Its not really that hard to do an ocean crossing
. You need to be sure your boat is truly seaworthy
, where all the stuff actually works. I prefer to have a "punch list" of zero items before setting off, and the experience with all systems to be able to detect, isolate, and recover from failures.
You also need to provision properly. Again, not that hard, but some experience is in order. People do publish menu plans for multi week voyages, and no matter which direction you go, its a solid 3 weeks to Hawaii
on a Westsail 32, in the best of conditions. People do race
around the world non-stop eating truly disgusting "meals ready to eat" but you probably only want that kind of garbage for emergency
rations. But you know lots of things that live on shelves and require minimal non-dry additives to makes things much better. Eggs can last without refrigeration
. Spices. Vegetables and fruit also, but not for long, and they get worse and worse as time goes on. Dried fruit and veg is a good idea for after the first half dozen days.
Make sure all lines lead fairly on deck
and especially aloft. Chafe saws right through stuff as the days turn to a week or more.
, pilot books
will give you information about currents and weather
. Get used to watching the weather systems in the Pacific so you get used to what happens. Get used to really observing the weather, so you can tell when its going to hit the fan before it does. Preparation is key to heavy weather squalls that occur nearly every night in the Pacific.
You might want to sign on to a delivery
before you do it on your own boat. You'll learn a lot, and you need to learn in order to avoid the problems that can and do occur at sea.