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Old 08-01-2017, 12:03 PM
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So my boat is pretty high on the sides ,, question I have I have plastic windows to put on but I prefer not to but they do keep you dry should I put on her keep off just asking for opinions I have a nice top on it which is preferred keep the windows off if I could if you think it's wise to put the windows on please let me know
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:19 PM
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So question I have is that the boat I have really high side but I do have plastic windows to hook to my top I would like not to use them any thoughts but I don't want to get wet inside either but if I can keep the windows the plastic windows off I would be happy please let me know your opinion
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:20 PM
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Also is there showers there to use that are clean
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:55 PM
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Avalon has showers conveniently located. Putting up your windows or not depends on the weather. If it gets snotty coming or going best to be able to put them up quickly. Once you're assigned a mooring, the fun starts, as it gets pretty tight, and current and wind can make it pretty interesting. I would always roll up my isinglass to lessen windage and give me better control. So long as you have a telescoping boat hook and a mate who can fend you off other boats you're golden.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:09 PM
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Keep an Eye out for Santa Ana Winds this time of year.


During the Santa Ana winds, large ocean waves can develop. These waves come from a northeasterly direction; toward the normally sheltered side of Catalina Island. Protected harbors such as Avalon and Two Harbors are normally sheltered and the waters within the harbors are very calm. In strong Santa Ana conditions, these harbors develop high surf and strong winds that can tear boats from their moorings and crash them onto the shore. During a Santa Ana, it is advised that boaters moor on the back side of the island to avoid the dangerous conditions of the front side.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:13 PM
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I've been across in as small as 13'.

Go early - gps, compass, lifejackets, flares, etc.

You're fine in a mechanically sounds 30' boat.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by starbright55 View Post
I've been across in as small as 13'.

Go early - gps, compass, lifejackets, flares, etc.

You're fine in a mechanically sounds 30' boat.
x2. I've taken an 18' over many times. Start checking weather sites a few days prior.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:51 PM
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We used to launch from Newport Beach and we took a 17' bow rider over to Catalina on a regular basis. You have plenty of boat for the trip. I've done it solo on a 14' Hobie Cat. GO FOR IT!
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:23 PM
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First post here, though I plan to soon take my new Zodiac Pro Open 650 to Catalina, I've been to Avalon many times on stand-up Jet Skis and WaveRunners/Sea-Doos from Long Beach - all without GPS, radios, or anything else except buddies and tow ropes.

All times of the year. Leave Long Beach by 7:00AM for the smoothest water (the fast WaveRunners can make it there in as fast as 30 minutes), and I always make sure to leave the island by 1:00PM before the water gets too rough. After that (and I've left at 3:00), and it's a rough, wet ride.

There also used to be organized PWC races from Long Beach to Avalon and back. Winning times were under an hour.

Us Southern Californians are lucky to have such a cool destination close by.
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:36 PM
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I wonder if the OP made the trip yet?
A couple tidbits- If you put in at Newport, expect to spend at least an hour in the no wake zone, I have heard that Newport is the longest no wake zone in the lower 48. Los Alamitos is about 1/2 way between Newport and Long Beach and is a favorite spot to put in. Best plan is to head over the first morning, get a mooring and spend the night, then head back the next morning before it gets choppy (leave by 11am). Try to find a buddy boat to make the trip with, especially for the first time, makes it a lot easier.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:46 AM
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It's the freaking Catalina Wine Mixer!
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Curious how it went
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:25 PM
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FYI I did my first trip to Catalina before I had radar and got stuck in a fast moving, thick fog on the way back. I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me. I knew where I was but had no idea what may be coming barreling at me. Few times I've been that worried in my life. Very nerve racking not being able to see. Did about 5mph for 45 mins to get out of it.
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by jiminoc View Post
FYI I did my first trip to Catalina before I had radar and got stuck in a fast moving, thick fog on the way back. I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me. I knew where I was but had no idea what may be coming barreling at me. Few times I've been that worried in my life. Very nerve racking not being able to see. Did about 5mph for 45 mins to get out of it.
That's scary! I could only imagine how many people were "flying by GPS."
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
Trailer to Marina Del Ray. Great parking lot and plenty of room to launch
About 30 miles to Catalina.
We like Two Harbors but Avalon is pretty awesome too.
There is mooring balls you basically tie off to. You're get charged by the day.
You access shore by either your own dinghy or they have water taxis for like $2 per person
This. ^
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Originally Posted by westbootie View Post
Trailer to Marina Del Ray. Great parking lot and plenty of room to launch
About 30 miles to Catalina.
We like Two Harbors but Avalon is pretty awesome too.
There is mooring balls you basically tie off to. You're get charged by the day.
You access shore by either your own dinghy or they have water taxis for like $2 per person
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This. ^
From MDR to Avalon is forty plus miles and a much rougher ride, from Long Beach light its 26 miles, if you plan your trip and activities returning from closer to the west end its a much better ride back.

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Old 08-03-2018, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Reel 007 View Post
From MDR to Avalon is forty plus miles and a much rougher ride, from Long Beach light its 26 miles, if you plan your trip and activities returning from closer to the west end is a mush better ride back.
Agreed, I just never cared for Long Beach.
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