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....
".. 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)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"