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Old 02-13-2013
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Re: San Diego to Honolulu

x62617, How well do you know this particular Alberg and its skipper? Were they and you referred to each other or is this trip in response to an ad? Have you seen pictures of the boat in question? You really need to ask a lot of pointed and detailed questions concerning this trip. Things, like “what is your energy budget”, and is the boat only equipped with an auto helm or is there something like a Monitor Wind Vane? What is the watch schedule and what exactly will be your duties and responsibilities? Everyone going through the Academy has to take some sailing training. How far did your skipper go? Was he a watch captain on a 44 or higher? Did he spend his junior summer racing? I occasionally sail with an Academy grad – The USNA is no guarantee that he is “god’s gift to mariners”. I’m not saying don’t go, you just need to have your eyes wide open. Here is a little picture taken not too far off the coast in California in mid March and during one of those lulls between late season weather systems. Are you ready for three weeks of this?

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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.....)

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Re: San Diego to Honolulu

Well, at least you won't be on a piece of crap like this...

Seems awfully early in the season for that ride, to me... These clowns tried it last winter about this time, it did not end well...

Albertan rescued after dismasting / engine failure

Of course, they were idiots, but still... Jimmy Cornell does not paint an especially pretty picture of that route anytime before April...
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I'm crewing on this boat and am up for the challenge.
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Re: San Diego to Honolulu

Lack of wind may not be a problem on this passage. However, you might want to discuss what capacity he has for extended motoring, if you can't maintain an average speed you agree upon.
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