Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
I have sailed on the ocean in Hawaii
First off, if the rules were a 23' LOA
boat, your Mull Ranger 23 would be on my short list for this work. Principal asset being its speed. Principal liability is its speed. Having had an R26 for nearly 20 years and a Cal
2-27 for 10 years, I am familiar with Jensen Marine's robust builds...and their weaknesses. I have seen young, motivated and experienced R23 singlehanders do some pretty challenging routes. Years ago there was one sailed out of PT that would rule
the Straits. If the decks are solid, chain plates and bulkheads in good shape, it could fare much better than you. On this offshore route
, there isn't a 23' LOA
sailboat that posses a capable auxiliary necessary to cross anything but the most benign available bar crossings at any of the bailout harbors.
Now, the skipper
. Most of my cruising time has been in the San Juans. On average, I would singlehand out in the Straits once a year. If you want a taste of the outside? Sail PT to Victoria three times in a month regardless of the storm flags
flying. Some will be a mill pond, others you will kiss the pavers in front of the Empress. Now project
this variability over a two week period. Unlike a Pacific crossing with auto steer, auto-steer this close to a lee shore with freighter traffic, I don't know how you would catch sleep? As for battery life, I have two Group 24 batteries on the Cal. Running the TP1000, Chartplotter
and running lights, I get four hours before the AP loses heading.
As for me, after 45 years of sailing, just did my first Portland
to Puget run in April. Strange new boat, strange waters and strange crew (not really). Tried to cover all the bases: Experienced crew on this course, medical
officer(lectro geek type), rental life raft, new AIS
, etc. Everything worked.....except the wind. Astoria to Bellingham non-stop in 40 hours, snagging only one crab pot 8 miles from Bellingham. We were dodging crab pots in 300 feet of water outside?
At a minimum, NOB, hope you find another hand for the tiller and catch a ride either way to get a feel for the conditions. And, then, once in Astoria, you have the river. We actually took more water on deck
between Longview and Astoria.
Good Luck with this ambitious undertaking,