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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:49 pm 
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The boat has done it before with the previous owner. I plan on double rigging all standing rigging, taking plenty of inflatable pool mattress type items, tools, radio, lights, spares, 26' back up sailboat. I have doubles of every stock Hobie '16 part available from my other '16 .... new tramp .... posts are sealed ..... can anybody think of anything else?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:31 pm 
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The backup stuff is important, but you need to make sure the boat itself is in good shape. I'd be taking a fresh look at the boat, as if it were new to me. Rudder pins, tight gudgeons, bridle anchors, mast tang, sealed mast, mast base, clevis pins and ring dings, you name it. How old are the shroud anchors?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:47 pm 
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You need a waterproof VHS radio. The 26' sailboat will be far away in a very short period of time. Flares, smoke, good drysuit. The water is cold and it's a long way to be waiting for help. Do not carry more weight or gear than you need for the trip and safety. capsizing with a boat full of gear can make a difficult task impossible. If you capsize, ditch the gear until the boat is righted. Bright waterproof bags will float and can be secured with a long tether.

Where in Catalina are you planning to stay? We liked camping at Two Harbors and with food, restrooms, and tent cabins, you need not carry much other gear.

By the way, double rigging is overkill and makes for a heavy rig. Just buy new rigging and secure it well: think-tape, rigging wire, shackles tightened with tools. Check the attachment points, mast tang (look for cracks, should be the three hold tang), replace shroud anchor pins, check or replace ten hole and seven hold adjusters (crack at weld point). Look at jib halyard and main halyard. Don't forget the pigtail. it is the most common failure.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:51 pm 
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GPS - if the morning fog sets in - it scares me to sail in the soup.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:49 pm 
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I concur with John and Hammond. And, much of what you're doing is overkill. I've never sailed to Catalina but I HAVE sailed half way (the point where you can see no land). That's why a GPS (or at least a compass) is absolutely necessary. Also, you'll need to leave as early as possible, and don't plan on returning the same day. Any afternoon departure is too late. If the wind falls off, you're stuck. Leaving from San Pedro is your best shot going but you may want to return to Long Beach as there's usually a wind shift about mid-afternoon. Just verify the integrity of EVERYTHING and make sure your essencials (radio, GPS, e.t.c.) are waterproof with fresh batteries.. Take plenty of water and watch the shipping lanes. The freighters will NOT slow down for you. The biggest difference you'll notice between coastal and off-shore sailing is the swells. Some of those babies will make you pucker up but know that it's do-able. Always bows into the waves. I've known guys to capsize making the trip but they were always able to right the boat. If not, there was always the Coast Guard. Remember, there are no Life Guard vessels out this time of year. Hope this helps.

By the way, what's up, John ??? :D

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:39 pm 
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You might want to look at http://www.catsail.com/

Has some videos on sailing to Catalina and and way down has a link to Catamaran Sailing to the Channel Is. where he has some articles.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe


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