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Livn, congrats on your new boat! Please post after the trip and let us all know how it went.

Seeker, I am interested in the times for the various legs of the trip, as my boat is in Channel Islands also. How long does it take to get to Catalina with decent wind? I would like to make the trip this summer.

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I would highly recommend you get the Reed's West Coast Almanac and take a look through it and write down a sheet or section for each possible harbor you may need to stop at. Write down what the buoys, lights, and other markers for each harbor approach are as well as a rough set of courses, based on looking at the charts for your approach into each harbor.

The reason I recommend doing this is to prevent you from having to figure all this stuff out under the pressure of a crisis—when mistakes are far more likely to be made—if you have to bail and head for a harbor you didn't plan on using.

It goes without saying that you should have paper charts for the whole trip.
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Saildog- great advice on getting the Reed's West Coast Almanac! I'll have to go this weekend and pick it up. I for sure want to be over prepared (which there probably isnt such a thing) so that I can account for any surprises that may come along. It looks like I may have to push this trip out for a couple weeks because of my brothers college graduation and the Rock and Roll Marathon I'm running the following weekend but I am getting sooooo excited for it!!! I will for sure keep you guys posted on everything. Thanks again for everyones advice and tips!!
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Congradulations on the boat, and getting the chance to live your dream. One can never be over prepared....better safe than sorry, and especially at sea......i2f
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It is not a hard trip, just long. Just watch out for the commercial traffic, as there is a very active shipping lane that runs through the area. The wind is usually very light early morning, but will build up later in the morning.
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Montenido - at 5 knots two harbors on catalina is 12 hours away from CI harbor. We usually do it as an overnight as it tends to be DDW as well, so we look for calm night conditions and motor sail. you have to go out beyond Anacapa first or you are stuck too close to the shipping lanes all the way down. Its perhaps two hours longer from Catalina to San Diego as it is about 85 miles or so and can also be DDW. The mate who recommended a stop in MDR on the way down to this gent with the new boat is giving good prudent advice as you become quite a bit offshore making the run from CI to catalina. The run from MDR to Catalina can be a nice broad reach if the winds sets up nice and once you get past Pacific Palisades.

When we come back to CI from Catalina we usually leave in the middle of the night or an hour or two before dawn. if it is late summer the last 15 miles into CI can be a real bear in the late afternoons. important to stay outside the shipping lanes on the return trip or you get pasted against the coast with nowhere to go.

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Chris, sorry for the tardy reply, but thank you for the information. I might give Catalina a try this summer. Otherwise, it's the Channel Islands for me.

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Bill, you can always use the opportunity to do a little island hopping. Gives you a chance to stop at Santa Barbara Island, one of my favorite spots. Breaks up the trip into a couple of shorter day trips if you plan well.
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