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10-31-2013 07:33 PM
ericb760
Re: Sailing to Catalina Island

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Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
Considering that this thread is over two years old and the Original Poster (aka "OP") hasn't reappeared anywhere on SailNet since he started the thread, he either made it, or didn't, by this time, eh?
Doh! I often forget to look at the date of the original thread.
10-31-2013 07:01 PM
zeehag
Re: Sailing to Catalina Island

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Originally Posted by overbored View Post
it is doable in that boat. In July the wind will be good for the sail. mostly it depends on your experiance. the sea between long beach and cat lsland is called Hurricane Gulch for a reason. it is the ocean so it can get big weather but most of the time it is a very good place to sail. in the afternoon the chop can be a bit much for small boats. I would think you might want to do some daysailing off the coast of long beach to see if you are ready for the ocean before heading to Catalina. for first timers I suggest starting out early and motoring until the wind picks up. in the moring it will be flat water and you will get halfway before the wind comes up. most days this will be up wind to the island. the trip home is the fun one, usually broad reach with following seas.
hurricane gulch is a section of port of lost angels between angels gate and the punta in san pedro on which the ports o call stores are on. not the channel between catalina and lost angels. that is called san pedro or santa barbara channel depending on whether you go to the island from ventura or from long beach.
it isnt such a bad trip unless you have sudden weather, or unless you are not provisioned well.
i have done that crossing many times..flat water, disastrous water and in between. it is not to be taken lightly , but, it is also fun sailing in good conditions.
watch your weather window and have fun.
10-31-2013 05:59 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Sailing to Catalina Island

Considering that this thread is over two years old and the Original Poster (aka "OP") hasn't reappeared anywhere on SailNet since he started the thread, he either made it, or didn't, by this time, eh?
10-31-2013 05:32 PM
ericb760
Re: Sailing to Catalina Island

I'd skip Avalon altogether, especially on a holiday weekend. You'll likely not get a bouy unless you have VERY GOODconnections, so you'll be herded in to the "bullpen" adjacent to the harbor where you'l be exposed to weather 24/7, and your little boat will get continually tossed by larger boat wakes. I'd stick with Two Harbors and areas adjacent to it. There are several small coves North of there that offer some protection. As stated, the best plan is to go early, like three days early.
10-31-2013 05:28 PM
meteuz
Re: Sailing to Catalina Island

I think 8HP might be a bit too much engine for the M17. I see most people using 4-5HP. Extra HP does not get you more speed with sailboats, but could hurt sailing performance. You generally don't want to weight down the ends of a boat.

There is no question that the M17 is up to the challenge. The question is are you? With 6 years of experience, I would say that you should be ready. It might be a bit outside your comfort zone, but that is how to grow. It is definitely not suicidal. Make sure you are comfortable reefing, and reef early.
10-31-2013 03:28 PM
Lothario
Re: Sailing to Catalina Island

Prevailing conditions would be the wind blowing from the island, so you'll be beating all the way there. A lot of locals leave early and motor over, and then sail back. The wind usually picks up in the afternoon, blowing 10-20 knots, with gusts to 25 knots. The swell is usually on your beam.

Hi, I thought prevailing winds was nw to the island from long beach, so it would seem to be a pretty easy run going there..
10-23-2011 03:00 PM
rigbee If your up to it then I'm sure the Monty is. If Robert Manry in Tinkerbelle can do the Atlantic, then proper preparation and experience will get you there in a Monty.
Best of luck!
10-22-2011 03:15 PM
GMFL
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Originally Posted by arthursteingart View Post
I plan on anchoring outside Laguna 300 yards from the beach. Ive heard from locals it's legal. Do you know anything about it?
I don't know if it's legal or not but don't know why one would want to. Laguna is not very protected and, of course this area is a windward shore.

A popular spot to anchor out during the day is Emerald Bay (I think, I'll double check) which is between Newport and Laguna. Again, not sure if it's legal overnight, still not very protected though.

I know you can anchor off Newport just south of the jetties (actually it's Corona Del Mar) You can stay there for 24 hours I believe as long as someone is on the boat. But if you're in Newport, might as well stay in the bay at the anchorage for free, I think they let you stay for five days.
10-22-2011 02:46 PM
arthursteingart I plan on anchoring outside Laguna 300 yards from the beach. Ive heard from locals it's legal. Do you know anything about it?
10-21-2011 11:06 PM
WDS123 Very doable - by extra experienced sailors.


1) practice sailing in Long Beach inside the breakwater then

2) Practice sailing outside the breakwater then

3) sail Long Beach to Newport Harbor and then back then

4) sail Long Beach to MDR then


This post can not go into the major safety items you need to have on board when going in an open small boat in the Ocean, but imagine the boat swamps and you are in 58 degree water for 4 hours.
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