Originally Posted by Roy M
natew, hyperbole is not a good thing on this forum. There are a number of available multi slips in San Diego
, alone. Get your facts straight before passing your wisdom to others.
Ok, well I am not saying that are none. But at what cost, what facilities, what location? There are, indeed, probably a hundred marinas in California
. There are certainly spaces available, and I won't claim to have called all of them, but what I have found is you have two choices. You either have a crummy marina in which you will likely want to remove anything not bolted and glued down when you leave along with probably cable locking your dock
lines and fenders OR you end up paying an arm and a leg for the space in a nicer marina. For instance, a space for a 40' multi-hull in Kona Kai marina will run you around $800/mo though they are indeed not significantly more expensive. Sunroad Marina will run you $1360/mo for an end tie for a multi or $760 for a mono the same lenght (close to double). And that's in San Diego, one of the largest harbors on the west coast, if not in the entire country.
Try calling a marina in Los Angeles, or any of the ones here in Ventura, or Morro Bay or San Francisco
. You'd be lucky if they don't just hang up on you when you tell them you are looking for an end tie or you have a beam of 22'. And as far as timing to get a slip, I was talking with a guy in Long Beach a few weeks ago who told me that the waiting list for any End Tie or wide beam slip was atleast 2 years long. Let's not even talk about Santa Barbara where you'd have to pay around a hundred grand or more for the right to rent an end tie and/or go on their 5+ year waiting list for ANY slip.
And nearly all marinas I've been in contact with have discountined any live aboard slips and when you do find marinas that allow live aboards you will likely find that all the end ties are taken by multi-hull live aboards.
What I did not mention is that you CAN indeed find private docks, usually attached to houses which, typically can accomidate a multi-hull for a reasonable price
but they can be fairly difficult to find.
More to the point of the thread, to answer directly. I wouldn't expect to sail into any marina on the west coast and ask for a permenant slip for a multi-hull and expect to get one. Could it happen? Yes, are there some spaces available? Probably. Could you afford them and will they be where YOU want to be? I'll leave that up to you to decide.
So, to be perfectly clear you certainly CAN find space for a multi-hull on the west coast but expect to pay for it in either leg work to find it or in cold hard cash.