Originally Posted by Wojo
Oh did I mention I have never sailed a boat on an open ocean. My experience has been purely naval and sailing inshore. I have over 6 to 7 months to become an ocean sailer. Am I aiming too high and am I being unrealistic.
How much do you know about the boat that you will be sailing?
IMHO, that's far more important than where you are going or how much experience you have!!!
Are you buying
this boat or delivering it for someone else??
How long do you have to make this voyage??
Oh ya........did I mention.....
DON'T MISS PALMYRA!!!!!
It's 990 miles SSW of Hawaii and is right on your way to Samoa. It's also a nice stop off point before you enter the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) where you will have a lot of duldrums and strong squalls with thunderstorms possible. You might want to consider carrying lots a fuel for that area.
From Hawaii to Palmyra should be 6-7 days of a comfortable reach (wind on the beam and all sails
flying) in brisk trade-winds. Once you pass 10 degrees S, you will be back in the trade
winds (sorta) but as you well know, that is winter down-under and subject to cold fronts. However, you will be in the tropics and shouldn't
(famous last words) encounter anything severe.
It would be a good idea to have an HF radio
(SSB or HAM) on board and find out what frequencies the "Nets" are on so that you can check-in daily and get up to date weather
If I were you, I'd do a couple shake-down cruises between the Big Island and Honolulu, before leaving Hawaii.