Geoff .... why are they all there ? Are these boats permanently moored or visiting ? What is so hot about Catalina Island ?
Because thatís the only place to go! Thatís an exaggeration but not by much. There might be a few permanent mooring in other places but I don't think there are any in Isthmus Cove.
The greater Los Angeles area has a gazillion people; maybe more. Along the coast there are a lot of places to keep a boat, ranging from the huge marinas like Marina Del Rey to the small condos around Huntington Harbor with a private dock. Now look at the coast line. Not many coves or inlets and most that do exist arenít nice sheltered places to drop the hook. And there are large number of urban (mostly power) boat owners with low skill levels for whom a slip is normal and a mooring is an adventure. For those that donít fit this profile, please cut me a little slack - I donít live there anymore so you canít get to me
So a nice summer weekend is approaching; what are you going to do? You can go from one harbor to another that is similarÖÖ. well thereís always Catalina! Itís an easy day sail or if you have a power boat, a couple of hours from any of the marinas, so you even make it after work on Friday. If you go to Avalon, Isthmus Cove or one of the nearby coves, you can pick up a nice safe mooring and the Harbor Master will even take you there and help you pick it up. Hail ďshoreboatĒ on the VHF and a water taxi magically appears to take you to the bar or restaurant so you donít have to be fussed with that infernal dingy (if you even have one) and it will bring you back after the few the few beers too many, that you know youíll have. You can even avoid any provisioning, if you want to.
In short itís reachable, itís easy and thereís not a lot of alternatives. What I donít understand is why more people donít go to the other side of the Two Harbors Ė it only takes an extra hour or two to get there, itís quieter and you can still walk to Isthmus Cove in a few minutes.
A bit of drift here, waiting for Kwalt to post a pic..
But that's the beauty of the PNW as a cruising ground. Endless short hop destinations, multitude of harbours/inlets to choose from, marinas if you want them, coves if you don't. Sheltered waters from Tacoma WA essentially to Alaska with the odd open stretch, so even utter solitude is available if you go far enough afield..
I expect parts of the Croatian coast, maybe Turkey and Greece might compare topographically and recent posts here show that Brazil has some beauty spots too.. If BC and Puget Sound had those climates, there'd not be a better spot worldwide...