Boating to catalina

Discussion in 'Boating Discussion' started by fishinthepool, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. fishinthepool

    Well I am new to the site and looking for some tips on boating to Catalina for the first time. Finally got the boat running good so were thinking of going to Catalina to get in on the YT fishing. 1972 22ft Pennyan Tunnel drive deep V. 350 Chevy motor with volvo penta direct drive trans. We are pretty close to Newport, Long Beach, Marina Del ray, Huntington. etc. I have never been to Catalina so I dont know what I should be prepared for when it comes to the waves. We have Vessel Assist in case of an emergency however we dont want it to come to that obviously. How are typical water conditions at different times of the day on the way there? When is the best time to leave? Come back? Is there any signs that it may not be a good day to go? Is our boat big enough to safely go to Catalina on a average day. Has a 35 gallon gas tank so I know we will be fine on gas. Only worried about waves in relation to the size of our boat. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.:_diarrhea_:
  2. BMThompson

    I used to go in the morning and come back the following morning. Worked for me in a 19' Bayliner Trophy CC. That said...Check the weather, take a vhf and gps, buddy boat if possible, good luck.
  3. grader 2750

    watch the fuel, 35 gal's isn't that much, make sure you top off, and have more than enough for the ride home...
  4. middleofnowhere

    I would start out with shorter trips, like go out of Newport or Long Beach and fish the flats or the oil derecks. Get a feel for the water and the conditions in the channel morning vs. afternoon.
    Baby steps first.
  5. cksea

    You need more gas. Expect 2 MPG on a good day in your boat.
  6. smackedazz

    watch the wind the channel can get nasty in the afternoon
  7. wxdunn

    Typically, during the late spring and summer months it will be smooth in the morning with an afternoon seabreeze putting a chop on the water in the afternoon. Making the crossing in that boat I'd make sure everything was in good operating condition, bring more fuel than you think you need and shoot for morning (before 11am). Fog can sometimes be an issue...more so in the early morning hours than later in the day. Watch the weather closely and look for a good window of opportunity. Pt. Fermin to Two Harbors is the shortest distance...longer across from HH or Newport, but you'll find more facilities in Avalon if you need assistance or more fuel. I made the trip in an open 18' runabout/outboard in the '80s. I spent a COLD night in Avalon harbor on that boat when the fuel consumption was much higher than we anticipated. When it ran well we were up on a plane the whole way back on greasy calm seas.
    Check your weather here:
  8. Alan

    Would you mind sharing your ocean boating experience? Do you know what your fuel consumption burn rate is and how to chart a course. How about your anchoring experience? Do you plan on getting a mooring? Catalina is a great spot for the family everyone just wants you to be safe.
  9. Saluki

    35 gallons is not going to be enough fuel for that boat.
    I would suggest making the crossing the 1st time with a "buddy boat".
    Do you have a drift sock or have a couple 5 gallon buckets and some dock line?
    If you're broke down mid channel sock or bucket will keep your bow into the wind until VA shows up, thus keeping water from coming over the stern or side rails, also makes it much more comfortable while waiting for assistance.
    Do you have a good VHF radio & antenna?
    Do you have a back up hand held VHF?
    Do you have a chartplotter?
    Can you read a compass so that you know your heading going and returning from Cat incase you lose your electronics?
    Do you have a hand held GPS for back up?
    Does the boat have at least one 1100 GPH bilge pump?
    Do you have a back up hand operated bilge pump?
    Do you have a full set of Coast Guard flares, whistle, horn?
    Do you have flashlights or glowsticks incase you're broke down in the dark?
    Do you have a small tool box with a variety of hand tools, elect tape, duct tape, zip ties, fuses....etc?
    Do you have a detailed map of Catalina Island and local Southern California inshore buoy's / hazards?
    Do you have a good anchor, at least 150 ft of rope & chain?
    Do you have a back up anchor?
    Is the boat's battery in good operating condition?
    When was the last time the boats raw water pump impellor changed?
    Are the belts and hoses in excellent condition (free of visual cracks)?
    What condition on the trailer are the springs, tires, wheel bearing, hitch, brakes, bunks, winch, & lights in?
    This is a good site: Southern California Marine Weather Forecast | BUOYWEATHER.COM
    This is a good site: National Weather Service - NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard
    Do you have a responsible person to give your "float plan" information to prior to departure, and can they make the call to the authorities (VA and-or CG) if you're much later than expected (3-4 hrs)
    All things listed above are what we consider prior to leaving the harbor, no matter what our destination may be.

    One last thing............
    35 gallons is not going to be enough fuel for that boat.
  10. grader 2750

    saluki, i think you just scared the shit out of him ,,,but everything you just mentioned, is some of the best information you can give , you can not be ,,over prepared

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