Marina Del Rey, California


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Marina Del Rey

Marina del Rey Harbor is located in Santa Monica Bay about 15 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Constructed in 1960 on an 804 acre site, Marina del Rey is the largest artificial small-craft harbor in the world.  403 of those acres are water, 401 are land.  The breakwater is 2,340 feet long and there is 2 miles of main channel (1,000 feet wide, 10-20 feet deep).



Marina Del Rey

Location

Latitude: 33 degrees, 57’8″N, 118 degrees, 27’5″W   |  Chart:  18744

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Service Phone Hours Contact
Harbor Patrol 310.482.6033  16/12 24 HOURS x
Del Rey Landing 310.574.4443 7AM TO 6PM x
VHF Radio Channel 25, 85, and 87 24 HOURS x

Guest Slips

Burton W. Chace Park guest docks are public docks provided by Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors, and whose use is managed by the Marketing & Community Services Division.

These docks are available for use by vessels transiting the coast and which may be seeking refuge from inclement weather, or laying in for minor repairs, replenishing supplies, or visiting. A portion of these docks — posted as “Park Dock, 4-hour maximum” — may also be used by locally based vessels under a casual visitor status.

Overnight and four-hour guest docks are available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis at Burton Chace Park, located between Basin A and B. Boaters must register at the Marina Guest Dock Office in the Chace Park Community Center located in the center of the park. The Guest Dock Office is open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information and fees contact  L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors, or call (310) 305-9595.

Four-Hour Docks

This includes any vessel desirous of using the docks for up to four hours within a 24-hour period. The 24-hour period commences upon arrival, e.g. if a vessel arrives at 4 p.m. on Monday, it can stay for up to four hours (continuously or sporadically to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The vessel can then commence a new four-hour period thereafter. Vessels may secure in the “Casual Visitor Area” at any time night or day, free of charge, without registering with the Department. Casual visitors may not secure in the overnight portion of the docks.

Overnight Guest Docks

Boaters are permitted to stay at the Chace Park transient docks for up to seven days within a 30-day period. This period commences upon arrival, e.g. if a boater arrives on the 17th of June, the boater can stay for up to seven days (consecutively or sporadically) from the 17th of June to the 16th of July. Thereafter, the boater can commence a new 30-day period on the 17th of July or any subsequent time. Extensions for up to seven days within a 30-day period are possible but must be authorized by the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

 

Marine Facilities

Launch Ramp
Hand-carried small boats such as kayaks, may be launched at the public beach in Basin D.  There is a public launch ramp at the head of the first finger at Mindanao Way on the east side of the channel.  It is an eight-lane ramp with three long concrete loading docks. Launching requires four $1 bills in good condition to feed into the machine at the gated entrance. The large parking lot has a 48-hour parking time limit. If you plan on staying longer, call the harbormaster/sheriff’s station at (310) 823-7762. There are also 18 metered boat washdown facilities. the meters require quarters, 50 cents for three minutes. Restrooms are located next to the ramp. The main bait receiver is located on the east side of the main channel. Opens at 6 am, phone (310) 822-DOCK. Guest docks are available.
Pump Out Stations
Vessels using Marina del Rey’s pump out stations should not tie-up any longer than necessary. Vessels blocking pump out station access will be towed. Stations are available at:Burton Chace Park Transient Dock (Main Channel) – no charge
Del Rey Fuels (Main Channel) – $5 fee
Public Launch Ramp (Basin H) – no charge
Fuel Dock
The fuel dock is located on the west side of the Main Channel at the entrance of “A” basin. Offers unleaded, diesel and pre-mix fuels, pump out services, marine supplies, CNG tanks, food, beverages, ice, live fishing bait and tackle. Summer, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Winter, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Convenience Store
Del Rey Landing features long-term and transient dockage for yachts up to 250 feet, a state-of-the-art fueling center and a waterside convenience store

Harbor Information

The entrance to the marina is located between two jetties running seaward that sit inside of the detached breakwater with a lit American flag that runs parallel to the shore. The north and south ends of the breakwater  and the ends of both jetties are marked with lights. There is shoaling about 100 feet off the end of the north jetty and 300 feet off the south jetty. There is also shoaling the entire length of the north jetty on the inside of the channel. All shoals are marked with buoys.  A dredged main channel runs Northeast for about  7/10 of a mile then turns to the north for another 6/10ths of a mile. The entrance channel has traffic separation lanes that are marked by buoys “NO SAIL”. Vessels under power must keep these buoys to port when entering or leaving the marina. The center lane is for vessels under sail only, both those coming and going. It helps if those going north use the north opening and those going south, use the south, although the south tends to shoal.

Another caution is the anchored vessels at the foot of Ballona Creek (adjacent to the south jetty) causing  reduced visibility and extreme caution is advised when transiting this area.

The average depth in the harbor was last recorded at between 10 and 14 feet.

Hazards

Shoaling conditions can exist at both north and south jetties. Shoal buoys have been placed to warn boaters of entrance hazards and boats should not pass inside marked buoys.

Anchored vessels adjacent to Marina del Rey entrance pose another hazard to navigation in reduced visibility and extreme caution is advised when transiting this area.

During the winter months, you can expect very low tides. Prudent boaters should consult local Tide Tables whenever they expect to traverse hazardous areas prone to shoaling conditions.

Marks

North Breakwater Light:  “1”  white flash every 6 sec.    South Breakwater Light:  “2” red flash every 6 sec.
North Jetty Light:  “3” white flash every 5 sec.    South Jetty Light:  “4” red flash every 4 sec

Coast Guard Mooring Buoy: south of south jetty inward of the breakwater
Fog Horn & Radio Beacon: Located on the end of the north jetty.  The fog horn sounds with a 2 second blast every 20 seconds. Don’t get confused in fog by the fog horn (10 seconds, two-second)  and light on the Venice pier. The radio beacon has been removed by the Coast Guard,

Location Lat. (N) Long. (W)
Point Dume Buoy 12 33, 59.60 118, 48.30
Santa Monica Ent. Buoy 1 34, 00.20 118, 30.20
Venice Fishing Pier 33, 58.60 118, 28.20
Marina del Rey S. Breakwater Light 1 33, 57.50 118, 27.60
El Segundo Buoy 2 ES 33, 54.50 118, 27.50
King Harbor Buoy A 33, 50.50 118, 23.70
Point Vicente Light 33, 44.50 118, 24.60
Point Fermin Light 33, 42.30 118, 17.60

Contact

Marina del Rey 
13837 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey
California 90292
(310) 305-9503
VHF Channel 16


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