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Checkov 01-27-2012 05:30 AM

SoCAl or Somewhere, Where?
Hello more experience sailors than me,

I've skippered three charters (35' sloop) with crews of 2 to 4 in San Juan Islands and Lower Puget Sound.

I want to take my wife (experienced sailor) and sister-in-law (passenger) on a bareboat 4 - 5 day cruise in April, somewhere warm but not too adventurous, not on the ocean or at least not to wavy.

Online I researched a bit about Catalina Islands, but that sounds too hard - or is it?

We live in Portland, Oregon and would prefer to stay off the ocean, as well as not fly to some distant part of the globe (for time and $ reasons)

Anyone? Any ideas? Up near us, its still cold in April.

SlowButSteady 01-27-2012 01:01 PM

Catalina Island is an easy day sail from the mainland. It shouldn't take more than 5 or 6 hours from most of the nearby mainland harbors (everything between Marina Del Rey and Dana Point), maybe 10 or 12 from San Diego. Of course, that assumes that you have enough wind, and it's not right on the nose. April can be a little stormy, but is generally pretty nice weather.

sawingknots 01-27-2012 01:11 PM

sea of cortez

xymotic 01-27-2012 01:28 PM

+1 Sea of cortez. Catalina is just as good or better taking a ferry and staying in a hotel. There's really not all that much there for sailing etc.

SanDiegoChip 01-27-2012 02:49 PM

Try San Diego bay.
There are places to anchor on the week end and you sail the bay all day long as it big enough. Somewakes but no ocean unless you want to go out of the bay. You can get reciprocals at the YCs and get guest slips at the Marriott and Coronado Kay’s resort hotel. They offer the run of the hotel for the price of the guest slip and it includes electricity, cable, pump out and discounts at the hotel including shuttles to the beach, Coronado and chairs, towels. Also get the spa for free which includes the pool, Jacuzzi and, sauna, steam bath, towels, robes etc. on and on.
We have done a bay catation on both our Catalina 30 and now our Islander Freeport for a week at a time and never run out of fun.
Kayak the kays and sail to Mission Bay for some anchoring. About a four hour trip.
You could try one of the boat clubs. Example:
San Diego and Long Beach Sailing Club
San Diego & Long Beach Sailing Club, Sailboat Rentals, Sailing Lessons

Geoff54 01-27-2012 03:49 PM

Sailing to Catalina is "on the ocean" and can sometimes get a bit "wavy" but it's usually a pretty smooth and easy sail. You might take a look at a previous thread:

tomperanteau 01-27-2012 09:53 PM

Catalina should be around 4.5 hours to get there from San Pedro (22 nm). That's the closest point and where we sail out of. We sail to Catalina several times a year and enjoy it. If you sail to Avalon there are bars, restaurants, and shops to visit. Decent night life. Two Harbors is more rustic and good for hiking and sight seeing the hills. A few restaurants and a few bars there, too. We prefer Two Harbors because it is quiet and not as pretentious. We love it and will continue to sail there.

Seas are normally not that bad - 6-8 feet with winds around 12-15 knots. Sometimes really calm, too. One trip we had two foot swells at 20 seconds with 15 knot winds. Averaged 7.5 knots all the way there and it was great! Weather is fairly constant. We have been out in a gale with 30+ seas.

We've sailed around the Channel Islands to the north, too. Really nice for sailing around, but not an end destination. Just pretty sights and wildlife.

Checkov 02-06-2012 08:34 PM

Thanks all for the great feedback and tips. I just learned that I have access to a boat at Marina del Rey. Going to try for Catalina for one trip, but any other suggests for that Marina?

GMFL 02-06-2012 09:20 PM


Originally Posted by xymotic (Post 822184)
+1 Sea of cortez. Catalina is just as good or better taking a ferry and staying in a hotel. There's really not all that much there for sailing etc.

WHAT?? That's crazy talk. Catalina is an awesome destination, why take the cattle boats over? Why not just stay on the mainland and get a hotel in Huntington?

I've been going to Catalina for about 30 years now and still find something new to do each time.

Take a ferry and stay in a hotel...Puuleeezz...;)

xymotic 02-06-2012 10:07 PM

some ppl like disneyland too.

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