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17 bodega posted 06-06-2005 08:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for 17 bodega   Send Email to 17 bodega  
I have been pondering a trip to the Channel Islands and would like to get any information from those who have made the trip by boat. I may opt to take the charter as I will spend much of my time hiking, snorkeling, and non scuba diving. I was thinking late summer or early fall when the Santa Ana winds are lighter. I've spent some time on the website and it looks like a killer trip for the medium sized whalers but must be planned with good weather in my boat.

It would be a trip for the adventurous camping types, as I want to maximize my treking and exploration of the Islands wonders. I've taken the trip in a 24' wellcraft as a kid and I was blown away by the life in the sea out there.

Anyone boating out there this summer? Is a 17 footer too small for that trip? Are there any fuel marina's within the Islands?

I am most interested in ANACAPA ISLAND which seems to be the closest at 14 miles off Ventura.

Thanks for any info.


17 bodega posted 06-06-2005 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I should specify I'm only seeking information and not specifically seeking a whaler rendezvous, but more a trip plan and welcome interest from anyone who knows the area.

It seems like an awesome place to just chill for a couple of days. I would think a very, very, very good anchor and lots of rode would be an essential for this outing. A small inflatable dinghy wouldn't hurt either. Again... the buddy system is the only way to do this type of expedition safely.


Estero posted 06-07-2005 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Estero  Send Email to Estero     

I've made many trips to the Channel Islands, both for work and play, and your 17 is not too small; heck, I've made the trip in a 14' inflatable and once in a kayak, although the inflatable trip probably stretched the limits of good judgement. Leave early before the wind kicks up. In the fall, you will often have early AM NE winds that could be an issue, particularly coming back.

Anacapa is OK, but it's really just a big steep rock with very little to offer on land (it does have some great caves for the kayaker). There's really only one place to land, and that's a little surgey cove with a dock hewn into the side of the islandFor more variety, I would recommend visting Santa Cruz Island, it's a short passage from Anacapa to Yellowbanks or Smuggler's, which are nice anchorages with beaches protected from prevailing (but not so much from NE'ly) winds. Both will pick up a south swell. I don't know how the NPS feels about boaters camping on the island, be sure to check this out first, since I doubt you'd want to spend the night on a 17.

I did an Island Packers trip to Anacapa once, and it was just OK, mostly because you can walk the entire east island in about 45 minutes. I've heard from friends that the Santa Cruz trip to the Christi Ranch area is a good one.

If you're diving from your own boat, be very careful- there can be some nasty currents, particularly at the ends of the islands.

There is no fuel available on the islands as far as I know.

I'm planning a trip to a different Channel Island in August, going to take my 17 from San Pedro and spend a week in Two Harbors on Catalina. Fishing, diving, relaxing, I wish August would get here already.

Good luck with your trip!


17 bodega posted 06-07-2005 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Thanks for that Tim. I think after reading some, I will take the Island Packers trip to Santa Cruz as soon as next weekend. For $50 I can't think of a better way to spend a day. I will be in Death Valley a few days before that. It will make sense to take the trip on a charter and take a real good look at things before trying it in my whaler.

I am looking for a wet suit to do some snorkeling with, and will be wary of the currents you speak of. I plan to stick pretty close to protected shores for the snorkeling.

I might be ready for the boat trip in my whaler by August. Depending on the distance to Catalina, I might try that too. Snorkeling, hiking, exploring and the likes are the basic agenda. The clear water sounds real nice. I remember seeing the bottom at 50 or more feet as a kid. Awesome place.

I have some non whaler buddies that want to do the Island Packers trip. Maybe some of us could plan a whaler day out there.


Sheila posted 06-08-2005 03:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Steve, it sounds like you've struck upon a great plan.

I hope you'll share the story with us after your charter.

17 bodega posted 06-08-2005 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
You know it Sheila... You better be ready for a jaunt to Catalina or something later in the season. Remind me of when you will be in Santa Rosa and We'll visit your booth. I will introduce you to my children.

Looking forward to a number of expeditions this summer! This little hairbrain idea is just the official summer Kick off.


Sheila posted 06-08-2005 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Sounds like a plan, Steve! Have you seen the post here about the October Rendezvous?

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