While reading Shrimpy, I kept wondering, if he had asked our astute group if he should go, what we would have advised. No navigation lights (maybe not even a house battery), no refer, no depth sounder (and probably no knot meter), some charts and some road maps, very limited water and food supplies (certainly not enough for a 45 day passage) no dinghy at first and only an engine when half way around. And more, or less that is.
He makes it all sound pretty glib until you realize that he really knew what he was doing, and got pretty good at it as time sailed on.
I really enjoyed reading this, but it does convey the idea of "only mad dogs and Englishmen".
At least he went in the right direction and made all of his landfalls.