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Old 06-22-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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Has anyone ever rented a boat in Marina Del Rey? Specifically the company Boats4Rent. Are they reputable? Is it safe to use a motor boat in the Marina area?
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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Never rented a boat there, but as a boater, sure - its safe, as long as you're smart.

What do you mean by safe?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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Never rented a boat there, but as a boater, sure - its safe, as long as you're smart.

What do you mean by safe?
I don't own my own boat but I have some experience and consider myself a safe boater (no silly risks, respectful of others, watch my wake, etc.). Wondering what the boat traffic in the Marina is like and is there a lot of commercial traffic? Looking for a quite run with a powerboat for about an hour.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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lots of traffic on most summer weekends, but mostly private traffic, lost of sail boats, etc. Not must commercial, but some. You will not be going fast unless you get out on the open water.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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lots of traffic on most summer weekends, but mostly private traffic, lost of sail boats, etc. Not must commercial, but some. You will not be going fast unless you get out on the open water.
Thanks, that helps. Not looking for speed, just not a sailboat person, and would like to be able to maneuver around the area without worrying about being rammed.
I think we'll give it a try this summer.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I have a boat in the marina. Beware the Surf Rats! This is my name for the growing number of standup paddle boarders in the marina. For some reason they consider themselves "pedestrians" and will thus row right in front of a moving boat thinking it has brakes like a car. They are also more difficult to see than the already obnoxious kayakers who at least exhibit some fear and respect for big moving boats. Other than that, have a ball. The center of the channel is "Sail Only", so stay on the right when going out or returning. Unfortunately, our dumb marina has no boat parking for restaurants, but the Cheesecake Factory is right on Mother's Beach and is very pleasant. Get a table outside next to the edge for the view. Have fun!

PS - Why don't you like sailboats?

Mike
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:54 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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I have a boat in the marina. Beware the Surf Rats! This is my name for the growing number of standup paddle boarders in the marina. For some reason they consider themselves "pedestrians" and will thus row right in front of a moving boat thinking it has brakes like a car. They are also more difficult to see than the already obnoxious kayakers who at least exhibit some fear and respect for big moving boats. Other than that, have a ball. The center of the channel is "Sail Only", so stay on the right when going out or returning. Unfortunately, our dumb marina has no boat parking for restaurants, but the Cheesecake Factory is right on Mother's Beach and is very pleasant. Get a table outside next to the edge for the view. Have fun!

PS - Why don't you like sailboats?

Mike
Not so much a matter of not liking sailboats as it is having absolutely no experience in how to actually sail one!

Thanks for the other information, exactly what I was looking for. If possible I would rather not be responsible for sending someone to Davy Jones' Locker! It is frustrating how people have absolutely no concept of the momentum principle in sailing craft.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i had a small bday party for my wife a few years ago on a duffy boad (electric powered harbor boat) and we had a great time. you can bring all the food and drink you want and the boat traffic is very easy to manage, the main channel is quite wide. the only downside is the limited access to restrooms at the marina, we had to go back to the docks twice for the ladies. no big deal though, everyone had fun. i don't remember the name of the place we rented from but it was right next the hornblower docks which are near to the El Torito restaurant.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: San José, CA
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Try Airbnb.com; I rented a house boat from a kind gentleman in Marina Del Rey and had a positive experience. It's a safe area. I'll say this: house boats weren't really my thing. You might want to just try it for a night before contracting for longer in case you find it's not really your thing either.
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