Brad, Give Hank a call.
Offshore Passage Opportunities: Halesite, New York
It is no cost to you and he knows hundreds of good sailors.
You get to pick the best people.
You typically don't have to pay transportation, just food.
Gas will cost a bit. Every trip I've done has been at least 50% or more motoring.
Is your bottom clean, motor and transmission in top shape.
You know I would go if at all possible.
I would ask Hank for a crew of three.
That way if someone backs out or is not up to snuff you have a spare.
I did Annapolis to Mystic early this year with a crew of four and it was very good.
Many hands make light work.
Just a few weeks ago I did Mystic to Norfolk with just me and the owner.
It was ok but it felt a lot more like work 3 on 3 off.
Might as well have a good time and get a good crew.
You will need something for navigation other than your iPhone.
I carry my own chart plotter but you need something for the boat.
Most of your crew will not have their own chart plotter.
Even something basic like GPSMAP 620 or the Montana would probably work.
I would consider this a requirement.
Based on my last trip a AIS receiver is a very nice thing to have.
Maybe you can get one to connect to your laptop.
Everyone today making that trip has a life-raft.
They can be rented.
If you don't intend on securing one you really need to tell prospective crew.
There are a lot of places where the idea of staying just off the coast and ducking in when it gets bad is not going to work.
It can take hours to duck in and by the time you get there the pass is too rough to enter.
Better to be prepared to be off-shore and have room and get to where you are going.
You have a tough big boat that will pretty much handle anything.
One dumb question.
Do you have another big vacation coming up to bring the boat back?