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Old 04-27-2009, 09:39 PM
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Thank you everyone for your time and responses!! It won't be like here...10 lakes within 15 minutes, but I'll take the year around warm weather.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:44 PM
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For what it's worth, I used to go out with my dad in the 80's on our old 1970 Johnson 19' boat all the time out of the Long Beach Marina. We would stay close to the coast and cruise down to Huntington Beach. Never had many issues in the summer months except a few rough moments when some large swells came along. Of course I wouldn't recommend it if a storm is on it's way or it's foggy, but on a peaceful sunny day when lots of other boaters are out things should generally be fine as long as you take typical precautions like life vests, communication devices, etc. It is definitely rougher than lakes though, and not sure if water sports would be that feasible (never tried them on the ocean). There are also be other dangers to take into consideration such as sharks, etc. (not that common though). And you will have to spend extra time washing down your boat after each ocean visit to help protect against salt water corrosion.

I agree that there are not really any "great" lake options within an hour or two of OC, and that you will probably have to drive 3 to 4 hours for get to some of the better ones. Lake Mojave, Lake Mead and Lake Havasu are probably four hours or so away. They are great size lakes but they are in the desert so you are not going to get all the trees and greenery like you are probably used to. Extremly hot in the summer (often 110 or higher).

One lake I like that's only an hour or two away is Big Bear Lake. I was up there last summer on a Sea Doo and was surprised at the size of the lake. It's in the mountains so driving up there on windy roads might be a little tougher, but very enjoyable in the summer months and lots of trees.

I love SoCal and I love boating, and the boating opportunities have been quite a disapointment to me and the reason why I haven't purchased a boat. I'm just not comfortable with going in the ocean with younger children so I'm not left with a lot of options for very local lakes. I guess it just boils down to what your expectations are for lakes and whether or not those exist within the distance you are willing to drive.

If you ever get the chance though, visit Lake Tahoe in Northern California. It's amazing.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:07 PM
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I have a 25 ft boat and would interested to know from someone w. "boating" and "ocean experience" what to expect and what you would recommend. We're used to the Atlantic and prefer maximum of 4-6 footers. Had heard that its fun to boat over to Catalina.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:33 AM
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What about Lake Mission Viejo?
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:34 AM
Location: Winston,GA
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Or is that to small?
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