Jeff summed it up best for all of us when he said "This was the finest sailing I've ever experienced and some of the scenes were just beautiful!" Aimee's comment was "It's too bad the adults were worried. Jeff and I were having a great time!"
As I read it, there is nothing in the article that implies that a Catalina 36 is inherenlty a poor choice for a passage to Hawaii. It all comes down to the preparation of the boat and the crew.