He was in Honokohau Harbor, Kona, HI over last winter working on the boat. He had little money
so was doing everything on the cheap
. Tried to help him out but he was hard headed and hard to get him to listen. Had little to no experience with sailing though said he had fished in Alaska
. Boat had minmal equipment
so doubt he had an Epirb
or much of any saftety equipment
. Plan was to sail to Costa Rica
where he had a friend. Had no self steering
which made that voyage problematic.
At that time, he had a problem with the backstay being too short but was being pressured to leave the Harbor because he had overstayed the allowed time. Think he had a bad swage fitting that he had to replace. Did it with a mechanical terminal but had an issue with wire unlaying or something and had to cut more wire off than anticipated. When he left Kona, was headed to Molokai to hang out and work on the boat. Hadn't heard anything about him or the boat since until this.
Sailing the channels in the Islands can be brutal and really put a boat through a torture test. Current
through the channels flows against the trades. Seas get very short and steep and the winds are usually 20k plus. Wouldn't be surprized if he had a sail or rigging
failure that left him with marginal ability to carry sail.