Even doing a coastal voyage down the west coast of the USA is going to be problematic in a Cal 20. Some of the worst stretches of water you can run into are along that way, with few ports of refuge and in many cases a bad lee shore situation... so heading out is often the best option... and in a Cal 20, I doubt you would be able to do that.
In some ways, a trans-oceanic voyage can be less dangerous, since you tend to have fewer things you can run into, as well as fewer lee shore type obstacles in your way. One friend of mine has pointed out that the most dangerous part of a long voyage is generally the start and finish, as you leave and approach land. Boats do fine when they have water under them... less well when they have land to hit.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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