no idea if they currently have slips big enough. The drive time from their to Chapman wouldn't be any worse than the San Diego option (depending on traffic, as ALWAYS in SoCal). I've been in VWM for 6 months, it's VERY nice!
s/v My Sweet Girl!
Catalina 30 (Mark I)