COUNT THE COST
FUEL Available in Marina del Rey, Long Beach, Alamitos, Newport Harbor, and Dana Point.
Expect to pay in excess of $4 per gallon for both diesel and gas.
DOCKAGE If you have yacht club reciprocity, you may get a free slip for a night.
Most marinas charge $1-$2 per foot per night. Anchoring is free.
Don’t forget BoatU.S. members can get fuel and dockage discounts at various marinas.
For details, go to www.BoatUS.com/Map
TOWING Vessel Assist operate from all the harbors mentioned, so make sure you’re prepared with unlimited towing before setting off on your trip. www.BoatUS.com/VesselAssist
Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
(ExplorOcean) Adult $5, Senior $4, Ages 4-12 $3
Queen Mary Museum Cost Depends On Tour Taken
Aquarium of the Pacific Adult $29, Senior $26, Ages 3-11 $15
Los Angeles Maritime Museum Requested Donation $3
USS Iowa Adult $16, Senior $13, Ages 6-17 $8
namesake and author of the seafarer’s tale,
Two Years Before the Mast, and The Pilgrim, a
replica of the brig on which Dana sailed in
1834. Be sure to visit Turk’s for a fish & chips
dinner. The walls of this wharf bar and restaurant are lined with photos of Turk Varteresian,
a strongman and movie extra who starred in
60 films and TV shows.
To really get some exercise, head west
along Dana Point Harbor Drive, up Cove
Road to Green Lantern Street and you’ll
get an aerial view of the whole harbor. Early
morning provides the best light for photos.
DAY 5 — POKING
AROUND LONG BEACH
Wednesday morning will be a good time to
start heading back north. Go early to avoid
the worst of the prevailing northwest winds
and afternoon swell. Today’s run will be
around 30 nautical miles back to a different
section of Long Beach.
Pull into Shoreline Marina and ask about
dockage at one of their 1,800 slips. This
downtown marina is convenient to many
attractions so, if you’re up for a good walk
or a short bicycle ride, explore the kitschy
shops at Rainbow Harbor, discover Shoreline
Aquatic Park around Lions Lighthouse,
and take in the winners’ names embedded in the sidewalk at the Transpac Walk
of Fame that honors the famous race from
Southern California to Hawaii. It has been
a SoCal spectacle every other year since
1906 and the next one is in July 2015. (Fun
fact: In the movie “Jaws,” Hooper claims
to have crewed three Transpacs to establish his seagoing credentials before getting
on Quint’s Orca.)
Tonight, head up to Pike Street for a bit
of nightlife among the many restaurants
and hipster lounges. My favorite is L’Opera,
which is always crowded so reservations
DAY 6 — SO MUCH TO SEE!
Thursday is a great day to pack in the tourist
attractions, including the Aquarium of the
Pacific where you can view 11,000 animals
in 50 exhibits and get a taste for California’s
underwater world without ever donning a
diving mask. In the afternoon, head over to
the historic Queen Mary. She sailed between
1936 and 1967 until she became a museum
and hotel here, thousands of miles from her
birthplace in Southampton, England. For
more nautical history, go next door to visit
the Russian Scorpion submarine, unchanged
since the Cold War.
For a change of pace in the evening, I like
to motor over to San Pedro in Los Angeles
Harbor and the new Cabrillo Way Marina
where friendly staffers are happy to find me a
slip for the night. Here, you can also visit the
Los Angeles Maritime Museum where exhibits include the history of commercial diving
and the area’s fishing and cannery heritage.