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07-31-2013 11:52 AM
waterandwine
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

I'm at Cabrillo Marina, beginning August 4. In San Diego, dry dock now (purchased boat from San Diego).
07-29-2013 10:33 PM
SlowButSteady
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

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Originally Posted by xymotic View Post
My only advice is that if you are looking for a slip in California avoid any marina run by Almar. They are genuinely horrible people.
I'll second that. My boat was at the "Marina Del Rey Marina" (that's not a typo) when I bought it. Almar had recently taken over management of that marina and the new office staff was full of nothing by condescending BS, outright lies, and price hikes. I moved to King Harbor ASAP, and never looked back.
07-29-2013 07:30 PM
tomperanteau
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

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Originally Posted by waterandwine View Post
Hi folks.
Thanks for your feedback when I initially posted this.
This week I moved aboard a Catalina 42 and am sailing her from San Diego to San Pedro this weekend to settle into our port of call. I'm thrilled to be back at the ocean, back in California, and living aboard.

I started a blog at sea trial, about a month ago. Search for WaterAndWine on Sailblogs to check it out (if you're having trouble sleeping).

Tom
Hey, Tom.

We're located in the Wilmington area. Which marina did you end up in?
07-29-2013 06:37 PM
waterandwine
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

Hi folks.
Thanks for your feedback when I initially posted this.
This week I moved aboard a Catalina 42 and am sailing her from San Diego to San Pedro this weekend to settle into our port of call. I'm thrilled to be back at the ocean, back in California, and living aboard.

I started a blog at sea trial, about a month ago. Search for WaterAndWine on Sailblogs to check it out (if you're having trouble sleeping).

Tom
12-05-2012 10:58 AM
Juliennecoyle
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

California is full of hoops to jump through at every turn. Boat has to be the right size (usually at least 35ft), there are wait lists, arbitrary decisions by marina masters, most say no pets, 2 person max. This has made living aboard legitimately very difficult for us on a 30 foot boat with two little ones. Good luck to you. Well worth it once you jump through all the hoops and find your place.
11-27-2012 01:21 PM
Philzy3985
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

There is a ton of posts on craigslist by marinas in the san pedro / long beach area for 50ft-100ft slips available. When they rely on craigslist is when they show how desperate they are. I think time is on your side, being winter now and poor economy still.
11-23-2012 11:13 PM
xymotic
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

My only advice is that if you are looking for a slip in California avoid any marina run by Almar. They are genuinely horrible people.
11-20-2012 12:36 PM
larrybme
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

Quite possibly a slip for a boat over 40ft does have a bit of a waiting list. I am looking for a boat in the 36ft range. With the exception of Shoreline Marina in Long Beach, Dana Point and Oceanside, there are seems to be slips readily available everywhere with no waiting for liveaboard status. Plenty in the Wilmington/San Pedro area. Let us know how your search for a slip in the over 40' range is working out for you.
11-20-2012 11:08 AM
Brewgyver
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

You mentioned that your range included Ventura. Check Ventura West Marina, it's pretty fair sized (~250 slips) and has a 50% liveaboard cap. I have no idea if they currently have slips big enough. The drive time from their to Chapman wouldn't be any worse than the San Diego option (depending on traffic, as ALWAYS in SoCal). I've been in VWM for 6 months, it's VERY nice!
11-19-2012 02:58 PM
tomperanteau
Re: Relocating to SoCal to liveaboard - have a catch 22...

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Originally Posted by mikel1 View Post
Speaking of Wilmington . . . San Pedro ...look up a marina called Newmarks . . . not 4 stars but more of a "liberal" attitude . . .
Mike,

You know of Newmark's? That's where we have our slip, and I agree that they tend to tolerate more than others might. We've been there for over a year now, and we really enjoy the rustic atmosphere. If I were a betting man, I would bet that there are at least a few down there that keep a low profile because they might stay a bit more than the three days a week they are allotted. I'll never tell. What I can tell, is that we have not met anyone that is not really nice. Most everyone watches out for you and your boat. If you're working on something, someone will always stop by for a chat and to offer help/advice.

This is our third marina. We started at Dana Point and liked it there, but when they did not have a slip for our latest boat, we had to look elsewhere. We're glad we did and would not go back to marinas where the people frown on a sailor working on his own boat.
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