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This thread amazes me.
How many pages do you think it will go?
How many days after the OP has moved on will people be spewing advice.

The question deserves an answer along these lines.
It can be done and it might be really scary.
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Since there are reading recommendations, I have to add this bit of inspiration from Paul Lutus:

Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor

He took a 31-footer, and started with zero experience.
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Most posts make the assumption the OP is not going to prepare, just hop in the boat and go. I doubt that was his intention, he just meant that he was thinking of sailing to Hawaii, as of yet had not done any preparation and was wondering how to get oriented and obtain the experience he needed to have a go at it. OK so get some instruction at the Cal Sailing Club, itís cheap and good. Learn how to handle a day sailor. Take some ASA courses dealing with the keel boat, buy a boat, sail for more experience maybe to Mexico, and then have a go at Hawaii.
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Since there are reading recommendations, I have to add this bit of inspiration from Paul Lutus:

Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor

He took a 31-footer, and started with zero experience.
But he is a very bright guy and approached the project with a lot of sense and preparation. Not saying that the OP would not, just that not all people apply the same caution and preparation.
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This thread amazes me.
How many pages do you think it will go?
How many days after the OP has moved on will people be spewing advice.

The question deserves an answer along these lines.
It can be done and it might be really scary.
Sure you could be right, the answers and experience that is begining to come out will make for a great sticky
So spew on please. I'm learning and having to really think some things through again oin this concept.
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Instead of the big 20 day passage -

imagine some 1 day inshore trips (sleep in harbor),

then some 2 day inshore trips (1 night underway ),
then some 3-5 day coastal cruising trips (2-3 nights underway),
then a long 7-13 day passage 25-35 miles from shore (watch on, watch off); still able to dash in to a safe harbor should anything happen
then you might then try a 20+ day passage (SF to Cabo San Lucas and back)

at this point you'd be very ready to plan a 2,200 mile ocean passage
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by way of practice for a long passage try this for 7 days:

Rent a convertible
drive said with top down (even in the rain - especially in the rain)
drive no faster than 10 miles an hour, making sure to keep steering wheel moving back and forth always
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
watch incredible sunrise
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat
watch incredible sunset
switch positions, sleep in backseat for 4 hours
drive 4 hours with BF sleeping in backseat

repeat for 6 more days.
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and people thought I was crazy for sailing a motorless 33 up the chessy..hhmmm..?
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and people thought I was crazy for sailing a motorless 33 up the chessy..hhmmm..?
I think I remember your thread. I used to live in Annapolis, how is your boat going?
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I wonder why you never see posts on offroad boards that say "I want to jump the grand canyon on a dirt bike but I've never ridden one before. Is it doable?"

I guess it's because most offroaders end up saying "hold my beer and watch this..." instead?
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I think there's a webpage somewhere that reads, "Don't want to work anymore or have any
responsibilities.....get a sailboat, it's that easy".

Not saying that's the OP's ideology, but overall, not just in sailing, there's this thought process
that "you don't have to get a job or need to be tied down in any way" and that it's as
easy as making a decision to do so, without prior planning, etc. Most of the negative
responses come because ultimately, it's the folks "left behind" (for lack of a better term)
that will be asked to pick up the pieces and repair the damage should that plan fail.
There's also a segment of the emerging population that doesn't believe working towards a
goal makes any sense; they'd prefer to start at the end, instead of the beginning. I actually
heard a person say to me, "I could either live in a crappy apartment with a roommate, or
I could be cool and live on a boat for less money", with visions of a 60 foot yacht in his
head. Once he was introduced to what his savings of $1500.00 actually purchased, needless
to say, he was quite disappointed. He didn't care about sailing, or even boating for that
matter, it was all because he didn't want to "be like 'them'", whoever they are.
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