well my motor across the gulf of alaska was fine-20hrs. of daylight help. there was not much wind and my time frame didn't allow me to wait for wind. i fished commercially in the gulf for 10 years so i know what that body of water is capable of. from yakatat to seldovia i think is 430mi. or so and that was the only offshore work we did. big greasy swell and 10 kts. of wind. not much fog in the gulf. you find more in the inside passage with lots of rain-and cruise ships. the scary thing about crossing the gulf is the amount of deadheads out there and the occasional container gone wild.if you continue north from yakatat you hit prince william sound which is the place to cruise....my contest was built in 1986 and the bottom and rigging were redone in 2000. not being an experienced sailor i can't say much about the rig but the boat in general is strong and sea kindly and just seems to sail itself so far. i will find out i guess. have fun with yours.