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Old 06-11-2011
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I was worried about dealing with my engine too. So I went to a marine diesel course and learned how to do all of the basic maintenance on my engine. It was a 3 day course that demystified a lot. Not cheap but well worth it. You could even do it in a more gold plated way by hiring a diesel mechanic for a day. It would be expensive but he/she could lead you through all of the stuff you would be able to do outside of a boatyard and you can take a thousand pictures while you do it to refer to later. It aint rocket science. It helps amazingly to have done it all once before. Then rent a sat phone so shoreside help can lead you through whatever repair you might need to do that you need help with while you are out there.
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Pacific Cup (SF to HNL), or TransPac (LAX to HNL) are something that you work towards. There are requirements for single handers, qualifying races, and the like, along with a financial commitment to prepping the boat for PIYA cat 1. Most who plan on going work pretty hard at it from about 12 months out. For Adam, unless you're a known entity, it's nearly impossible to put up a phone number and get a call from a skipper looking for crew a couple of months before the start. People (and their potential crews) plan this years in advance many times. Give yourself a couple of years unless you already know a skipper and a boat planning to go. You'll have to commit to their program NOW. That generally means both sailing, helping with boat work, and being rock solid dependable both on shore and on the boat. The boat, nor the ocean care about the gender of the sailor. Work on your weaknesses methodically, and commit to a time line. If it's within your financial means and time restraints, just go!
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I would also like to do the TransPac and have quite a bit of experience sailing, but have never done a crossing of more than 12 hours. That said, I am a occasional charter captain (USCG 50 ton) and a former ASA instructor and have quite a bit of knowledge. If you would like to chat further, please hit me up via ...I am also in SoCal.
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It's a wonderful goal. The Pacific Cup back in 1992 was my first ocean crossing. Since then, my husband and I have sailed short handed all over the south pacific, NZ & to the islands more than 7 times, Atlantic 3 times, the med etc etc. That one, lovely downhill passage changed our lives forever.

I'd say go for it, but...reach for the stars with your feet firmly on the ground. If you're not comfortable in fixing gear, find someone who is and take them with you. Don't go out to sea unprepared. It is just plain silliness.

The Pacific Cup is not as serious as the Transpac is. Why not go in the fun race - Pacific Cup? Take other sailor friends (with skills) and share in the experience.

It will change your life.

All the best to you.
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