Re: San Diego to Honolulu
Seconding George's concerns.. not to discourage adventuring but heading out to sea on a boat you don't know with a crew/skipper you don't know can be a recipe for great discomfort at the very least. ( of course you two could be lifelong buddies... we just don't know.....)
There's not another more 'escape proof' environment....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)