the santa barbara channel can get very nasty with little notice---the swell gets 30+ ft very easily--whatever you get has to be able to make this comfortable if you get stuick in these conditions---there are sailboats with cptns having years of expoerience--who have lost
their boats and been knocked down --despite weather
watching--in this channel---be careful--get something solid and seaworthy
, and good luck....this is the channel in which american pride lost
a plank and 40 kids
had to be rescued just last year----and the same day, 3 other boats had uscg rescue
---make sure whatever you get can stand up to 30 ft waves and the winds and currents in that channel, as therein is what you want to play......