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    Alamitos Bay, CA
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    Sailing, road cycling, reading.

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  1. CruiserJim

    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    Yes, first one of the season. Waiting a day is a good idea.
  2. CruiserJim

    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    The Channel Islands are great. If you continue S from Pt Conception you can go to San Miguel first, enter Cuylers Harbor, usually windy AF but fully protected, elephant seals on the beach. Then downwind Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands. You can anchor at Bechers Bay at Santa Rosa, go ashore and see the old ranch. Santa Cruz, there is Cueva Valdez, Painted Cave (not really doable single handed), Lady’s, Frys Harbor, Pelican Bay, Prisoners, Little Scorpion and Smugglers along the north side. S side of Santa Rosa has Johnson’s Lee, S side of Santa Cruz has a few, though Forneys and Alberts are the only ones I’ve cared for No real anchorages at Anacapa, I have overnighted there a couple times at either Frenchys or Fish Camp. Lots of flies. See if you can find a copy of a Brian Fagans Cruising Guide while in Morro Bay, it think it’s out of print now but has all the info you need. No major dangers but you should have detailed charts along. That said, it is fall now, which is the season for offshore Santa Ana NE winds. These winds make the N side of the offshore islands into death traps, so keep a weather eye. They tend to come after a low pressure system passes and a high fills in behind it. They are hot and dry and are usually well forecasted in advance.
  3. CruiserJim

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Hello Jean, Get him an old houseboat and put it on the Salton Sea.
  4. CruiserJim

    Keel WTF...

    Less wetted surface.
  5. CruiserJim

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Is a homeless shelter in Vietnam that bad a place for him? Other than no Facebook or Starbucks access, he’s presumably got food and shelter, and he’s not going to put other people at risk to save him from his further “adventures”. Sucks for us, like having our favorite tv show canceled. Probably sucks for Scot, lower click count.
  6. CruiserJim

    Catalina 30 :)

    There is 10 years worth of Catalina 30 stories right here in Cruising Anarchy:
  7. CruiserJim

    M5 Dock Removal Service

    Like trying to watch a ball game thru a gap between fence slats.
  8. CruiserJim

    Bets on how long before this goes belly up...

    Basic private equity recipe - buy company, over-leverage the purchase with debt, squeeze company, employees, suppliers and reinvestment to boost EBITDA, sell company for a profit. Except that it doesn’t always work. High debt service makes company vulnerable to downturns, it does not have staying power. The the PE owners BK it and stick it to the lenders. Someone makes money or the cycle wouldn’t keep repeating.
  9. CruiserJim

    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    I've suffered maybe five or six times total. I can tolerate motion most always without issue. But combining an ugly motion with being cold and smelling fuel fumes (gas or diesel) puts me over the edge.
  10. CruiserJim


    Windy now shows Florence hanging a hard left along the coast of NC and heading down the SC coast almost to Hilton Head?? Is this just some model noise or ???
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    They had NO IDEA? Wow. Offshore in the Atlantic in Sept and they don't turn on a radio once a day? Assuming they are somewhere on a line from Florence to Savannah, I hope they are a lot closer to the coast.
  12. It is usually pretty full, not likely to get a mooring if your are not there on Friday,. I just checked the Two Harbors webcam, Isthmus still has open moorings but looks like it will be full up tomorrow. Same for other coves with moorings. If the boat has a good sized anchor and chain and maybe 350 feet of rode you can anchor, but will probably be 70-100 ft deep and not terribly well protected depending where you are. I remember anchoring somewhere between Cherry Cove and Emerald Bay. Not in any cove, just along the shore. It was ok overnight, the afternoon westerly filled in and blew down the island for a few hours but as sunset approached the wind backed and died and it was a peaceful night. I anchored a couple of times outside the moorings at Isthmus but it always turned into a cluster, too many boats with inadequate equipment, the Isthmus fan blowing, deep water and lots of traffic. Another option, a slightly greater distance to sail would be to sail to Paradise Cove in Malibu, just inside Pt Dume. Anchor in 30-35 feet of the pier or anywhere along the shore E of the pier. Wide open road stead anchorage, lots of room. Have to pick your way thru the kelp. Check the swell forecast. Hurricanes could be sending up a big S swell this weekend, would make Paradise Cove pretty rolly.
  13. CruiserJim

    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    Reminds me of the time we went camping at Whites on Catalina with our daughters in YMCA Indian Princesses. One of the dads had an Ocean 55 sportfisher, so he takes a few of us over so we didn't have to ride the cattle boat - nice! Sunday morning after we got underway and cleared the cove he throttled up to 20 kts and set the autopilot for Dana Pt. He knew I had a sailboat so he hands me the watch while he goes below to inspect the engine room. He didn't go over the controls with me at all before this. At 20 kts things happen fast, I'm up on this flying bridge and he was gone no more than a couple of minutes when I saw a 30ish foot sailboat ahead, motoring in toward Long Point. After looking at this boat on a steady relative bearing for a minute or so I realized one of us better alter course. Fortunately I'd seen him engage the AP, so I disengaged it and turned us gently to starboard. Scared the bejesus out of me turning a 55' boat going that fast, but I probably altered course no more than 15 degrees and we passed well clear of the sailboat. By the time the owner made his way back up we were well past the sailboat and I had a new appreciation as to how much of a sitting duck I am on my 5ksb.
  14. Might as well cut right to the chase, Ginger or Mary Ann?
  15. CruiserJim

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    For Rimas that's actually a head pennant - the sail would be upside down.