I'm interested in getting to the North Pacific Gyre where all that trash is floating about and would prefer not to go alone in my 30' sloop. My experience level seems somewhat close to yours in that I've not been offshore, only in the inland waters of Washington and BC. I feel confident enough to go out solo, and again, would prefer not to. Timing is an issue as I have a window now, and then several months from now (july/augustish). The trip all the way to Hawaii and back would be too long for me in this window, but a possibility later this year. Let me know what you think.
my email address is tymvega @ gmail.com (no spaces)