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Old 12-01-2014, 01:19 AM   #1
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Thanksgiving at Catalina Island

I thought I'd share our special Thanksgiving 2014.
We spent it at Two Harbors, Catalina Island.
The weather looked perfect, wifey was ok with it, so why not?

We left Ventura Harbor later than I would have liked, but once outside the harbor we were greeted with fantastic weather!
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:29 AM   #2
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great photos, Tuna Joe. Thanks. Love Catalina!
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The trip was a great success, primarily due to outstanding weather.
Incredibly flat seas with no wind on our trip there.
I motored there initially at 9 knots, but after several hours and seeing that we'd be getting in the Isthmus very late....I kicked it up to 14.5 knots for the last 2 hours.
We still got in after dark and my wife was stressed about mooring in the dark, but we survived.
Once we got settled, I had a cold one to celebrate making it with no problems.
I gotta tell ya...... I felt like I had just circumnavigated the world!

Got up the next day and the weather was HOT! So I took the kids to a secluded cove to go play around in, but the sun was going in the wrong direction.

Had a wonderful dinner at Harbor Reef Restaurant.

It took 6.75 hours coming home at between 9-10 knots. The weather wasn't nearly as nice as the trip there, but still was good. Not even a drop on the windshield.

Thanks for letting me share!
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The trip was a great success, primarily due to outstanding weather.
Incredibly flat seas with no wind on our trip there.
I motored there initially at 9 knots, but after several hours and seeing that we'd be getting in the Isthmus very late....I kicked it up to 14.5 knots for the last 2 hours.
We still got in after dark and my wife was stressed about mooring in the dark, but we survived.
Once we got settled, I had a cold one to celebrate making it with no problems.
I gotta tell ya...... I felt like I had just circumnavigated the world!

Got up the next day and the weather was HOT! So I took the kids to a secluded cove to go play around in, but the sun was going in the wrong direction.


Had a wonderful dinner at Harbor Reef Restaurant.

It took 6.75 hours coming home at between 9-10 knots. The weather wasn't nearly as nice as the trip there, but still was good. Not even a drop on the windshield.

Thanks for letting me share!

Thanks for sharing your adventure

Great fun and Great memories
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Thanksgiving???
How could you ask for anything better???
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Oh Yea!

I had flown down from wet and cold Northern California the week before and ended up at the beach in Costa Mesa looking across a relatively flat sea to Catalina. It was a mild and beautiful day and I could easily imagine myself going across (for the first time). What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

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Some years ago, we visited the Isthmus and took our dinghy and landed (illegally) at the quarry just north of the Isthmus. The quarry is no longer being used, but all the machinery and rock chutes are still there due to the high cost of removal.
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Some years ago, we visited the Isthmus and took our dinghy and landed (illegally) at the quarry just north of the Isthmus. The quarry is no longer being used, but all the machinery and rock chutes are still there due to the high cost of removal.
All that quarry stuff is still there.
We always go to Rippers Cove and pass right by it.
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Tunajoe,

What a great way to spend Thanksgiving. Your photos are just awesome-- so clear and colorful.

Is that you jumping off the boat? What's that water temp? We are wearing wetsuits freezing our arses off trying to surf here in the Gulf of Mexico and you are trunking it. That's tough.
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Tunajoe,

What a great way to spend Thanksgiving. Your photos are just awesome-- so clear and colorful.

Is that you jumping off the boat? What's that water temp? We are wearing wetsuits freezing our arses off trying to surf here in the Gulf of Mexico and you are trunking it. That's tough.
Thank you for the compliments!
Yes, that's me in all my glory jumping from the pilot house roof.
I suspect the temp was 68-69f?
Not freezing, but I got right out....in a hurry
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Wonderful picture of a happy family, thanks for sharing!
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May all your cruising be as enjoyable! Great pics from your inaugural cruise.
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What great pics! Thanks for sharing them with us.

One question for you--when you come into a mooring field like that one, how do you know where to go? Do they assign you to a specific mooring? How do you know where it is?

I've (obviously!!) never cruised to a place like that. What a beautiful spot for Thanksgiving!
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Tunajoe, don't know how we missed you. We were also at Two Harbors for two days during the week of Thanksgiving then decided to make the trip to the west side of Two Harbors. Ended up staying on the west side of the island for three days before traveling down to Avalon. Saw a few lobster fisherman and maybe two boats. The weather was unbelievable. We left Sunday afternoon fighting the wind and waves. Then the phenomenal weather set in. The water clarity was extraordinary. The calicos and rockfish were very cooperative on the west side of the island. Found several great anchorages. We pulled out trailerable trawler for 15 hours. Well worth the drive. Thanks for sharing your pics.
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