|"If you can't
get a mooring, you can always drop a hook." How many times have
you heard this about Catalina Island? And yet, I've
only had to drop the hook once and that was after arriving
late for New Year's Eve. But then again, droppin' the
hook on a busy summer weekend will improve your solitude and
serenity if that's what you're looking for! Either way, what
has 400 moorings, all of them privately owned by individuals or
the City of Avalon and are "rented" out to you on a first come,
first served basis. The Harbor Patrol will meet you outside the
breakwater to make the temporary assignment and will often escort
you to the mooring. During busy hours, you can wait a while
"in line" circling for you turn, but hey, you made it, the fun's
almost beginning and its better than the freeway! Be aware
that the mooring you are on is temporary and you may be asked to
move the next day. It's just life from a different point of
view. And, sooner or later, the Harbor Patrol will
pull along side your boat and ask for permission to come aboard.
They are not checking out your women, guys, they're putting a dye
tab in your head. Avalon Harbor is a "NO DISCHARGE" harbor
and they mean it. The pump-out is located on Float 5
at the Mole in the southeast corner of the harbor. If you do
pump overboard, the water and your boat will turn a lovely color
and you will be fined and asked not to return for an entire
year. Remember , generator use is allowed between 0700 hours
and 2200 hours
Get rid of handling the usual messy sand line that connects the bow and stern hawsers.
This new product, called a MOORING-COIL, lets you and the boat stay clean. Attached to a tether, it captures and slides along the sand line so that you can easily and cleanly retrieve the stern hawser, after cleating the bow hawser
At the same time, the MOORING-COIL, will give you better control of the boat over crosswinds that may push the stern away.
The substantial stainless steel MOORING-COIL, is $58.85 plus tax and shipping. Additionally, various lengths tethers, spliced on, are available - or you can provide your own.
The MOORING-COIL, is made by Yacht Rigging Associates. For info and orders, please call 310-823-2627
|Avalon Mooring Fees (for Avalon Harbor, Descanso Bay and
Hamilton Cove) Latitude 33.20.83/Longitude
118.19.42 (As of 7/12)
|Boats 39' and under
||$28.00 per night
|Boats 40' to 49'
||$37.00 per night
|Boats 50' to 59'
||$47.00 per night
|Boats 60' to 69'
||$61.00 per night
|Boats 70' to 79'
||$75.00 per night
|Boats 80' to 89'
||$86.00 per night
|Boats 90' to 99'
||$101.00 per night
|Boats 100' and over
||$114.00 per night
Sept 15 to
Oct 14 & Palm Sunday to June 15th: Pay Thursday, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, in Advance, get Monday, Tues and Wednesday
October 15 to Palm Sunday: Pay any 2 nights in
Advance, get the next five consecutive nights free.
2 Hours or Less Mooring: $12
Towing Fee on non-emergency basis: $55
Harbor Enterprises Mooring Fees (Cat Harbor, Isthmus & Isthmus
Coves, Emerald, etc.) As of 5/30/07- (310) 510-4253
are 257 moorings at Two Harbors and anchorage for over 100. Cost Per
Night - Check out is usually 0800 but check. Contact the Harbor
Patrol on Channel 9:
(Nov. 1st to Palm Sunday)
|Descanso Bay just West
of Avalon around Casino Point has 47 moorings in 65 to 85 feet of water
and can anchor off the point outside the
|Hamilton Cove has 36
moorings and a view of the condos, can be pretty at
|Toyon Bay has 9 moorings but room to anchor 6 boats.
Shore facilities are leased to the Catalina Island Marine
|Willow Cove No moorings.
Fair weather anchorage for 4 boats with a sandy
has 38 moorings, shore facilities leased to
Newport Harbor Yacht Club and no one else but there is room to anchor 12
has 17 moorings and is good place to be in
westerlies. Balboa Yacht Club and the Angeles Girl Scout Council share
the shore. Great place to anchor, will handle up to 16 boats in 40 to 48
feet of water.
Rock Cove has 24 moorings and anchorage
for 10 and shore facilities are leased to the Balboa Yacht
Club. The bottom here is rock and
sand. Good diving area.
|Buttonshell Beach with
only 7 moorings does offer good anchorage for up to 10 boats.
Shore facilities leased to Glendale YMCA
Harbor has no moorings but is a good fair
weather anchorage for 5 to 10 boats with a sandy bottom at 6 to 8
fathoms and hosts two beaches.
|Cabrillo Beach also
called Little Gibraltar after the large rock offshore has no moorings
but offers good anchorage for 7 to 10 boats in fair weather. The
west beach side is leased to the Long Beach Boy
|Rippers Cove has no
moorings but a good sand bottom for anchoring up to 10 boats in fair
weather. Good diving and swimming.
|Empire Landing has 2 very
private moorings but up to 20 boats can anchor here in fair weather
. Shore facilities leased to the Connolly Pacific
Fisherman's Cove located on the Eastern
side of Isthmus Cove is reportedly the only true shelter during Santa
Anas on the north shore of Catalina Island and is leased, water and all,
from headland to headland to the U.S.C. Marine Science Center, who
discourages anchoring in all but the most foul weather
|Little Fisherman's Cove shore facilities are leased to the King Harbor Yacht Club
and the Channel Cruising Club. Camp and barbecue facilities
available through the Catalina Cove and Camp
|Isthmus Cove has about
245 moorings and a stringline for 42 boats 25 feet or less as well as
room for about 100 boats to anchor in up to 60' of water, give or take a
few depending upon the flotilla boat size. Moorings are maintained
and leased by the Catalina Cove and Camp Agency who handles all moorings
outside of Avalon Harbor. They operate a patrol boat that will
meet you at the entrance to whichever cove you choose or can be reached
on Channel 9. Be patient, they'll get to you
next. Moorings are stern and bow
ties. Like Avalon, moorings are on a first come, first served
basis and are assigned upon arrival
|Fourth of July Cove is
leased by the Fourth of July Yacht Club who own the 42 moorings. There
is no anchoring here.
|Cherry Cove is leased to
the San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scouts and has 103 moorings and no
|Little Geiger Cove only
has 1 mooring and anchorage is sketchy here when the wind blows, best to
use stern and bow anchors. Shore facilities are leased to the Offshore
Geiger Cove has no moorings but is a good fair weather anchorage for
up to 10 boats. Shore facilities are leased by the Blue Water
|Howland's Landing is a
private beach leased to the LA Yacht Club and the Catalina Island Camps
with about 40 moorings but no anchorage.
|Emerald Bay offers a small
beach on to the east but shore facilities are privately held by Corsair
Yacht Club and the Great Western Council Boy Scouts. There are 99 moorings with room for about 10 anchorages. Stay away from Indian
Rock and the surrounding rock outcroppings.
|Parson's Landing is only a
stopover site in fair weather with room for about 10 to anchor but is
best visited by dinghy or overland from Emerald
|Catalina (Cat) Harbor is
an all-weather harbor, protected in most weather and has 77 moorings
with room for 200+ boats at anchor in a tight situation. There is
a landing pier for dinghies and the shore is open except for those areas
leased to the Del Rey Yacht Club and the California Yacht
|Little Harbor on the
south side of the island has no moorings but anchorage for about 15 boats. Watch out for the reef when entering and remember that the bottom
is gravel and big rocks so anchor well. Water is