- Dec 28, 2020
I have a huge amount to learn, but I think I'm ready to attempt a trip out to Catalina in about three weeks. It would be with my 13-year-old son. We've sailed together for two years, initially in an RS Quest, then a Lido 14, and more recently in a Mariner 19.I normally sail out of Marina Del Rey, but it looks as though I could shave a few hours off the trip by leaving from Cabrillo beach. I anticipate leaving in the morning and motoring southwest until the wind picks up. I've done some online research, and think (weather forecast permitting) this is something within my skills. But like anything else, the first time you do it is a lot different than what you expected. We sail in the Santa Monica Bay about once a week. Last Sunday, we checked hourly fuel consumption with our outboard -- my thinking is to have enough fuel to make it the whole way. I've put together the tools/other-equipment/safety-gear that I THINK I need. But like I say, I have a huge amount to learn.
So I'm interested in any advice anyone might have.