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Naturally sheltered by mountains and islands on a southward facing coastline, Santa Barbara Harbor has one of the ten best climates in the world.   With over 1100 slips accommodating boats from 20 feet to 150 feet long.
In the 1920's.  Max Fleishmann wanted a harbor and a safe haven for his 250' yacht, the "Haida", and contributerd $450,000 to begin the project which was completed in 1928.  This was only the beginning of an on-going battle against sand, tides and weather. Until the1870's, Santa Barbara was isolated from the outside world by the ocean and mountains.  In 1872, John Stearns built a wharf to provide for his lumber business and opened up Santa Barbara's waterfront.  Stearns Wharf is the oldest working wooden wharf in California, surviving tornadoes, heavy military use and fires. Today the harbor is home to over 1000 pleasure and commercial vessels, providing a safe haven and the doorway to the Channel Islands, the open seas and the last harbor before rounding Point Conception on your way up the coast of California. It is a lovely place to visit. This shot was taken from Stearns Wharf.

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