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06-30-2013 10:06 PM
jeffreyosborne90
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Yeah I've been hearing a lot about fhose big cargo ships. I'd never give thrm the benefit of t he doubt of seeing me so I'd always back out of their path
06-30-2013 10:04 PM
sww914
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Those big cargo ships are REALLY fast. You'll see more than one going across. Stay out of their path because you don't know if there's a competent captain at the wheel or an 18 year old who can't speak English playing with his phone on watch.
06-30-2013 07:37 PM
jeffreyosborne90
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Ok sweet. Thanks. Ill look into taking some c lasses should help me with a lot of unanswered questions
06-30-2013 07:28 PM
GMFL
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

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Originally Posted by jeffreyosborne90 View Post
Ah nice yeah ill probably get a chartplotter but that's it. Can u see the island from the harbor?
Of course it depends but on a nice day, usually.
06-30-2013 07:27 PM
GMFL
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffreyosborne90 View Post
where could I take a navigation course at
Navigation Classes - OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship
06-30-2013 07:26 PM
jeffreyosborne90
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Ah nice yeah ill probably get a chartplotter but that's it. Can u see the island from the harbor?
06-30-2013 07:24 PM
GMFL
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Apparently I've been doing it wrong for many many years. All I started using when I was a kid was a compass and a VHF - just in case. Seemed to work just fine.

Now you need a apps, radar, charts epirb.... jeez. It use to be so simple....


Seriously though, its a 90 min? ride in that boat and a straight shot out of the harbor for you. Watch for other boats and check the weather. You'll be fine.
06-30-2013 01:11 PM
jeffreyosborne90
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Thank you guys. All info is taken in. Just want me and everyone to be safe. Any good decent priced navigation equipment u guys use and where could I take a navigation course at
06-30-2013 11:48 AM
tomperanteau Made the trip a number of times.

As others stated, watch the weather. It is normally really calm, but we've been caught in a gale twice. If you're anchoring, check depths and adjust your spot for your ground tackle. Isthmus is deeper than Cat Harbor, and Cat Harbor is calmer. Our favorite is Little Harbor, but watch the rocks at the entrance. They are hidden at high tide. Emerald Bay is really pretty but less protection.

Sprint has no coverage in Cat Harbor, but you can roam and have (slow) data. Little Harbor has no coverage.

Favorite for beauty would be Little Harbor. Favorite for a calm and good night's sleep would be Cat. Isthmus and Cat both have good fishing.

Get there early and find a good spot to anchor. Watch for dragging, especially at Isthmus. Normally everyone is on one hook.

On the way there and back watch the shipping lanes. If it's dark, really watch. It's good to have radar in the fog, but I also use an AIS app for my android, along with a good navigation app (MX Mariner) and a navigation package on my laptop. Don't be shy about hailing big ships that are close to let them know you see them and you're going to give way to them.

And.... Have fun!
06-30-2013 09:17 AM
CapnChuck
Re: anyone who's done the trip from long beach to catalina. feedback please

Relying on a smart phone or tablet for Primary navigation is probably a bad idea. Forget the position issues, if the thing gets wet, its toast, or the battery dies or a dozen other possibilities. Have a dedicated GPS, a chartplotter is even better and take a navigation course. The cost of a GPS today or a basic chartplotter is less than most phones or tablets. I have made that same trip many times on my 25 footer. It can be great and it can be nasty. It's an open water passage even though it's a short cruise. dense fog is often encountered, there is commercial shipping and Santa Ana winds can develop up to hurricane strength. If the weather permitted we often left about midnight on Friday and arrive at Two harbors at sun up Saturday. Then headed back to Long Beach at Noon on Sunday. But don't take the crossing lightly and consider that weather can change when you get over there and you could be delayed getting back. It's not as much of a problem in the summer as the rest of the year but the winds can kick up at any time. Chuck
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