[QUOTE=Magic Medicine]Are there are other nice inland lakes that are close.
NO. But they're are a couple that may work for testing: Castaic (by LA), Lake Elsinore, Lake Perris...
How far of a tow is it from LA to Havasau?
Plus or minus 5 hours.
What can you tell me about boating in the area.
5 hours each way blows. I ended up getting a 26' Sutphen to reduce my drive time to 20 minutes! Now I boat in the big lake (Pacific Ocean) at least twice a month!
The water in LA get's really serious in the afternoons. Will kick the crap out of you after about 2:00pm, so most get out on the water early.
Long Beach Harbor is pretty neat for boating...big protective seawall, the Queen Mary, good restuarants, Catalina Ski Race, Rum Runner race. It's about 26 miles to Catalina where you can moor overnight and get loaded on shore.
The boat would be a 24-28 ft cat or v.
If your gonna do Havasu a 26-28 footer will do. If you're gonna hit the Pacific, I'd recommend at least a 30 footer, but a 35' plus would be preferable.