I am a single-handed on a Catalina 18 looking to make my first trip from Marina Del Rey to Catalina. Looking for any advice on the best course, where to attach a jack line, what type of inflatable dingy is advised and anything else is appreciated!
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Everything in context. Anacapa Isl. is 9-12 n.mi. from harbor, depending on where you go. Frenchy's has a sand beach. Anacapa is in the mildest portion of the ESB Channel weather zone, save for Santa Ana winds. A group of Potters could safely do this cruise in fair spring weather with experienced cruise leaders. Would be good to talk to 'em, but it's a different thing than sailing solo, single handedly, 30 n.mi., including crossing a 20+ n.mi.-wide channel, in a 3/4 ton sailboat with no experience doing such a trip.About 20 years ago I ran into a group called "SoCal Potters" at the transient docks in Channel Islands Harbor, they were going out to Anacapa Island that weekend. They have an annual trip to Catalina, June 21 this year, mostly Potters, Montgomery's, Sage's etc. but because it's so informal they accept anyone, they even gave me a Burgee. They trailer to various harbors thru out the year and are probably best source for info on small boat cruising in the area.
Interesting account. It’s actually possible to learn some of those hard-won facts ahead of time through preparation, etc. That story was but one of several potential unhappy situations that could arise through inexperience and a land-side view of how things “should work” at sea. The root cause is usually not knowing what one does not know, such as the useful life of most HH VHF batteries if transmitting. Duh? What if I actually need to talk on this thing for long?This recount of a small boat voyage to Catalina was posted a while ago in a thread about fog. It would be worth reading before planning your trip. There are some nuggets of wisdom learned by looking back on the trip.
Actually, Santa Barbara Island is 46 n.mi. WSW the LA Gate (i.e., the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor, Port of Los Angeles). It’s 20 n.mi. beyond (i.e., west of) the west end of Santa Catalina Island. SBI is only one square mile of area. A speck of rock out there in the mighty ocean, all alone. There’s a flashing white light but with no chart one would not know what it indicated. On unusually clear days you can see the island from Long Beach.20 miles offshore with no chart or GPS? They got lucky finding land
If so, perhaps just as well. We came up here to MdR from Long Beach yesterday. There have been strong westerly and northwesterly winds offshore to within about 30 n.mi. of our coast for the past few days, including today, producing an SCA yesterday. We motored early until getting past Pt Vicente and into Santa Monica Bay. At minimum, 4-ft seas were with us the entire way to there. With the north-bound course to MdR after Pt. Vicente, now sailing, we had seas a bit fwd of the port beam with wind increasing to about 15 kt; much less than further out. So the wind was fine, but the 6-ft rollers rising then passing under gave a pretty lumpy ride those 10 n.mi. We took some spray as far aft as the binnacle, which we rarely do. I started thinking about our Catalina/Capri 18 questioner. Man, I would not have wanted to be out there in such a small, light, and doubtlessly wet, boat with outboard auxiliary ! Very “stinky”, and possibly sickening to some. I doubt one would set out in it in a Capri 18, but they might end up in it!! I also would not have liked the idea of depending on assist from an electric auxiliary, outboard or inboard. There is just no way. The yachts are built the way there are b/c that’s the way they need to be built!!! The folks advocating the use of electrics might consider some refresher sea time in rough conditions for a reality check.Well, circa1971la It seems your plans have been "cancelled" ?
What is that... 22 to 25 nm ?Don't. Instead, go to Dana Point or some other local site that is close to land. If you don't have experience, that is a mighty big ocean to navigate even if you can see Catalina Island. By the way, have you ever crossed the shipping lanes?
Ok so to answer the questions asked here you go.I am a single-handed on a Catalina 18 looking to make my first trip from Marina Del Rey to Catalina. Looking for any advice on the best course, where to attach a jack line, what type of inflatable dingy is advised and anything else is appreciated!
My bad.... What is the distance from the suggested departure point on the mainland to the island?Not following the question. If regarding the shipping lanes, they are 5nm wide. Each lane is 1nm wide with a separation of 3nm. But container ships will sometimes stray outside their lane.
I was citing the approximate distance from Long Beach to Dana Point b/c of your question to Brian on his recommendation that the OP travel to Dana Point. But the distance from Marina del Rey to Isthmus Cove @ Two Harbors, Catalina Isl is about the same, 31-32 n.mi.Thank you !