So I got my alt fixed in Santa Barbara – when I say fixed I mean ‘remove the washer than somehow fell and got INSIDE the alternator, grounding out the stator coil’ which was a bit embarrassing, and fixed the weird thumping sound from the prop (it was as I had hoped, just the zinc coming loose).
I headed off the next day to Santa Cruz Island, which is one of the channel islands off the coast of California, pretty lumpy crossing with 4-6 foot waves hitting the beam all the way across and 20+ knot winds that picked up, but once in Smugglers Bay in the lee of the island it all dropped off.
I reconnected with another boat I’d seen earlier and had a beer with them and they fed me some halibut they caught recently.
So of course I got all gung ho and dropped a line right there in the anchorage and hooked what I was sure was a halibut. Alas, like last time this happened it turned out to be a member of the ray family, this time a Bat Ray
Man, it put up a fight. After watching it swim on the surface for a bit I cut the line and let it go. One day I’ll get a halibut…
There were also a TON of jack smelts, so I jigged up a bunch, ate the two largest and kept the rest for later use as bait.
first fish I’ve caught/eaten since the salmon up by Bella Bella!
Also some kind of plaice which wasn’t really big enough to keep
It was another really nice sunset
I stayed there for two nights and then heading back to the mainland to reactivate my phone, which I needed for San Diago.
On the way I saw a bunch of dolphins I didn’t recognise, way more acrobatic than the ones I’m used to. I think maybe spinner dolphins?
They didn’t want to come and play though :(.
Oxnard sucked to be honest – the first marina was $1.50 a foot a night (by far the most expensive so far), and wouldn’t give you access to the washrooms without paying a non-refundable $27 dollars for a keycard. Ridiculous.
I tried to switch marinas, but the second marina (Anacapa Isle Marina) said I had to book through their website (despite me standing in the office with my paperwork) and then in a Kafkaesque twist, said I couldn’t use their wifi to book through my phone as I wasn’t a customer… pretty outstanding stuff, and also wouldn’t let me borrow their phone to call my mobile company to reactivate my data plan. So I gave up and went back to the first marina and just put up with no facilities. Definitely NOT a recommended stop for anyone coming down the coast.
The next day I set sail for Catalina. I say ‘sail’ but there were a couple hours of thick fog, when I again thanked the heavens for radar
However the wind picked up, the fog lifted and I had an amazing sail and saw some more dolphins (short beaked common I think)
And with that, I arrived in Catalina Harbour.
Did you move anchorages in Santa Cruz? It looked like you spent some time way out in unsheltered waters.
Yeah I was fishing! Moved back in that evening
Oxnard sounds awful, geesh. How did your zinc end up coming loose? That’s odd.
It just had lost a lot of its mass around the screws
Thanks for posting about the wildlife and making the effort to identify them. You’d better get a halibut soon because you’ll be moving past their southernmost range! But consolation prize is moving into range of the many pelagics like dorado and tuna. Good luck!
Oh man, wait till the next update, hah