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triblet posted 11-25-2001 04:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for triblet   Send Email to triblet  
Admiral Linda wants to go to SoCal (Ontario) at New Year's to visit relatives. I'm
thinking of towing my Montauk down and diving
Catalina (or where?). Questions:

Where should I put it in the water?

Is there a fuel dock at Catalina? I've got a
24 gallon Pate, and it's got sufficient range
to get there and get back, but I'd be more
comfortable if I could fill the tank out
there. It gets a bit better than 3 MPG on
flat water, less if it's rough. Yes, I could
always take a reserve tank.

Anyplace else I should think about diving?


ledfoot posted 12-04-2001 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
Chuck, I used to live in the area. There are a couple of options for putting the boat in. If you are in Ontario, the best place is probably San Pedro or Redondo Beach.

Here's the deal on San Pedro:
San Pedro is located just south of the Palos Verdes peninsula, and just north of Long Beach.

Th launch ramp is at Cabrillo Beach, I believe. I never launched anything there, but I have made the trip to Catalina countless times from Cabrillo Beach Marina with my 36' Chris Craft, and it is a great run. You will be suprised by the quality of this city-owned facility. It is 22 miles to Avalon. It is VERY open ocean, with fairly predictable wind and wave patterns. You will cross the main shipping channel for the Port of Los Angeles, so be careful of fog with all the big ships around you.

Two benifits of launching from S.P.:
1) there is a breakwater surrounding the Port area, and a lighthouse, which makes it easier to spot on your return trip. Also, it is a great cruising area for your boat (read protected)

2) The wave action is typically fron the west/northwest, and you are heading almost due south to Catalina, so you are going across the waves both directions.

Some more tips: weather in So Cal is most violent from Nov-March. A winter storm can change everything.

Leave (and return) EARLY in the morning: wave action is typically flat until about 10-11 am. When you get to Avalon, you will need to find the harbormaster, and get a mooring, which should be no problem that time of year. There is a water taxi, and you can stay on the island.

The weather will NOT be warm.

Its a beautiful trip, just watch the weather very carefully; you could get stranded out there.

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