Is there anyone in So. Calif. out there???

Discussion in 'West Coast' started by JoAna, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Jon Paul

    Jon Paul Member

    139
    Sep 24, 2013
    Phoenix
    2006 Sundancer 340
    8.1 V drives
    Can you send me the info on your 37? Photos etc.
     
  2. Magic34

    Magic34 Member

    149
    Jul 7, 2015
    Live in AZ, Boat in San Diego
    Former 44 Sundancer Owner
    Currently Self Powered
    Are you a live-aboard or simply moving the boat there? It's cool to be downtown and using the facilities at the Marriott such as pool is awesome. The parking situation is terrible and expensive though as it pertains to a vehicle.
     
  3. Jon Paul

    Jon Paul Member

    139
    Sep 24, 2013
    Phoenix
    2006 Sundancer 340
    8.1 V drives

    Just moving the boat there. Plan on being there about 10 days per month. Will prob park elsewhere and Uber there. Thoughts?
     
  4. Just For Fun

    Just For Fun Member

    76
    Feb 16, 2019
    Southern California
    Searching for a 2006 - '07 320 Sundance w/twin T-496 Magnum MPI Bravo III
    and 5.0 KW generator
    Oars for now!!
    Sounds like fun. To bad SDens don't seem to be that much for joining locally.
     
  5. Just For Fun

    Just For Fun Member

    76
    Feb 16, 2019
    Southern California
    Searching for a 2006 - '07 320 Sundance w/twin T-496 Magnum MPI Bravo III
    and 5.0 KW generator
    Oars for now!!
    Being new here, I was just thinking about staring a thread for this!!!
     
  6. hynespa

    hynespa Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    163
    Jun 7, 2010
    Marina Del Rey, CA
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-VD-8.1 S HO MerCruiser (T-420 hp)
    Hi SoCal boaters - Just returned from another weekend at Catalina - so thought I would offer my perspectives (plusses ++ / minuses --) on the various anchorages that I have now experienced:

    **Avalon**
    ++ many options for dining / activities, shore boat service, may be well protected depending on where they put you, golf cart rental, zip lining, Descanso beach club near by, coin operated showers
    -- can be crowded, difficult to get mooring on key holiday weekends (4th, Memorial, Labor), can be tricky to maneuver to your mooring on a busy weekend

    **Descanso (next to Avalon) **
    ++ easier to get mooring (overflow for Avalon), in front of beautiful Descanso club, could swim ashore on board/kayak, Avalon shore boat
    -- not as protected as Avalon so expect waves, no Dinghy dock (nearest is in Avalon), can get noisy with club like atmosphere on holiday weekends

    ** Isthmus Cove (Two Harbors - Near side of Island) **
    ++ shore boat service, quieter than Avalon, may be well protected depending on where they put you, close to "Harbor Sands" beach club / restaurant, hiking, swimming, coin operated showers, coin laundry
    -- dinghy dock crazy full (bumper boats) on holiday weekends, difficult to get mooring on key holiday weekends (4th, Memorial, Labor), coin showers dirty and in need of upgrade

    ** Cat Harbor (Two Harbors - Far side of Island) **
    ++ most protected anchorage in all of Catalina, protection from Santa Ana's, quieter than Isthmus Cove, more availability on key holiday weekends (4th, Memorial, Labor), Del Rey Yacht Club shore facility (if affiliated), scenic
    -- have to walk across dusty isthmus to get to any food / restaurants, water is more dirty / cloudy than Isthmus Cove, shore boat service unreliable (recommend dinghy)

    ** Howlands Landing **
    ++ can get advance reservations on moorings if affiliated with LAYC or CYC, LAYC/CYC shore facility with charcoal BBQ, picnic tables, campfire, and toilets (no showers), dinghy dock (shared with kids camp), quieter than Isthmus
    -- 20 minute / 2 mile dinghy ride to Isthmus cove, camp limits when you can tie up dinghy based on club activities

    ** Emerald Bay **
    ++ quiet, may be able to get moorings on holiday weekends, quieter than Isthmus
    -- 25 minutes / 2.5 mile dinghy ride to Isthmus cove, Boy Scout camp on shore limits tie ups / beach access

    Others that I haven't tried but may in the future include Cherry Cove and 4th of July Cove (both closer to Isthmus than Howlands). I'll post additional reviews.

    We will often sleep on our boat at our home marina (Marina del Rey) the night before and then I will wake up at 4 am to get the boat underway while the rest of the family is sleeping. The goal is to get to Catalina by 7am / 7:30am which is when the Harbor Patrol starts assigning moorings. Here is a link to more information:

    Isthmus / Cat Harbor / Howlands / Emerald Bay / Cherry / 4th July
    https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/two-harbors/boating/mooring-sites/

    Avalon / Descanso / Hamilton
    http://www.cityofavalon.com/filestorage/3182/3209/Avalon_Harbor_Brochure_FINAL_2018-2019.pdf
     
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  7. JoAna

    JoAna Member

    127
    Feb 10, 2018
    San Diego, CA
    2005 420DB
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3 450HP
    Sorry I've been radio silent lately. (been dealing with health issues and daughter's wedding issues).

    CATALINA!!! what can I say except we love it there. We did make a nice trip for the 2nd time since buying our boat. We stayed at Avalon but next time I wanna try Two Harbors. We are planning another trip this month July 25th for a long weekend - this place is so close so naturally it's where we frequent. We did make a trip to Ensenada BC Mex in March and that is BY FAR a fun place to go on your own boat. People there make it so easy for you to stay there that the marina office actually drives you to the port captains office to get your paperwork in order then bring you right back. Food & drinks are cheap and delicious, Coral Marina is top shelf accomodations and service and you can get any boat work done there for easily half off. I've got some experience now on all the necessary paperwork for a mexico entry. So Im going back this august or september. (god willing).
     
  8. Just For Fun

    Just For Fun Member

    76
    Feb 16, 2019
    Southern California
    Searching for a 2006 - '07 320 Sundance w/twin T-496 Magnum MPI Bravo III
    and 5.0 KW generator
    Oars for now!!
    JoAna: "Ensenada BC Mex" WOW!!! I've played with the idea of harboring there full time and commuting for one week a month (there). But was always concerned about the safety. The stories of all kinds of trouble are debilitating.
     
  9. JoAna

    JoAna Member

    127
    Feb 10, 2018
    San Diego, CA
    2005 420DB
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3 450HP
    I grew up near there so I had no concerns as I do feel safe (generally, like all cities, you avoid creepy places and limit your night time exposure). Many cool sights to see, we went wine tasting to Guadalupe valley (super nice) and to the Bufadora (blow-hole) touristy area, fish market is way cool too - many very nice restaurants/steak houses. We also got to see the tuna pens where they catch all the tuna (interesting). Missed out on the tequila tasting tour so that'll have to wait for next time. If you get the opportunity, take the plunge and go - or go with someone who's gone before as it'll ease some of your apprehension. PS: Marina felt quite safe, locked gates and security patrols too.
     
  10. Jon Paul

    Jon Paul Member

    139
    Sep 24, 2013
    Phoenix
    2006 Sundancer 340
    8.1 V drives
    Currently in San Diego and planning a trip to Ensenada. Heard very positive things from friends!
     
  11. Peter Z.

    Peter Z. New Member

    2
    Oct 13, 2019
    2009 Sea Ray Sundancer 330
    Mercruiser 8.1 inboard
    I’m a new Sundancer 330 owner (2009) in MDR!
     

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