Built in 1963, Ventura Harbor is a man-made commercial and recreational harbor located on the southern California coast approximately 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and the last harbor before rounding Pt. Conception going north. The harbor has approximately 200 commercial berths and 1,600 recreational berths and provides ocean access to an attached private marina with 300 boat slips.
Don Mills, Ventura Yacht Club’s Historian and other sailing enthusiasts started campaigning after World War II to bring a harbor to Ventura. As part of their campaign, they built a 4-by-8-foot model of the proposed harbor. In November,1948, they even got a photo of the model published in the newspaper. The group also lobbied state legislators and entered floats in the annual Ventura County Fair parade emblazoned with the words, “Let’s have a harbor.”
The principal structural features harbor entrance are two rubble-mound jetties, a beach groin to the south of the entrance and a detached rubble-mound breakwater but full-time dredging is required to remove shoaling. The harbor is home to 2 yacht clubs and a harbor village with many eateries and shops.
Latitude: 34 degrees, 14’3″N, 119 degrees, 16’9″W | Chart: 18725
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Marina Village has guest slips at $1.00 per foot per day depending on availability, with proof of vessel documentation/registration, current vessel liability insurance and photo I.D. 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 644-0169 or email: email@example.com
Rates (No Refunds)
Daily rate: .75 cents per foot
Maximum stay is 10 days.
Additional days may be authorized by the Harbormaster.
Greater than 10 days rate:
.85 cents per foot
(Harbormaster¹s approval with insurance with the following: 1) a letter addressed to the Harbormaster requesting an additional stay and 2) insurance naming the County of Ventura “as additionally insured” & minimum liability coverage in the amount of $100,000.
Shore power cords: Minimum 12 gauge wire.
Parking when not in guest slip: Day Use $5.00
Overnight $10.00 Overnight Occupied $20.00
The launch ramp as six lanes and about 180 parking spaces. It is accessible 24-hours a day, and a parking fee applies at all times. The fee is paid at a “Pay and Display” machine that is located in front of the restroom. All vehicles are required to obtain and display a permit. The parking fee schedule is:
First Hour—free with permit
Two Hours–$2.00 Three Hours–$3.00 24-Hours–$4.00
Multiple Day permits are available at the machine. A 12-month permit may be purchased at the Harbor Patrol Office for $75.00.
|Pump Out Stations
There are two pump out stations, one located at B Dock in Ventura West Marina and on at G Dock in Ventura Isle Marina. There are also Porta-potti dump facilities.
The fuel dock is located directly inside the harbor entrance across the main channel.
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Harbor Location & Description: Ventura Harbor is located 23 nautical miles south of the city of Santa Barbara and 6 nautical miles north of the Channel Islands Harbor. It is a man-made harbor located on Pierpont Bay.
Harbor Entrance: The entrance to the harbor is between two jetties, both lighted with a fog horn and radio beacon on the south jetty. Dangerous swells can occur during winter months with a prevailing westerlies. Take a direct course between the entrance whistle buoy 2 and the breakwater entrance.
Because of frequent dredging and improvements in the design of the harbor entrance, it has never been safer to transit the harbor entrance. Some “local
knowledge” will also be helpful. Enter or exit only via the main entrance, between the two jetties. The area behind the breakwater is designed as a Sand
Trap and is subject to severe shoaling.
The entrance buoy “2VU” is located approximately ½ mile off the entrance. The prudent skipper always keeps this buoy to the starboard when entering. This
keeps him or her away from the mouth of the Santa Clara River, ½ mile south of the entrance. As one of the largest naturally running rivers in Southern
California, this river provides a tremendous amount of sand to the local beaches. Unfortunately this can create heavy surf conditions far out to sea.
1603 Anchors Way
Ventura, CA 93001
VHF Channel 16
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