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Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

Hi everyone!

Me and one of my good firends have a project of crossing the Pacific Ocean. We just got seriously into the project and... don't really know where to start. We are now searching for a sailing school not far from home, but this is not why I need your help. We really need a mentor to tell us everything we mst know for this kind of expedition. It would be great! Just to know the type of boat we have to buy, the price we are supposed to accept, the cost of food, the right type of communication to bring aboard, the length of the boat, etc etc. Does someone know a person that already di this kind of expedition? Does any of you already did it? We would love it if we could maybe organise a skype call or even a phone call to answer all the questions above and more.

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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

There are a lot of people on this forum (I am not one of them) that have crossed oceans. Do some reading, then start asking questions. There really is no EASY way to gain a lot of knowledge and experience in order to cross an ocean safely. It will take a few months of research until you even have an idea of what the scope of your project will be.

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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

I'll be interested to see how more experienced sailors respond to this thread.

Me, I'm at a similar place to you. I spent lots of time this summer on a 16' sloop learning the basics of managing lines and harnessing the wind. Last month I got my ASA 104 cert.

I'm working toward buying my first bluewater cruiser this coming year. I'm hoping to do my first ocean crossing some time in 2018, if I get to sail enough in 2017 to feel like I've gained enough experience. I feel like this is a reasonable timeline (but I'm interested to hear what others think).

You don't mention how much previous experience you have, or what kind of timeline you have. There's a lot to learn to make ocean crossings, so you may want to work out a multi-year plan like I am.
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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

Most of us who have crossed oceans under sail are a pretty independent lot. We each have our own idea of what boat suits us, how to provision, what rig we prefer and what electronics and communication we need.
When I began this adventure, there just wasn't a lot of choice in what sort of vessel was available and suitable. Today there are as many designs as there are people to buy them. Thankfully, you have the internet and can at least get a lot of information. But it's still going to be your job to figure out what suits your needs, pocket book and comfort.
There are plenty of threads on this and other forums regarding choosing the right boat. I'd start there.
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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

Joel, a big part of all such adventures is your budget. To a significant extent it will dictate the type of boat you can get and what gear/supplies you can get. Then comes the time frame of this trip and the route you want to follow.

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Start by reading The Pacific Crossing Guide by the Royal Cruising Club, which has guided thousands of mariners across the Pacific. This classic provides the latest on major routes, and piloting information for hundreds of ports, modern weather patterns (el Nino and la Nina), communications, vessel stability, and current patterns unique to the Pacific. It is both a hardcore planning guide and a dreamer's bible.
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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

I don't think a Skype call is going to going to answer all your questions. You need to educate yourself at least to the point of knowing the basics. And no, there isn't an app for this.
Admire your enthusiasm but you really need to do a lot of reading and research, go sailing, meet some sailors and maybe you will be lucky enough to bump into a "mentor", but you shouldn't rely on anyone else to tell you how to do it, you will need to know how to do it yourself.
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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

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We really need a mentor to tell us everything we mst know for this kind of expedition.

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You really need an experienced delivery skipper to do the trip and pre-planning with you.

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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

Dreams live, as long as they remain realistic. Folks cross the Pacific all the time. They don't do it with little experience. Go sailing, take it a step at a time.

You may want to dream a bit, with Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising routes and look up the Coconut Milk Run, in particular.

Another thought is boat insurance. It is highly unlikely you'll get it at all, without a professional crew, so you'll have to be willing to financial risk your investment in the boat. Mine requires me to have 3 competent crew aboard, when more than 250 miles offshore (one more than my wife and me) and has very strict calendar windows and notification periods. That's after 40 years of screwing around on boats.


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Re: Crossing the Pacific Ocean with a friend

The first post is almost asking for everything. I tend to think that would be a consultancy needed.

Sure if you are willing to pay me money I will help you do your research.




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