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08-12-2012 04:45 PM
zeehag
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

sww--is same in san diego bay, attitude wise--i promise ye. i dont know their method of recruitment, but their attitude is same as you describe.
08-10-2012 11:32 AM
windward54
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

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Originally Posted by sww914 View Post
I learned today what the problem is with the Newport and Dana Point harbor police. One of my marina neighbors was a harbormaster in socal and he laid it out today. Orange County uses the harbor police duty as a way to help entice new recruits into the Sheriff's Department. They go through their academy, serve 2 years in the jail system, and then go straight to the harbor police. It seems that the jail teaches them that everyone is a criminal, unless you have a million dollar boat, that is.
Wow, everyone seems to have issues with the OC Sheriff Department. I seem to be the only one that hasn't experienced this. We go into Newport a couple times a year, and the staff has always been very nice to us. I haven't made it down to DP in a while, but when we did, never had an issue there either.
08-10-2012 06:59 AM
sww914
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

I learned today what the problem is with the Newport and Dana Point harbor police. One of my marina neighbors was a harbormaster in socal and he laid it out today. Orange County uses the harbor police duty as a way to help entice new recruits into the Sheriff's Department. They go through their academy, serve 2 years in the jail system, and then go straight to the harbor police. It seems that the jail teaches them that everyone is a criminal, unless you have a million dollar boat, that is.
07-18-2012 02:37 PM
RatHatDiver
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

San Diego rocks. The only down side is the cost of slipping a boat here. I think its almost criminal. The states average is around 10.50 a foot. Here. 19 to 27 dollars a foot. I guess we pay for the great weather.
07-18-2012 01:55 PM
tomperanteau
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

We recently had an instance where we sometimes drop anchor in the free area just outside Cabrillo. The wife was cooking lunch and we were approached by two officers that told us we had to have a permit to drop anchor in the free area. They told us to call a number and let the port office know who we were and our boat information.

A patrol boat later came out and checked out driver's licences, asked questions, and motored around out boat before having us sign a permit and then leaving.

It did not cost anything but we found it intrusive and probably illegal in some ways.
07-18-2012 11:42 AM
windward54
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

I learned to sail in Newport and even kept a boat there for a while. Great place to learn to sail and has a lot of programs to choose from, starting with OCC School of Sailing. However, I was happy to move out. Wasn't worth the extra expense. I agree with Tom. After trying several marinas over the years, I really like San Pedro. It's an interesting area and is very close to Catalina.
07-18-2012 06:12 AM
sww914
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

I'll never go back to Orange County. The harbor cops are sociopaths. San Diego is way better and cheaper. Ensenada is even better.
04-22-2012 05:02 PM
rgscpat
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

(Semi-hijack warning). I have a similar question: Is there somewhere I can put a lightweight 33-foot sailboat in mast-up storage (for either crane or ramp launching) in Southern California? It's too long for the mast-up storage in MDR and Dana Harbor. There is one commercial mast-up a few blocks from Harbor Island in San Diego that might work, though it's a long snaky path to the ramp and somewhat pricey as well. 33' LOA, 8' beam, 2'/5'6" draft, 4200 lbs displacement.
04-19-2012 08:48 PM
Coldduck101
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

Hey gang - thanks for the feedback - been kind of leaning to SD anyways - but I know that therer are many things better asked than assumed. Let you all know when I've landed. Thanks again. RD
04-18-2012 11:48 PM
tomperanteau
Re: San Diego or Huntington/Newport

Also keep in mind that the Long Beach/San Pedro areas are among the least expensive to rent slips in. San Diego is more expensive. If money is a factor, then consider it.

Also consider whether you will be spending more time at the marina or sailing. If you prefer dock time, then rent at a nice marina, and San Diego defiantly has them. If sailing time is your preference, then something closer to Catalina might be preferable.
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