reply to Imagine2frolic
I could see how you might misinterpret my post as encouragement to make the passage, but
just to be clear I am absolutely not encouraging this person to sail from Alaska to Costa Rica, just to learn how to sail. The idea of relying on an outboard for any passage seemed far-fetched enough to signal that the poster had little idea about what he was getting into.
I have traveled the Inside Passage in AK and BC (on ferries and fishing boats), and know that even those relatively protected waters pose real dangers. And I would never compare an open water West Coast passage to the ICW--
Again, I was just trying to encourage the poster to take a course or two and learn to sail--and then to see where their skills and boat could take them - even if it was just day sailing on relatively calm days.