I'm pleased to join such an active correspondent group. We've got a lot of marine
activity in Long Beach and Los Angeles, and boast one of the largest commercial ports
in the country.
Our yachting activity is constant, what with our pretty much ideal weather
. There are almost more yacht clubs in the area than you can count, but most of the activity is cruising to the local islands. As a former east coast
sailor, I can say that the cruising is more interesting there, and a bunch more challenging. But our season is endless, and that tends to make up for the less interesting destinations.
My sailing began at age 15 in New Jersey
on a "Wood Pussy" 13.5' catboat, not the best for a beginner. I guess my main weakness is that I am a sucker for the old tired boat just crying out for the TLC that all the ads mention. As a result, I have had a lot of boats over my lifetime, from that catboat through a C&C
Landfall 38, which was the best, but not way ahead of my Islander 36 before it. With advancing age, I have moved down to something more manageable, a Catalina 30
vintage 1978 but still pretty nice.
Man, I sure run off at the keyboard. That about tells it about me. I look forward to meeting you all on the forums