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Episode #30: Ron Geiger on Sailing to Catalina Island’s Big Geiger Cove and Beyond

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s podcast, Good Jibes! In this podcast, we’re bringing you the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, you’ll hear stories and tips from the West Coast sailing community on cruising, racing and just plain sailing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 — the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977!

This week’s host, Ryan Foland, is joined by Ron Geiger to chat about building your own boat and all things Big Geiger Cove and Catalina. Ron grew up visiting the cove that bears his family name.

Ron Geiger

He’s since traveled over 50,000 nautical miles and has lived on sailboats for over 25 years. Hear how they improved Big Geiger Cove over the years, what he learned exploring Catalina Island in a dinghy, how to build your own boat, and how to cruise beyond your comfort zone.


This episode covers everything and everywhere from Catalina to Hawaii. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What is Big Geiger Cove?
  • How did people build their own boats?
  • Why was it inappropriate for unmarried couples to go sailing with each other?
  • How many boats can fit in Big Geiger Cove?
  • What would the title of Ron’s book be?
  • How did he build his own boat?
  • Is there another Big Geiger Cove rival in the Channel Islands?
  • What advice does Ron have for sailing beyond your boundaries?

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

  • Ron Geiger on Sailing to Catalina Island’s Big Geiger Cove and Beyond

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