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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

There was an EXCELLENT article in GOB about sailing to Catalina Island here; http://www.goodoldboat.com/pdfs/SailingInAFog.pdf. I suggest that you read it!
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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

I sailed there last October. On the way back, visibility was about a half mile, if that. I could not see anything for about three hours, until we were about 500 yards off Palos Verdes. MDR is an easy 180/0 degree bearing, so navigating wasn't a problem. It was other traffic that we had to look out for.
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Again, I suggest that you read the article that I pointed to in my earlier post... It deals specifically with sailing in the fog, the problems that can be encountered when navigating by GPS, and the fun and excitement of crossing that shipping lane...
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Why don't you guys quit the eternal whining about means of navigation?
One can see Catalina from the mainland.
The thing is about 20 miles wide.
A five year old without a compass could not miss it.

ya i dont ever use anything, and have a hand held compass tucked away in a drawer lol
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oh and mind you that i do have all the gizmos for back up and keep plenty of gear and provisions... i just choose to do it old school and if im in question, ill pull out the electronics.

one note worthy from the article, radar reflectors are imho a must.
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One can see Catalina from the mainland.
The thing is about 20 miles wide....

Years ago a friend of mine was on a public dock in Long Beach and saw a couple looking out at the island. The lady turned to my friend and asked, "Can you settle an argument for us? Is that Hawaii or Japan?"

To the OP, sorry I haven't seen your specific plans, but to you and anyone else contemplating this trip, I would recommend heading for Two Harbors instead of Avalon. Of course, I haven't been to either in over 20 years, so I may just be one of those old guys giving out obsolete advice.
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You headed for Two Harbors or Avalon? Both are great for different reasons.

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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

im off to two harbors, in the process of trying to get my next door slip mate to shake some barnacles off and join me
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