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Old 08-12-2014, 02:52 PM
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Question newbie looking for a buddy boat to Catalina wanna go in Sep.

Hi guys,
New to boating and scored a great little boat 3 weeks ago. Anyhow Im looking to buddy up with a experianced person on this first Catalina run. I got a 17' 1979 marquis catalina with a 115 johnson on it. Ive read alot of post on here about smaller boats doing it. I got all the basics with the exception of a gps and vessel assist which I will definately get before makeing this run with someone. Now weather we go and come back the same day is completly up to my boatting buddy , I just wanna make the run and do some fishing over there. Im also interested in learning some local fishing spots as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated !!!
Old 08-12-2014, 05:22 PM
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They have a race from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach for people on surfboards who paddle with their arms (really). I don't mean it to poke fun but to let you know you can just check the weather, have a vhf, the proper safety equipment and go for it, it'll be fun. There's lots of boat traffic you can call if you get into trouble.
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There are many things to consider. You will be crossing a shipping lane about 15 miles from the coast. Beware of the fog. There are tugs towing barges crossing in this area also and the barges may be more than a mile behind the tug. Do not cross between them. The catenary tow line may not be visible to you until it tears off your windshield.

If you go to Avalon, moorings are difficult to find on weekends. You will need to have anchoring equuipment. Anchoring off Descanso Beach is typically very bouncy - not comfortable at all. The shoreboat ride is $5 each way. If you decide on a different harbor to anchor, facilities are minimal except at Two Harbors.

Catalina Island can be a lot of fun but taking over a small boat can be dangerous. On a good day it can work. On a bad day you'll be in trouble. What harbor are you leaving from?

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I was thinking of leaving from Newport but I hear Huntington Harbour or Alimitos/Long Beach are easier and shorter. I kinda wanna stay the night at Catalina and get up super early and fish till about 11am then scoot back to main land. People do this run all the time im sure but Im new and would feel better with a buddy boat.
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Did you end up going? I'm also a first timer to Catalina and want to go 4/25-26. I usually launch Davies launch alamitos bay. Anyone want to cruise?

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