isn't that great for cruising. Anchorages
are limited. There will be one good anchorage on each island and one or two lesser anchorages
scattered around. Goods are transferred via barge so each island needs a commercial
port. Often on the windward side and man made with riprap forming a barrier to the sea. There is usually room to anchor
inside the seawall.
and sea state around the islands is not for the feint of heart.
online of sailing in Hawaii
lead you to think that it's calm sailing. That's because people only take pictures when things are pretty. Not many will bring a camera
topside when it's blowing stink. It's a little too busy just to maintain while singlehanding
. No time for photos. Those images
only remain in the mind, never to be shared.
Have you thought of going to Mexico
first? Sea of Cortez
(Gulfo de California). Plenty of americans, supplies and calm anchorages within daysail distances of each other. The trip down and time spent along the coast could be good practice before going to HI. A lot of people going across the pacific do Mexico
first just to get acclimated. Leave Oct-Nov to MX and on to HI in April-May after the pacific high develops.
Inter island sailing in HI can easily be an overnight proposition and not relaxing. Do you have experience sailing in overpowering conditions? If you don't know your boat in 30kt+ and done well repeatedly, please reconsider. You can find shitty conditions in the Sea of Cortez
without too much trouble, and plenty of calm time between to recover.
For anchors, 200 feet of chain is not practical. Your boat doesn't have the capacity to carry that much weight without giving up something else.
50ft of 1/4" high test is fine (less weight and bulk than 5/16) and add on good quality 3/8 3strand anchor
line. Bring two anchors minimum or three anchors is better (sometimes one must be sacrificed). I buy the "traditional" style anchors at a WM for around $40 each. I carry two along with a 35 pound Suncor cqr
galvanized knock off. I see one at jamestown for $200 online. The cqr
is too heavy to leave on the roller full time but can be brought up when needed. Very heavy for the loads you'd experience. Had a hard time getting the anchor to chain shackle figured out. The anchor was too large for the 1/4" chain but the closest thing to an engine
block I could carry.
In MX I used the danforth style exclusively except for two anchorages; one grassy and one covered in shells/small rock.
In HI I used the cqr just to avoid the worry of dragging while I went to town.
Please learn which anchor to use where. A lot of cruisers have plows on the roller because a lot of cruisers have plows on the rollers.
Beware groupthink. A small boat anchoring
in sand might do well with a fluke anchor. What works for the big boat folks is what works for them. If they haven't cruised in a small boat, maybe take the advice with a grain of salt
Your boat does not present as much windage as a larger boat so the loads will not be too bad.
Look online for a windage calculator. Some anchor suppliers will have them on their sites. You enter beam, length, freeboard and get an idea of the loads at different wind
I went to HI in a boat lighter than yours and did fine. I also spent several years practicing in conditions and overnight/long weekends for a couple of years before going out. Time for practice is helpful.
Where are you located? If you're in SoCal, Minnies is a great place to shop and save money
Seriously reconsider your plan to head
straight to HI.