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Shortage of slips
Southern California is DEFINITELY having a slip shortage! I''m on waiting lists at a dozen marinas (many of them are NOT beautiful high-demand locales).
The hardest boats to place are 40-50''. The reason is this: when they built the marinas many years ago, the most popular boats were 25-35''. So they built lots of 25'' - 35'' slips. Of course, these are scarce too these days, due to the increase in boat ownership.
Making this problem even worse, now 40-50'' boats are currently the most popular (in general size). Slips this size are even harder to find. And yes, 50+'' have a long, long wait.
I''m in a private slip (paying tons $$$) while I wait for a Long Beach city slip. I''ve been on the 40'' list for six months; there are 65 people in front of me on this list (35 people have been added behind me after only six months). The #1 person on the 40'' list (the guy who''ll get his slip next) has been on the list since January 2000. I''m told I might have to wait 6 years.
Wish I had some better news, but he bottom line is, SoCal is hard to find slips.