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05-30-2010 11:48 PM
fjon Well done, Montenido! And so it begins. I am beginning soon me own self. Fair winds.
05-30-2010 09:29 PM
djodenda Bill:

Congratulation.. Glad you hooked in... You owe us pictures, of course....
05-30-2010 04:27 PM
montenido Hi all, I just wanted to bring you up to date. I left Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, 5-27, at about 0800. I made an uneventful trip into the wind up to Paradise Cove in Malibu (7-8 hours). I saw some dolphins and several pilot whales on the way up. I anchored just outside the kelp in about 35 feet with a sand bottom.

There was a bit of a swell running so my "sheltered" anchorage wasn't. The wind came up in the afternoon and blew hard until after midnight. I got up several times to check the anchor and was treated to a beautiful full moon evening and early morning.

Pulled the hook and got underway by about 0630. Made it to Los Angeles County Line before wind started building on the nose. Almost 20 knots dead ahead when I made the Channel Islands Harbor. I found my new dock and cracked a beer.

The boat is beautiful and everything worked perfectly. I can't wait to get her out this week.

In my haste to get underway I forgot a few things like long pants (burrr), eating utensils, a pigtail for the generator, bait for catching dinner, and a toothbrush. Also, I was unable to recruit any crew, so I sailed solo (wearing my PFD, harness and tether).

Take care, Bill
05-22-2010 09:30 PM
MikeinLA Paradise Cove would even up the trip a bit between days. The only time I've gone from MDR to CI was years ago on my '86 Cat 36 to get the bottom done (blisters) at Frank Butler's yard there (big discount). Since I was going alone, I left about 7 AM and motored most of the way. Just set the autopilot and set back reading the paper and listening to the radio. It was an easy trip. The coolest part was when a bunch of Navy jets took off out of Port Hueneme right over my head. Quite an experience. It's been foggy up here in the mornings lately, so watch for that. Have fun and congrats on your new boat. I now own a '91 Cat 36 (divorce...long story) and they are really great boats. I hope you enjoy yours.

05-20-2010 12:29 AM
montenido Okay, my final plan, I think, is to motor/sail to Paradise Cove in Malibu the first day. Plan B would be to put in at MDR and use the guest dock if the weather is bad. Paradise Cove is just a short motor/sail to CI harbor the next day. It appears to offer decent shelter and anchoring. Also, we can dinghy ashore to the restaurant .

Any holes in this plan?

Thanks, Bill
05-17-2010 09:58 PM
fjon Montenido, I've chartered the Catalina 30 and 36 out of Channel Islands Harbor to the Channel Islands. It's a fine cruising grounds. I would say, don't mess with the fog if you don't have radar. Have a back-up plan, probably motoring or sailing to MDR. With a new boat, the job is to get it home, not pleasure cruising per se. Good luck and I'll see you there.
05-17-2010 08:59 PM
Catalina and Santa Barbara Island

Both Catalina and SBI are very far out of your way. Here's a URL with photos of my trip to SBI.

Indiscipline III's Home Page

Mind you, this is a beautiful spot, and you should go there someday.

For now, simply get up early and motorsail to Marina del Rey. There is a great guest dock at Burton Chase Park. There is also a supermarket and a West Marine close by for things that break on the first day.

On the 2nd day get up early and motorsail to Channel Islands marina.

It would be an easy trip on my Catalina 25 and should be a dream in your 36.

Be aware, it can be foggy, it can be windy (right on the nose). Make sure the GPS works, you have charts, and the VHF works. Join Vessel Assist.
05-17-2010 08:57 PM
montenido Thanks for the replies so far. I want to break the trip into two days to make it easier on my son (and me) and to kind of learn the boat. I figure that on the way to the Isthmus I can play with all the electronics and other systems. Then I will have time to look up info and features that I was not able to figure out. The following morning I can try out my new knowledge on the second leg of the trip. I am excited and I hope the weather cooperates. I really have to vacate the current slip on the 27th, so a little luck with weather would be appreciated. I'll let you all know how it shakes out.

Thanks, Bill
05-17-2010 05:21 PM
SJ34 I made that trip about a year ago when we moved from San Pedro to Ventura. We had also planned to lay over at Catalina then go North from there. As it turned out, my schedule filled up and I was forced to sail directly to Ventura from San Pedro. The trip took about 11 hours.
05-17-2010 02:40 PM
windward54 SB Island is a nice place to visit, provided you are good at anchoring. The only place to anchor is at Landing Cove, below the Ranger Station. Just keep an eye on the weather, and if a Santa Ana fills in, bug out as there is not a lot of protection. The bigger issue will be fog as there seems to be a marine layer that has come in. And there is an active shipping channel between SB Island and Catalina in addition to the shipping lane that is along the coast. However, it is my favorite of the Channel Islands group.

Isthmus Cove is also good, but depends on the weekend. If you are going on Memorial Day weekend, give it up as it will be packed. Cat harbor is a good back up as well.
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