I, too, have voted no. And I hope you noticed what Zeehag implied, which is that sailing in the gentle breezes and flat seas of San Diego
is not really adequate preparation for a long offshore
passage. Nor is only one year, unless you're learning
and sailing almost every day.
I did sail to Hawaii from San Francisco
with the man who is now my husband, and in a 30 ft. boat, and he had lots more experience than me, including singlehand racing
. In the size range you're looking at, I would make a different choice. Frankly, I would prefer a higher quality vessel.
However, as a boat to learn some sailing, and enjoy, it should stand you in good stead. As you gain experience with your boat and with others more experienced than yourself, your plans may change.
Your chances of making a successful South Pacific cruise
will be maximized by doing enough sailing first to learn how to handle your boat in bad weather
. This means, among other things, that you'll take her out in successively heavier airs, and learn her likes and dislikes. Because she's going to partner you in an environment
where you can easily lose your life. This is best done when you still have access to warm showers at the end of the day. Eventually, you'll take her out in one of those southerly storms, and put your practice at heaving to to use. Give yourself time to develop some respect for what you're about to do.