Catalina Trip Preparation – Part 3

Whew!  Charting our trip and noted that it’s about 53 miles to the island.  That means that it will take us 10-11 hours to get there.  We’ll have to leave around 6 in the morning to ensure that we get there with enough daylight to be able to get a mooring.  I’d prefer to dock as close in as possible so that we won’t be riding 3′ swells all night long.  We’ll take what we can get.

A quick trip to the marine store tomorrow afternoon to pick up a few things and then down to the boat.  We’ll take some food with us and probably buy a few things when we get there.

The weather is supposed to be as boring as it always is – cool, sunny, nice.  No rain or storms forecasted, but you never know.  One day when we were out, we had a small squall (if you could call it that) blow up.  The waves increased to about 4-6′ and the wind picked up to around 30-35 mph.  It was great for sailing!  We were hitting 6 knots with only the main sail up.  The wife kept saying that we should let the jib go, but we haven’t had the mast tuned, so I didn’t want to stress anything.

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Over 10 years sailing and over 3500 miles under our keel. Was an engineer (EE) for over 30 years, then after moving into management, decided that the corporate world was no longer for me. Ran my wife's law office for 15 years and recently retired. Now we live aboard and sail the California coast, soon to leave for the Sea of Cortez.
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