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philmoses posted 05-24-2002 09:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for philmoses   Send Email to philmoses  
Hello,
I have seriously been considering taking my 15 sport to Catalina, Launch out of Huntington Harbor and shoot across the channel. Somewhere around 22 miles, given gas is plentiful, I have vessel assist and I do this in summer between any type of southern-hemi's that may be churning up, am I out of my mind for considering this.

If anyone in So cal has done this in this small of a boat I would appreciate hearing the story, tips are welcome. I see jetskiers hauling to Catalina when I go on my friends 25, if they can go why couldnt I?

I guess I am asking, whats the furthest other have gone in their 15's?

Oh by the way, its been a month and a half and I love this little boat.

Phil

triblet posted 05-24-2002 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
There are days when it's stupid and days
when it's fine. The good news is that it's
downhill going home

I'd just watch the sea conditions. Start at
http://www.garlic.com/~triblet/swell/wamglance.html
which is a NorCal site, but it shows you
what's available, and if you follow the
links back to FNMOC and CDIP, the same info
is available for SoCal, and more. The CDIP
folks are SoCal (Scripps in La Jolla) and
tend to do new stuff for SoCal first.

I know of one fellow who takes a 17' flat
bottom home-built with tiller steering on
on a 90 out to the outer islands to dive.

I've heard of folks taking 13s to Catalina.

Chuck

Alan Hiccock posted 05-25-2002 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Vessel assist meaning a more suitable ocean going craft will be heading out there with you?
Then YES, go for it.
Ive got a 15 sport, be prepared for a brusied tush if it kicks up to anythimg oner 1 '! Alan
marc monreal posted 05-26-2002 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for marc monreal  Send Email to marc monreal     
Phil, Go for it! I used to do it as a kid in my dads 13 sport. Watch the weather, go either early AM or evening after westerly has died and have good VHF. Take my Montauk their when time permits. Have fun.
Outrage19 posted 05-26-2002 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage19  Send Email to Outrage19     
I think the crossing is plenty doable in your 15 but it would be wise to buddy boat. Better safe than sorry and getty swamped is plenty doable also.

Brad is the guy that runs his home built flat bottom skif way offshore and free dives the outer Islands and Cortez Bank solo. Kinda nutty if you ask me. He has some awesome stories and pictures though!

Here is his website. His boat is called "The Good Skif". Click on the link at the site to see and read about it. Very interesting reading and pictures:

www.loveofsea.com/

Dave(Outrage19)

jmp posted 05-26-2002 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmp  Send Email to jmp     
I hate to admit this, but I have made this trip on a sea-doo several years ago. It was not that bad. Left early in the morning, seas calm...Came back in the afternoon. If things get bad you can always follow one of the Express boats.

John

David Pendleton posted 05-26-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Pretty big sharks out there. Keep your feet in the boat...

newboater posted 05-28-2002 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for newboater  Send Email to newboater     
Phil,

Since we got our 13, my wife and I have been quite impressed with it's capabilities. We also have talked about taking the 13 to Catalina. We regularly cruise the coast and all the Channel Islands aboard our 45' sailboat. We are pretty conservative when it comes to boating safety.

Our conclusion was we would both feel comfortable making the crossing with the following conditions:

1. Handheld VHF on board
2. Handheld GPS on board
3. Compass on board
4. Current chart on board
5. Vessel assist membership
6. Cell phone on board
7. Wearing our harnesses/inflatable PFDs
8. Jacklines rigged fore/aft and harnesses "clipped in"
9. Engine kill lanyard (we don't have one)
10. Cross in the early morning during stable weather conditions
11. Do not come back in the afternoon, but spend the night and come home early.
12. Motrin and ice early and often for back pain!

Launch at Huntinton Harbor seems like a good place, or the other option would be from Cabrillo beach in LA Harbor. You might look at a chart and see which one is closer to where you want to go on the island. Time it right and we’ll put you up for the night on our boat if we’re over there.

Dave S.
San Diego


jimb342 posted 05-28-2002 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimb342  Send Email to jimb342     
Can't say as if I'd do it again, but I took a 13 footer over and back when I was young and could still get my testicals out of my throat. Keep a close eye on the weather (newport 949-675-0503). Go in the early morning and bring a soft cushion, and rain gear. I have done the trip to Catalina and San Clemente Isle for over 25 years in 21'Mako, 22' Rabolo, and now a 24" Outrage. The difference between the boats is night and day. I wish I had been using a deep V whaler all along.

Jim

jimb342 posted 05-28-2002 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimb342  Send Email to jimb342     
Can't say as if I'd do it again, but I took a 13 footer over and back when I was young and could still get my testicals out of my throat. Keep a close eye on the weather (newport 949-675-0503). Go in the early morning and bring a soft cushion, and rain gear. I have done the trip to Catalina and San Clemente Isle for over 25 years in 21'Mako, 22' Rabolo, and now a 24" Outrage. The difference between the boats is night and day. I wish I had been using a deep V whaler all along.

Jim

philmoses posted 05-28-2002 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for philmoses  Send Email to philmoses     
Good news,
I found a buddy in Huntington Harbor with a 25 Apollo who is going to head over with me, have me side tie and I will head back when he does. One condition only, I have to catch him fish. This shouldnt be a problem, he is the same guy I convinced if her let me use his 10 dinghy I would bring him back fish, a few hours and a 25 pound yellowtail later, he just shook his head at me and laughed.
Thanks for all the input.....
Newboater I may take you up on your lodging sometime if the initial trip goes properly, I think you have offered plenty of advice for San Diego/So cal since I found this board and I definately appreciate it !!!
As for my Catalina trip this is what I have planned...
1. handheld vhs
2. boat vhs
3. handheld gps
4. probably wear my lifejacket
5. a buddy who long ago got me hooked on Catalina.
6. vessel assist
7. a buddy boater
8. cell phone
9. Probably about a gallon of Captain Morgans, not for the ride over but to ease the back pain when I get there :)
10. lots of fishing gear.

And so let the summer begin. Also for someone who mentioned large sharks, I kid you not while crossing the channel in my buddys 25 footer a few years ago we saw a dorsal and tailfin, probably 9 -12 feet between ( shark itself had to be at least 14-15 ft), it definately didnt look like a thresher, but had a very wide dark body and we were both in awe for the three secnods that we saw it before it dove down a bit. It was for sure the biggest shark I have ever seen, to this day I still wonder if it was a GW.

Again thanks for the info,
Phil

triblet posted 05-29-2002 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Your shark could be the Landlord (GW), or maybe
a Basking Shark. If it had been a Thresher,
you would have noticed the long tail, and I don't
think Threshers get that big.

Chuck

David Pendleton posted 05-29-2002 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Threshers get plenty big; greater than 18 feet. Of course a little less that 1/3 of that is tail, but they will scare the hell out of you anyway.

I remember fishing out of Oceanside a few times where we saw huge sharks.

I never did learn what they were, but they would steal fish right off your line. Sea lions would do the same, but sometimes the Sea lions would disapear and these big sharks would show up...

Bill C posted 05-31-2002 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill C  Send Email to Bill C     
Phil,

I have a friend who delivers boats throughout the Carribean and he has an acquaintance in the business who occasionally makes the run from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas in a 13 classic. About 48 miles to Bimini. Usually to pick up a boat to bring back. Towed the Whaler back. When I heard this one I thought the guy was nuts then remembered a few trips i made on a small sailboat and all the boat traffic day and night. I would do it in my 15. Have fun.

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