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09-27-2007 04:28 PM
punjabi I had mentioned in my previous post that LB told me it was a 2 year waiting list. Well I just got a call this morning telling me that my 30' (@ $320/mo) is available only two months after I got on the list. So either their first estimate was very conservative....or people are getting rid of their boats at a good clip which means this is becoming even more of a buyer's market.

I told them to put me on standby which means that when I'm ready, I'll be next in line.

I thought about taking it and paying the fees as it is in a really desirable location, but seems crazy to pay for something I'm not using. What would you folks have done. BTW, I'm planning on buying a boat soon if I find one that fits the bill.
09-16-2007 09:37 PM
zaldog
Waiting List Fee's

It cost me $100.00 to get on the liveaboard list for Marina in SD. They have a year plus wait now. I see it as 100 bucks well spent especially when we are ready to make the move, and we are guaranteed a slip for our new boat.
09-11-2007 01:00 PM
punjabi
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
It cost you money to get on a slip waiting list... hmmm... nice racket if you can get away with it...
Long Beach Marinas are all city owned and/or operated, so they have a monopoly. I think the $50 gets credited if you end up with a slip.

I can actually understand why they do it, otherwise everyone and their brother would get on the list "just in case" and there would be nothing to discourage them.
09-09-2007 09:03 PM
cpa2 I have always found that showing up and getting a transient slip (paying the extra $) is the best way to get through a waiting list. Make friends with the staff and in a couple months you'll be in.
09-07-2007 11:58 AM
capttb There's really not much in the way of safe, free, anchorage in So. Cal., where it's safe to leave a boat unattended. Best place for temp. storage would be Newport Beach, $5 a night for a fore & aft mooring, 2 weeks in summer, thirty days in winter max. Check local boating paper The Log, they do special publication every year, called "where the slips are". Info and contacts for all harbors, see their website.
http://www.thelog.com/special/sectionview.asp?s=3729
09-07-2007 01:28 AM
heroness Thanks, Scott, for some info on your buying experience. I'll keep that in mind as we shop. We met a broker at Dana Point Yachts who was very nice and seemed trustworthy and straightforward. Fingers crossed!

And thanks all for the ideas. I never thought of anchoring and yes, to charge for a wait list--what a racket. I'll repost once I am in the process of buying, securing the slip, etc.
09-05-2007 06:09 PM
sailingdog It cost you money to get on a slip waiting list... hmmm... nice racket if you can get away with it...
09-05-2007 05:49 PM
punjabi I'm in the same situation since I'm just beginning to shop for a 30' (Probably a Catalina) at the moment. I live in Long Beach and would prefer a LB slip, but they've told me the wait is currently about 2 years. I put myself on the list anyway (only costs $50) and started to call around to private marinas (LB is all city owned or operated). The marinas in San Pedro seem to have slips available pretty regularly with the longest wait around 2 months.

One question that I have is if there is any seasonal variation in slip availability.
09-05-2007 01:34 PM
swadiver
Catalina 30

Heroness,

About slip information… you can try looking in the free literature section of any West Marine. There is a free magazine on all marinas on the west coast.

I’m very much enjoying Namaste, she is a 1986 Catalina 30, Tall Rig. The purchase experience was somewhat disappointing as the broker was an idiot. I insisted on a Rig and Marine Survey with haul out. The broker wanted me to use a 3 month survey but neglected to tell me that it did not include a haul out. We had other problems too numerous to mention. A boat buyer’s saying should be, ‘don’t trust and verify’. I should have paid for a mechanical survey as the heat exchanger caused me problems on the trip to my new slip (11 hours). I ended up replacing the HE with a new one. So far, the HE has been the only surprise. Namaste needed new sails, which have been purchased, new running rigging (installed), and a new bobstay (also done). Also, much work on neglected maintenance items. I’m currently replacing the topside running hardware. It has been a lot of work and I’ve enjoyed every minute. For more information you can try the Catalina 30 Owners web site and a good parts web site. Try: www catalina com and www catalinadirect com

Good luck and good boat hunting

Scott
Catalina 30 - Namaste
09-05-2007 11:42 AM
danjarch Not being from that neck of the woods, you'd have to do some research on safe locations, but you can always anchor the boat until your slip is available.
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