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Old 01-04-2010, 11:43   #1
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Cruising to Catalina

We Recently purchased a 41 foot cruiser, and are planning a trip from San Diego to Catalina in May. I've heard all sorts of suggestions on the best way to do this trip, what are some of the things I need to be aware of? I understand that a compass course from bouy 1 to Avalon is 300 deg, is this correct?
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Befor you leave the pease of mind of the marina, grab a chart of the area.. And because your boat is new to you, check your compass to the chart to be sure your compass is boxed..
You can do this by finding two points on the chart at least a half mile apart.. take your boat and run a rumline from point "A" to point "B" and check you boats compass to the magnetic on the chart. you'll almost always be a couple degrees off do the movement of the magnetic field..
After you know the difference between the heading on the chart and the compass reading on your boat, you can plot a corse to Avalon..
The reasoning behind the detail of the post is that you might get caught out in the fog at some time and its nice to know you can make it back to your harbor on your compass only..And its nice to know that your compass is pointing in the right direction. Not only that but you do need to carry a chart of the area you are traveling in...
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The course from Buoy 1 to Avalon is 308 degrees true, distance 70 miles. If you don't know the magnetic course to steer, don't go, or bring someone along who does.
With normal weather, its best to leave about 11pm--the wind and waves should be right against you, but will die down until about 10 am.
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