Lots of advice from people who don't know the boat and haven't made the trip or a similar one. Bravado is no substitute for preparation and seaworthiness. A very tired, very old boat with an outboard is no way for an inexperienced sailor to start a long voyage. People have survived rowing the Atlantic. Sometimes they get lucky. It doesn't make them smart.
one need not have done this trip in that exact boat to know if it can be done. i am still doing that very trip in a slightly larger boat, yes, but i do meet souls doing it in islander 26-30. catalina 27-30, columbia 26 mII with outboard, cal 28-34, ericson 26, ericson 27, and other smaller boats. they are digging the ride and having the times of their lives.
for the most part, south of point conception when weather permits, the seas behave fairly well. yes they still can be large, but the southerly swells are gentle with a normal timing of 11-15 seconds, depending. i have counted 21 seconds occasionally on good days in south west mexico, south of lazaro cardenas. normal swell in winter months is 1-2 meters with timing approx 15-21 seconds. niiiice n smooth. a baby can swim it, if the crocs dont eat it.
i drift a lot on `pacific ocean. it is nice to be able to just drift and see the sealife and shipping when there is some, and other stuff going on about the ocean.
yes a small lil islander sailboat with a mebbe reliable engine can do the trip. it has been done in lesser boats.
he prolly wont die. if he knows how to sail. if he doesnt, he will soon know a lot about sailing.
what i find interesting is the souls who do not know the pacific ocean who post as if they sailed it