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Countdown to Catalina!

The day is set. March 17th. Me and a buddy are going to set off for Catalina for a few days! Got some boat prep stuff to do. Oil and filter change on the motor, wire up the tiller master and wire up the iPad for the GPS stuff. I have paper charts as well for backup of all goes wrong with the iPad and 2 iPhones we will have on board. Looking forward to this!!
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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

Good luck! Hope you get a good forecast.

I'm sure you'll let us know how it went.. Did you consider chartering the First 30 for this trip??
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Have a great trip. Have a drink at Luau Larry's for all of us.
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best time of year to go
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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

Enjoy your sail!

Out of curiosity about how long does it take to sail to Catalina Island?
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It's a 26 mile journey so depending on weather it's a 5-6 hour trip each way.
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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

NB to Avalon approx. 28 nm and if they go to Catalina Harbor 36 nm Just a short 4 to 5 hour sail dodging container ships.
Must be nice to have cell phone reception within 14 miles from land. I would not rely on that though.
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iPads and iPhones use GPS signals not cell signals. So as long as its got a GPS signal you can use the NAV software anywhere in the world regardless of cell reception. Just like stand alone NAV systems. My only issue is waves over the bow. Getting waterproof cases to keep everything nice and dry.
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Good luck! Hope you get a good forecast.

I'm sure you'll let us know how it went.. Did you consider chartering the First 30 for this trip??
Don't think anyone has one in their charter fleet here in SoCal. I could only find one physical boat for sale in SoCal. Too new. Besides I kinda want to do it in the S30.
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Re: Countdown to Catalina!

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iPads and iPhones use GPS signals not cell signals. So as long as its got a GPS signal you can use the NAV software anywhere in the world regardless of cell reception. Just like stand alone NAV systems. My only issue is waves over the bow. Getting waterproof cases to keep everything nice and dry.
So, for this first trip, why don't you do it the old fashioned way, clock compas chart and log and see if you can get there knowing accurately where you are at all times? Then you can focus on sailing and DRing and not spend your time with all those electronic goodies. Think of how salty you will feel when you pull into the harbor knowing where you are and how you got there without a bunch of "girlie toys".
Have fun, I know you have been looking forward to this trip for some time now.
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