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Okay, I'm an ex-East coaster and Gulf-coaster who knows Jack s*%t about the west coast, except that it's rocky, except for a couple of inlets which are hair-raising to enter in good conditions, and suicidal in heavy conditions.
One more thing.. a Catalina 30 is not really a "blue water" boat, it's more of a coast -crawler. If, in summer, you get fair weather, this may not be a factor, but be forewarned just in case.
That considered, some general advice:
He wants a 3rd crewmember so you all can sleep (maybe) 8 hours, "work" 8 hours, and have another 8 hours to respond to whatever. That's a wise move, fatigue is your biggest enemy.
Be conservative and figure on no better than a 4-knot average speed, to account for calm conditions or head seas. You can then do the math as to how long it'll take, because I have absolutely no idea where Moss Landing, or anything else in Cali, is... I just know, from hearing from others, that it's an unforgiving coast. So maybe it'll take you 4 days if you get decent breeze, or 5 if you don't.
I'm basically unqualified to advise you. But if you view it as "more adventure than fun", you just might like it.
So I don't think it's "stupid", but more of a calculated risk. You ought to make sure there's at least one experienced and sober offshore sailor in the group, and you have a good set of charts, and a reliable GPS. If so, the adventure will be more than worth the risk.
Please bear in mind, once again, that this advice comes from someone who doesn't know the west coast except for a racing regatta in SF bay...
That said, if your gut tells you that neither of the other 2 sailors are actively trying to kill you, then do it, you might like it, and learn a lot...