Originally Posted by punjabi
1. As I'm out tooling around So Cal or maybe Catalina Island and I decide I'm tired and want to go to bed for the night, where do I anchor? Can I just drop anchor in any shallow enough area and get 8 hours of sleep (and is this something that is done frequently by cruisers), or are there laws / rules / practical considerations I need to consider? I'm sure there are. I imagine the rules for some deserted coastal area of Catalina are different than those from the mainland. Do I have to worry about my boat drifting from its anchorage and getting bashed on some rocks? The reason I ask is that I'm the type of person that likes to wander and keep things casual. I like the idea of stopping in some secluded area and cracking a few cold ones while the sun sets and then getting some shut-eye.
Basically, yes, you find a sheltered cove or bay that is shallow enough...drop the anchor, set it...put out enough scope... sleep...
You do have to worry about dragging... but proper selection of the anchorage, properly-sized ground tackle and proper anchor setting techniques can minimize that risk.
2. I like to tinker and do as much work on my own property as possible. I'm very mechanically inclined and maintain my own truck and motorcycle. I know that a lot of work can be done on the boat while it is in the water, but if I want to do some work that requires that it be dry, are there boat yards that will hoist me out of the water and let me pull my truck in with all my tools and do my own work?
Yes, there are DIY boatyards, but these are becoming fewer and fewer every year. The EPA is making life more difficult for DIY boatyards, and marine services is becoming a big part of their income stream, so the DIY yards are disappearing. I am fortunate that the marina I'm in is one.
3. How often should a boat be pulled from the water (Assuming So Cal and a 20 year old Catalina 30 for example) to have the bottom painted (or whatever else needs to be done)? Roughly, what does that cost?
At least once a year, to have the bottom inspected/cleaned/painted, zincs replaced, etc. Don't know what the costs are for a boat in that area.
Any particular reason that you've picked the Catalina 30??? Whether it is the right boat for you really depends on what kind of sailing you intend to do. They do have a lot of advantages.... a strong owner's association, the company is still in business, there were a lot of them made...etc.... so it isn't necessarily a bad choice..... I was just curious.