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02-07-2012 09:22 PM
tomperanteau Some people like Catalina Island. In fact I've never heard of anyone that has not enjoyed sailing there. Either for the fishing, hiking, exploring...

Then some people are just rude to others for no reason.
02-06-2012 10:51 PM
Originally Posted by xymotic View Post
some ppl like disneyland too.
Some ppl like scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring coves, hiking, even SAILING.

If you don't like catalina, fine. Don't know what your problem with it is though. Why discourage? Trying to keep the place to yourself?
02-06-2012 10:07 PM
xymotic some ppl like disneyland too.
02-06-2012 09:20 PM
Originally Posted by xymotic View Post
+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...
02-06-2012 08:34 PM
Checkov 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?
01-27-2012 09:53 PM
tomperanteau 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.
01-27-2012 03:49 PM
Geoff54 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:
01-27-2012 02:49 PM
SanDiegoChip 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
01-27-2012 01:28 PM
xymotic +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.
01-27-2012 01:11 PM
sawingknots sea of cortez
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